October 17, 2012

Excess Weight + Aging Joints

1 Obesity Boosts Knee Replacement Rates

Along with type 2 diabetes and heart disease, obesity is also driving the numbers in a dramatic rise in knee replacement surgeries that has occurred over the past twenty years. According to a report in the Journal of the American Medical Association, obesity is a "predisposing modifiable factor" in the marked growth in such surgeries among Medicare patients: from 93,230 in 1991, to 243,802 in 2010, an increase of 161.5 percent. The report emphasizes the importance of the "modifiable" aspect and the need to address and reduce middle-age overweight, since the need for such surgeries, currently costing the health care system some $5 billion a year, will only be intensified as the nation's 77 million Baby Boomers grow older, heavier, and weaker of knee.

More at Usatoday30.usatoday.com | Posted 5 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Tags: Knee Replacement, Knee Surgery, Obesity and Bad Knees, Obesity and Joint Problems, Obesity and Arthritis

Comment on This | Was this Interesting? Yes! (38%) / No! (63%)

Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia

2 Creativity and Mental Illness Link Confirmed

Creative types are treated for mental illness more often than those in the general population finds a new large scale study of 1.2 million mental health patients and their relatives. Researchers at the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden confirmed previous findings that showed that bipolar disorder is more common in people in artistic or scientific professions. The study also found that authors and writers are the most susceptible to mental illness and were 50% more likely to commit suicide than those in the general population. Researchers also found that creative professions were more common in the relatives of patients with mental illness, including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and anorexia nervosa. They hope that the study will “... open the way for a new approach to treatment.”

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

Previously: Creativity and Mental Illness Found to Be Linked

Tags: Anorexia Nervosa, Bipolar Disorder, Creativity, Karolinska Institute, Mental Illness, Schizophrenia, Suicide, Creativity and Mental Illness

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No Pulse for Six Months

3 Man with Artificial Heart Dies

Jakub Halik, a former firefighter who received pioneering surgery to replace his heart with two mechanical pumps, has died of liver failure at age 37. Halik, a Czech father of one, lived for six months after his heart was replaced with the pumps. During that time, Halik had no pulse or heartbeat, but was able to use the hospital gym. He carried a battery pack to power his heart. Halik had his heart removed after an aggressive cancerous tumor was discovered. BBC reports that doctors aren't sure why Halik's liver failed. Halik is the second person to have an artificial heart, but the first person lived with his artificial heart for only one week.

More at BBC | Posted 5 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Artificial Heart Leaves Out Pulse

Tags: Artificial Heart, Man Without Heart, Heart Tumor, Jakub Halik, Living Without Pulse

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Big Drop in Repeat Abortions

4 Abortions Fall After Free Contraceptives

Free contraceptives for women may help lower rates of teen pregnancy and repeat abortions, finds a four-year study conducted in St. Louis, Missouri. Published in Obstetrics and Gynecology, the study revealed that when women were given free birth control, including long-term implants, there was a dramatic drop in the rates for repeat abortions and teen pregnancies. Chicago Tribune writes that the study was intended to model the likely advantages of the Affordable Care Act's mandatory coverage for contraception. The study, which was conducted between 2007 and 2011, included 9,256 women. Among the women, 41 percent had perviously had an abortion, while 63 percent had previously had an intended pregnancy.

More at Chicago Tribune | Posted 5 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Teens Who Have Abortions Not Worse off Emotionally

Tags: Affordable Care Act, Journal Obstetrics and Gynecology, Abortion Rate, Contraceptives Access, Free Birth Control, Repeat Abortions, Lowering Abortion Numbers

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Why Are Lesbians Avoiding Paps?

5 Many Lesbians Skip Cervical Screening

Nearly four of 10 lesbians polled in a national survey skip their routine cervical cancer screening, finds a University of Maryland School of Medicine study. Presented at the 11th Annual AACR International Conference on Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research, the findings show that the percentage of lesbians not following recommendations for cervical cancer screening is higher than for women overall. While 38 percent of lesbians polled didn't get screened, only 13 percent of women in general haven't had a Pap test in the last three years. Researchers caution that HPV or human papillomavirus, the virus that causes cervical cancer, can be transmitted during same-sex sexual activity, putting lesbians at risk for cervical cancer.

More at EurekAlert | Posted 5 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Social Support for Suicide Prevention LGB Youth

Tags: Cervical Cancer Risk Factors, Cervical Cancer Risks, Human Papillomavirus, Lesbians Skip Pap Smear, Maryland School of Medicine, AACR International Conference on Frontiers in Cancer Prevention

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Superior Anti-Cancer Properties

6 Vegetable Compound May Treat Breast Cancer

A new compound created from cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli and brussel sprouts has been developed to combat triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC), a form of aggressive cancer that accounts for approximately 15 to 20 percent of all breast cancer cases in the United States. A team of researchers from Florida A&M University and Texas A&M University have evaluated the activity of compounds within these vegetables known as “novel C-substituted diindolylmethane (C-DIM) which have superior anticancer properties. In contrast to existing anticancer drugs, DIM is orally active, so it could be available to patients in pill form and safe to take daily. The research has been presented at the 2012 American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

More at EurekAlert | Posted 5 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: 21 Million Cancer Patients Annually by 2030, Calcium Supplements May Lower Breast Cancer Risk

Tags: Breast Cancer, Breast Cancer Treatment, Cruciferous Vegetables, Nutrition, Triple-Negative Breast Cancer

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