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Health Archive            Date Archived:  March 21st 2006
 
 

Cancer Treatment - Taking Pride in the Advances in Radiation Therapy

Cancer Treatment - Taking Pride in the Advances in Radiation Therapy

"The Best News About Radiation Therapy" Book

Why is radiation therapy so stigmatized?  After all, it is a very useful treatment and its benefits far outweigh its risks.  How can a modality that cures cancer and spares people from mutilating cancer surgery, such as the removal of the voice box, a mastectomy, and the amputation of limbs, be so fearsome?

Unfortunately, people are misinformed. Also, most people’s perceptions of radiation therapy are colored by unfortunate anecdotes, which people have not put into their proper perspective. After all, one hears about bad outcomes when people travel in motor vehicles.  Yet, people do not fear the potential dangers of driving or being a passenger they way dread the thought of radiation therapy.  Furthermore, society does not make the distinction between cleanly prescribed medical radiation and nuclear accidents like Chernobyl.  Cancer Treatment - Taking Pride in the Advances in Radiation Therapy


Open Heart Surgery Recovery Is a Full-Time Job

Open Heart Surgery Recovery Is a Full-Time Job

 Maggie Lichtenberg

You are now home from the hospital, and while the healing process is well underway, or you would not have been discharged, there are miles to go. There seem to be so many instructions to remember. You simply will not be up to much in the first few weeks, and in some cases, for several more. I won’t understate this.

Yes, an upbeat approach by the hospital medical staff may have sent you waltzing home and it’s thrilling to be leaving the hospital, where you haven’t been permitted to sleep through the night. Yet you are returning home greatly fatigued, with a medications schedule to manage, possibly a tank of oxygen, and perhaps recurrent irregular heartbeats or other complications that remain unresolved. Now is the time to dedicate yourself to the hard work of recovery. Alternating rest and exercise, and above all patience with the physical and emotional trials ahead, is your assignment for the next several weeks.  Open Heart Surgery Recovery Is a Full-Time Job


Multiple Sclerosis Drug Combined with Lipitor May Stop or Reverse Disease - Dosages Cut in Half with Fewer Negative Side Effects

Multiple Sclerosis Drug Combined with Lipitor May Stop or Reverse Disease - Dosages Cut in Half with Fewer Negative Side Effects

Lipitor

Combining treatments may improve outcomes for patients with Multiple Sclerosis (MS), according to research done on mice and published online by the Journal of Clinical Investigation. Scott S. Zamvil and colleagues at the University of California, San Francisco found that mice treated with a combination of Glatiramer acetate (GA) and atorvastatin (Lipitor) demonstrated “a significant prevention and reversal of clinical MS severity” of MS symptoms.  Multiple Sclerosis Drug Combined with Lipitor May Stop or Reverse Disease - Dosages Cut in Half with Fewer Negative Side Effects


ADHD - Why Drug Companies want FDA Approval for Treating Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

ADHD - Why Drug Companies want FDA Approval for Treating Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

ADHD A Complete Authoritative Guide

Some of the top-selling drugs of all time are those prescribed to treat attention deficit disorders. Drug companies have physicians in every field of medicine pushing these medications and dole out millions of dollars worth of free samples each year to make sure they are passed out like candy.

A new ADHD drug is set to come on the market that supposedly can keep people awake for days at a time with no problems. Just what we needed, especially for hyper little kids.

I wonder if this means they will remain calm as they sit wide-awake watching TV and playing video games for days while the rest of the family sleeps.

The drug Sparlon is manufactured by Cephalon and is a clone of Provigil, another drug already on the market. Sparlon contains modafinil, the same exact active ingredient contained in  Provigil which is approved for the treatment of patients with narcolepsy, sleep apnea and shift work sleep disorder, according to the FDA.  ADHD - Why Drug Companies want FDA Approval for Treating Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder


ADHD Experts Head To Washington - Is the FDA Up To The Task?

ADHD Experts Head To Washington - Is the FDA Up To The Task?

Capitol in Washington DC

Heavy-hitters from across the country are heading to Washington this month to debate representatives of the pharmaceutical industry during FDA hearings on the controversy surrounding the over-prescribing of attention deficit drugs to children.

The International Center for the Study of Psychiatry and Psychology (ICSPP) will be represented by five of the leading experts on attention deficit disorders at the FDA's Pediatric Advisory Committee's meeting on March 22, to include Dr Fred Baughman, Dr Peter Breggin, Dr S DuBose Ravenel, Dr Grace Jackson, MD, and Dr David Stein. These experts combined have authored hundreds of books, papers and reports on attention deficit disorders.*

And all five have one common goal; to put an end to the drugging for profit of the nation's most vulnerable citizens and pharma's most lucrative customer base - innocent children.  ADHD Experts Head To Washington - Is the FDA Up To The Task?


Aricept Makers Says 11 Patients Die in Alzheimer’s Disease Drug Study – Other Studies Compare Aricept, Razadyne and Exelon Treatments

Aricept Makers Says 11 Patients Die in Alzheimer’s Drug Study – Other Studies Compare Aricept, Razadyne and Exelon Treatments

Aricept

Aricept is a drug used to treat Alzheimer’s disease in people with mild to moderate forms of the disease.  In a new clinical trial, 11 patients out of 648 died while taking the drug while none died taking the placebo.  Aricept was given once daily for 24 weeks.  The placebo was given to 326 patients. 

The Japanese maker of the drug, Eisai Co Ltd, reported the results to regulatory authorities and investigators.  The drug has been advertised on Television and has not been approved for vascular dementia in the United States, Japan or Europe, but is approved for the condition in a half dozen smaller markets.

The trial was conducted in nine countries and involved patients with vascular dementia only. None of the participants were diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Most patients had a history of stroke or heart disease, and were therefore also taking medicines to treat these cardiovascular problems.  Aricept Makers Says 11 Patients Die in Alzheimer’s Disease Drug Study – Other Studies Compare Aricept, Razadyne and Exelon Treatments


What is a Supplement and Why do you need one? 

What is a Supplement and Why do you need one?

Supplements

One of the easiest ways you can help your own effort to lose weight and get healthy is through the use of supplementation. A supplement shouldn't be some concentrated megadose vitamin that doesn't have the all of the other nutrients that exists in juice and fiber of the fruit or vegetable. No, a supplement should be "that which is closest to the actual content of the food, plus have as much of the nutrients in tact that is contained in the juice of the fruit or vegetable."

For years it has been difficult to avoid offering supplements of some sort - after all, everyone wants to take them. But optimally, the only supplements that should be taken are ones that fits many criteria, which up until now we have been unable to find. Some may fit many, but just about every supplement doesn't fit all of the necessary criteria.  What is a Supplement and Why do you need one? 


Low Glycemic Index Diets May Not Lower Blood Sugar Levels – Low Carbohydrate Diets Including Atkins and South Beach Questioned

Low Glycemic Index Diets May Not Lower Blood Sugar Levels – Low Carbohydrate Diets Including Atkins and South Beach Questioned

White Bread

Many dieticians recommend diets with a low glycemic index (GI), which is a measure of the effects of a given food on blood sugar levels. More accurately, the Glycemic Index (GI) is a measure of the glycemic effect of carbohydrate in a particular food compared to an equivalent amount of carbohydrate in a standard amount of glucose or white bread.

There is another factor to consider besides GI, and that is Glycemic Load (GL).  The GL is the GI of the food divided by 100 and then multiplied by the grams of carbohydrate from a single serving of that food.  If the specific food in consumed in small quantities a high GI may not always equate to a high GL.  It may be more important to calculate the GL rather than the GI for people that need low sugar diets. Low Glycemic Index GI Diets May Not Lower Blood Sugar Levels – Low Carbohydrate Diets Including Atkins and South Beach Questioned


Blood Test May Detect Cancer AIDS and Alzheimer’s Disease Early – Breakthrough Technology 100,000 Times More Sensitive than Current Tests

FACTT Blood Test May Detect Cancer AIDS and Alzheimer’s Disease Early – Breakthrough Technology 100,000 Times More Sensitive than Current Tests

Mark Green PhD

A new breakthrough technology may allow for early detection of some cancers, Alzheimer ’s disease, HIV and other deadly conditions.  The sensitivity of the test is 100,000 times higher than that of some other blood tests.  Another test, ELISA (enzyme-linked immunoadsorbent assay), is used as a diagnostic test to determine exposure to infectious agents, such as HIV, by identifying antibodies present in a blood sample.

The New FACTT (Florescent Amplification Catalyzed by T7-polymerase) test is much more sensitive.  One of the researchers, Hongtao Zhang, PhD, said "The current ELISA tests can only detect proteins when they are in high abundance. But the problem is that many of the functional proteins – those that have a role in determining your health – exist in very low amounts until diseases are apparent and cannot be detected or measured at early stages of medical pathology. It was important to develop a technique that can detect these rare molecules to detect abnormalities at an early stage."  FACTT Blood Test May Detect Cancer AIDS and Alzheimer’s Disease Early – Breakthrough Technology 100,000 Times More Sensitive than Current Tests


List of Treatments for Baldness or Loss of Hair – Hair Transplantation Compared to Rogaine and Propecia – Depends on Cause of Alopecia

List of Treatments for Baldness or Loss of Hair – Hair Transplantation Compared to Rogaine and Propecia – Depends on Cause of Alopecia

Hair

There are several treatments for hair loss, including hair transplantation, over the counter and prescription drugs, ointments and creams.  Some people take no action to hide or treat their hair-loss while others may take minor steps like wearing a hat or wig, changing their hairstyle, and makeup. Both men and women can experience hair loss.

There are some other steps that can be taken including drugs and surgery.  You may want to talk to your regular doctor before you seek a specialist. They may have talked to others and may have recommendations for alopecia (another term for hair loss).   List of Treatments for Baldness or Loss of Hair – Hair Transplantation Compared to Rogaine and Propecia – Depends on Cause of Alopecia


Prostate Cancer – PSA lowered, Tumor Growth Stalled and Cancer Cell Death by eating Capsaicin found in Hot Peppers

Prostate Cancer – PSA lowered, Tumor Growth Stalled and Cancer Cell Death by eating Capsaicin found in Hot Peppers

Habanera Hot Peppers

A study found that the capsaicin that is found in hot peppers caused prostate cancer cells to kill themselves.  Researchers from the Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and UCLA published their results in today’s issue of Cancer Research.

The capsaicin is what makes our tongue burn when eating a jalapeños hot pepper.  The researchers found that when they introduced the capsaicin to human prostate cancer cells it caused the cells to undergo a programmed cell death called apoptosis.  Prostate Cancer – PSA lowered, Tumor Growth Stalled and Cancer Cell Death by eating Capsaicin found in Hot Peppers


The Secrets to Permanent Weight Loss - Diets that Work Keep Pounds off

The Secrets to Permanent Weight Loss - Diets that Work Keep Pounds off

Article Author

Do you ever feel like losing weight is impossible or seems like a constant battle?  Do you feel like every fad diet or diet pill is long on promises and short on results?  Well, you don’t have to worry about that, because I’m going to tell you up front that this plan will probably be short on results?  What??! Why would I say that? I’ll tell you why….

I’m not going to promise that you can lose 30 pounds in 30 days.  It very well may be possible for you to do that, but I’ll just let you be pleasantly surprised by your own results! 

The reason that I’m not going to make that promise is because I don’t need to! That’s right…I don’t need to.  First of all, I’m not interested in having you lose 30 pounds in 30 days only to see you turn around and put it all back on…or more!  The Secrets to Permanent Weight Loss - Diets that Work Keep Pounds off


Colorectal Cancer Main Page - Colon Cancer Symptoms and Treatments

Colorectal Cancer Main Page - Colon Cancer Symptoms and Treatments

Intestines

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States.  There are over 130,000 cases diagnosed each year and over 50,000 deaths from the disease.  It can be survivable, especially if caught early.  This is why screening for colon cancer is so important.

There are several types of colon cancer including lymphoma, carcinoid tumors, melanoma, and sarcomas.  Colon carcinoma is the most common type.  There are several risk factors for colon cancer including family history, diet, obesity, even smoking and alcohol consumption.  Patients with a history of breast cancer have a slightly higher risk of developing colon cancer, and so do African Americans.  Men are more likely to develop colon cancer than women.

Although it has not been proven that a high fiber diet can lower the risk of colon cancer, most experts believe that a diet high in fat and meat diet low in fiber will increase the risk.  Colorectal Cancer Main Page - Colon Cancer Symptoms and Treatments 


Alzheimer's Disease Risk Reduced By Blood Pressure Medicine - Hydrochlorothiazide (HCT) Potassium Sparing Diuretics and Beta Blockers May Prevent Disease

Alzheimer's Disease Risk Reduced By Blood Pressure Medicine - Hydrochlorothiazide (HCT) Potassium Sparing Diuretics and Beta Blockers May Prevent Disease

Various HCT pills

Certain blood pressure lowering medications may reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s Disease (AD), according to a study that will be published in the May 2006 print issue of Archives of Neurology, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.  Although hypertension (high blood pressure) may increase the risk of Alzheimer’s, it is unclear what the exact mechanism is that reduces the risk. 

The link between hypertension and AD prompted research to examine whether antihypertensive agents (medications prescribed to treat high blood pressure), could reduce the risk of AD.  The drugs include diuretics and beta blockers.  Diuretics make the kidneys excrete water and salt.  Beta blockers slow the heart rate reducing the hearts pumping action and widening blood vessels.  Alzheimer's Disease Risk Reduced By Blood Pressure Medicine - Hydrochlorothiazide (HCT) Potassium Sparing Diuretics and Beta Blockers May Prevent Disease


Colon Cancer can be prevented with Early Colonoscopy Screening

Colon Cancer can be prevented with Early Colonoscopy Screening

American College of Gastroenterology

Experts from the American College of Gastroenterology say that not enough people in the United States get screened for color cancer.

Katie Couric host on NBC’s Today show lost her husband, Jay, to colorectal cancer in 1998.  Researchers have noticed a slight increase for people getting screened with a colonoscopy since she has become an advocate for the disease.  Researchers from the University of Michigan have called it “The Couric Effect.”

Although Couric has helped gain awareness and increased the screening for colon cancer there is still a shortfall in the number of people that get a colonoscopy.  The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention in 2002 said that there were only 41 percent of men and women over the age of 50 who had colonoscopy screenings in the last five years.  Colon Cancer can be prevented with Early Colonoscopy Screening


Early Antibiotic Use May be Linked to Asthma - Ear Infections Bronchitis and Upper Respiratory Infection Treatments May Lead to Childhood Asthma

Early Antibiotic Use May be Linked to Asthma - Ear Infections Bronchitis and Upper Respiratory Infection Treatments May Lead to Childhood Asthma

Asthma Patient X-ray

Researchers warn that antibiotic use may double the risk of childhood asthma.  According to a study by the University of British Columbia, “children under age 1 who are treated with an antibiotic are twice as likely to develop asthma in childhood.”

Current guidelines recommend antibiotics for children under the age of 2 who contract ear infections.  The study’s coauthor, Fawziah Marra, M.D, said “In children, antibiotics are commonly used to treat ear infections, upper respiratory tract infections, and bronchitis, but not every childhood infection requires an antibiotic.” Since most upper respiratory tract infections and bronchitis are viral, antibiotics are ineffective.  Early Antibiotic Use May be Linked to Asthma - Ear Infections Bronchitis and Upper Respiratory Infection Treatments May Lead to Childhood Asthma


High Blood Pressure – The sooner treated with Medication the less likely of developing Hypertension

High Blood Pressure – The sooner treated with Medication the less likely of developing Hypertension

Blood Pressure Monitor

Early intervention of high blood pressure by treating with medication as well as dietary changes can help prevent the development of hypertension later on.  Adults that showed pre-hypertensive or high normal blood pressure (HNBP) had shown a benefit by early treatment with prescription drugs.

Pre-hypertension is still is has its health risks.  There is an estimated double the risk of having a heart attack or stroke compared with those that have normal blood pressure.

The research was first presented at today’s American College of Cardiology’s 55th Annual Scientific Session and will also be presented in the New England Journal of Medicine.  The lead researcher Stevo Julius, M.D., Professor Emeritus of Medicine and Physiology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor had conducted this four year trial called TROPHY.  Funding for the trial came from AstraZeneca who are the makers of ATACAND (candesartan cilexetil).  High Blood Pressure – The sooner treated with Medication the less likely of developing Hypertension


Intensive Crestor Treatment Lowers Plaque Buildup in Arteries - Reverses Heart Disease and Unclogs Arteries - Statin Drugs Breakthrough Study

Intensive Crestor Treatment Lowers Plaque Buildup in Arteries - Reverses Heart Disease and Unclogs Arteries - Statin Drugs Breakthrough Study

Crestor

A breakthrough in the fight against plaque buildup in the coronary arteries was announced today at the American College of Cardiology's 55th Annual Scientific Session.  The drug rosuvastatin (brand name Crestor) is known to prevent the progression of coronary arteriosclerosis, but this is the first time that it has been shown to actually reduce it. 

The study known as ASTEROID, was conducted in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Australia, and involved 507 patients with atherosclerosis.  The subjects were given four times the normal dosage of 10mg Crestor.  The coronary arteries were measured with intravascular ultrasound (IVUS), a technique in which a tiny ultrasound probe is inserted into the coronary arteries to measure plaque. 

The measurements were taken before the patients underwent the intensive regimen of Creston and after 24 months of treatment.  The results were “unprecedented”, according to the researchers. Intensive Crestor Treatment Lowers Plaque Buildup in Arteries - Reverses Heart Disease and Unclogs Arteries - Statin Drugs Breakthrough Study


Children with Sleep Apnea have a hard time using the PAP machine

Children with Sleep Apnea have a hard time using the PAP machine

ResMed CPAP machine

A recent six month study from John Hopkins Children’s Center along with two other pediatric hospitals found that children with Positive airway pressure (PAP) have a hard time using the equipment on a regular basis.  This research study was first reported in the March issue of Pediatrics.

The PAP mask which allows for air to flow steadily in the air passage way improves the health of obstructive sleep apnea patients.  If the child fails to use the equipment on a regular basis the health benefits are not seen.  Young children also can have breathing problems during sleep that can affect how they behave during the day and at school.  Children with Sleep Apnea have a hard time using the PAP machine


Trying to Put on Some Lean Muscle?  Use Breath Squats to Help you Grow and Lose Body Fat - Optimum Weight Training Technique

Trying to Put on Some Lean Muscle?  Use Breath Squats to Help you Grow and Lose Body Fat - Optimum Weight Training Technique

Squat Machine

It was about a year ago and I was going through my regimen as usual at the gym.  I was trying to gain some muscle mass before I started training for my upcoming fight (I compete in mixed martial arts).  I ended up getting in a conversation with an old school professional bodybuilder and I told him my goals for training.  To gain muscle mass he suggested that I try doing "breath squats". He said that this lift (along with shoe string deadlifts) were the only resistance exercises that would release growth hormones. 

Being young and open minded I decided to try it out. It was by far one of the toughest leg workouts I've ever done, but it gave me huge gains in leg strength.  I was also pleased to notice additional muscle gains in the rest of body which pleasantly surprising given the fact I’m a hard-gainer.  Trying to Put on Some Lean Muscle?  Use Breath Squats to Help you Grow and Lose Body Fat - Optimum Weight Training Technique


Milk May Trigger Eczema Flare Ups

Milk May Trigger Eczema Flare Ups

Eczema

Most North Americans grew up being told that milk builds healthy bones and teeth, but scientists have questioned the validity of this dictum for years. There is evidence that milk not only fails to live up to this promise, but it can even cause a host of medical conditions, including eczema.

In fact, eliminating milk and dairy from your diet, along with the use of a topical eczema treatment to alleviate the dry, itchy condition of the skin, is often just what the doctor orders. Although most of the studies have been done on children, from 1988 to 1993, over 1500 articles were published about milk in medical journals.

Dr. Robert M. Kradjian of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine culled these articles to omit inconclusive and irrelevant subjects and did a thorough study of the 500 articles remaining. Not one article referenced milk as the excellent food we have been led to believe. Milk May Trigger Eczema Flare Ups


Buying Contacts Online Saves Money!

Buying Contacts Online Saves Money!

Contact Lenses

I just went for a dreaded eye exam. The glasses were still doing the job, but I noticed that my current prescription for contact lenses was not adequate. Wearing them for the entire day was a strain on my vision. After going through the various tests the eye doctor concluded I had astigmatism.

My first reaction was I had some type of serious vision defect and this was going to be expensive. Actually astigmatism is a common vision problem, but few people know what it is. Astigmatism is when the cornea is shaped more like an oblong football than a spherical baseball, which is the normal shape.

In most cases astigmatism is hereditary and your vision may get worse over time. The solution to astigmatism is toric contact lenses. There are a number of name brands that carry toric lenses. The doctor took me into the fitting room and he fitted me with a test pair. Buying Contacts Online Saves Money!


High Blood Pressure – Study shows that using Salt Substitute can help Lower Blood Pressure

High Blood Pressure – Study shows that using Salt Substitute can help Lower Blood Pressure

Salt Substitute NoSalt

Researchers who presented at the American College of Cardiology’s 55th Annual Scientific Session in Atlanta, GA showed a changing to a salt substitute was a simple treatment for reducing blood pressure.

The salt substitute study was conduct in Rural Northern China.  It was called The China Salt Substitute Study. 

"It's only recently been realized that chronic diseases are the main cause of death in China," said Bruce C. Neal, M.D., Ph.D. who is the director of the cardiac and renal division of The George Institute for International Health, Sydney, Australia. "We were interested in trying to find a new, practical way of addressing this very serious health problem."  High Blood Pressure – Study shows that using Salt Substitute can help Lower Blood Pressure


Plavix and Aspirin Together is not Better than Aspirin Alone in Preventing a First Heart Attack in High Risk Patients with Heart Disease

Plavix and Aspirin Together is not Better than Aspirin Alone in Preventing a First Heart Attack in High Risk Patients with Heart Disease

Plavix

A new study shows that patients adding Plavix to aspirin does not prevent first heart attacks in people at high risk.  Previous research has shown the anti-clotting drug Plavix and aspirin to be helpful in reducing the risk of subsequent heart attacks. It is because of these earlier findings that many physicians assumed it would help prevent the initial heart attack.

The researchers studied 15,603 high risk patients who either had been diagnosed with heart disease or had multiple-risk factors, such as diabetes, hardening of the arteries, high blood pressure or high cholesterol.  The subjects were from 32 different countries, and were all over the age of 45.  The results were presented at the American College of Cardiology conference Sunday by Dr. Eric Topol and Dr. Deepak Bhatt of the Cleveland Clinic.  Plavix and Aspirin Together is not Better than Aspirin Alone in Preventing a First Heart Attack in High Risk Patients with Heart Disease 


Folic Acid and Vitamin B did not Reduce Subsequent Heart Attack Risk - Two Studies Found Supplements Lowered Homocysteine Levels Not Risk

Folic Acid and Vitamin B did not Reduce Subsequent Heart Attack Risk - Two Studies Found Supplements Lowered Homocysteine Levels Not Risk

Artery

Combination Folic Acid with Vitamin B supplements may not lower cardiovascular risk, according to a new studies in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM).  Researchers announced at the American College of Cardiology, in Atlanta that lowering homocysteine levels by supplementation has no effect in preventing heart attacks, and may even trigger them.  The studies focused on people that have already had heart attacks or suffer from diabetes and other ailments. Folic Acid and Vitamin B did not Reduce Subsequent Heart Attack Risk - Two Studies Found Supplements Lowered Homocysteine Levels Not Risk 


Heart Failure Patients Benefit More from Blood Filtering Than Diuretics Water Pills – New Inexpensive Filtration Machine May Save Lives

Heart Failure Patients Benefit More from Blood Filtering Than Diuretics Water Pills – New Inexpensive Filtration Machine May Save Lives

Filtering Machine

A new study, involving 200 heart failure patients’ shows that those that underwent blood filtering lost more weight and experienced greater net fluid loss than those treated with intravenous diuretics. 

According to the Midwest Heart Foundation in Lombard Illinois, heart failure is the leading cause of hospitalization in the US.  The foundation presented their filtration / diuretic comparison results to American College of Cardiology meeting in Atlanta. 

There are a million Americans admitted to the hospital with heart failure per year, according to a report by Reuters International.  This discovery may be very important for these patients’ recovery.  According to Dr. Maria Rosa Costanzo of the Midwest Heart Foundation, the findings “are immediately applicable to a large number of patients with decompensated heart failure."  Heart Failure Patients Benefit More from Blood Filtering Than Diuretics Water Pills – New Inexpensive Filtration Machine May Save Lives


Calcium Supplements Can Save Lives in Pregnant Women – Helps Prevent Premature Child Birth and Lowers Risk of Pregnancy Complications  

Calcium Supplements Can Save Lives in Pregnant Women – Helps Prevent Premature Child Birth and Lowers Risk of Pregnancy Complications  

Calcium Supplement

There may be a link between calcium deficiencies and two serious complications during pregnancy, preeclampsia and eclampsia, Preclampsia is the development of high blood pressure and protein in the urine during pregnancy.  Eclampsia is a life threatening condition that can kill both the mother and child.

Researchers under the auspices of the World Health Organization (WHO), investigated whether a calcium supplement could reduce the complications and the mortality from these conditions.  They looked at 8,300 women with low dietary calcium and gave half 1.5 gram calcium supplements, while giving the other half a placebo. Before the study all of the women had a daily intake of 600 milligrams or less.  This was about half the recommended intake for pregnant women.  Calcium Supplements Can Save Lives in Pregnant Women – Helps Prevent Premature Child Birth and Lowers Risk of Pregnancy Complications  


Dental Implants Procedures in One Hour - How Much Do They Cost and How Long Do They Take - Permanent Solution For Lost Teeth Dentures and Bridges

Dental Implants Procedures in One Hour - How Much Do They Cost and How Long Do They Take - Permanent Solution For Lost Teeth Dentures and Bridges

Dental Implant

Dental implants may be a better alternative for denture wearers. The problem is that implants take a very long time to complete and can be very expensive.  Since most insurance plans do not cover the expense, most individuals in the past have turned to dentures and bridges to replace lost teeth. 

Implants start at around $500 and can go up to $6,000 per tooth.  Most implants will cost between $1,200 and $2,000.  There are reasons why the cost could go up, so you will want to choose a dentist familiar with many restorative options.

Usually, anyone that can undergo a routine dental extraction or oral surgery can be considered for an implant.  Patients will need healthy gums and enough bone to hold the abutment that attaches to the crown.  Patients with diabetes, heart disease or other chronic disorders need to be evaluated on an individual basis. Dental Implants Procedures in One Hour - How Much Do They Cost and How Long Do They Take - Permanent Solution For Lost Teeth Dentures and Bridges  


Xylitol Chewing Gum gaining in Popularity – Prevents Tooth Decay

Xylitol Chewing Gum gaining in Popularity – Prevents Tooth Decay

Xylitol Chewing Gum

First researched in Finland, Xylitol has shown in numerous studies to prevent tooth decay.  Other research conducted in Brazil and Michigan also show that Xylitol in chewing gum helps to prevent cavities.  Xylitol is a found in plants, trees, fruits and vegetables.  The more the chewing gum contains Xylitol, the better the benefits to preventing cavities.

The benefits to chewing gum with Xylitol are many.  It helps to prevent tooth decay.  It will replace minerals in the tooth decayed lesions.  It reduces the number of cavities and reduces the amount of plaque build-up on teeth.  Chewing gum with Xylitol will increase saliva production preventing dryness in the mouth.  Xylitol Chewing Gum gaining in Popularity – Prevents Tooth Decay


New Methods For Screening Drugs Could Help Chronic Pain Sufferers - New Understanding How Menthol Affects Ion Channels in Transfer Pain Signals

New Methods For Screening Drugs Could Help Chronic Pain Sufferers - New Understanding How Menthol Affects Ion Channels in Transfer Pain Signals

Ardem Patapoutian

New research has found a novel method that could lead to potential advances in pain therapy.  New methodologies could help scientists understand how molecules, like menthol, affect the function of proteins that form ion tunnels found in the cell membrane. These tunnels form a channel that allows specific ions to pass or move across the membrane.   

The Director of the Research, Ardem Patapoutian, said “"Because our ability to sense temperature is closely linked to our ability to sense pain, it is not surprising that the misregulation of temperature-activated ion channels can result in chronic pain syndromes."  Patapoutian is an associate professor at Scripps Research and member of GNF.  He went on to say “In fact, some of these ion channels are considered targets to treat chronic inflammatory and neuropathic pain indications. Understanding how small molecules such as menthol affect the function of these proteins could be crucial in designing future drugs that can either activate or block them."  New Methods For Screening Drugs Could Help Chronic Pain Sufferers - New Understanding How Menthol Affects Ion Channels in Transfer Pain Signals


Obesity Risk – Fat causes Killer Inflammation Response in the Obese and Overweight

Obesity Risk – Fat causes Killer Inflammation Response in the Obese and Overweight

Fat Cells

Multiple research studies are coming to the same conclusion that excess body fat causes an inflammation response in their body that can be deadly.

A recent report in the International Journal of Obesity by researchers from the University of Warwick Medical School found that the biggest health risk to overweight and obese people is the killer inflammation response created from the excess body fat.

Professor F.P. Cappuccio and Dr. M.A. Miller looked at 3 different ethnic groups that were overweight or obese.  They measured the Body Mass Index (BMI) and the participant’s Waist-Hip Ratio (WHR) to determine the amount of body fat a person was carrying.  Obesity Risk – Fat causes Killer Inflammation Response in the Obese and Overweight


Diet Comparison – Low Fat Vs Low Carb – Lower Carbohydrate Diets May Raise Bad (LDL) Cholesterol and Low Fat Diets Don’t Improve Cancer Risk

Diet Comparison – Low Fat Vs Low Carb – Lower Carbohydrate Diets May Raise Bad (LDL) Cholesterol and Low Fat Diets Don’t Improve Cancer Risk

Dr. Atkins

Researchers say that although both low fat and low carbohydrate diets are effective methods of weight loss, the low carbohydrate diet may raise bad cholesterol.  The study includes data from five previous clinical trials and was published in the February 13 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.

The Atkins diet made low-carb dieting the rage.  Dr. Atkins was a cardiologist originally looking for a treatment for diabetes when he stumbled onto the low-carb method for losing weight.  He recommended that his patients avoid carbohydrates because they turn to sugar when consumed. 

Many dieticians saw problems with Atkins approach, which did not distinguish between good and bad fats.  This new research by Alain J. Nordmann, M.D. of the University Hospital Basel, Switzerland, and his colleagues found that although the low-carb dieters lowered their triglycerides, their LDL (bad) cholesterol went up. Diet Comparison – Low Fat Vs Low Carb – Lower Carbohydrate Diets May Raise Bad (LDL) Cholesterol and Low Fat Diets Don’t Improve Cancer Risk


Stress May Increase Risk of Cancer - Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) or Depression Treatments May Improve Immune System Response

Stress May Increase Risk of Cancer - Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) or Depression Treatments May Improve Immune System Response

Stress May Affect Health

There may be a connection between stress and cancer. Sure cancer can cause stress, but new findings may help us determine if stress can cause cancer.  Previous research from the National Institute on Aging suggests that there may be link between chronic depression and cancer among older patients. 

Researchers found that when present for at least six years, depression was associated with an increased risk of cancer.  The study in 1998 found that the cancer rate among those depressed was 88 percent higher than other patients, according to report from CNN. Stress May Increase Risk of Cancer - Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) or Depression Treatments May Improve Immune System Response


Obese Children and Diet – Scientists making healthy foods to fight Obesity

Obese Children and Diet – Scientists making healthy foods to fight Obesity

Mozzarella Pizza

The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists are exploring how to make healthier yogurt and cheese products.

Yogurt could possibly become a heart healthy food choice with a C-Trim ingredient.  The C-Trim is a derivative of oats and barley and contains beta-glucan which is a soluble fiber.  The goal that ARS scientists have is to find ways to cut calories and to increase the foods nutritional value.

ARS scientists from across the country reported some of their successful results in the March 2006 issue of Agricultural Research magazine.  This issue’s main focus was all about obesity.  By improving the food nutrition and lowering calories it would hopefully turn the trend of obesity around.  Obese Children and Diet – Scientists making healthy foods to fight Obesity


Driving Under the Influence of Ambien - Arrests on the Rise for Drivers Using Sleeping Pills - Alternative Techniques for Treating Insomnia

Driving Under the Influence of Ambien - Arrests on the Rise for Drivers Using Sleeping Pills - Alternative Techniques for Treating Insomnia

Ambien

The popular sleep aid, Ambien, has been showing up with regularity in traffic arrests.  Sometimes drivers later claim that they were sleep-driving and have no memory of taking the wheel.  Reporters have begun calling these drivers “sleep zombies”

Sometimes the drivers are not drunk, but just sleepy because of sleeping pills.  According to an ABC News Good Morning America special, the drivers don’t have any recollection of getting behind the wheel when they are pulled over. Driving Under the Influence of Ambien - Arrests on the Rise for Drivers Using Sleeping Pills - Alternative Techniques for Treating Insomnia 


Alternative to Gastric Bypass Surgery Sought - Researchers Looking for the Gold Standard Plan in Diet and Fitness Programs

Alternative to Gastric Bypass Surgery Sought - Researchers Looking for the Gold Standard Plan in Diet and Fitness Programs

Gastric Bypass

Researchers are looking for a safe alternative to gastric bypass surgery, in a attempt to find a “gold standard” treatment.  Nearly 170,000 patients underwent gastric bypass surgery in 2005 and spent an estimated 4.5 billion dollars on the procedure.  This is up 1000 percent from a decade early.

There have been concerns associated with the procedure, and most doctors look at operating as the last resort.  According to the Anne Collins website “About 10-20 percent of patients undergoing stomach bypass require follow-up operations to correct complications, the most common complaints being abdominal hernias.”  Alternative to Gastric Bypass Surgery Sought - Researchers Looking for the Gold Standard Plan in Diet and Fitness Programs


SIDS – Babies with abnormal Serotonin Levels may cause Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

SIDS – Babies with abnormal Serotonin Levels may cause Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

Baby should sleep on their back

Researchers believe that they have found strong evidence that there is a disturbance of specific neurochemical activity in the brains of infants that cause sudden infant death syndrome.  The researchers from the University of Chicago and colleagues first reported their findings in the March 8th issue of the Journal of Neuroscience.

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) will be the cause of death for approximately 3,000 babies in the United States.  SIDS is the primary cause of death for babies under the age of one.  SIDS – Babies with abnormal Serotonin Levels may cause Sudden Infant Death Syndrome 


How to Lower Cholesterol by eating a selection of Heart Healthy Foods

How to Lower Cholesterol by eating a selection of Heart Healthy Foods

rolled oats

A recent study of cholesterol lowering foods such as soy protein, almonds, plant sterols that are put in special margarines, oats and barley showed that they will do a better job at lowering cholesterol when used together.  The participants that stayed on a specific diet of these foods were able to lower their LDL “bad” cholesterol as well as the first generation statin drugs did.

The study by Professor David Jenkins from the University of Toronto reported these findings in the current issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.  How to Lower Cholesterol by eating a selection of Heart Healthy Foods


Begin a Cardiac Rehabilitation Program For a Heart Healthy Lifestyle

Begin a Cardiac Rehabilitation Program For a Heart Healthy Lifestyle

Exercise Programs

Two months after my open-heart surgery, through my cardiologist’s referral, I was cleared to begin a physician-sponsored cardiac rehabilitation program ­ a program of exercise and risk-factor education for individuals recovering from serious heart procedures and heart disease.

Some patients are healed enough to begin sooner, some later. The gym facility where I live in Santa Fe, NM, called the Center for Living Well, is spaciously housed in the basement of our one hospital. In the last thirty years, thousands of cardiac rehabilitation programs have sprung up far and wide in the U.S. alone, all featuring similar characteristics.  Begin a Cardiac Rehabilitation Program For a Heart Healthy Lifestyle


Gene Can Determine Heart Attack Risk for Coffee Drinkers - Caffeine May Increase Risk and Cause Decreased Blood Flow During Exercise

Gene Can Determine Heart Attack Risk for Coffee Drinkers - Caffeine May Increase Risk and Cause Decreased Blood Flow During Exercise

2 cups maximum

A new study indicates that there may be genetic link between caffeine and heart attacks.   According to researchers from the University of Toronto, an enzyme called cytochrome P450 1A2 (CYP1A2) metabolizes caffeine in the liver.  A gene variation for this enzyme can slow or quicken caffeine metabolism.

The Toronto team wanted to study whether this gene variation may be associated with an increased risk of non-fatal heart attacks.  They compared 2,014 patients with a first nonfatal heart attack with 2,014 healthy people. 

Their findings showed that participants with the slow-metabolism variation of the gene, who drank two to three cups of coffee a day, had a 36-percent increased risk of having a heart attack. Gene Can Determine Heart Attack Risk for Coffee Drinkers - Caffeine May Increase Risk and Cause Decreased Blood Flow During Exercise


ADHD Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder - Concerta Prescription Drug delays release of Methylphenidate may be less Addictive

ADHD Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder - Concerta Prescription Drug delays release of Methylphenidate may be less Addictive

Concerta

Researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital are looking at alternative medications that will delay the release of the methylphenidate used to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).  By delaying the release of medication it will be less addictive and not be abused.  The report was first reported in the March 2006 issue of The American Journal of Psychiatry.

"We know that drugs that cause euphoria are potentially abusable, and euphoria requires rapid delivery to the brain. Using sophisticated PET scan imaging, we were able to examine the rate of delivery of both rapid- and delayed-release formulations of methylphenidate and correlate those results with how the drugs felt to study volunteers," said Thomas Spencer, MD, of the Massachusetts General Hospital Pediatric Psychopharmacology Unit, and an associate professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.  He is also the lead author of this project. "The ability to show that rate of brain delivery may determine abuse potential is important to our understanding of the safety of different formulations."  ADHD Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder - Concerta Prescription Drug delays release of Methylphenidate may be less Addictive


ADHD Children - Researchers believe watching TV does not cause the Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

ADHD Children - Researchers believes watching TV does not cause the Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Television

CBS news reported about a recent research report from Texas Tech University in Lubbock which found children watching TV did not cause ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder).  This study was first reported in current issue of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

The researchers studied 5,000 children that were in kindergarten or first grade.  They surveyed parents, teachers, and the children.  The kindergarteners when they were surveyed twice.  Once in kindergarten and again when they were in first grade.  The researchers did not see any pattern that would suggest a link to TV watching and ADHD.  ADHD Children - Researchers believe watching TV does not cause the Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder


Low Serotonin Levels May Play Role in Heat Disease – Raise Your Serotonin Levels Possibly with SAM-e and 5-HTP and Other Digestive Enzymes

Low Serotonin Levels May Play Role in Heat Disease – Raise Your Serotonin Levels Possibly with SAM-e and 5-HTP and Other Digestive Enzymes

5-HTP

Researcher may have found a link between serotonin levels and heart disease.  According to a study presented by University of Pittsburgh researchers at the 64th Annual Scientific Conference of the American Psychosomatic Society in Denver, a less active brain serotonin system is associated with early hardening of the arteries. 

This breakthrough could be helpful in developing a treatment for preventing heart disease and stroke.  Matthew F. Muldoon, M.D., said "Many of the known risk factors for heart disease and stroke – high blood pressure and cholesterol, obesity, diabetes, smoking and lack of exercise – can, to some extent, be controlled by our lifestyle choices."  He said that there were no previous studies that examined brain abnormalities and atherosclerosis.  Low Serotonin Levels May Play Role in Heat Disease – Raise Your Serotonin Levels Possibly with SAM-e and 5-HTP and Other Digestive Enzymes 


Rheumatoid Arthritis and Hearing Loss may be Unrelated

Rheumatoid Arthritis and Hearing Loss may be Unrelated

Ear

The Mayo Clinic completed a study recently that found that people with Rheumatoid arthritis do not have an increased risk of hearing loss compared to the general population.  This contrasts previous research that found a link between rheumatoid arthritis and hearing problems.  This research report will be presented today at the American Auditory Society annual meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona.

"This is very good news for rheumatoid arthritis patients," said Eric Matteson, M.D., Mayo Clinic rheumatologist and the senior study researcher. "Patients with rheumatoid arthritis actually have preserved hearing and are no more susceptible to hearing loss than those who do not have the disease; there is no measurable difference with standard testing. This was surprising. I expected to see more hearing loss in rheumatoid arthritis patients."  Rheumatoid Arthritis and Hearing Loss may be Unrelated


Age Related Macular Degeneration - Genetic link could increase Risk

Age Related Macular Degeneration - Genetics link could increase Risk

Eye

A study conducted at the Columbia University Medical Center found two genes, Factor H and Factor B, may increase the occurrence of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) in 74% of these patients.  There is an estimated 10 million individuals in the United States that have AMD.

The study was first published in Nature Genetics and found that three out of four AMD patients had either one or both of these genes.  This study found that the Factor H gene showed a considerably higher risk for developing AMD.  People that have a variation of the Factor H are not able to control inflammation.  Factor H gene when working properly works by telling a protein to stop an immune response when the infection is gone.  Age Related Macular Degeneration - Genetic link could increase Risk


Uninsured Patients Pay More For Hospital Visits Than Insurance Companies - Americans Travel To Foreign Counties For Medical Procedures

Uninsured Patients Pay More For Hospital Visits Than Insurance Companies - Americans Travel To Foreign Counties For Medical Procedures

Bumrungrad

Many Americans understand that there is a problem with the health care industry.  The problem is that everyone has their own idea what that problem is.  Some blame the insurance companies while other blame the pharmaceuticals or the hospitals.  Many Americans have seen their insurance coverage disappear with their jobs, finding themselves shopping for insurance with expensive pre-existing conditions. 

The CBS News Program 60 minutes ran a story Sunday night about the problem faced by the uninsured in cases of emergency.  It has to be one of the most eye-opening health care stories to broadcast in recent years. Uninsured Patients Pay More For Hospital Visits Than Insurance Companies - Americans Travel To Foreign Counties For Medical Procedures


Tahitian Noni Juice Drink Lowers Bad Cholesterol and Triglycerides - Alternative Methods to Lowering LDL Besides Statin Medicine or Medications

Tahitian Noni Juice Drink Lowers Bad Cholesterol and Triglycerides - Alternative Methods to Lowering LDL Besides Statin Medicine or Medications

The Popular Noni Drink

The human body needs a small amount of cholesterol to function, but too much cholesterol can cause health problems, including coronary heart disease.  Americans spent over $16 billion on statin drugs last year, according to the New York Times.  These drugs include Lipitor and Zocor.  

Consumers are always looking for inexpensive ways to lower their cholesterol without medication.  A recent study has shown that the Tahitian noni juice may lower the bad cholesterol (LDL) and triglycerides in smokers.  The sales of the drink have ballooned to over $1 billion after various news agencies including ABC News, reported on the study. 

Noni juice is made from a bumpy fruit of the noni plant.  The plants are found in the Polynesian Islands and have a medicinal history among the locals for some 2000 years.  Recent research has found that the drink contains high levels of anti-oxidants.   Tahitian Noni Juice Drink Lowers Bad Cholesterol and Triglycerides - Alternative Methods to Lowering LDL Besides Statin Medicine or Medications


VeriChip has VeriMed Patient Identification ID Chip Implants being used during Medical Emergencies

VeriChip has VeriMed Patient Identification ID Chip Implants being used during Medical Emergencies

VeriMed implant Scanner

An implanted chip in a person would be able to tell emergency workers and doctors a person’s name and contact information as well as any medical conditions.  There is another company in Cincinnati Ohio called CityWatcher.com that is using implanted chips at a company for accessing a room.

According to the Chicago Sun Times, there is an “Implant Night” at the Barcelona’s Baja Beach Club.  On Tuesday nights customers that come with chip implants don’t wait in line and get their chip scanned.  By scanning the customer’s chip it will automatically withdraw the funds from the bank account to pay for the drinks.  VeriChip has VeriMed Patient Identification ID Chip Implants being used during Medical Emergencies


Insomnia Sufferers May Want to Consider Alternative Techniques Before Taking Common Sleeping Pills - Sleep Disorders are Common

Insomnia Sufferers May Want to Consider Alternative Techniques Before Taking Common Sleeping Pills - Sleep Disorders are Common

Sleeping Pills

Sleep is incredibly important and untreated sleep disorders can lead to daytime sleepiness, high blood pressure, strokes and heart disease of failure.  Insomnia is a very common condition that can rob an individual of their daytime alertness.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) says that 25 percent of Americans report a problem with sleep and as many as 10 percent of the population have chronic insomnia.  Insomnia is a condition characterized by a difficulty falling and/or staying asleep.  Sufferers may have difficulty falling asleep, or may often wake up during the night having trouble falling back to sleep.  They may also wake up too early in the morning or feel tired upon waking. Insomnia Sufferers May Want to Consider Alternative Techniques Before Taking Common Sleeping Pills - Sleep Disorders are Common 


Heart Disease Patients Using SSRIs Higher Risk of Death - Anti-Depressant Drugs Increase May Be Dangerous - Duke University Medical Center

Heart Disease Patients Using SSRIs Higher Risk of Death - Anti-Depressant Drugs Increase May Be Dangerous - Duke University Medical Center

SSRIs

Researchers from Duke University Medical Center have discovered that coronary artery disease patients who take common antidepressant drugs may have a significantly higher risk of death.  Even after accounting for such factors as age, degree of heart disease and severity of depression, the researchers found that heart patients taking antidepressant medications had a 55 percent higher risk of dying.

The study suggests that doctors should reconsider treatment options for heart disease patients with depression.  The Duke team-leader, Lana Watkins, Ph.D., say that the findings add further support the potential role of non-pharmocological approaches to treating depression, such as exercise, for reducing the risk of death in depressed heart patients.  She recommends close monitoring of heart patients taking antidepressants. Heart Disease Patients Using SSRIs Higher Risk of Death - Anti-Depressant Drugs Increase May Be Dangerous - Duke University Medical Center


Finally an Ear Infection Vaccine -  GlaxoSmithKline develops Vaccination in Effort to Prevent Middle Ear Infections

Finally an Ear Infection Vaccine -  GlaxoSmithKline develops Vaccination in Effort to Prevent Middle Ear Infections

Middle Ear

Researchers from GlaxoSmithKline have developed a vaccine that may help prevent ear infections in children under the age of 2.  It is hoped the vaccine will successfully prevent one of the most commonly diagnosed childhood ear infections, the Acute otitis media (middle ear infection) caused by the bacteria Streptococcus pneumoniae and Haemophilus influenzae.

The drug was tested by researchers in the Czech Republic.  A vaccine containing 11 different strains of pneumoniae attached to a protein derived from H. influenzae was tested on more than 4,000 infants.  They set up control groups between the ages of 3 and 15 months.  Finally an Ear Infection Vaccine -  GlaxoSmithKline develops Vaccination in Effort to Prevent Middle Ear Infections


High Blood Pressure and High Cholesterol can be lowered by eating Rice Bran

High Blood Pressure and High Cholesterol can be lowered by eating Rice Bran

brown rice

A group of scientists from Japan reported in the March 8th issue of the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry that eating rice bran, the outer coating of brown rice, can lower blood pressure as well as cholesterol.  The researchers discovered that the rice bran acts in the same manor as an ACE inhibitor prescription medicine.

The study was conducted with rats.  The scientists from Tohoku University and Japan’s National Research Institute of Brewing showed that rats that were hypertensive and stroke-prone were able to lower their systolic blood pressure approximately 20 percent in the same method as ACE inhibitors.  High Blood Pressure and High Cholesterol can be lowered by eating Rice Bran


Weight Lifting Helps Reduce Abdominal Body Fat Compared to other Unsupervised Exercise Programs - No Diet Change only Weight Training

Weight Lifting Helps Reduce Abdominal Body Fat Compared to other Unsupervised Exercise Programs - No Diet Change only Weight Training

Weight Lifting To Reduce Fat

Lifting weights just twice a week for an hour will help women stop the buildup of abdominal fat.  The study involved 164 overweight women ages 24 to 44, and was presented at the American Heart Association conference in Phoenix. 

The women were broken up in to two groups.  One group participated in a two-year weight-training program.  The other group was given a simple brochure that recommended exercise of 30 to 60 minutes most days of the week.  Both groups were told not to change their diets in a way that would lead to weight loss.  Weight Lifting Helps Reduce Abdominal Body Fat Compared to other Unsupervised Exercise Programs - No Diet Change only Weight Training 


Depression - Emsam (Selegiline) is the first ever Drug Patch treatment that is approved by FDA – Has no dietary restrictions in MAOI Drug Class

Depression - Emsam (Selegiline) is the first ever Drug Patch treatment that is approved by FDA – Has no dietary restrictions in MAOI Drug Class

Example of a Patch

Emsam (selegiline) is the first skin patch that can be prescribed for treatment of major depression.  The patch lasts for one day and delivers 6-12 milligrams (depending on the prescription) of the selegiline medicine through the patient’s skin.  Selegiline is a monoamine oxidase inhibitor or MAOI requires no change in the person’s diet if they are using the smaller 6 mg patch.  If they are using the larger 12 mg patch they may have to restrict their diet the same as any Oral MAOI.

"Emsam provides a significant advance because at least in its lowest dose patients can use the drug without the usual dietary restrictions associated with these types of drugs known as MAO inhibitors,“ said Dr. Steven Galson, Director for the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research.  Depression - Emsam (Selegiline) is the first ever Drug Patch treatment that is approved by FDA – Has no dietary restrictions in MAOI Drug Class


 
 
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