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Snoring Warning Sign For Higher Stroke Risk - Sleep Apnea More Than Doubles Risk for Ischemic Stroke - Spanish Study Determines Risk Factor

Snoring Warning Sign For Higher Stroke Risk - Sleep Apnea More Than Doubles Risk for Ischemic Stroke - Spanish Study Determines Risk Factor

CPAP machine

Researchers in Spain say that snoring is a symptom of Sleep Apnea and can be a warning sign for patients at a higher risk for ischemic stroke (blockage preventing blood from reaching a portion of the brain).  This study involved 394 elderly participants between 70 and 100 years of age. 

All the participants lived in Vitoria, a small town in northern Spain. The researchers measured their height, weight, body mass index, neck circumference and medications for hypertension, diabetes and cholesterol.  All of the patients were then given a sleep study.  The sleep studies were used to determine who had sleep apnea and who did not. Complete Article


Breakthrough Vaccine For Obesity - Turning Point in Dieting Seen - Ghrelin Vaccination Allows Rats to Eat Same But Not Gain Weight

Breakthrough Vaccine For Obesity - Turning Point in Dieting Seen - Ghrelin Vaccination Allows Rats to Eat Same But Not Gain Weight

Ghrelin

An amazing new vaccine, developed by The Scripps Research Institute, is being called a “breakthrough” in the global battle against obesity.  The Institute says this may mark a “turning point” in the treatment of obesity by confirming the effectiveness of immunopharmacotherapy. 

Immunopharmacotherapy is a method of therapy that “engages” the immune system’s antibodies to bind to selected targets.  This approach may also be an effective method of dealing with drug addiction, especially addiction to cocaine and nicotine.  Complete Article


Omega-3 Fatty Acids (Fish) Lowered PSA 77 Percent In Lab Study - Also Lowered Prostate Cancer Tumor Growth by 22 % - Ratio of Omega-6

Omega-3 Fatty Acids (Fish) Lowered PSA 77 Percent In Lab Study - Also Lowered Prostate Cancer Tumor Growth by 22 % - Ratio of Omega-6

Prostate

Scientists from UCLA say that by modifying the typical Western diet to include more fish and less red meat could reduce the prostate cancer growth rate.  The diet requires eating more omega-3 and less omega-6 fatty acids.  This is the first study to show the impact of diet on lowering an inflammatory response known to promote prostate cancer tumor progression.

They believe this finding may lead to a new treatment or aid in the treatment of prostate cancer.  Omega-6 acids come from corn, safflower oils and red meats which are the predominantly the source of polyunsaturated fatty acids in the Western diet.  The omega-3 acids come primarily from cold-water fish like salmon, tuna and sardines.  Complete Article


Breast Cancer - Is Arimidex Better Than Tamoxifen?  Panel Says Arimidex Should Be Treatment of Choice in Some Postmenopausal Women

Breast Cancer - Is Arimidex Better Than Tamoxifen?  Panel Says Arimidex Should Be Treatment of Choice in Some Postmenopausal Women

Cancer Cell

New research shows that AstraZeneca’s new breast cancer drug, Arimidex, is better tolerated than tamoxifen, the current gold standard treatment.   The study found that significantly fewer patients in the Arimidex groups had adverse side effects related to their treatment or that caused them to withdraw from treatment.

Reuters reported that Arimidex also had a significantly better risk-benefit profile, taking into account both the chance that patients would have a recurrence of breast cancer and any side effects. Complete Article


Father's Age is Risk Factor For Miscarriage - Over Age of 35 Genetic Abnormalities and Defects Associated with Sperm - Depends on Mans Age

Father's Age is Risk Factor For Miscarriage - Over Age of 35 Genetic Abnormalities and Defects Associated with Sperm - Depends on Mans Age

Sperm

The father’s age may influence the risk of miscarriage, based on a large study of women in Jerusalem who were pregnant between 1964 and 1976.  They looked at the 1,500 women who suffered a miscarriage, and compared them to the 12,000 who did not have one. 

They took into account the mother’s age, which was already a well known risk factor for miscarriage.  The research showed that men also have a biological clock.  Even in their 30’s, men had a higher risk of miscarriage.  The rate of miscarriage was three times higher in fathers between the ages of 35 and 39, as compared to men younger than 25.  Complete article


New Cancer Drug Approved in Britain - Sutent Expensive But Effective in Fighting Tumors Two Ways - SMART Starve Tumors and Stop Growth

New Cancer Drug Approved in Britain - Sutent Expensive But Effective in Fighting Tumors Two Ways - SMART Starve Tumors and Stop Growth

Sutent

A new line of cancer killing drugs is being offered for sale in Britain today.  The so called “SMART” drug attacks tumors by starving them of nutrients and inhibiting the enzyme that signals cells to multiply.  The two-front approach may be better than the single approach now offered by the extremely successful drug Glivec. 

The UK based news agency, Times Online, says that the news drug, Sutent, is “one of the latest three Glivec-like drugs that are at various stages of development, and which cancer specialists expect to prove useful in treating different kinds of tumours.”  Complete Article


Use Psychology to Lose Weight - Dieters Can Learn From This Study - Smaller Portions Can Translate To Smaller Meals

Use Psychology to Lose Weight - Dieters Can Learn From This Study - Smaller Portions Can Translate To Smaller Meals

Portion Size

Researchers from Pennsylvania say that a meal size has a lot to do with psychology.  The size may depend on the size of the plate or package or what is served.  This may help explain how culture has a lot to do with obesity. 

For instance, in France the food package size of yogurt is a little over half-the-size of the American counterparts.  The researchers say that the French don’t eat two packages of food; they just accept the one package as the size of a meal. 

The researchers used environmental cues to manipulate people’s ideas of how big a food unit is.  They put a bowl of M&Ms on a table of an upscale apartment building with a sign that read “Eat Your Fill. Please use the spoon to serve yourself."  They varied the size of the spoon from a quarter cup to a tablespoon.   Complete Article


Predicting Who Is Vulnerable for Recurrent Blood Clots Getting Closer - The Answer is in Protein Thrombin Generation - Venous Thrombosis 

Predicting Who Is Vulnerable for Recurrent Blood Clots Getting Closer - The Answer is in Protein Thrombin Generation - Venous Thrombosis

Blood Clot

Australian researchers say that men who have had blood clots have a 50% higher risk of getting more of them compared to women after finishing their anti-clotting treatments.  There is no difference in risk for men and women getting a blood clot for the first time, but the research may help in determining how long patients should be treated for deep venous thrombosis. 

Researchers are still not sure why men are more likely to suffer multiple blood clots.  They speculated that hormonal or genetic factors may be involved.  This research was published in The Lancet.  Complete Article


Want to Lose Weight? Eat Fish and Exercise – Omega 3 Fatty Acids Benefit Weight Loss – Fish Oil Has Other Advantages Too

Want to Lose Weight? Eat Fish and Exercise – Omega 3 Fatty Acids Benefit Weight Loss – Fish Oil Has Other Advantages Too

Health

New research from Australia shows that daily doses of Omega-3 fatty acids can help obese people lose weight.  The study included 68 participants divided into four groups.  One group was given fish oil with another was given sunflower oil.  There was no change in diet but both were asked to exercise for 45 minutes, three times per week.  The other two groups were given the same oils, but did not exercise. 

Reuters reported that those who took the fish oil and exercised lost an average of 2 kg over a three month period.  The other three groups did not lose any weight. The researchers believe it has something to do with the Omega-3 fatty acids found in the fish.  The sunflower oil did not have these fatty acids.   Complete Article


HIV Avoids Drugs By Hiding in Gut - New Therapy Breakthrough Called HAART Suppresses Inflammation and Aids in Better Recovery

HIV Avoids Drugs By Hiding in Gut - New Therapy Breakthrough Called HAART Suppresses Inflammation and Aids in Better Recovery

Dandekar

New research shows that HIV is able to avoid the powerful antiretroviral therapy (ARV) drugs by hiding it the guts of AIDS patients.  This discovery may lead to reducing the virus’s presence in the blood, according to a report in the TimesOnline by Sam Lister. This may also explain why the virus continues to replicate and suppress the immune system even when blood samples show the drugs are working.

In the report, Professor Satya Dandekar said “The real battle between the virus and exposed individuals is happening in the gut immediately after viral infection. We need to be focusing our efforts on improving treatment of gut mucosa, where massive destruction of immune cells is occurring.”   Dandekar led the study and is head of the university’s department of medical microbiology and immunology at the University of California, Davis.  Complete Article


Scorpion Venom Used To Treat Brain Cancer - Radiation and Chemotherapy Can Be Used With TM-601 Breaking Brain Blood Barrier

Scorpion Venom Used To Treat Brain Cancer - Radiation and Chemotherapy Can Be Used With TM-601 Breaking Brain Blood Barrier

Israeli Scorpion

Scientists at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center’s Maxine Dunitz Neurosurgical Institute in Los Angeles say that a key ingredient found in the Giant Yellow Israeli scorpion, TM-601, can transport radioactive iodine to cancerous glioma cells in the brain.   A Phase I study has been concluded using a synthetic version of the peptide which is found in this scorpion’s venom.

Glioma is an extremely aggressive and deadly form of brain cancer. TM-601 binds to glioma cells and has the unusual ability to pass through the blood-brain barrier that blocks most substances from reaching brain tissue from the bloodstream.  Complete Article


How Much Sun Do You Need For Vitamin D Production?  60,000 Die Each Year From Sun Exposure - Melanoma and Cataract Is Health Burden

How Much Sun Do You Need For Vitamin D Production?  60,000 Die Each Year From Sun Exposure - Melanoma and Cataract Is Health Burden

Melanoma

The World Health Organization (WHO) says that exposure to the sun is killing 60,000 people per year.  Although the report mentions a beneficial effect of Ultra Violet Radiation (UVR), primarily the production of Vitamin D in the body, there are hazards from too much sun. 

Living closer to the equator and living at high altitudes can make you more prone to UVR exposure.  Water and snow can also reflect the radiation, according to the report. 

The WHO recommends limiting exposure to the sun by staying in shaded areas, wearing hats and sunscreen.  The largest “disease burden” for North America, Europe, New Zealand and Australia is Melanoma.  The largest burden for Africa and most of Central America is cataract.  Complete Article


Vegan Diet Best For Diabetes Patients - Diabetics Benefit More From Vegetarian Low Fat Foods 

Vegan Diet Best For Diabetes Patients - Diabetics Benefit More From Vegetarian Low Fat Foods

Vegees Best

Contrary to what the Atkins Diet would recommend, new research shows that people with type 2 diabetes do best with a low-fat vegetarian diet.  Originally Atkins designed his diet to help people with diabetes, but later noticed all of his patients also lost weight.

This new research in the journal Diabetes Care says that people with diabetes should avoid animal products such as meat and dairy.  They also say the vegan diet is superior to the diet recommended by the American Diabetes Association, WebMD reports.

Doctor Neal D. Barnard said "The diet appears remarkably effective, and all the side effects are good ones - especially weight loss and lower cholesterol.”  Barnard is chief researcher and adjunct professor of medicine at George Washington University and president of Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.  Complete Article


Premature Babies Benefit From Nitric Oxide In First Hours of Birth - Some Babies With Low Birth Weight Have Improved Lung and Brain Function

Premature Babies Benefit From Nitric Oxide In First Hours of Birth - Some Babies With Low Birth Weight Have Improved Lung and Brain Function

Baby

New research shows that when nitric oxide is given to some premature babies within the first 48 hour of life the risk for brain and lung damage is lowered.  This is the first time a large study has shown a therapy can lower these risks, according to researchers from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). 

The NIH Director, Elias A Zerhouni MD said “Medical science has dramatically improved our ability to help very small and premature babies survive. But as the rate of premature births continues to rise, it is even more critical that we develop ways to prevent many of the complications related to prematurity so that these children can lead healthy, robust lives."  Complete Article


Heat May Be Used To Help Cure Cancer – High Temperatures May Help Radiation and Chemotherapy Kill Tumors – Lance Armstrong Effect

Heat May Be Used To Help Cure Cancer – High Temperatures May Help Radiation and Chemotherapy Kill Tumors – Lance Armstrong Effect

Coffey

Scientists at Johns Hopkins believe that body heat is the reason why people with testicular cancer have a survival rate far better than patients with other advanced cancers.  Cancers that form in the testicles may do so because they are heat sensitive.  Seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong survived the cancer even after it spread to his lungs and brain.

When the cancer cells spreads to the rest of the body, they may be prone to the increased temperature, making them easier to treat.  The Hopkins researchers say that the temperature boost may have weakened a protein scaffolding within the cancer cell’s nucleus, making the nuclear DNA more vulnerable to chemotherapy and radiation.  Complete Article


New Good Cholesterol Raising Drug Will Be Sold Stand Alone - Previously Company Planned Combining With Lipitor For Heart Patients

New Good Cholesterol Raising Drug Will Be Sold Stand Alone - Previously Company Planned Combining With Lipitor For Heart Patients

Lipitor

The worlds largest pharmaceutical company, US based Pfizer Inc, says they will start selling their new heart treatment drug, torcetrapib, in a stand-alone pill.  Previously the company planned to sell Torcetrapib only in combination with Lipitor. 

The New York Times reported that torcetrapib, is still being tested in clinical trials and is at least 18 months from federal approval.  So far the clinical trials have shown that the drug raises the so-called good cholesterol, a promising new approach to preventing heart attacks and strokes.

Analysts on Wall Street say that torcetrapib could be the new blockbuster medicine with sales of several billion per year.  If Pfizer had offered the drug only in combination with Lipitor, they would have forced patients that use Zocor and other statins to switch to Lipitor to get the benefits of torcetrapib.  Complete Article


Overweight People More Likely to Get Misdiagnosed – Obesity Study Leads to Misdiagnosis or no Diagnosis Using CT and X-Ray Scans and MRIs

Overweight People More Likely to Get Misdiagnosed – Obesity Study Leads to Misdiagnosis or no Diagnosis Using CT and X-Ray Scans and MRIs

MRI table

Researchers in the United States say that the number of inconclusive diagnostic imaging exams over a 15 year period has doubled.  The culprit, according to the researchers, was obesity. 

They reviewed all radiology exams performed at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) between 1989 and 2003, in an effort to quantify how obesity affects diagnostic imaging quality.   Complete Article


Sunscreen Approved in USA But Has Been Used in Europe since 1993 – Prevents Sun Burn and Screens Ultra Violet UV A and B Rays – L’Oreal

Sunscreen Approved in USA But Has Been Used in Europe since 1993 – Prevents Sun Burn and Screens Ultra Violet UV A and B Rays – L’Oreal

Loreal Sun Screens

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finally approved Anthelios SX for over the counter (OTC) sales in the United States.  The product has been sold for more than 10 years in Canada and Europe.  The L’Oreal product has protection against sunburn and for protection against ultraviolet B (UVB) and A (UVA) rays. 

The new sunscreen contains a combination of three different products.  The new active ingredient is a new molecular entity (NME) called ecamsule.  Ecamsule had not yet been marketed in the US, but has been marketed elsewhere since 1993.  Complete Article


Chronic Stress Agitates Ovarian Cancer – Less Stress will Slow Tumor Growth in Mice Study – Beta Blockers Help

Chronic Stress Agitates Ovarian Cancer – Less Stress will Slow Tumor Growth in Mice Study – Beta Blockers Help

Unhealthy Stress

An interesting study on mice has shown that stress can cause tumors to grow more quickly, and the effect can be blocked by a medication commonly prescribed for heart disease.  Dr. Anil Sood said "This study provides a new understanding of how chronic stress and stress factors drive tumor growth."  Sood is an associate professor of gynecologic oncology and cancer biology and director of ovarian cancer research. Complete Article


Alzheimer's - High Estrogen Levels Linked To Dementia – Netherlands Study of Older Hawaiian Men – No Association Found with Testosterone

Alzheimer's - High Estrogen Levels Linked To Dementia – Netherlands Study of Older Hawaiian Men – No Association Found with Testosterone

Estrogen Targets

Researchers from the Netherlands have found a link between high estrogen levels and dementia in older men.  Their data came from a group of 2974 Japanese-American men aged 70 to 91 who participated in the Honolulu-Asia Aging Study.  The baseline fasting blood samples were drawn between 1991 and 1993, at which time levels of testosterone and estradiol, the major estrogen in humans were measured.  Complete Article


Tamoxifen Pill Not Cost Effective For Most High Risk Breast Cancer Patients - Extends Life For Women With 3% Chance Who Take Drug

Tamoxifen Pill Not Cost Effective For Most High Risk Breast Cancer Patients - Extends Life For Women With 3% Chance Who Take Drug

Tamoxifen Binds To Estrogen Receptor

Researchers in the U.S. and Canada say that most women, even when they are at a very high risk for breast cancer, can not increase their life expectancy by taking the cancer drug tamoxifen.  Tamoxifen was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 1998 for breast cancer prevention in women who have at least a 1.67-percent chance of developing the disease over the next five years.Complete Article


Bariatric Surgery and Death Rate - Complications Include Vomiting Reflux Diarrhea - Cost of Procedure Increased - Gastric Bypass Surgery

Bariatric Surgery and Death Rate - Complications Include Vomiting Reflux Diarrhea - Cost of Procedure Increased - Gastric Bypass Surgery

Gastric Bypass

Researchers say that four out of 10 obesity surgery patients develop complications and complications for those non-elderly obesity surgery patients with private insurance increased by 81 percent.  Amazingly 21.9 percent of these patients developed complications while they were still in the hospital and 39.6 percent developed complications by the end of the 180-day study period.

According to Carolyn M. Clancy, M.D, “Obesity surgery is helping thousands of Americans who have not succeeded at losing weight reduce their risk of diabetes and other life-threatening diseases, but this study shows how important it is for patients to consider the potential complications when they make the decision to undergo the procedure.  The study also should give clinicians information that will help them make improvements in the procedure and post-surgical care.”  Clancy is a doctor and Director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).  Complete Article


Seven Important Questions To Ask To Avoid Drug Errors - News Spreads About 1.5 Million People Being Injured Each Year

Seven Important Questions To Ask To Avoid Drug Errors - News Spreads About 1.5 Million People Being Injured Each Year

Health

A new study shows that more than 1.5 million Americans are injured every year by drug errors in hospitals, nursing homes and doctor's offices. The study, conducted by the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP), estimates that at least one medicine error happens every day.

In the award-winning patient safety film, THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW BEFORE ENTERING THE HOSPITAL, patients and their advocates are advised to ask the following seven important questions each time a member of the hospital staff prescribes or brings medication:  Complete Article


Dream Deprivation Linked to Major Health Concerns

Dream Deprivation Linked to Major Health Concerns

Dreams

Tucson, Arizona - June 15, 2006 - Despite growing awareness of the health risks associated with sleep loss, we remain in the dark about the significant extent and consequences of dream loss. Mounting evidence suggests that dreaming or REM sleep is suppressed by common aspects of modern lifestyle. Many widely used medications—especially antidepressants and sleeping pills, as well as evening alcohol consumption constrain normal dreaming. And now, new findings are establishing a clear connection between the loss of dreaming and serious illness. Complete Article


Men and Boys With Autism have Fewer Neurons Than Counterparts without Autism - Brain Structure Not the Same in Autistic People

Men and Boys With Autism have Fewer Neurons Than Counterparts without Autism - Brain Structure Not the Same in Autistic People

Brain

Researchers say that they have discovered that males with autism have fewer neurons in the amygdala than their counterparts without the condition.  David Amaral says “"This is the first quantitative evidence of an abnormal number of neurons in the autistic amygdala and the first study to use modern unbiased sampling techniques for autism research."  Amaral is the research director of the UC Davis M.I.N.D. Institute.  Complete Article


Leukemia Cancer Drugs May Cause Heart Failure - Gleevec and Other Tyrosine Kinase Inhibitors Toxic and May Cause Problems

Leukemia Cancer Drugs May Cause Heart Failure - Gleevec and Other Tyrosine Kinase Inhibitors Toxic and May Cause Problems

Gleevec

New drugs used to treat leukemia, including Gleevec, may cause serious heart damage, according to U.S. researchers.  The researchers say that people taking the medication should continue to take it, but should also be closely monitored for heart damage.

The researchers from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, University of Texas released the caution of Sunday, after they found evidence that treatment caused heart failure in 10 patients.  They say that people taking other drugs in the same class, called tyrosine kinase inhibitors, may also be at risk for heart damage. Complete Article


Shocking, but potentially promising way to treat Alzheimer's - Lupron

Shocking, but potentially promising way to treat Alzheimer's - Lupron

Lupron

For the last several years, the main drug used to treat Alzheimer's disease has been Aricept, but its benefit isn't long-lasting, spanning maybe 18 months to 2 years. Yet surprisingly, a randomized study out just this week has added another clue to the mystery of this tragic disease - a drug called leuprolide (brand name Lupron) commonly used to treat prostate cancer, breast cancer, and endometriosis was found, after 12-48 weeks, to significantly slow the progression of Alzheimer's. Complete Article


Lunch Boxes May Contain Lead – FDA Says No Danger Yet but Asks Soft Sided Vinyl Lunch Pail Manufactures to Change

Lunch Boxes May Contain Lead – FDA Says No Danger Yet but Asks Soft Sided Vinyl Lunch Pail Manufactures to Change

Soft Pail

Government officials say that soft lunch boxes lined with Vinyl contain lead, however do not pose an immediate danger.  This has prompted the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ask companies to look for a manufacturing technique that does not use lead.  Research has been shown that lead can cause learning disabilities and behavioral problems. 

So far there is no evidence that shows that lead from the lunch box can migrate to the food.  Since food is usually stored inside bags, potential for contamination is minimized. Mitchell Cheeseman said that if officials were able to prove that lead is contaminating the food they would step in.  Cheeseman is associate director of the FDA's Office of Food Additive Safety.  Complete Story


Cure for Alzheimer's Disease Found In Once A Day Pill According to Australian Researchers - Drug Lowers Amyloid in Body in 24 Hours

Cure for Alzheimer's Disease Found In Once A Day Pill According to Australian Researchers - Drug Lowers Amyloid in Body in 24 Hours

A Cure?

Australian scientists say they have found a cure for Alzheimer’s disease and it is as simple as a once-a-day pill.  Trials of the drug, PBT2, start next month according to The Australian news agency.  The pill was developed by the Mental Health Research Institute of Victoria in partnership with Prana Biotechnology in Melbourne.

Professor George Fink said “It is a major breakthrough and very much a Melbourne discovery.''  Fink is the director of the Mental Health Research Institute.  He added “Though much depends on the next phase of human clinical trials ... early results indicate this drug offers hope to people with Alzheimer's disease.''  Complete Article


Obesity is not always connected with a high BMI Rating

Obesity is not always connected with a high BMI Rating

BMI Analyzer

Just because a person weighs a lot, may not mean that they are obese.  Scientists from The Jackson Laboratory are questioning the accuracy of the body mass index (BMI) rating which is determined by a ratio of a persons height compared to their weight.  Any person that has a BMI over 30 is classified as obese and is at higher risk for health problems.

The scientists looked at genetics of mice to see how genetics influence the amount of body fat a mouse can inherit.  What they discovered is the adiposity (amount of body fat) does not always correlate to having a large body.  Complete Article


A Practical Approach To Healthy Eating – Control Blood Sugar with Diet – Manage Pre-Diabetes with Good Meals

A Practical Approach To Healthy Eating – Control Blood Sugar with Diet – Manage Pre-Diabetes with Good Meals

Health

You will never be healthy, eating healthy foods occasionally. You have to make healthy eating a habit if you want to obtain nutritional health.

I have been doing push-ups five days a week for over 25 years. My arms are pretty strong but it did not happen overnight. I did not do push-ups for a couple weeks or months and then stopped. I had to make push-ups a habit if I wanted to continuously get the results I have. Exactly the same holds true with having a healthy diet.  Complete Article


Diastolic Heart Failure More Common Than Systolic Form - Symptoms are the Same But Treatments Could Vary For Ejection - Relaxation Fraction

Diastolic Heart Failure More Common Than Systolic Form - Symptoms are the Same But Treatments Could Vary For Ejection - Relaxation Fraction

Echocardiogram

Mayo Clinic researchers say that diastolic heart failure is increasing and now accounts for more than half of heart failure cases. They evaluated data from a 15 year period and discovered that this heart failure, which is characterized by a preserved ejection fraction, affects more than half of the total 5 million heart failure patients.

The percentage of these cases increase from 38 percent to 47 percent to 54 percent in three consecutive five-year periods.  There were 4,596 heart failure patients in this study.  Hypertension, atrial fibrillation and diabetes can worsen this type of heart failure.  Complete Article


Weight Loss - Why some Diet Supplements help Suppress Appetite

Weight Loss - Why some Diet Supplements help Suppress Appetite

 Appetite Controlled by serotonin

Scientists have new understandings why some weight loss drugs work by enhancing the serotonin levels in the brain.  The diet drugs that have these mood boosting effects on serotonin include sibutramine (marketed as Meridia), and fenfluramine.  Fenfluramine has been recalled because of the combination with dexfenfluramine, marketed as fen-phen because of the possibility of fatal heart valve abnormalities.

How does serotonin suppress appetite?  The group of researchers, led by Michael Cowley of Oregon Health and Science University conducted research on mice to further investigate how serotonin works with the hypothalamus.  Complete Article


Autism – Brain of Autistic Males have Less Neurons for Emotions

Autism – Brain of Autistic Males have Less Neurons for Emotions

Autism

A study has linked the autistic brains in males as having reduced amounts of neurons in the region that is related to emotional and socializing skills. This study was first reported in the July 19th issue of The Journal of Neuroscience.

The abnormality is found in the amygdala and especially in the lateral nucleus region of the brain.  This region of the brain is the major center for processing emotions and is also connected to areas of the brain that is used for higher cognitive functions.  Complete Article


Flurizan Shows Benefits for Treating Alzheimer's Disease - Slows Onset of Confusion Depression and Aggression Over 24 Month Period

Flurizan Shows Benefits for Treating Alzheimer's Disease - Slows Onset of Confusion Depression and Aggression Over 24 Month Period

Flurizan Benefits

Researchers have demonstrated Flurizan can help patients with Alzheimer’s disease.  Flurizan, made by Myriad Genetics, when given in the larger doses (800 milligram twice a day) can slow the cognitive decline caused by Alzheimer ’s disease. 

In this study, the groups taking the higher doses demonstrated a substantial benefit over other dose groups in the study and that this benefit continued over 24 months.  The testing included memory loss, cognition and global function.   Complete Article


Myelin Repair for Nerve Damage and Paralysis with Spinal Cord Stem Cell Transplants

Myelin Repair for Nerve Damage and Paralysis with Spinal Cord Stem Cell Transplants

Health

A study from the University of California Irvine along with colleagues at the Reeve-Irvine Research Center shows that using stem cells to repair spinal cord injuries and damage do not cause further damage.  The research was first reported in the current issue of Regenerative Medicine.

“Establishing the safety of implanted embryonic stem cells is crucial before we can move forward with testing these treatments in clinical trials,” said Hans Keirstead, an associate professor of anatomy and neurobiology and co-director of UCI’s Stem Cell Research Center. “We must always remember that a human clinical trial is an experiment and, going into it, we need to assure ourselves as best as we can that the treatment will not cause harm. This study is an important step in that direction.”  Complete Article


Antibodies Could be Used to Treat Alzheimer's Disease - IVIG Blood Antibody Treatment Provides Lasting Benefits

Antibodies Could be Used to Treat Alzheimer's Disease - IVIG Blood Antibody Treatment Provides Lasting Benefits

New Hope

New York researchers say that a mixture of purified human antibodies, called intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIg), provides lasting benefits to patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD).  They say this is the first study that shows that IVIg stabilizes or improves cognitive function in Alzheimer patients when administered over a period of a year or more.

The compound bonds to beta amyloid (AB), which many researchers believe is a central component causing plaque buildup in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients. They believe that the IVIg compound helps clear the AB from the brain and even helps block AB’s toxic effects.  Complete Article


People Living In "Food Deserts" Die Early - Diabetes Heart Disease and Cancer Linked To Lack of Grocery Stores - Black Neighborhoods Risk

People Living In "Food Deserts" Die Early - Diabetes Heart Disease and Cancer Linked To Lack of Grocery Stores - Black Neighborhoods Risk

Food Deserts Kill

Interestingly people who live in areas were there are fewer grocery stores are at a greater risk of becoming obese and early death.  Chicago researchers say that residents who live in so called “food deserts” are more likely to suffer from hypertension, die from diabetes, cancer and heart disease.

A UPI news report says researchers believe that the lack of stores is likely to cause early death.  The study, funded by LaSalle Bank, investigated what researchers call “health disparities”.  Mari Gallagher said "We know that across the country, the black population generally has higher diet-related deaths and health disparities."  Gallagher is one of the researchers.  Complete Article


Exercise After 40 Can Reduce Heart Disease Risk - Study Found  Physically Active Adults After Forty Years of Age Cut Coronary Disease Rate

Exercise After 40 Can Reduce Heart Disease Risk - Study Found  Physically Active Adults After Forty Years of Age Cut Coronary Disease Rate

Daily Exercise

A new study says that people over the age of 40 can still take steps to reduce their risk of developing coronary artery disease.  Of course people that have been physically active their whole life still have a lower risk, but those who became very physically active after the age of 40 were about 55 per cent less likely to be diagnosed with heart disease than those who had embraced inactivity all their lives.

The researchers interviewed 312 adults between the ages of 40 and 68 who had confirmed coronary artery disease and 479 volunteers matched for age and sex.  They were all asked questions about their physical activity between the ages of 20 and 39 and also for the period after 40.  Complete Article


Congress Debates Federal Embryonic Stem Cell Research Funding Program - President Promises to Veto any Funding Measures or Bills

Congress Debates Federal Embryonic Stem Cell Research Funding Program - President Promises to Veto any Funding Measures or Bills

Embryonic Stem Cell

Congress will be debating embryonic stem cell research this week, while the President has threatened to use his veto power for the first time if a funding measure is passed.  Even though polls show 70 percent of Americans support embryonic stem cell research, the President banned the use of federal funding back in 2001.

Many involved in the research say there is a potential to cure many diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.  Recent research even indicates that embryonic stem cells could be used to heal paralyzed patients.  Complete Article


Indoor Swimming Pools Linked to Childhood Asthma - European Study Shows Increased Rate of Wheezing In Children From Western Countries

Indoor Swimming Pools Linked to Childhood Asthma - European Study Shows Increased Rate of Wheezing In Children From Western Countries

Swimming Pool

European researchers believe that there may be a relation between indoor swimming pools and childhood asthma.  The researchers compared countries in Europe with the number indoor swimming pools.  They found that countries with more indoor swimming pools had 2 to 3 percent increased number of asthma cases.   Complete Article



 

 

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