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Doctors Fail to Recognize Life-Threatening Serotonin Syndrome

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Doctors Fail to Recognize Life-Threatening Serotonin Syndrome

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In addition to recent reports that the drugs work no better than sugar pills, the latest warnings added to the long list of adverse events linked to selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor antidepressants have focused on birth defects, suicide risks and violence.

However, the massive over-prescribing of SSRIs, including Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft, Celexa and Lexapro in combination with many other drugs now has medical experts scrambling to educate doctors about a life-threatening condition known as "serotonin syndrome."

According to the report, "A Mix of Medicines That Can Be Lethal," by Jane Brody, in the February 27, 2007 New York Times, "with the enormous rise in the use of serotonin-enhancing antidepressants, often taken in combination with other drugs that also raise serotonin levels, emergency medicine specialists are trying to educate doctors and patients about this not-so-rare and potentially life-threatening disorder."

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Dr. Oz answers Medical Questions on Oprah TV Show

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Dr. Oz answers Medical Questions on Oprah TV Show

YOU: The Owner's Manual: An Insider's Guide to the Body that Will Make You Healthier and Younger - Michael F. Roizen and Mehmet Oz

[Best Syndication] Dr. Oz received a number of questions from Oprah’s viewers. We have discussed some of the topics individually, but we will finish up with the remaining questions that were discussed with Dr. Oz on yesterday’s Oprah TV show.

Dr. Oz is a co-author with Michael F. Roizen of top selling series of books about health including, "You: On A Diet: The Owner's Manual for Waist Management”, and, "YOU: The Owner's Manual: An Insider's Guide to the Body that Will Make You Healthier and Younger." He checks in on the Oprah TV show to answer our most embarrassing medical questions.

Today Dr. Oz was asked if holding in gas all day long is harmful to your health. He answered that everyone passes gas, and you should be able to let loose so long as the room is airy enough to handle it. Dr. Oz said that beans, while they can cause gas, will not make your gas smell bad, but eating eggs, and meat will cause the bad smells. If you hold it in too long, you will not harm yourself, but you can cause yourself pain.

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Baby Formula could have a new recipe for Preventing Obesity in Children – Leptin hormone increase Metabolism in Baby Rats

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Baby Formula could be a new recipe for Preventing Obesity  in Children – Leptin hormone increase Metabolism in Baby Rats

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[Best Syndication ] Infant formula and baby food could have a new ingredient that will tame their appetites reports Lisa Melton in Chemistry & Industry magazine. The new baby foods could be on store shelves soon, as Clore Laboratory at the University of Buckingham are developing foods for infants that is fortified with leptin hormone.

Leptin is a fat hormone that controls hunger. The researchers believe that those who take leptin hormone early in life will never get fat and will remain slim despite eating those extra calories. You know those people that can eat and eat and never gain a pound.

Mike Cawthorne who is the head of the Metabolic Research group at Clore has already shown that supplementing infant rats with leptin protected them from ever getting fat or developing diabetes. They even showed that rats that were fed leptin and were fed a high-fat diet remained slender.

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Vitamin C not as effective when Lipid Fat is Present in Stomach – Nitrites and Oxidation Cancer Research

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Vitamin C not as effective when Lipid Fat is Present in Stomach – Nitrites and Oxidation Cancer Research

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Scientists from the University of Glasgow found that fats found in our stomach could reduce the protective benefits of antioxidants including vitamin C. The research is being presented today, at the Society of Experimental Biology’s Annual Main Meeting.

Cancer in the proximal stomach has been increasing over the last 20 years. The researchers report that environmental factors such as diet play a role. Nitrite is also believed to be a pre-carcinogen for gastric cancer.

Ascorbic acid (vitamin C) is one antioxidant that protects against the formation of nitrite compounds by making it into nitric oxide. If the antioxidants aren’t available, nitrite would form spontaneously into nitrosating species which could target secondary amines and bile acids and forming carcinogenic N-nitrosocompounds.

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Eating Blueberries may prevent Colon Cancer

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Eating Blueberries may prevent Colon Cancer

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Researchers from the Rutgers University and the U.S. Department of Agriculture found a blueberry compound called pterostilbene may prevent colon cancer. These researchers found potential for the compound when in their animal study they were able to prevent colon cancer from developing. The study was first presented at the 233rd national meeting of the American Chemical Society. The study was funded by the National Cancer institute.

Pterostilbene is a powerful antioxidant that these researchers believe could be developed into a pill which might be an alternative treatment of colon cancer with fewer side effects than other commercial drugs. Unlike other fruits and vegetables that have shown to slow down the progression of colon cancer, this antioxidant is showing potential to actually prevent the disease from developing. Pterostilbene will not however cure colon cancer. Colon cancer is the second leading cause of death from cancer in the United States.

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