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Health Archive            Date Archived:  December 25th 2005
 
 

Old Christmas Trees to be used to make Avian Bird Flu Vaccine

Old Christmas Trees to be used to make Avian Bird Flu Vaccine

Discarded Christmas tree

A Canadian company, Biolyse Pharma Corp., have plans to use up to half a million used Christmas trees in Ontario to extract a chemical found in the needles to help manufacturer vaccine for the bird flu. Shikimic acid can be harvested from the needles of pine, spruce and fir trees.  The acid is usually harvested from the star anise tree in China. 

The cost of the acid has increased in cost dramatically and cost $600 Canadian dollars per kilogram.  The reason for the increase in cost has been the time it takes to grow the star anise tree.  It can take eight years to grow and there are only two months are able to be harvested.  The goal of Biolyse will be to sell the acid to companies or governments that do not have to follow the Roche’s Tamiflu patents and can manufacturer a generic version of the drug.  Old Christmas Trees to be used to make Avian Bird Flu Vaccine


High Blood Pressure Medicine - Potassium and Heart Arrhythmias

High Blood Pressure Medicine - Potassium and Heart Arrhythmias

See Chart below

It is important to monitor your blood pressure. It is called the silent killer for a reason.  Most people don’t realize they have it.  The good news is there are treatments for hypertension (high blood pressure), and these treatments may save your life.  See your doctor for regular checkups.   

There are several causes for blood pressure including high cholesterol and hardening of the arteries.  Personally, my cholesterol was fine, but my blood pressure has risen with age.  My doctor prescribed me some medicine for treatment.

My blood pressure has been below 140 (systolic) for my whole life but when I turned 45 it rose to 150 and soon went even higher.  When I became sick I had it tested again and found it had risen to 180 over 90.  High Blood Pressure Medicine - Potassium and Heart Arrhythmias


High Blood Pressure Cold and Flu Medicine - Remedy Coricidin

High Blood Pressure Cold and Flu Medicine - Remedy Coricidin

Coricidin

If you have high blood pressure you understand the problem of finding something to treat a cold or flu.  There are warnings on decongestants against taking the product if you have high blood pressure. 

Recently I have seen ads on TV for a new medicine for treating a cold.  In fact the ad says Coricidin is especially helpful for those with high blood pressure.  Many other medicines have the decongestant mixed with expectorant and cough suppressant and or antihistamine. 

Coricidin is supposed to be safe for those with high blood pressure.  It is a good idea to check with your doctor before you take any new medication.  According to the Atlanticville website out of New Jersey, “side effects may include nausea, vomiting, irregular heartbeat, loss of consciousness and death”. But to be fair even the prescribed blood pressure medicine to lower blood pressure in the first place can raise potassium levels causing heart arrhythmia.   We will be writing an article about this in the future.  High Blood Pressure Cold and Flu Medicine - Remedy Coricidin


How to prevent Blood Clots in the Leg on Long Distance Trips

How to prevent Blood Clots in the Leg on Long Distance Trips

Leg Blood Clots

Long Trips can be dangerous to your health, according to UK Department of Transportation.  Prolonged immobility can hasten the formation of blood clots.  The study investigated air travel incidences and found one DVT (deep vein thrombosis) case in 6000 journeys that lasted four hours or more.

The report said that these clots are more common in people that stay in the hospital than people that travel.  Forbes reports UK transportation minister Karen Buch said the “research project has shown that DVT can occur in any form of travel where people remain seated for a long time”.  Long trips in the car can be just as dangerous. 

The longer the journey the more likely an embolism will develop.  Pregnant women are at a greater risk of developing a leg blood clot.  Also, older people, those with a hereditary blood condition, tall people and women using contraceptive pills are more likely to develop DVT. How to prevent Blood Clots in the Leg on Long Distance Trips


Diabetics can cut Risk of Heart Attack and Stroke by increasing Insulin Injections

Diabetics can cut Risk of Heart Attack and Stroke by increasing Insulin Injections

Blood Sugar Testing

Researchers have found that increasing the number in insulin injections per day will substantially reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease in Type 1 diabetes patients.  Cardiovascular disease is one of the deadliest complications of the condition. 

The risk of heart disease is 10 times greater in people with type 1 diabetes.  The good news is that aggressively controlling blood sugar by increasing the number of injections a day will cut the risk  of heart attack in half.  Most diabetics will inject themselves once or twice a day.  Aggressive control would mean five or six injections a day.

Dr. Saul M Genuth, chairman of a research project initiated in 1983 said "When you bring your blood glucose as close to normal as possible, that is what counts most,” reports Newsday.  The first trial ended in 1993 and included 1,441 type 1 patients.  Diabetics can cut Risk of Heart Attack and Stroke by increasing Insulin Injections


Gastric Bypass Surgery Should be Last Resort

Gastric Bypass Surgery Should be Last Resort

Gastric Bypass

In response to the article on "Study shows that Bariatric Gastric Bypass Surgery is Booming," I’d like to remind your readers that surgery should always be the last resort for any injury, condition, or disease.

Obesity is no exception. It’s a mistake for anyone to abandon, or worse, sidestep the proven behavioral solutions of exercise and a balanced diet. The risks of invasive bariatric surgeries (such as gastric bypass, adjustable gastric banding, duodenal switch, etc.) are substantial.

And their benefits can be achieved with less cost, no risk, and less aggravation, using natural means. Gastric Bypass Surgery Should be Last Resort


Possible cause of Autism - Oxygen Deprivation during Birth

Possible cause of Autism - Oxygen Deprivation during Birth

rat pups

Research conducted with rats shows that one possible cause of autism is oxygen deprivation during birth. 

Fabrizio Strata, a neuroscience researcher at the University of California, San Francisco who is co-author of the study shows a potential non-genetic occurrence of autism.  There is no data study of humans in this study, and if the oxygen deprivation is the cause of the autism, it does not lead to any easy treatment.  Possible cause of Autism - Oxygen Deprivation during Birth


Alzheimer’s Disease caused by Low Estrogen in Brain Tissue

Alzheimer’s Disease caused by Low Estrogen in Brain Tissue

Neurofibrillary Tangles (left) Senile Plaque ( right)

Studies of post-mortem brains of women that suffered of Alzheimer’s disease showed they had significantly lower levels of estrogen in their brain tissue compared to women of similar age without the disorder.

First reported in this week’s online edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the research shows that the lower level of estrogen can increase a women’s risk of having Alzheimer’s disease.  It is more common for women to suffer of Alzheimer’s compared to men.  One reason this is so is that women generally live longer, but the estrogen link may also contribute to a potential aid in preventing this debilitating disease.

Estrogen reduction alone does not insure that women will get Alzheimer’s, less than a quarter of women will get Alzheimer’s.  Alzheimer’s Disease caused by Low Estrogen in Brain Tissue

Stroke Prevention and Future Treatments Will Save Lives

Stroke Prevention and Future Treatments Will Save Lives

The Brain

There may be a health story behind Ariel Sharon’s recent stroke.  His doctors recommended Sharon start a diet and exercise program.  This may be the right approach to help prevent strokes. The meal he had just before the stroke included hamburgers, steak, lamb chops, shish kebab and two slices of chocolate cake.

Could this meal have been the reason for the stroke?  No one knows for sure, but diet can lead to various problems that can lead to a stroke.  For those that have already had a stroke it is even more important to lead a healthy lifestyle.

There are some things you can do to prevent a stroke.  The first thing a person should do is quit smoking if they smoke.  Of course diet and regular exercise will reduce the risk of a stroke.  Also keep diabetes and blood pressure under control.  Stroke Prevention and Future Treatments Will Save Lives

Diet and Exercise Techniques for Lowering High Blood Pressure

Diet and Exercise Techniques for Lowering High Blood Pressure

Your Blood Pressure

A recent study indicated that an intake of fruits and vegetables is the best diet for lowering blood pressure.  This type of diet is also typically prescribed for lowering cholesterol which could lead to high blood pressure. 

There is a proven diet that lowers blood pressure.  The American Heart Association published a finding that indicates the Dash Diet is effective in lowering blood pressure.  According to the Journal Hypertension, up until 2003 scientists were not sure why the Dash Diet worked so well.  Now it is known that that the diet acts as a natural diuretic, causing more frequent urination. 

Best Syndication writer Nicole Wilson wrote an article detailing the diet.  The goal is to lower the sodium intake by eating several servings of both vegetables and fruits every day.  Stay away from red meat.  The diet is quite different than the Atkins diet, but combined with exercise it appears to lower blood pressure naturally.  Diet and Exercise Techniques for Lowering High Blood Pressure


Should you use health Insurance to Buy Medical Equipment like a CPAP Machine

Should you use health Insurance to Buy Medical Equipment like a CPAP Machine

Remstar Auto

My Dad recently got diagnosed with sleep apnea.  This is a condition that many people are unaware that they have because they are asleep when it occurs.  If you are overweight and snore it is a good idea to get tested for it because sleep apnea has been shown to lead to strokes, high blood pressure and other ailments. The treatment is a sure-fire way to stop snoring. 

My father attended a sleep study and the doctor prescribed him a CPAP machine for treatment of his sleep apnea.  The prescription was sent to a medical supply outlet similar to Apria.  These companies are good at filing the claims and going through the rigermarole in getting you your medical device or equipment. 

But is it always best to go through an insurance provider to get your equipment?  Not necessarily.  Many medical equipment providers benefit by pushing the lowest cost item at the highest price.  Should you use health Insurance to Buy Medical Equipment like a CPAP Machine


Study shows that Bariatric Gastric Bypass Surgery is Booming

dy shows that Bariatric Gastric Bypass Surgery is Booming

Adjustable LAP-BAND System

Reported in the December issue of Archives of Surgery, the study was an investigation of hospital stays across the US which showed the rates of bariatric operations increased from 12,775 in 1998 to 70,256 in 2002. 

There was an increase of laparoscopic bariatric surgery with 0.1 procedures per 100,000 adults in 1998, with 5.9 procedures per 100,000 in 2002.  The open bariatric surgery increased as well from 6.2 procedures per 100,000 in 1998 to 26.8 per 100,000 in 2002.  The average median age of the patients undergoing this procedure was 39 to 42 years old.  They were more often white (85%) and women (86%).  Study shows that Bariatric Gastric Bypass Surgery is Booming


Slow Yoga Relieves Lower Back Pain Better than Conventional Exercises

Slow Yoga Relieves Lower Back Pain Better than Conventional Exercises

Yoga

It appears slow-Yoga may help alleviate lower back pain according to a team from Seattle’s Group Health Cooperative Center for Health Studies.  They assessed 101 adults with back pain and found those that practiced weekly 75 minute yoga classes made better progress than those that did not. 

At the end of 12 weeks patients in the yoga group were better able to do daily activities.  These activities involved the back muscles.  The other group did standard therapeutic exercises.  After another 14 weeks the Yoga group not only reported less pain but also used fewer pain relievers. 

The BBC reports that Researcher Dr Karen Sherman said “Most people have experienced back pain at some point in their lives,” and that “unfortunately, the treatments offered by modern Western medicine are only modestly effective."  Slow Yoga Relieves Lower Back Pain Better than Conventional Exercises


Stomach Acid Heartburn Drugs Raise risk of Dangerous Diarrhea

Stomach Acid Heartburn Drugs Raise risk of Dangerous Diarrhea

Intestinal tract

According to researchers from McGill University people that take H2 Blockers like Pepcid, Zantac and Tagamet have a greater risk of developing a potentially dangerous diarrhea bug known as Clostridium Difficile (C-diff). Users of proton pump inhibitors like Prilosec, Prevacid and Nexium may have the same problem.

These medications are commonly used to treat GERD (gastritis - acid reflux disease - heartburn).  They work by suppressing stomach acid production.  The H2 blockers are available in over the counter strength, but my be prescribed by a doctor also.  The proton pump inhibitors are usually prescribed by a doctor.

The incidence of Clostridium difficile–associated disease (CDAD) has increased recently.  The symptoms have also become more severe.  C-diff usually occurs in hospitals and nursing homes.  The spores enter through the mouth and multiply in the gastrointestinal tract.  Stomach Acid Heartburn Drugs Raise risk of Dangerous Diarrhea 


Diet Bright, Diet Might, the Only Diet that is Right!

Diet Bright, Diet Might, the Only Diet that is Right!

Dr. J Patrick Havey

Which of all the diets that we see is the brightest and mightiest of them all? With so many to choose from and so many plans that involve complicated preparations, combinations, and measurements, how can we determine which is best for us?

There is one simple answer, and that is to look at the diet that was originally intended for us from the beginning.  It's the one that comes from Mother Nature. Study after study indicates that the majority of our sickness, illness, and disease all come from a deficiency in proper nutrition.  That means a deficiency in the nutrients that our bodies were intended to consume. 

In Mother Nature, plant life has thousands of phytonutrients which, together, provide the fuel to properly run the more than 2,000 physiological processes that are constantly going on in the body.  Diet Bright, Diet Might, the Only Diet that is Right!


Breast Cancer Treatment with Tamoxifen not as effective for all Women

Breast Cancer Treatment with Tamoxifen not as effective for all Women

Tamoxifen

Tamoxifen can greatly reduce the risk of cancer relapse; however there may be some women who have a genetic variation that will make it less effective.  Researchers at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota found that a genetic variance changes the effectiveness of tamoxifen.

Matthew Goetz, MD, from the Department of Oncology,  reported in the December 20th issue of the  Journal of Clinical Oncology that one in 10 women in the U.S. have the variation of the level of cytochrome P4502D6 (or CYP2D6) which is a liver enzyme that is important for metabolizing tamoxifen.  Breast Cancer Treatment with Tamoxifen not as effective for all Women


High Blood Pressure Related to Diet with Fruits and Vegetables

High Blood Pressure Related to Diet with Fruits and Vegetables

Dr. Lyn M. Steffen

According to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition people that consume more fruits and vegetables and less meat reduce their risk of high or elevated blood pressure.  This has been suspected to be the case, but based on this dietary assessments conducted for 15 years, it appears to be true.

An elevated or high blood pressure is defined as a systolic (upper number) pressure over 140 (and / or 85 diastolic).  This study defined it as over 130.  They compared 4,300 subjects between the ages of 18 and 30.  They were roughly equal numbers of black and white men and women. 

They found that individuals that ate more plant food reduced the risk of high blood pressure.  They divided the subjects into five groups or quintiles.  Relative to the lowest quintile of intake, the second through fifth quintiles of intake cut their risk from 27% to 36% respectively.  High Blood Pressure Related to Diet with Fruits and Vegetables


New Cervical Cancer Vaccine More Effective in Younger Girls

New Cervical Cancer Vaccine More Effective in Younger Girls

Cancer Prevention

Clinical trials indicated that the new GlazoSmithKline uterine cancer vaccine Cervarix may be twice as effective for younger girls.  The results of the third phase of the trials compared the immune response of girls between the ages of 10 to 14 and girls between the ages of 15 and 24.

The clinical trials were conducted in Europe and Russia by the European drug maker Glaxo.  They involved 158 girls in the lower age group and 458 girls in the older age group.  Each girl received three doses of vaccine over a six month period.

The vaccine offered double the protective power for the younger group.  Forbes reported that Anna-Barbara Moscicki, a pediatrics professor from the University of California said “'Vaccination of pre-teen/adolescent girls against cancer-causing HPV (Human Papillomavirus) before onset of sexual activity will be an important part of the overall strategy for cervical cancer prevention.”  New Cervical Cancer Vaccine More Effective in Younger Girls


Pfizer $100 million study to prove NSAID’s and Celebrex Safe

Pfizer $100 million study to prove NSAID’s and Celebrex Safe

Celebrex Cox-2 Inhibitor

A Cleveland Clinic will be in charge of the $100 million international study.  Steve Nissen, a Cleveland cardiologist will head the trial study to determine how safe Celebrex, a Cox-2 inhibitor and other pain killers are for people with heart problems.

Sincer Merk’s Vioxx, also a Cox-2 inhibitor, was pulled from the Market and with the lawsuits that have started with Vioxx, Celebrex sales have slowed more than 40% plus they also could be entangled in lawsuits since it is also a cox-2 inhibitor.   Pfizer’s Celebrex has a required safety warning on its label now which doesn’t give confidence in taking this prescription.  Pfizer $100 million study to prove NSAID’s and Celebrex Safe


Increased Risk of Rheumatoid Arthritis by eating Red Meat

Increased Risk of Rheumatoid Arthritis by eating Red Meat

red meat higher risk

A study conducted by British researchers found that high levels of red meat in a person’s diet may increase the risk of developing inflammatory arthritis. 

A team of British researchers found that dietary habits were part of the cause of the onset of rheumatoid arthritis, along with genetics.  Lifestyle choices can account for about 40% of the risk.  Cigarette smoking has also been a contributor in developing rheumatoid arthritis.  Nutritional factors are still not clear, but some studies have shown that eating fish is beneficial, drinking coffee is bad, and drinking in moderation for women is good.  Increased Risk of Rheumatoid Arthritis by eating Red Meat


Improved Thinking with Propranolol when under Stress

Improved Thinking with Propranolol when under Stress

Propranolol

Propranolol is commonly prescribed to treat a variety of disorders including high blood pressure, heart arrhythmias, migraines, and panic attacks.  Two studies show that stress declines thinking and Propranolol helps to counter the effects.

The first study by Ohio State University Medical Center had volunteers watch two different types of movies, a war movie (Saving Private Ryan) and a comedy (Shrek).  After viewing the movies they were asked to do a series of problem solving tests.  The tests questions related to the war movie were much worse than with the comedy movie.  The researchers believe that these findings will eventually help in improvements for people with anxiety disorders and substance abuse problems.  Improved Thinking with Propranolol when under Stress


Parents teach Body Image Stereotypes to their Toddlers

Parents teach Body Image Stereotypes to their Toddlers

Parents believe boys don't eat enough

A research project at a Florida State University believes that parents are teaching body image stereotypes to children with they are toddlers.  Having the “right” body type was a boy that was not to skinny and a girl that was slender. 

A study co-authored by Psychology Professor, Thomas Joiner, with graduate student Jill Holm-Denoma and post-doctoral student Ainhoa Otamendi reported in the International Journal of Eating Disorders was conducted with the help of scientists at the Oregon Research Institute and Wesleyan University.  Parents teach Body Image Stereotypes to their Toddlers


Cancer Vaccine Treatments Promising for Prostate and Brain Tumors

Cancer Vaccine Treatments Promising for Prostate and Brain Tumors

Cancer spread within 3 months

Research out of the UCLA’s Jonsson Cancer Center may provide for an effective treatment for a very fatal form of brain cancer.  Clinical trials volunteers are wanted for this treatment. 

Researchers believe that surgery combined with a vaccine may prove effective.  After removing the tumor surgically, a combination of the patients own tumor cells and white blood cells are used to create a vaccine.  Similar to other vaccines, this vaccine will prepare the body to fight off the cancer cells on their own.

A story recently appeared on NBC in Los Angeles concerning this research.  Dr. Linda Liau of UCLA told NBC that “The problem with brain cancer is that even with very little tumor cells left, the tumor comes back. It comes back in a matter of months”.  The type of cancer being investigated is almost 100 percent fatal.  Cancer Vaccine Treatments Promising for Prostate and Brain Tumors


Mayo Clinic Research determines A Cause for Cancer Cell Mutations

Mayo Clinic Research determines A Cause for Cancer Cell Mutations

Cell Structure

New research published in the December 15th issue journal Nature may explain why some cells are naturally “cancer proofed”.  A mechanism or state called aneuploidy (AN-u-ploy-dee) may have something to do with it.  Aneuploidy is a state where a cell has an abnormal number of chromosomes that creates cellular instability, giving rise to tumors.

The research was led by Dr. Jan van Deursen PhD at the Mayo Clinic.  Van Deursen told Best Syndication that "What we discovered is that there's an active process of cellular machinery that prevents aneuploidy.  It's a surveillance mechanism involving the two proteins Rae1-Nup98 that makes sure that in every cell division the proper number of chromosomes occur.”

There are two key proteins that work to cancer-proof a cell.  These proteins prevent premature segregation of duplicate chromosomes during cell (nuclear) division.  The new cancer players comprise a two-protein complex Rae1-Nup98.  Mayo Clinic Research determines A Cause for Cancer Cell Mutations


CPAP is Better Treatment for OSA than AOP (Atrial Overdrive Pacing)

CPAP is Better Treatment for OSA than AOP (Atrial Overdrive Pacing)

CPAP nasal mask

A comparison has been made between the standard CPAP therapy and a new treatment called AOP.  The research was published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) on December 15th.  The new findings indicated that CPAP is still a better therapy than AOP for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). 

Two years ago French physicians said AOP (atrial overdrive pacing) had produced significant improvement with some people with OSA.  The new research compared results of 16 patients and found AOP had no significant effect. 

All 16 people in the Greek trial already had a pacemaker.  The pacemakers were programmed to produce 15 beats more per minute than normal in half the group.  The other half kept the pacemaker programmed to the normal beats per minute, but used CPAP (Constant Positive Air Pressure) therapy.  After one month the groups switched therapies.   CPAP is Better Treatment for OSA than AOP (Atrial Overdrive Pacing)


Hoodia Gordonii Products Screened for Legal Sourcing

Hoodia Gordonii Products Screened for Legal Sourcing

Hoodia Plant

Hoodia Gordonii, the very popular and effective weight loss supplement is gaining public awareness here in the US and abroad. The demand is high because it is really the only weight loss supplement that works. It's availability in some countries is limited by Customs regulations and a misunderstanding of these regulations that pertain to the selling of a substance that is derived from a potentially endangered species.

What some countries are concerned about, is that the Hoodia coming into their county, is legitimately grown under license and legally sourced. Some countries, Austrailia for example, may not allow Hoodia to be shipped to it's citizens unless accompanied by a copy of a legal form called a CITES and/or a Seller's Permit. These certificates are given to all exporters of legally grown Hoodia Gordonii from South Africa. If a supplier of Hoodia does not have these documents then they are not selling Certified Hoodia Gordonii and in some rare cases, their shipments will not pass Customs.  Hoodia Gordonii Products Screened for Legal Sourcing


Lung Function and Vitamin D link identified in New Zealand Study

Lung Function and Vitamin D link identified in New Zealand Study

Lungs

There may be a link between vitamin D and lung health according to a new study out of New Zealand. Researchers led by Peter Black at the University of Auckland looked at 14,091 persons over the age of 20 from the U.S. Third national health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES III) carried out between 1988 and 1994. The participants had spirometry performed and had serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D measured.

The participants were divided into five groups based on vitamin D levels.  Typically the higher the vitamin D levels the better the subjects performed on two lung function tests.

The first test was the FEV1 (forced expiratory volume).  This measured the total amount of air blown out in the first second of maximum exhalation.  The second test was the FVC (forced vital capacity) test.  This test measured the amount of air blown out during a maximum exhalation.  Lung Function and Vitamin D link identified in New Zealand Study


5 Tips to Help Kids with ADHD Enjoy Christmas

5 Tips to Help Kids with ADHD Enjoy Christmas

ADHD

Parents of children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) often cringe during the holidays. The expectation of presents and chaotic busyness can turn already energetic children into spinning tops.

Celebrate!ADHD, which provides positive solutions for families affected by ADHD, has developed a list of “5 Tips to Help Children with ADHD Enjoy Christmas.”

“Most families self-destruct and miss out on the spirit of the season,” says Celebrate!ADHD Founder Kirk Martin. “We think parents can make this the most special holiday season ever by working with their child’s nature, instead of against it.”  5 Tips to Help Kids with ADHD Enjoy Christmas


Hyaluronic Acid, Botox, Collagen, Fat, or Radiesse – Which Cosmetic Procedure is best for Wrinkles?

Hyaluronic Acid, Botox, Collagen, Fat, or Radiesse – Which Cosmetic Procedure is best for Wrinkles?

Wrinkles

Got wrinkles?  You can go in for the major surgical procedure of a face lift, which will cost around $5,000 or you can opt for a quick trip for an injection to tame the wrinkles.  The facelift of course will last longer and not require frequent trips to the plastic surgeon.  The benefit to getting the injections is that the cost ranges from $370 up to around $1,250 for treatments that can last anywhere from 3 to 6 months depending on the type of treatment.  Hyaluronic Acid, Botox, Collagen, Fat, or Radiesse – Which Cosmetic Procedure is best for Wrinkles?


Drinking Black or Green Tea will Reduce the Risk of Ovarian Cancer

Drinking Black or Green Tea will Reduce the Risk of Ovarian Cancer

Tea

New research shows that drinking just two cups of tea a day can lower the risk of developing ovarian cancer by almost 50 percent.  Previous research has shown that drinking tea can lower the risk of developing some cancers, but this new study indicates it can lower the risk of ovarian cancer by half.

The Swedish Mammography Cohort looked at 61,057 women who were between 40 and 76 years old.  At the beginning of the study 68 percent of the women said they drank tea at least once a month.  Most drank black tea. 

After 15 years there were 301 women diagnosed with ovarian cancer.  Forbes reports that Dr. Susanna C. Larsson said that “We found a lower risk of ovarian cancer associated with greater tea consumption."  Amazingly each additional cup of tea reduced the risk of ovarian cancer by 18%.  Drinking Black or Green Tea will Reduce the Risk of Ovarian Cancer


Cosmetic Surgery and Procedures by Plastic Surgeons on the Rise

Cosmetic Surgery and Procedures by Plastic Surgeons on the Rise

Botox

Plastic surgery is no longer just for Hollywood.  Plastic surgery is at an all time high among the masses of regular people as well.

Plastic surgery also called cosmetic surgery, ranges from major surgical procedures to minimally-invasive procedures like Botox injections.  It is also important to consider that the more complicated the operation, you will want the surgery in a hospital setting.  If you are having the operation in a clinic setting it may or may not be up to code.  You have a higher risk of infection and complications.  Infection is one of the risks anyone has when going in for surgery.  Cosmetic Surgery and Procedures by Plastic Surgeons on the Rise


Heart Arrhythmia Causes and Treatments

Heart Arrhythmia Causes and Treatments

Heart Arrhythmia

Heart arrhythmias are caused when electrical impulses in your heart that coordinate the heartbeat do not function properly or are out of sync.  The heart can beat too fast or too slow or just irregularly. 

Considering that your heart beats 100,000 times per day an arrhythmia is not that uncommon.  Most arrhythmias are harmless.  People may feel a brief irregular heartbeat that feels like it skipped, or in some cases like your heart is racing.  It is important to have a doctor make that diagnosis because some arrhythmias can be dangerous and life threatening. 

Some arrhythmias may not produce any signs or symptoms. Sometimes you can detect a fluttering in the chest, or a racing or slow heartbeat.  There could be chest pain or a shortness of breath.  In some cases the sufferer could experience lightheadedness, dizziness or a fainting sensation (syncope) or near fainting.  Heart Arrhythmia Causes and Treatments


How to choose a Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plan before the Deadlines

How to choose a Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plan before the Deadlines

PDP regions for Part D Plan

Medicare part D coverage started on Nov. 15th this year.  It is also call Medicare’s new prescription drug plan.  The goal of Medicare Part D is to help subsidize drug coverage through private-insurance companies. 

There are over 60 different plans to choose from which makes it a complicated procedure to figure out which plan is the right one.  The elderly and disabled who are covered with Medicare will now be able to get drug coverage through a private insurance company.  The plans vary depending on location.  Each region of the country has different benefits, costs, and terms. How to choose a Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plan before the Deadlines


Merck May Have Concealed Heart Attack Events in Vioxx Study

Merck May Have Concealed Heart Attack Events in Vioxx Study

NEJM

The New England Journal of Medicine made a public allegation stating that two of the authors of the Canadian-led study withheld data concerning Vioxx.  The original study was first published in the New England Journal of Medicine back in November 2000. 

There were three heart attacks withheld by two researchers among the subjects taking the drug.  The heart attacks were not disclosed according to the journals editor-in-chief, executive editor and co-author.  This information was made public in a press release by the journal.  

There were other adverse cardiovascular events that were deleted from the original data / manuscript just two days before it was submitted for publication.  This has come to light after an analysis of a computer disk. Merck May Have Concealed Heart Attack Events in Vioxx Study


FDA Warns Doctors to not Prescribe Pixil to Pregnant Women

FDA Warns Doctors to not Prescribe Pixil to Pregnant Women

Heart Chambers

The FDA warned doctors to not prescribe the Antidepressant Paxil to women in the early stages of their pregnancy.  According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) taking Paxil increases the chances of birth and heart defects in newborns.

It is recommended that doctors prescribe another antidepressant during the first three months of pregnancy.  This should also be done for women planning to become pregnant. 

Some of the babies had a small hole in the wall separating the heart chambers.  There were two studies and the first showed that heart defects occurred in 2% of the babies where the mother took Paxil in the first 3 months of pregnancy.  The rate for this defect in the general population is 1%.  FDA Warns Doctors to not Prescribe Pixil to Pregnant Women


Can Deodorants or Antiperspirants Cause Early Age Breast Cancer?

Do Deodorants or Antiperspirants Cause Breast Cancer

Aluminum Free Deodorant

Antiperspirants are drugs that contain aluminum and according to one researcher may be linked to breast cancer.  Dr. Kris McGrath of Northwestern University believes it is possible shaving and uses of antiperspirants habits may determine how quick women get breast cancer.

McGrath is not saying that all cases of breast cancer could be linked to antiperspirants and shaving.  Breast cancer existed long before we started making antiperspirants, but McGrath notes that when use of antiperspirant deodorants increased so did the incidence of breast cancer in an “almost parallel fashion”.

According to a recent CBS report rumors of a link between breast cancer and antiperspirants have been circulating for years, but have been written off as an urban legend by most people.  Even the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) calls it a “false… scary” story. Can Deodorants or Antiperspirants Cause Early Age Breast Cancer?


MedImmune's FluMist nasal Flu vaccine safe According to Study

MedImmune's FluMist nasal Flu vaccine safe According to Study

FluMist deemed safe

According to the U.S. Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) only 460 patients had adverse side effects after using the FluMist flu vaccine.  This is out of 2.5 million users in the United States.  Only 40 were considered serious problems.  These serious conditions include breathing problems in asthma patients and some had life threatening allergic reactions. 

FluMist became available two years ago and is intended for healthy people between the ages of 5 and 49.  The researchers conclude this type of vaccine is safe when used as directed.  MedImmune's FluMist nasal Flu vaccine safe According to Study


Moderate Alcohol Drinking may Reduce Obesity Risk

Moderate Alcohol Drinking may Reduce Obesity Risk

Moderate Drinking Only

Although not recommended as a weight lose tactic, a drink a day may lower your risk of becoming obese.  According to researchers at the Mayo clinic if you consume 5 drinks a week you were 38% less likely to be obese, compared to non-drinkers.

But don’t drink to much because excessive drinking increased your risk of becoming obese or overweight.  The team led by James E. Rohrer Ph.D. found that drinkers that consumed four or more alcoholic beverages per day were more likely to be obese than those that did not drink. 

The study compared the rate of obesity in 8,236 non-smoking participants.  The study used data from the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) conducted by the National Center for Health Statistics between 1988 and 1994. They correlated the body mass index and drinking history.  Moderate Alcohol Drinking may Reduce Obesity Risk


Alzheimer’s Disease could be Caused by a New Type 3 Diabetes

Alzheimer’s Disease could be Caused by a New Type 3 Diabetes

Alzheimer's Diabetes Link

Researchers may see a connection between diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease.  In fact, according to researchers, Alzheimer’s may be a third type of diabetes.  The researchers examined insulin and the insulin receptor function in an area of the brain affected by Alzheimer’s disease.

The study compared the brain tissues of people who died at various stages of the disease.  Postmortem brain tissue of 45 patients with normal aging or different degrees of Alzheimer’s neurodegeneration, termed “Braak Stages” was examined.

The research conducted at the Rhode Island Hospital and Brown Medical School discovered that the insulin receptors dropped off significantly in the brain even in the early stages of the disease.  The number of receptors continues to drop off as the disease progresses.  Alzheimer’s Disease could be Caused by a New Type 3 Diabetes


Leptin Injections may help Dieters Keep the Weight Off

Leptin Injections may help Dieters Keep the Weight Off

Earlier Leptin Studies

One of the big problems with dieting is gaining back weight.  Dieters may lose the pounds but put them right back on.  Scientists are beginning to learn why. 

Researchers at New York’s Columbia University found that overweight people may not produce enough of the leptin hormone.  The hormone is made in the fat tissue so as a person loses weight the leptin hormone level falls. This could be the reason why 85% people that lose weight often put at least some of the weight back on. 

The researchers gave doses of leptin to both obese and lean volunteers who recently lost weight.  They found that controlling leptin levels dieters were able to keep the weight from creeping back in people that lacked leptin.  Leptin Injections may help Dieters Keep the Weight Off


Heartburn and Acid Reflux a Common Condition and Treatment

Heartburn and Acid Reflux a Common Condition and Treatment

Esophagus and Stomach

According to the National Institutes of Health the incidence of a deadly form of esophagus cancer is on the rise.  The primary cause of this cancer is gastroesophageal reflux disease (or GERD).  About 90 percent of those that develop this cancer called adenocarcinoma of the esophagus will be dead within five years and there are very few treatments for it.

It is important to learn the warning signs of GERD.  Reflux occurs when the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) does not close properly and the stomach contents leak back in to the esophagus. 

When the food leaks from the stomach and touches the lining of the esophagus you may feel a burning sensation in the chest or throat.  This is called heartburn. The fluid may even be tasted in the back of the mouth and this is called acid indigestion.  Heartburn and Acid Reflux a Common Condition and Treatment


Caffeine Awareness Month Brewing At Columbia University

Caffeine Awareness Month Brewing At Columbia University

Coffee Beans

A Columbia University professor and the Caffeine Awareness Alliance (CAA) have joined together to alert students about the dangers of caffeine dependency. Professor Netzer, an assistant professor of marketing, and several of his students are developing unique marketing strategies for the non-profit organization.
 
National Caffeine Awareness Month is an annual event that calls attention to the risk associated with caffeinism and caffeine withdrawal syndrome, a disorder recognized by the psychiatric community. Several states and cities across America celebrate this event in March. Marina Kushner, founder of the CAA, remarked "I'm delighted the professor is helping our cause. The students appear highly motivated and quite familiar with this ubiquitous drug."  Caffeine Awareness Month Brewing At Columbia University

Does Therapy Work?

Does Therapy Work?

Richard Geller

Therapy and counseling: Do they make you better? Let’s look at the evidence.  People want marriage counseling. They want help with anxiety and depression. They want therapy for their children and for their adolescents. But they also want to know whether therapy and counseling is scientifically proven to work.

Today, insurance companies will pay for some therapy, but they often limit what they will pay for. The question is, does therapy work in a scientifically proven way? And if so, what types of therapies work better than others?

How researchers test if therapy works.  It's important to note that scientists believe experimental evidence is needed to prove that therapy works.  For instance, new drugs are tested in so-called double-blind studies. Some people receive the experimental drug. Does Therapy Work?


Are You Stressed - Try Oi Gong

Are you Stressed - Try Oi Gong

Qi Gong

Are you stressed? Be it family or work problems, money issues, sickness, depression, travel ore even the holidays. You may need to practice better stress-management skills. The key to reducing stress and gaining power over problems is to become adept at relaxing. 

One such option is Qi Gong (Chi Kung) which are gentle Chinese exercises combining breath, movement, and meditation to increase vitality and reduce stress. "The Spirit of Qi Gong" video introduces these simple healing movements benefiting men and women of all ages.

With only a 15 minute Qigong practice you can increase energy, sexual vitality, boost immunity and balance hormones. Dr. Davis specializes in Medical Qi Gong and Qigong for Women. Dr. Davis' Spirit of Qi Gong video is referred to by Spirituality and Health magazine as one of the top 3 great resources on Qigong in the United States.  Dr. Davis decided to release the video first and then the book.  Are you Stressed - Try Oi Gong


New American Heart Association CPR Guidelines

New American Heart Association CPR Guidelines

CPR Guidelines

More than 300,000 Americans die from cardiac arrest every year and the use of CPR can double the chances that a person will survive.  New guidelines suggest it is better to “push hard and push fast” next time you give CPR. The American Heart Association now urges people to give 30 compressions instead of 15 for every two breaths.

According to Dr. Michael Sayre, an Ohio State University emergency medicine professor who helped develop the new guidelines “Basically, the more times someone pushes on the chest, the better off the patient is."

The guidelines are for all ages and “’the guidelines recommend that rescuers minimize interruptions to chest compressions and suggest that rescuers.”  What's important is to keep the blood flowing.”  New American Heart Association CPR Guidelines


The New Flavor Point Diet Claims We Need to Limit Flavor Variety

The New Flavor Point Diet Claims We Need to Limit Flavor Variety

The Flavor Diet

Many health conditions have been linked to obesity including diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease.  Every year there are a plethora of diets that work for some people but not for others.  A few years ago the Atkins Diet was the rage.  Last year it was the South Beach diet. The diet rage for 2006 may be The Flavor Point Diet.

Supported by scientific research from the prestigious Yale Prevention Research Center, the Flavor Point Diet is clinically proven to help shed excess pounds quickly and safely.  The ABC News program 20/20 had a segment on this new diet that combines foods selected by flavor.  The New Flavor Point Diet Claims We Need to Limit Flavor Variety

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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