April 29, 2012

Also Risks Your NFL Career

1 Steroid Shots Fail to Ease Back Pain

A clinical trial designed to show that steroid injections could treat a common form of back pain better than risky surgery or side-effect-laden drugs instead demonstrated just the opposite: that the steroids were no more effective at reducing the pain than “control” medications or simple saline solution. Researchers at Johns Hopkins gave a series of injections of either steroids, an arthritis medication, or saline to three groups of adults suffering from lumbosacral radiculopathy, wherein damage to spinal discs can trigger leg pain, numbness, or sciatica. After one month, all three groups reported less back and leg pain in about the same degree, which researchers attributed to natural bodily healing. Based on these results, they now recommend exercise to relieve back pain.

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

Previously: A Safe Alternative to Anabolic Steroids?

Tags: Steroids, Steroids and Back Pain, Steroids and Sciatica, Sciatica Treatments, Placebos, Steroids Versus Placebos, Back Pain Treatments

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And Doesn't Lead to Bad Eating

2 Parenthood Doesn't Lead to Healthier Eating

While parenthood doesn't have a bad effect on the diets of parents, it doesn't help either. Some may think that parents try to set an example with healthier eating habits, but a new study shows that when people become parents, their diets don't improve. When it comes to reducing intake of saturated fat, parents may actually lag behind their childless counterparts, note researchers. The seven-year study, published in Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, also found that both parents and non-parents had an increase in fruit and vegetable consumption during the study.

More at Eurekalert | Posted 5 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Komen to Keep Funding Planned Parenthood

Tags: Parenthood Changes Eating Patterns, Parents Not Healthier Eaters, Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults, CARDIA

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Deficiency Is Dangerous

3 Vitamin D Tied to Lung Transplant Outcomes

Results from a study conducted at Loyola University Health System found that vitamin D deficiency increases the risk of rejection, infection and death rates in individuals who receive lung transplants. One hundred and two recipients had vitamin D levels checked twice, once within 100 days of their surgery and 100 days post-op. Eighty-one of the 102 were found to be vitamin D deficient and had twice the rate of organ rejection and infections compared to the 21 that had normal levels. They were also five times more likely to die within a year of having the transplant. There is evidence that vitamin D increases tolerance of the immune to the new organs and researchers believe that optimal vitamin D levels improve the outcome for lung transplant patients.

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

Previously: Severe Childhood Asthma Tied to Low Vitamin D, Enzyme Lowers Vitamin D's Anti-Cancer Abilities

Tags: Loyola University Health System, Lung Transplant, Organ Transplant, Transplant Rejection, Vitamin D, Vitamin D Deficiency

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Face it. . .Left is Best!

4 Left Side of Face More Pleasing to the Eyes

Have you ever wondered why most portraits by Western artists were left-side profiles? Even if most of us have not, researchers at Wake Forest University may have discovered the reason. By showing black-and-white profile originals and mirror-reversed photos to study participants, it was revealed that the left side of the face was more aesthetically pleasing, regardless of whether it was of a man or woman. To confirm this, the participants’ pupil sizes were measured and found a direct relationship to the pleasantness ratings. Researchers believe that the left side of the face appears more pleasant to people because it shows more emotion than the right side. The complete study will be available online in the journal Experimental Brain Research.

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

Previously: Left Side Sleeping May Reduce Stillbirth Risk

Tags: Emotion, Wake Forest University, Left Side of Face, Portraits, Mirror Reversed Photo, Left Side Profile, Pupil Size in Response to Aesthetics

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Joins 3 Other Genes

5 Gene Affects Pancreatic Cancer Metastasis

New research has found that a gene called USP9X inhibits the spread of pancreatic cancer which may lead to development of more targeted treatments of a cancer that generally has a very poor prognosis because it is usually diagnosed after it spreads. The gene was originally found in mice but analysis of human tumors and mortality rates found that those studies were relevant to human health. A low level of gene expression and protein was linked to cancer patients dying very quickly post-operatively and extensive metastasis at the end of their lives, respectively. USP9X was known to exist, but up until now was not seen as a tumor suppressor. There are three other tumor suppressor genes related to pancreatic cancer, but USP9X is the one that leads to metastasis when it stops functioning.

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

Previously: Protein Increases Uptake of Pancreatic Cancer Drug, Aspirin Linked to Lower Risk of Pancreatic Cancer

Tags: Gene Expression, Metastasis, Pancreatic Cancer, USP9X, Animal Studies

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