November 18, 2014

Over 2,000 Reports Per Year

1 Energy Drink ODs Hitting Kids Under Age 6

Poison control centers now get over 2,000 calls per year about serious side effects from consuming energy drinks experienced just by children under the age of six. This represents 40 percent of all poison center calls for "energy drink exposure," and the children are often suffering abnormal heart rhythms or seizures. The drinks in question may contain over 300 mg of caffeine, the equivalent of three cups of coffee, and look and taste like sweetened beverages. Most of the parents were not even aware that the child had consumed an energy drink. Since the poison center figures don't include parents who took the child directly to a clinic or ER, researchers suspect the 2,000 number is merely "the tip of the iceberg." The American Heart Association released the nationwide study.

More at Cnn.com | Posted 3 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Do Energy Drinks Turn Kids into Zombies?

Tags: Energy Drinks and Children, Side Effects of Energy Drinks, Danger in Energy Drinks, Energy Drink Overdoses

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“Giant Step Forward”

2 Study Suggests Genetic Link for Homosexuality

A large-scale study of nearly 800 gay brothers found evidence of a genetic link for male homosexuality but the results aren’t strong enough to prove it, say researchers at North Shore University Health System Research Institute, IL. Researchers point to genes on the X chromosome and also found evidence of influence from genes on a different chromosome, although it didn’t identify the specific gene or genes. The new evidence “is not proof but it’s a pretty good indication” that sexual orientation is influenced by genes, said lead author Dr. Alan Sanders. Researcher Dr. Chad Zawitz said the research is “a giant step forward” toward answering questions about homosexuality. Being gay “is sort of like having certain eye color or skin color - it’s just who you are,” he said.

More at Www.hosted.ap.org | Posted 3 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: New Study Finds Higher Cancer Rate among Gay Men

Tags: Homosexuality, Genetic Link Homosexuality, North Shore University Health System Research Institute, Dr. Alan Sanders, Dr. Chad Zawitz, Sexual Orientation

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Don't Sweat the Small Gain

3 Weight After Quitting Smoking Won't Kill You

Gaining weight after kicking your smoking habit may not be such a bad thing, suggest researchers. According to a small study in Japan, those who quit smoking didn't experience an increased death risk after gaining weight. The research, presented during American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions, compared deaths from all causes among 1,305 Japanese adults who quit smoking to the deaths of 2,803 Japanese smokers. Researchers found that 362 men and women had no weight gain after quitting, and 458 gained no more than 4 pounds and 6 ounces. Smokers who quit and gained no more than 4 pounds and 6 ounces had a 49 percent lower risk of death compared to smokers, and those who quit with no weight gain had a 34 percent reduced risk. Those who gained more weight had a 26 percent reduced risk.

More at EurekAlert | Posted 3 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Dangers of Third-Hand Cigarette Smoke

Tags: Diabetes, Hypertension, Reasons Quit Smoking, Gaining Weight After Quitting Smoking, Weight Gain Not Increase Death, American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2014

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Reach for Rosemary and Oregano

4 Herbs and Spices Reduce Triglyceride Levels

A spice blend added to meals can help lower triglyceride levels. Researchers found that adding a blend of antioxidant-rich spices and herbs can help lower triglyceride concentrations as much as 30 percent compared to the same meal without the blend. The blend includes black pepper, cinnamon, garlic powder, rosemary, oregano, cloves, paprika, turmeric and ginger. The findings, completed by Penn State nutritionists, are available in a supplement to the current Nutrition Today. The research was supported by the McCormick Science Institute.

More at EurekAlert | Posted 3 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Kava Tea Linked to Muscle and Kidney Problems

Tags: Health Benefits Herbs, Health Benefits Spices, How to Reduce Triglyceride Levels

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Your Urine Tells

5 Soy Reduces Hot Flashes for Certain Women

Around 20 to 50 percent of North American and European women may experience reduced hot flashes with soy consumption thanks to their ability to produce the soy metabolite equol, find researchers. The study of women in America found that soy doesn't help women without the ability to produce equol after consuming soy. Bacteria in the gut metabolize equol with the help of the soy isoflavone diazden. The research, published in Menopause, involved a survey of women ages 45 to 55 in the Seattle, Washington area. The women didn't use hormone therapy (HRT), but they did eat soy foods a minimum of three times a week. Hot flashes were measured with a skin monitor, and urine tests revealed which women could produce equol.

More at EurekAlert | Posted 3 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Soy Protein Beats Milk for Lowering Cholesterol

Tags: Journal Menopause, Soy Isoflavone Diazden, Soy Metabolite Equol, Does Soy Reduce Hot Flashes

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