May 19, 2012

And a Child Shall Cure Them

1 Hiccupops: Lollipops That Stop the Hiccups

Soon to appear commercially on the market are Hiccupops, which are lollipops that claim to cure hiccups. Hiccupops were invented two years ago by hiccup sufferer Mallory Kievman of Connecticut, who had tried every cure she'd heard of or could imagine, until finally hitting on a winning, hiccup-stifling recipe -- which involves sugar and apple cider vinegar -- and an effective delivery system -- the lollipop. "It triggers a set of nerves in your throat and mouth that are responsible for the hiccup reflex arc. It basically over-stimulates those nerves and cancels out the message to hiccup," is how she explains it. She has investors lined up, a patent application filed, and is ready to go. Hiccupops, Inc. founder, creator and CEO Mallory Kievman is, by the way, thirteen years old.

More at Web.orange.co.uk | Posted 5 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Tags: Hiccups, Hiccup Cures, Stopping Hiccups, Hiccupops, Lollipops, Entrepreneurs, Mallory Kievman

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Small, but Real Risk

2 Z-Pak Antibiotic Linked with Heart Deaths

People taking the antibiotic azithromycin, known as Z-Pak or Zithromax, may be at increased risk of sudden heart death. Researchers from Vanderbilt University and the Nashville Veterans Administration Medical Center studied Tennessee Medicaid patient records from 1992 to 2006, and found a clear increase in heart death among users of the Z-Pak in comparison to people on amoxicillin or no antibiotic. The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, found that those taking the Z-Pak faced a 2.5 times greater heart death risk during the five-day treatment period. Researchers found 47 additional cardiovascular deaths for each million courses of Z-Pak treatment. Among people at greater risk for heart problems, there were 245 additional heart deaths per million.

More at Washington Post | Posted 5 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Woman's Heart Risk May Begin in Womb

Tags: Azithromycin, Z-Pak, Zithromax, Nashville Veterans Administration Medical Center, New England Journal of Medicine Z-Pak Study, Heart Death Risk Linked Z-Pak

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2,360 Pounds Recalled

3 Diced Red Onions Recalled for Listeria

Gills Onions recalled their diced red onions due to potential listeria contamination. The recall involved 2,360 pounds of diced red onions with use-by dates of May 14, 15 and 17, reports CNN. The onions were distributed in Arizona, Idaho, California, Oregon, Texas, Illinois, Arkansas, Michigan, Washington, Tennessee, Georgia, New Jersey, Florida and Ohio, as well as Canada. While no illnesses have been reported, consumers should toss the recalled onions. Listeria can sometimes cause fatal infections, particularly for those with poor immune systems.

More at CNN | Posted 5 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Gills Diced Red Onions, Red Onion Recall, Listeria Infections, Listeria Outbreak, Gills Onions Recall

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Self-Righteous ORganic Folks

4 Organic Food Can Make You Act Like a Jerk

Organic food exposure can bring along with it a judgmental attitude, find researchers from Loyola University in New Orleans. Published in Social Psychological and Personality Science, the research found that organic food may actually make people act a bit like jerks. The experiments showed that not only did people in the organic food group act more judgmental, but they were also more selfish when it came to helping a needy stranger compared to the control and comfort food groups. Researchers believe that being exposed to organic food can make some people feel better about themselves for their moral behavior, possibly causing them to become self-righteous.

More at Today Health | Posted 5 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Majority of Consumers Want Organic Food

Tags: Social Psychological and Personality Science, Green Snobs, Organic Snobs, Organic Eaters Judge You, Seattle Food Snobs, Eating Organic Makes Act Like Jerk

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Possible Therapeutic Target

5 Biomarker Catches Pancreatic Cancer Early

Researchers at UC San Diego School of Medicine and Moores Cancer Center have discovered that elevated levels of an enzyme in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) is present early on and required for tumor growth and metastasis. PEAK1 belongs to a group of enzymes known as tyrosine kinases that make chemical reactions go faster and modulate signals telling cells to grow and divide which go awry in cancer. PEAK1 could be used to diagnose PDAC early but could also be a target of treatment. Knocking out PDAC in tumor cells put into mice led to smaller tumors and impaired metastasis. Finding inhibitors of overexpressed proteins in cancers has been difficult but it may be possible to inhibit its ability to send signals to cancer cells, increasing their sensitivity to standard chemotherapy.

More at Science Daily | Posted 5 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Gene Affects Pancreatic Cancer Metastasis

Tags: Pancreatic Cancer, UC San Diego School of Medicine and Moores Cancer Center, Pancreatic Ductal Adenocarcinoma, PDAC, PEAK1, Tyrosine Kinases

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