February 21, 2013

Up for 11th Straight Year

1 Drug Overdose Deaths Continue to Rise

Drug overdose deaths are up for the 11th year in a row finds the Centers for Disease Control. Most of the deaths were accidental and nearly 60% were from prescription drugs, indicates data from 2010, a year in which there were 38,329 US drug overdose deaths. OxyContin and Vicodin contributed to 3 out of 4 prescription overdose deaths. Anti-anxiety drugs, such as Valium, were involved in almost 30% of drug overdose deaths. Doctors and patients don’t realize how addictive these drugs can be, said Dr. Thomas Frieden, head of the CDC. He added that they’re too often prescribed for pain that could be managed with less addictive drugs and called for closer prescription drug monitoring and more laws that shut down “pill mills,” medical offices and pharmacies that overprescribe these medications.

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

Previously: FDA: Lower Dose of Insomnia Medicines

Tags: Centers for Disease Control, Dr. Thomas Frieden, Drug Overdose, Oxycontin, Prescription Drug Abuse, Prescription Drugs, Drug Overdose Deaths, Vicodin, Addictive Drugs

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A Bread above All

2 Why Sourdough Bread Isn't Likely to Mold

Sourdough bread, which has an extra fermentation step above yeast fermentation, resists mold much better than conventionally leavened bread, and now researchers at the University of Alberta, Edmonton better understand why. According to research published in Applied and Environmental Microbiology, sourdough has powerful antifungal activity. During production of sourdough, bacteria (typically of the genus Lactobacillus) transform the linoleic acid in bread flour into a compound with antifungal activity. The research may help improve the taste of bread since preservatives may be eliminated! The study findings may also provide a tool to control fungi in malting and plant production.

More at EurekAlert | Posted 5 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Carbs May Boost Women's Heart Disease Risk

Tags: American Society for Microbiology, Why Sourdough Bread Resists Mold, Linoleic Acid, Bread Flour, Applied and Environmental Microbiology, Prevent Moldy Bread

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Insulin Has a Cycle Too

3 Circadian Clock Disruption Linked to Obesity

The body's circadian clock is linked with obesity, diabetes and heart disease, finds a new study. Published in Current Biology, the research shows that disruption to the body's circadian rhythm can lead to health problems. Vanderbilt scientists studying mice found that our cells' response to insulin has a circadian cycle. Insulin plays an important role in regulating fat and carbohydrate metabolism. Researchers say that it's good to fast between dinner and breakfast. Also, they found that high-fat diets disrupt the circadian clock of certain mice during a normal day/night cycle, which disrupts the insulin cycle and helps explain why high-fat diets lead to weight gain.

More at EurekAlert | Posted 5 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Oregon Has Fewest Obese Kids

Tags: Circadian Rhythm and Heart Attack Risk, Diabetes Risk Factors, Heart Disease Risk Factor, Circadian Rhythm Disruption, Journal Current Biology, Vanderbilt University Medical Center Mouse Metabolic Phenotyping

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What Coffee Should Cost

4 Burger King Offering Coffee for 25 Cents

People who like to grumble about how coffee used to cost just a quarter a cup will be delighted by Burger King's new promotion. Through March 10, participating restaurants will take your 25 cents in exchange for a 12 ounce cup of 100 percent Latin American arabica bean blend hot or iced coffee, also available in decaf. But the asterisk says people in Hawaii or Alaska may pay more. The promotion introduces Burger King's new BK Smooth Roast Coffee blend by Seattle's Best Coffee. However, it's very likely the restaurant chain is trying to get you in the door to try their new Bacon Gouda Sandwich too!

More at Burger King | Posted 5 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Dirty Dozen Produce Has More Pesticides

Tags: BK Coffee, Seattle's Best Coffee, 25 Cent Burger King Coffee, BK Smooth Roast Coffee Blend, Bacon Gouda Sandwich

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