June 3, 2012

Becoming a Nation of Fatheads?

1 Americans' Heads Growing Along with Bodies

Americans' weight gain may be going to their heads, which, among caucasians at least, have been getting larger along with the rest of their bodies. Researchers at the University of Tennessee Forensic Anthropology Center studied 1,500 skulls dating back to the mid-1800s and found that modern skulls are notably larger. White males experienced the greatest cranial growth, with skulls that average eight millimeters higher and 200 cubic centimeters larger, roughly the size of a tennis ball. White female skulls have grown by seven mm and 180 cc. Overall, that's an increase of 6.8 percent in skull size in some 130 years, compared to an increase of just 5.6 percent in body height. Researchers suspect that the growth may be due to hormonal changes resulting from increased childhood obesity.

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

Previously: Big Head May Mean Better Memory

Tags: Skull Sizes, Skull Growth, Changes in Americans' Head Sizes, Hormones and Skull Size, Obesity and Skull Size, University of Tennessee Forensic Anthropology Center

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Benzocaine Can Be Deadly

2 FDA Warns Parents of Dangers of Teething Gel

Benzocaine gels and liquids that treat pain in the gums and mouth may cause a rare, but potentially fatal condition known as methemoglobinemia, and children under 2 years old face a greater risk, warns the FDA. A local anesthetic, benzocaine is found in over-the-counter products like Anbesol, Orajel, Baby Orajel, Hurricaine and Orabase. Methemoglobinemia occurs when the amount of oxygen in the blood is greatly reduced. According to the FDA, parents and caregivers shouldn't use benzocaine on children under 2 years old, except when recommended by a health care professional. Symptoms of methemoglobinemia include shortness of breath, fatigue, confusion, headache, rapid heart rate, and light-headedness, as well as pale, gray, or blue-colored skin, lips and nail beds.

More at FDA | Posted 5 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: FDA Warns on Bacteria in Hand Sanitizers

Tags: Dangers Teething Gel, Anbesol Side Effects, Hurricaine, Orajel Dangerous, Baby Orajel, Orabase Complications, Fatal Methemoglobinemia, Symptoms Methemoglobinemia

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Pfizer's Argument Ruled Flaccid

3 South Korean FDA Approves Generic Viagra

Pfizer Korea is trying to prevent the sale of generic Viagra that could be released by several pharmaceutical companies if the courts uphold their decision in their favor. Pfizer had a patent on the active ingredient in the popular erectile dysfunction (ED)drug, sildenafil, which expired on May 17 in South Korea but argues that “use patent” prevented generics from being sold to treat ED. Despite the facts that Pfizer my appeal the decision and the patent is being upheld in the meantime, 19 pharmaceutical companies have gotten approval from South Korea’s FDA to release 37 generic versions of the drug. To make the "little blue pill" less conspicuous, the companies have created "Nurigra" which comes in the shape of a green triangle and "Happigra" a mint-flavored powder from of the drug.

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

Previously: FDA Warns on Male Sex Supplement Because It Works

Tags: Pfizer, Generic Viagra, Erectile Dysfunction Drugs, Happigra, Nurigra. FDA Approval

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