July 23, 2012

Booze Bashes Elderly Brains

1 Alcohol Linked to Dementia in Seniors

An eight-year University of Exeter (England) study of 5,075 U.S. seniors found that those who reported binge drinking (4 or more drinks on one occasion) at least twice a month were 2.5 times more likely to suffer cognitive and memory declines than non-drinking peers, and that 4.3 percent of men and 0.5 percent of women binge drink that often. Similarly, a study by The Veterans Health Research Institute of San Francisco that followed 1,306 senior women over 20 years found that those who began drinking during that time raised their risk of cognitive impairment by 200 percent, while those who increased their drinking during the study raised their risk by 30 percent. According to the CDC, 1/6 of all U.S. adults are binge drinkers, with the over-65 demographic the most likely to do so.

More at USA Today | Posted 5 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Tags: Alzheimers, Alzheimers and Alcohol, Alcohol and Dementia, Alcohol and Memory Loss, Binge Drinking and Dementia, Binge Drinking and Senior Citizens, Binge Drinking and Alzheimers

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Can’t Beat Eggs? Eat Eggs.

2 Desensitizing May Halt Kids' Food Allergies

The cure for some children's food allergies might be ingestion, not avoidance. The New England Journal of Medicine reports that when 40 egg-allergic children were given increasing amounts of powdered egg white daily for 22 months, 30 became desensitized, with no allergic reaction, and 10 were able to eat eggs normally and safely after three years. Researchers at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill gradually increased the daily egg amount from negligible to the equivalent of one-third of an egg per day during the study. The results highlight the potential for oral immunotherapy to cure otherwise untreatable food allergies, but experts warn that the approach is still very experimental, and highly dangerous for those tempted to try the method at home on their own.

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

Tags: Food Allergies, Egg Allergy Treatments, Oral Immunotherapy for Allergies, Treating Children’s Food Allergies, Curing Egg Allergies

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Public Enemy #1 for Obesity

3 Anti-Soda Groups Want Surgeon General Report

In 1964 U.S. Surgeon General Luther Terry published "Smoking and Health," a report that brought the medical evidence for the serious health dangers of cigarettes firmly into the public consciousness. It was a publicity coup for anti-smoking forces at the time, and on Friday anti-soda pop forces petitioned current Surgeon General Regina Benjamin's boss HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to appoint a commission to compile a similar report on the deleterious health effects of sugary soda pop beverages. Is soda really in the same ballpark as tobacco in its threat to Amercan health? The more than 100 organizations, health departments, and prominent individuals who added their names to the petition think so. Among the signatories were the American Heart Association and the Muskegon Family YMCA.

More at The Los Angeles Times | Posted 5 years ago by James Anderson

Tags: Soda Pop, Soft Drinks, Soft Drinks Unhealthy, Sugar, Surgeon General, Regina Benjimin, Center for Science in the Public Interest, CSPI

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Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity

4 EnglIsh Hermit Allergic to Electronic Devices

Englishman Phil Inkley is convinced he's suffering from an affliction called Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity, essentially an allergy to electronic emissions from cell phones, WiFi, and other modern gadgets. His symptoms include nosebleeds, headaches, heart palpitations, tinnitus, and fatigue. To escape the EMFs (electromagnetic fields) that trigger his EHS (yes, there's a de rigueur "3-letter disease abbreviation") Phil lives in the middle of the woods in a camper. Phil complains that "people think it's all in your head": indeed, Wikipedia reports on double-blind studies of EHS victims showing they can't distinguish real from fake EMFs. Former Norwegian prime minister and WHO director general Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland once said she had EHS, but seems to have backed off on the claim.

More at The Guardian | Posted 5 years ago by James Anderson

Previously: Cell Phone Use Linked to Lower Male Fertility, Study Shows No Link for Cell Phones, Tumors

Tags: Cell Phones, Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity, EHS, Phil Inkley

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