October 15, 2012

Hormones Remain #1 Cause

1 HPV Vaccinations Don’t Lead to Promiscuity

Another study has confirmed earlier findings that preteen girls who are vaccinated against the sexually transmitted human papillomavirus do not become more sexually active or promiscuous as a result. Previous research relied on self-reporting of sexual behavior by the girls or their parents, but the new study analyzed far more objective evidence -- the medical files of almost 1,400 girls ages 11 and 12 compiled over three years -- and found no difference between the vaccinated and the non-vaccinated for such "clinical markers of sexual activity" as treatment for a sexually transmitted disease, seeking birth-control counseling, and pregnancy. For both groups, the "marker" rate was under one percent. The girls were members of the Kaiser Permanente Georgia managed-care group.

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

Previously: Patch Would Allow for Self-Vaccination

Tags: HVP, HVP Shots, Vaccination and Preteens, Humanpapillomavirus, Vaccine and Sexual Activity, Preteen Sexual Activity

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Visualizing the Disease

2 Celiac Disease Exposed

Using a high powered instrument, scientists were able to visualize the interaction between gluten and cells of the immune system to gain an insight into celiac disease. Celiac, which affects about 1 in 133 people, is an inflammatory disorder that strikes the digestive system of people with a sensitivity to gluten, damaging the intestines and inhibiting the absorption of nutrients into the body. There are currently no treatments for celiac disease. Sufferers are told to abstain from consuming gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley and rye. About 1/2 of the population is susceptible to celiac since they carry the genes responsible for the immune response. Researchers hope that their discovery will result in a treatment that will allow sufferers to eat a normal diet.

More at Eurekalert.org | Posted 5 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Celiac Disease Can Worsen with Age

Tags: Autoimmune Disease, Celiac Disease, Gluten, Rye, Wheat, Intolerance to Gluten, Barley

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Stand for Happiness, Energy

3 Workers Love Standing Up at Desks

Office workers who were able to spend an hour or more standing at a workstation were happier and more productive, finds a recent study. Researchers say that office workers who stood also felt more energized. According to the research reported in Preventing Chronic Disease, many of the workers who were given the option to stand at their workstations felt more focused and comfortable. Researchers found that standing helped to reduce upper back and neck pain by 54 percent, but didn't have an effect on lower back pain. The seven-week study included 34 volunteers who used commercial workstations by Ergotron, Inc. The workstations allow users to stand or sit without the need to shift their belongings.

More at MSNBC | Posted 5 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Standing Increases Lifespan, Standing Work, Stand-Up Workstations, HealthPartners, More Productive at Work, Preventing Chronic Disease, Reduce Upper Back

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Alcohol, Drug Use May Increase

4 Weight Loss Surgery Linked to Substance Use

Patients who have bariatric weight loss surgery could be at increased risk for substance use (cigarette smoking, alcohol use, drug use) after surgery, find researchers. Reported in Archives of Surgery, the study found a significant increase in substance use frequency after surgery during a two-year follow-up period. Researchers say that drugs (including nicotine) and alcohol may be substitutes for overeating following weight loss surgery. In particular, patients who have laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery may be at increased risk for alcohol use after surgery. Researchers warn that patients with a family history of alcohol abuse or dependence should make sure the benefits of the surgery outweigh the risks.

More at EurekAlert | Posted 5 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Storefront Surgical Facilities Poorly Regulated

Tags: Archives of Surgery, Gastric Bypass Surgery, Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery Dangers, Risk Drug Abuse, Risk Alcohol Abuse, Smoking After Weight Loss Surgery, Family History of Alcohol Abuse

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But Does Not Raise Risk Either

5 B Vitamins Do Not Cut Colon Cancer Risk

Taking B-vitamins such as folic acid, B6 and B12 will have no bearing on your colon cancer risk, finds a new study from Harvard Medical School. Researchers compared taking a B-vitamin combination pill to an inactive placebo in more than 5400 older women and found no evidence that the supplements will either increase or reduce the risk of colon polyps, a precursor to cancer. As many as 35 percent of Americans take dietary supplements, but the American Cancer Society does not recommend them for preventing any type of cancer. Their advice is to consume a healthful diet increasing fruit and vegetable intake and limiting red meat, being physical active, losing weight as needed, and getting the recommended colorectal cancer screenings, particularly after the age of 50.

More at HealthDay | Posted 5 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Omega 3's May Cut Colon Cancer Risk, High Glycemic Diet Not a Risk for Colon Cancer

Tags: Cancer, Colon Cancer, Colon Cancer Risk, Dietary Supplements, Folic Acid, B Vitamins

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Fiber, Antioxidant Combination

6 Black Carrots May Protect Against Cancer

Black carrots – which are actually deep purple in color – may have a leg up on orange carrots in its cancer-fighting abilities. Carrots, available year-round but are at their peak in the fall, are known for being detoxifying to the liver. The less commonly known black carrot contains antioxidant compounds which can play an important role in cancer protection. Polyphenols, which also give blueberries and red wine their vivid color, work together with the high fiber content of the carrot to be protective during digestion in the stomach and small intestine. This, says Dr. Anneline Padayachee from the University of Queensland, can have a shielding effect on the colon as it transports waste through the body. [See Dr. Padayachee's comment below for a clarification.]

More at Medical Daily | Posted 5 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: B Vitamins Do Not Cut Cancer Risk

Tags: Antioxidants, Cancer, Colon Cancer, Fiber, Nutrition, Polyphenols, Carrots

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"An Abundance of Caution"

7 More Fungal Infections Tied to MA Pharmacy

The Food and Drug Administration has widened its investigation into the New England Compounding Center in Farmington, Massachusetts to include another steroid used in eye surgeries and a drug used in heart operations “out of an abundance of caution." Two heart transplants patients treated with one of their drugs later developed fungal infections, and officials are looking at the steroid triamcinolone acetonide. The fungal meningitis outbreak due to contaminated methylprednisolone acetate has affected 15 states, making 214 people sick and been linked to 15 deaths. Health officials want doctors to contact patients who got any injection of drugs made by the company. The meningitis outbreak shut down the company that custom-mixes several types of drugs and led to all drugs being recalled.

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

Previously: US Meningitis Outbreak Spreads

Tags: Contamination, Food and Drug Administration, New England Compounding Center, Recall, Steroids, Methylprednisolone Acetate, Triamcinolone Acetonide, Fungal Meningitis

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