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Special Genetically Engineered Cows Could Be End to Mad Cow Disease – Bovine Spongiform Encephalitis BSE Not Found In Cattle

Special Genetically Engineered Cows Could Be End to Mad Cow Disease – Bovine Spongiform Encephalitis BSE Not Found In Cattle

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Scientists at the National Animal Disease Center in Ames, Iowa believe they have engineered cattle that are immune to the bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or Mad Cow disease. Lab tests on 20-month old genetically engineered cattle have shown them to be immune to the disease, but researchers caution that tests need to be conducted over a longer period of time.

If consumers are accepting of genetically engineered cattle, this could be the end of Mad Cow disease. Scientists believe that people who eat beef infected with the prion that causes Mad Cow disease become infected themselves. The human variant is known as Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, or vCJD.

Spinal Stenosis Foundation to Provide Information and Advocacy

Spinal Stenosis Foundation to Provide Information and Advocacy

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The Spinal Stenosis Foundation to Provide Information and Advocacy
for Increasing Numbers of Spinal Stenosis Patients and Health Care Providers

A new non-profit organization based in South Florida has been created to help educate and network patients and practitioners affected by Spinal Stenosis, a serious and debilitating spinal canal narrowing common among older adults. The Spinal Stenosis Foundation of Palm Beach County was created by orthopedic surgeon Dr. Stewart G. Eidelson, M.D. as a result of his growing awareness that the condition is becoming more prevalent as baby boomers continue to age in unprecedented numbers.

“Palm Beach County leads the nation as one of the number one areas of retired persons who currently suffer from the pain and numbness brought on by spinal stenosis, which affects millions of Americans and limits the ability of our aging population to enjoy the fruits of their labor in later life,” said Dr. Eidelson.

Paxil Birth Defect Litigation - Battle of the Decade

Paxil Birth Defect Litigation - Battle of the Decade

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A year ago, the FDA reclassified Paxil from a Category C drug to a Category D for pregnant women. Category C is for drugs that have been shown to harm the fetus in animals. Category D means a drug has been found to harm the human fetus.

In a December 1, 2006, news release, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists' Committee on Obstetric Practice, advised that Paxil should be avoided "by pregnant women or women planning to become pregnant due to the potential risk of fetal heart defects, newborn persistent pulmonary hypertension, and other negative effects."

An interesting comment in the announcement states: "Unpublished data regarding the use of Paxil® during the first trimester of pregnancy have raised concerns about an increased risk of congenital heart malformations."

Longevity Gene Responsible For Memory And Learning Ability – Alzheimer’s Disease Treatments May Come From Research Study

Longevity Gene Responsible For Memory And Learning Ability – Alzheimer’s Disease Treatments May Come From Research Study

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Scientists say that a “longevity gene” that helps people live into their 90’s and beyond may also protect against Alzheimer’s disease and a loss of cognitive function as they age. The New York researchers say that the gene helps people learn, think and remember new information.

The gene variant alters the cholesterol particles in the blood making them larger. It is believed that the larger cholesterol particles don’t lodge themselves into the blood vessel linings as easily as the smaller ones. This fatty buildup can lead to heart attacks and strokes.

Vitamin D may lower Risk for Developing Multiple Sclerosis

Vitamin D may lower Risk for Developing Multiple Sclerosis

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Researchers have found some evidence that imply that higher levels of vitamin D may reduce the risk for developing multiple sclerosis. The researchers did not see the benefit in Hispanic or black individuals. The study was first reported in the December 20th, issue of JAMA.

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is caused by nerves becoming damaged losing their protective covering called myelin. This neurological disease usually begins as a young adult. There are an estimated 350,000 people in the US that have Multiple Sclerosis. Symptoms can range from mild to severe and can vary.

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