July 4, 2012

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1 Caffeine Lowers Skin Cancer Risk

According to a report in the journal Cancer Research, persons who consume caffeine each day in an amount equal to more than two cups of caffeinated coffee could be reducing their risk of developing basal cell carcinoma, a common form of skin cancer. The preventive effect holds whether the caffeine is consumed in coffee or in other forms, such as tea, colas, other sodas, energy drinks or even chocolate. The study also found that the more total caffeine consumed overall, the lower the risk. Previous studies have additionally linked increased caffeine intake with lowered risks of such serious conditions as type 2 diabetes, certain oral cancers, cirrhosis of the liver, and Parkinson's disease. Researchers caution against overconsumption, however, since caffeine can be addicting.

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

Previously: Caffeinated Coffee May Lower Risk of Oral Cancers

Tags: Basal Cell Carcinoma, Caffeine, Caffeine and Skin Cancer, Coffee and Skin Cancer, Preventing Skin Cancer, Caffeine Medical Uses

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No Excuse Not to Get Tested

2 Do-It-Yourself HIV Test Approved by FDA

The Food and Drug Administration has approved the OraQuick test, an over-the-counter HIV test that can be done at home. The manufacturer, Orasure will sell it through retailers such as CVS, Walmart and Walgreens starting in October for under 60 dollars. A person takes a swab from their mouth and in less than an hour the test can detect if anti-HIV antibodies are present. A call center has even been set up the manufacturer with both English and Spanish-speaking call centers representative who have been trained in HIV counseling and testing. It is 92 percent accurate in detecting HIV in HIV-positive individuals and 99.9 percent accurate in ruling it out in those without HIV. The hope is that more people will get tested if they can do it themselves in the privacy of their own homes.

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

Previously: At-Home HIV Test Passes FDA Panel Vote

Tags: Food and Drug Administration, HIV, HIV Testing, OraQuick, Orasure, Anti- HIV Antibodies

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To Err at Home is Human

3 Fifty Percent of Heart Patients Mess Up Meds

A new study out of Vanderbilt University Hospital found that 50 percent of patients who have had a heart attack or stroke make a medication error about a month after leaving the hospital, regardless of whether or not they received advice from a pharmacist. When looking at the type of mistakes made, 23 percent were serious and 1.8 percent were life-threatening. Some hospitals teach patients how to take their drugs and have them teach it back and check up on a patient at home 3 days after discharge. One reason for errors may be that patients split pills or skip a dose here and there to save money. Ways to reduce mistakes can are to have a strong social support system, bring medications to follow-up appointments and having one pharmacy for all medications so it is easier to catch problems.

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

Previously: Poor Math Skills a Formula for Dosing Errors

Tags: Medication Errors, Vanderbilt University Hospital, Cardiac Medications, Heart Medications

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