April 23, 2012

Thanks for No Memories

1 Kids' Concussions Can Have Long-Term Effects

Although most children who suffer mild concussions have no recurring symptoms after a few months, as many as 20 percent of them may continue to experience such problems as forgetfulness, difficulty paying attention, fatigue and headaches for an extended period of time. According to a study conducted at Ohio State University's Center for Biobehavioral Health, such lingering symptoms were more common in kids who had lost consciousness than in those who were not knocked cold, and mental problems, such as memory loss, tended to persist longer than fatigue, dizziness or other physical symptoms, in some cases for a year or more. The study involved children aged 8 to 15, most of whom had experienced concussions from a blow to the head while playing sports or from falling.

More at Sfgate.com | Posted 5 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: NBA Has New Concussion Policy

Tags: Youth Athletics, Concussions in Children, Children's Head Injuries, Sports and Concussions, Symptoms of Concussions, Effects of Concussions

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Predisposed to Relapse

2 Anorexia May Be Caused by Brain Abnormality

Anorexia may be caused by an abnormality in the brain finds pioneering research on anorexics that used brain-imaging techniques to show that the brains of anorexics malfunction in the insula, an area that controls eating, body image and anxiety. The research indicates that up to 1/3 of anorexics are affected by the brain abnormality while the remaining 2/3 are affected by other biological causes. Says Dr. Ian Frampton, one of the leaders of the British study, [anorexics] “are predisposed to fail because the fault is there in their brains. You cannot easily cure people if there is an active defect.” He hopes that his team’s findings will lead to new therapies that might help control anorexia and will open a debate about the causes of other mental illnesses including bipolar disorder.

More at Www.express.co.uk | Posted 5 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: When Eating Makes You Anxious

Tags: Anorexia, Anorexia Nervosa, Brain Scan, Eating Disorder, Mental Illness, Dr. Ian Frampton

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32 Boys Born for Every 100 Girls

3 Women with Heart Disease Bear More Girls

Women diagnosed with heart disease are more likely to give birth to girls, finds an Iranian study involving 200 pregnant women diagnosed with heart disease. Of the 216 children born, 75% were females. In other words, 32 boys were born for every 100 girls. In Iran’s general population, 10 boys are born for every 100 girls, according to CIA statistics. The researchers cannot explain the reason for their study’s results but, says Dr. Kathryn Taubert, World Heart Federation, "Chromosomes in a man's sperm are responsible for the sex of a baby. But this study does suggest that there may be a relationship between the health status of the mother and the sex of the babies that she is able to carry to full-term." Scientists hope their study will spur additional research into this possible link.

More at Http://vitals.msnbc.msn.com | Posted 5 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Female Body Rejects Inferior Sperm

Tags: Cardiovascular Disease, Chromosomes, Heart Disease, Pregnancy, Gender, Dr. Kathryn Taubert, World Health Federation, CIA, Central Intelligence Agency, Gender and Heart Disease

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Woman Drank Two Gallons a Day

4 Coca-Cola Contributed to Woman's Death

Natasha Harris, a 30-year-old mother of eight from New Zealand, died of a heart attack in 2010, and a pathologist, Dr. Dan Mornin, has testified that her excessive consumption of Coca-Cola contributed to her death. Harris drank between eight and 10 liters of regular Coke daily, smoked about 30 cigarettes a day, and ate little. According to Mornin, Harris probably suffered from hypokalemia (low potassium), which could have been caused by excessive Coke consumption and poor nutrition. Mornin also noted that toxic levels of caffeine may have also contributed to the woman's death. Chris Hodgkinson, Harris' partner, said that Harris was "addicted to Coke." MSNBC reports that Coca-Cola responded to the news of the findings by saying that drinking excessive amounts of water can also cause death.

More at MSNBC | Posted 5 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: The Fatter You Are, the Fewer Heart Attacks

Tags: Soft Drink Addiction, Soda Addiction, Natasha Harris, Coke Linked Death, Hypokalemia Cause Death, Low Potassium

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Hey Eyes, Wake Up!

5 Caffeine May Treat Dry Eye Syndrome

Tear production may be increased by caffeine, and researchers say that caffeine may one day be used to treat dry eye syndrome. WebMD reports that the small study involving 78 people found that people with certain genetic variations respond to caffeine with more tears. Researchers say that around a third of the population may respond to caffeine by increasing tear production. The study was published in Ophthalmology. Dry eye syndrome affects about 5 percent of the U.S. population. People who suffer from dye eye syndrome, which causes stinging and burning, aren't able to keep a good layer of tears to coat the eye.

More at WebMD | Posted 5 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: When Caffeine Kills

Tags: Treatment Dry Eyes, Medicine Dry Eyes, Research Dry Eye, Caffeine Treat Dry Eye, University of Tokyo School of Medicine, Journal Ophthalmology, Increase Tear Production, Dry Eye Syndrome

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