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Alzheimer's Disease Gene identified that Increases Risk

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[Best Syndication News] Researchers have found a gene, MTHFD1L, that they believe is associated with an increased risk for developing late-onset Alzheimer's disease. The researchers will be presenting their findings at the American Academy of Neurology’s 62nd Annual Meeting in Toronto, which is running from April 10 – 17, 2010.

Researchers looked at 2,269 people that were diagnosed with late-onset Alzheimer's Disease for a common gene variation. They compared the Alzheimer's patients genetics against the genes of 3,107 people that don't have the disease. They searched for matches in the whole genome instead of just isolated areas.

Exercise Therapy helpful way for Treating Depression and Anxiety

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[Best Syndication News] Exercise Therapy should be prescribed to depression and anxiety patients more often said Jasper Smits, director of the Anxiety Research and Treatment Program at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Smits reviewed several published studies that looked at the benefits of exercising to treat depression and anxieties. The researchers presented their findings in Baltimore at the annual conference of the Anxiety Disorder Association of America on March 6th.

The researcher said that therapists should be trained in exercise therapy to help their patients with this kind of treatment. Exercise programs were seen to reduce depression and anxiety in several studies.

Mild Traumatic Brain Injury can cause ongoing Neurological and Cognitive Problems for Many

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[Best Syndication News] The commonly called concussion, is also diagnosed as a Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). A Mild TBI happens to over 1 million people each year in the United States and usually is just brushed of as a knock on the head and isn't a major problem. Douglas Smith, MD, director of the Center for Brain Injury and Repair and professor of Neurosurgery at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine studied the effects that a Mild TBI has on a brain and found that these mild concussions can persist into neurological and cognitive problems for many people that have had a Mild TBI.

Smith along with fellow researchers collected data from human and animal studies on mild TBI at 2 – 4 days after the injury occurred and were measured with advanced neuroimaging techniques. There was changes in how the white matter of the brain worked in the Mild TBI patients. They identified a protein marker in the brains of the mild TBI patients that was also present in the blood as well that was different than someone that didn't have that injury.

Super Poligrip Denture Adhesives Neurological Damage Risk - Consumer Warning issued about Zinc Poisoning

Super Poligrip Denture Adhesives Neurological Damage Risk - Consumer Warning issued about Zinc Poisoning

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[Best Syndication News] GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) announced that they have stopped manufacturing and supplying their Super Poligrip denture adhesives until they can switch to a zinc-free alternative. The company issued the voluntary halt and issued a Consumer Advisory warning letting consumers know that there are possible health risks of having too much zinc absorbed especially if the individual also takes a zinc dietary supplement.

The brands affected in the United States include Super Poligrip ‘Original’, ‘Ultra Fresh’ and ‘Extra Care’. Other manufacturers may still be selling their denture creams containing zinc. The company has Zinc-free brands available Super Poligrip ‘Free,’ Super Poligrip ‘Comfort Seal Strips’, or
Super Poligrip ‘Powder’. You need to look for the packages that state Zinc-Free. The Polident Denture Cleanser tablets contain no zinc and is not included in the consumer warning.

There currently is an ongoing lawsuit against the manufacturer that is in federal court in a Multidistrict Litigation at the Federal court in Miami, Florida.

BPA linked to Heart Disease and Diabetes in Adults – FDA finds BPA could effect Brains and Behavior in Children

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[Best Syndication News] The FDA have been researching the effects of Bisphenol A also called BPA a chemical that is found in plastic food containers which they have been recommending consumers to limit their exposure to plastic containers. The FDA has released an updated report on BPA which has been in hard plastic bottles and metal-based food and beverage cans since the 1960s.

The FDA has expressed concerns about the safety of BPA and have written on their website, “FDA have some concern about the potential effects of BPA on the brain, behavior, and prostate gland in fetuses, infants, and young children.”

While the FDA believes it is safe they are recommending limiting BPA to children. Because of the FDA's concern of BPA they have been working with the National Toxicology Program with their National Center for Toxicological Research to further research the potential hazards of BPA. The FDA has a website dedicated to BPA and what they are currently doing to remedy the problem.

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