April 11, 2012

Tsunami Alert Issued

1 Major Quake Strikes off Indonesia Coast

An earthquake measuring 8.6 hit off the western coast of the Indonesian island of Sumatra earlier today. The quake struck about 270 miles southwest of Banda Aceh, the Indonesian province where, in 2004, 170,000 people died or went missing in a tsunami. The massive quake caused buildings in nearby Singapore to shake with tremors being felt as far away as Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam. Two hours later, the area was struck with a second quake or aftershock with a magnitude of 8.2. Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said there were no immediate reports of deaths or damage. Experts say that because the faulting was vertical, there was no uplifting of the sea floor, greatly reducing the possibility of a tsunami.

More at Www.CNN.com | Hat tip to www.businessweek.com | Posted 5 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Magnitude of Japan Earthquake Upgraded to 9.0

Tags: Tsunami, Indonesia Earthquake, Sumatra, Vietnam, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Banda Aceh

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Omega-3 Fatty Acids Dethroned?

2 Fish Oil May Not Lower Risk in Heart Patients

Taking omega-3 fatty acids didn't lower risk of further cardiovascular problems for patients with existing heart disease, found a new study. Researchers conducted a large meta-analysis, pooling and analyzing data from clinical trials that included 20,485 patients with heart disease, reports New York Times. The patients in the study took purified fish oil supplements for at least one year. For many of the patients, researchers found "insufficient evidence" that omega-3 fatty acids protected against future cardiovascular events like heart attacks and strokes. Studies are currently following healthy people to determine if fish oil can prevent heart problems in those without a history of heart disease. The research was published in Archives of Internal Medicine.

More at New York Times | Posted 5 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Fish Oil During Pregnancy May Protect Infants

Tags: Fish Oil Benefits, Fish Oil Supplements, Fish Oil Heart Patients, Cardiovascular Problems Fish Oil, Regularly Taking Fish Oil

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Pop Pill, Sleep Tight

3 Proton Pump Inhibitors Improve Sleep

Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) may improve sleep as well as quality of life for people who suffer from gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), say researchers. Some examples of proton pump inhibitors include Nexium (esomeprazole), Prevacid (lansoprazole), Prilosec (omeprazole) and Protonix (pantoprazole). The research, published in Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, found that evidence supports the use of PPIs for improving GERD symptoms, as well as the associated sleep disturbances and quality of life related outcomes. The research involved a systematic review of literature on randomized placebo-controlled clinical trials from 1989 until October 2011.

More at Eurekalert | Posted 5 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Nexium to Get New Fracture Risk Warning

Tags: Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, Benefits Proton Pump Inhibitors, Sleeping Better GERD, Quality Life GERD, Otolaryngology–Headad and Neck Surgery, Omeprazole, Lansoprazole, Pantoprazole

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Cold Newborn, Tiny Little Cry

4 Couple Finds Live Baby in Coffin in Argentina

Five hospital workers were suspended after a couple found their newborn baby alive in a sealed and refrigerated coffin 12 hours after she had been declared dead. BBC reports that Analia Bouter and her husband were informed that their premature baby was stillborn on April 3. However, when the couple visited the morgue 12 hours later, they discovered their baby girl trembling in the coffin. The mother said she heard a "tiny little cry" after she moved the coverings and touched her baby's face. The baby has been named Luz Milagros, which means Miracle Light. She is in critical but stable condition.

More at BBC | Posted 5 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Doctor Brands Woman's Uterus

Tags: Analia Bouter, Morgue Discovery, Baby Found Coffin, Live Baby Found Morgue, Luz Milagros, Miracle Light

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Born to Be Nice?

5 Study Suggests Being Nice Has a Genetic Basis

Variations in genes that code for the receptors of two hormones, oxytocin and vasopressin, may play a role in making people nicer than others, according to the results of a study conducted by researchers at the University of California and the University of Buffalo. Along with genes, a person’s view of the world as more or less threatening was the environmental factor that determined the likelihood of a person’s generosity. Individuals with the “nice” version of these genes are able to deal with the feelings that the world is a scary place and because of that were able to help others. This may partly explain why one person is feels the need to help others and another may have no interest in doing so. The full study will be available in a future print issue of Psychological Science.

More at Yahoo! HealthDay | Posted 5 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Married Men Behave More Nicely

Tags: Attitude, Oxytocin, Personality Traits, Psychological Science, University of California, Niceness, Vasopressin, University of Buffalo, Perception of the World, Generosity

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