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Americans can improve their chances of disease prevention by just losing weight.  Obesity has been linked to diabetes, high blood pressure and more.  Our Special Topic will keep you informed. Nutrition and Diet and fitness  

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Scientists are discovering many diseases are related to our genes.  This Special Topic is devoted to research and new medical advances in preventing and treating diseases with genetic tools. Genetics

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Strokes are the number three killer in the US behind heart disease and cancer.  This topic examines both prevention and treatment.  Stroke

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Sleep disorders are very common.  It has been reported that 1 in 5 men and 1 in 10 women have obstructive sleep apnea. Very few people realize they have sleep apnea because it occurs when they are asleep.

Sleep Apnea has been linked to high blood pressure, strokes and heart attacks.  We will discuss the latest treatments.  Sleep Disorders 

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ADHD – Daytrana Methylphenidate Patch approved by the FDA for Treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in Children

ADHD – Daytrana Methylphenidate Patch approved by the FDA for Treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in Children

Transdermal Patches

The Food and Drug Administration approved the transdermal skin patch that will deliver the drug methylphenidate, which is a central nervous system (CNS) stimulant.  It was approved on April 6th for treating children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in children ranging from 6 to 12 years old.  The commercial drug name for the methylphenidate patch is called Daytrana and is the first transdermal skin patch for treating ADHD.  Daytrana is manufactured for Shire US. Inc., by Noven Pharmaceuticals Inc.

"Daytrana provides an alternative route of administration for methylphenidate in children with ADHD,” said Dr. Galson who is the FDA’s Director of the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research.  ADHD – Daytrana Methylphenidate Patch approved by the FDA for Treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in Children


Fat Smash Diet – Four Phase approach to Losing Weight

Fat Smash Diet – Four Phase approach to Losing Weight

The Fat Smash Diet

Dr. Ian Smith is the author of the “Fat Smash Diet” and has helped Hollywood celebrities lose weight on VH1’s best rated show called “Celebrity Fit Club”.  Dr. Smith visited last Friday’s NBC Today show and shared what the different phases of the diet plan entails.

Phase 1 is called Detox Phase.  This phase lasts for 10 days and you limit your diet intake to fruits and vegetables.  The detox phase is intended to help clean your body of imperfections.  Dr. Smith said that people can lose anywhere from 6 – 10 pounds during this phase of the diet.

In Phase 2 called the Foundation you add 3 – 4 ounces of meat or seafood to your diet.  You add oatmeal, yogurt, brown rice and egg whites in addition to the fruit and vegetables that you are already eating.  You also start to add back cheese, cereal, and drinks to your diet.  You also learn about portions, but you don’t count calories.  Fat Smash Diet – Four Phase approach to Losing Weight


Lasers Blasts away Fat – Possible treatments for Acne, Clogged Arteries and Cellulite Removal

Lasers Blasts away Fat – Possible treatments for Acne, Clogged Arteries and Cellulite Removal

Free Electron Laser
Photo By: Greg Adams, Jefferson Lab

Laser technology may be used in the treatment of severe acne, atherosclerotic plaque, and cellulite.  Researchers from the Wellman Center for Photomedicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and the Department of Energy’s Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (Jefferson Lab) will present their results at the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS) 26th Annual Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts.  Lasers Blasts away Fat – Possible treatments for Acne, Clogged Arteries and Cellulite Removal


Shock Wave Blasting Treatment of Kidney Stones Increases Risk of Diabetes and High Blood Pressure (Hypertension) - Lithotripsy

Shock Wave Blasting Treatment of Kidney Stones Increases Risk of Diabetes and High Blood Pressure (Hypertension) - Lithotripsy

Kidney and Bladder

The use of shock waves to break up impassable kidney stones significantly increased the risk for diabetes and hypertension later in life.  Mayo Clinic researchers conducted a study concerning this common treatment that emits shockwaves to break the kidney stone into smaller “sandlike” pieces which are able to pass spontaneously with the urine, usually within a month. 

According to Amy Krambeck, MD, “This is a completely new finding. This opens the eyes of the world of urology to the fact that hypertension and diabetes are potential side effects. We can't say with 100 percent certainty that the shock wave treatment for the kidney stones caused diabetes and hypertension, but the association was very strong. The risk of developing diabetes after shock wave lithotripsy is almost four times the risk of people with kidney stones treated with medicine, and the risk of developing hypertension is one and one-half times, which is a significant risk increase."  Amy is a clinical urology resident at the Mayo Clinic and lead author of the study. Shock Wave Blasting Treatment of Kidney Stones Increases Risk of Diabetes and High Blood Pressure (Hypertension) - Lithotripsy


Hoodia Weight Loss Patch Available - Ads Popping up For Appetite Suppressant Patches - 60 Minutes and Oprah Report Diet Pills Work

Hoodia Weight Loss Patch Available - Ads Popping up For Appetite Suppressant Patches - 60 Minutes and Oprah Report Diet Pills Work

Skin Color Patch Available

Hoodia has been available in pill form for quite some time now, but recently it became available as a patch as well.  The drug works differently than stimulants like Ephedra and Phenfen that are now banned because of their dangerous side effects. Hoodia fools your brain into making you think that you are full. 

The nicotine patch has been available for smokers looking to quit, Ritalin is now available in patch form, and now we are seeing ads for hoodia patches.  Hoodia is a natural substance that has been featured on both 60 Minutes and the Oprah Winfrey Show.   Hoodia Weight Loss Patch Available - Ads Popping up For Appetite Suppressant Patches - 60 Minutes and Oprah Report Diet Pills Work


Xenical May be Approved for Over The Counter Sales - Non-Prescription Version of Orlistat May Win Approval By The FDA

Xenical May be Approved for Over The Counter Sales - Non-Prescription Version of Orlistat May Win Approval By The FDA

Xenical

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) may approve an over the counter (OTC) version of the prescription weight loss drug Xenical (orlistat).  The FDA issued an “approval letter” Friday which says the agency believes the product is worthy of approval.  Jennifer Corbett Dooren of Marketwatch reported that there may be some conditions that need to be met before the drug is allowed to market.    

Xenical is marketed by Roche Holding AG, but the rights to the OTC version were sold to the British firm, GlaxoSmithKline PLC's (GSK).  This is expected to be a weaker version of Xenical.  The drug works by preventing fat from being absorbed by the body.  Some of the side effects may include excess gas and an oily discharge.    Xenical May be Approved for Over The Counter Sales - Non-Prescription Version of Orlistat May Win Approval By The FDA


New Balloon Sinuplasty Cures Sinusitis by Enlarging the Sinuses – Some Dangers But Procedure is Done in United States Now

New Balloon Sinuplasty Cures Sinusitis by Enlarging the Sinuses – Some Dangers But Procedure is Done in United States Now

Balloon

Simple outpatient surgery may help improve symptoms of sinusitis in people with abnormal bone growth in the sinus cavity.  The treatment has only been available in the US since December, but it appears to work.  After the surgery the patients’ sinus openings become significantly wider, allowing sufferers to breathe normally through their noses.

The procedure, called balloon sinuplasty, requires general anesthesia. The doctors thread a guide wire catheter equipped with a tiny balloon into the nostrils and up to the blockage.  They then inflate the balloon about a quarter inch.  This is just enough to open the passageway.  The balloon is then deflated and withdrawn. New Balloon Sinuplasty Cures Sinusitis by Enlarging the Sinuses – Some Dangers But Procedure is Done in United States Now


Combination of Two Drugs Work Best On Migraine Headaches – Combine Sumatriptan and Naproxen – Trexima is Planned Brand Name

Combination of Two Drugs Work Best On Migraine Headaches – Combine Sumatriptan and Naproxen – Trexima is Planned Brand Name

Migraines

A combination of sumatriptan and a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medicine, naproxen sodium, the active ingredient in Aleve, work better than either drug taken separately.  Harvard Scientists say that this suggests there are two separate brain pathways involved in triggering migraines. 

The research involved two studies, combining more than 2,800 migraine sufferers.  Within two hours after taking the combination drug, 65 percent said their migraine pain was relieved, compared with 55 percent on sumatriptan alone and 44 percent of that on naproxen. 

The data was presented at the 58th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Neurology (AAN).  Data from one “long term” study over one year prompted researchers to say that combining the two drugs into a single tablet was well tolerated. The single tablet is currently under review by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) under the proposed brand name Trexima.   Combination of Two Drugs Work Best On Migraine Headaches – Combine Sumatriptan and Naproxen – Trexima is Planned Brand Name


Carotid Artery Stent Procedure Makes You Smarter - Minimal Invasive Surgery Improves Memory and Mental Skills and Reduce Stroke Risk

Carotid Artery Stent Procedure Makes You Smarter - Minimal Invasive Surgery Improves Memory and Mental Skills and Reduce Stroke Risk

Stent

A stenting procedure in patients to reduce the risk of stroke has had the un-expected side-effect of making the patient smarter.  Doctors from Toronto Canada found that after performing a minimally invasive neck procedure, their patients showed gains in memory and mental skills. 

According to an ABC News report, the procedure, called carotid stenting (or carotid endarterectomy), is an alternative to painful neck surgery.  Carotid stenting relies on tiny devices maneuvered through the circulatory system to the carotid arteries in the neck.  The doctors then inflate a balloon to push the plaque into the vessel wall and then implant a metal-mesh scaffold, or stent, to keep the clogged artery open.   Carotid Artery Stent Procedure Makes You Smarter - Minimal Invasive Surgery Improves Memory and Mental Skills and Reduce Stroke Risk


High Blood Pressure and Renal Disease – Possible New Approach to treating Hypertension and avoiding Kidney Damage

High Blood Pressure and Renal Disease – Possible New Approach to treating Hypertension and avoiding Kidney Damage

Blood Pressure Monitor

Researchers from the University of Florida tested gene therapy by using RNA interference for treatment of high blood pressure.  They were able to stop the high blood pressure from increasing in mice and also were able to prevent kidney damage.  The study was first reported in the online journal called Gene Therapy.

A corrective gene was injected into mice that were exposed to cold weather.  The treated mice had blood pressure that did not get worst and their kidney had almost no damage.  The cold weather caused the mice to have constricted blood vessels.  By constricting the blood flow the kidneys would be overloaded with hormones that could cause damage.  High Blood Pressure and Renal Disease – Possible New Approach to treating Hypertension and avoiding Kidney Damage


Women Gain Weight and Men Lose When They Move In Together - Couples Change Eating Habits When They Get Married

Women Gain Weight and Men Lose When They Move In Together - Couples Change Eating Habits When They Get Married

Time for Change

Men are women are different when it comes to moving in together.  Women usually gain weight and men typically lose weight during relationships.  Men will also keep at a steady weight following breakups.  The lead author Amelia Lake, a research fellow with Newcastle University's Human Nutrition Research Centre, believes this is due to the so called “honeymoon period” where each partner takes on the other’s eating habits. 

It appears that women usually eat more healthy foods and begin to eat less healthy when they move in with men.  The reverse is also true.  Men usually eat less healthy, but begin to eat healthier when they move in with the woman. The woman’s healthy eating habits tend to have a positive long term impact on her partner.  

The researchers say that both partners try to please each other during the “honeymoon period”.  They tend to adjust their eating routine to suit their partners’.  Women Gain Weight and Men Lose When They Move In Together - Couples Change Eating Habits When They Get Married


Baldness – Laser Light Therapy and Electrostatic Pulse Technology may help Grow Hair Back

Baldness – Laser Light Therapy and Electrostatic Pulse Technology may help Grow Hair Back

Hairmax Lasercomb

Hair loss and baldness affects nearly 40 million men and 20 million women in the United States.  While there are hair transplants and wigs to cover up the baldness there might be some new technology for helps for hair re-growth.

One is an electro-static ‘hair chair’ that encourages hair to re-grow.  At this time the FDA has not given the approval for hair re-growth.  It has been used in Canada to help chemotherapy patients re-grow their hair.  The chair looks like a hair dryer that you sit underneath.  The process is painless.  It is supposed to takes 4 – 8 months with treatments of around 15 minutes each week.  If it works you can expect to see more of these in the United States.  At this time this device is only in a few cities.  Baldness – Laser Light Therapy and Electrostatic Pulse Technology may help Grow Hair Back


Prostate Cancer – Eating Cruciferous Vegetables can help slow Tumor Growth

Prostate Cancer – Eating Cruciferous Vegetables can help slow Tumor Growth

Cauliflower

Eating broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower and other cruciferous vegetables have shown to stop human prostate cancer cells from growing in mice.  The study is being presented today at the American Association for Cancer Research annual meeting in Washington, D.C.

"The contribution of diet and nutrition to cancer risk, prevention and treatment have been a major focus of research in recent years because certain nutrients in vegetables and dietary agents appear to protect the body against diseases such as cancer," said Shivendra Singh, Ph.D. who is the lead research and is also a professor of pharmacology and urology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. "From epidemiologic data, we know that increased consumption of vegetables reduces the risk for certain types of cancer, but now we are beginning to understand the mechanisms by which certain edible vegetables like broccoli help our bodies fight cancer and other diseases."  Prostate Cancer – Eating Cruciferous Vegetables can help slow Tumor Growth


Botox Treatment – Cosmetic Procedure for Wrinkle Removal could have Lower Doses, be Safer and more Effective

Botox Treatment – Cosmetic Procedure for Wrinkle Removal could have Lower Doses, be Safer and more Effective

Botox Treatment

Scientists from the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California have found a way to increase the potency of botulinum neurotoxin (Botox) which would be safer and could last longer. 

The new combination of Botox could lead to lower price per dose because it would be a lower dose.  Lower doses of the botulinum neurotoxin could help to avoid a complication that can occur with the immune system.  The scientists also say the new combination of botulinum neurotoxin cosmetic treatment of wrinkles could last longer too.  Botox Treatment – Cosmetic Procedure for Wrinkle Removal could have Lower Doses, be Safer and more Effective


Are Sleep Disorders a Real Problem?  Researchers Recommend Public Health Campaign - Sleep Apnea Can Be Treated with CPAP Machines

Are Sleep Disorders a Real Problem?  Researchers Recommend Public Health Campaign - Sleep Apnea Can Be Treated with CPAP Machines

Newer CPAP Mask

According to the Institute of Medicine, sleep related problems are costing the nation hundreds of billions of dollars per year in medical expenses, lost productivity, accidents and other costs. "Although sleep research and care for individuals with sleep disorders have expanded over the past several years, we currently don't have the capacity to adequately diagnose and treat all who suffer from these problems," said Harvey Colten, who chaired the committee that wrote the report.

Colten is right, most people affected by sleep disorders are not sure what the problem is and how to treat it.  More than 50 million Americans suffer from some type of chronic sleep disorder.  People may experience daytime sleepiness or an inability to fall asleep.  Some people wake up midway through their night and are unable to fall asleep again.  Are Sleep Disorders a Real Problem?  Researchers Recommend Public Health Campaign - Sleep Apnea Can Be Treated with CPAP Machines


Low Calorie Diet May Extend Life - Study in Humans Concludes Cutting Calories Influences Two Biomarkers of Longevity

Low Calorie Diet May Extend Life - Study in Humans Concludes Cutting Calories Influences Two Biomarkers of Longevity

Diet Book

A new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine (JAMA) adds support to the contention that low calorie diets will help you live longer, or at least slow the aging process.  Earlier studies proved that mice on extremely low calorie diets lived longer than their peers that were fed normally.  Scientists have theorized that a low calorie diet impacts the metabolism, including alterations in insulin sensitivity and signaling, neuroendocrine function, stress response, or a combination of these.  These conditions will affect aging. 

The researchers in Louisiana used humans this time to determine whether a prolonged calorie diet could influence the aging process.  They used a control group to help determine if a calorie restrictive diet could influence the fasting insulin levels and body temperature, two biomarkers of longevity.  Low Calorie Diet May Extend Life - Study in Humans Concludes Cutting Calories Influences Two Biomarkers of Longevity


Cancer Tumor Growth may be increased by Drinking 2 – 4 Alcoholic Drinks Daily

Cancer Tumor Growth may be increased by Drinking 2 – 4 Alcoholic Drinks Daily

Glass of Wine

A recent study from the University of Mississippi found that alcohol consumption can help in the growth of tumors by stimulating vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF).

VEGF is a necessary substance that the body needs, but when there is too much it can be harmful.  The researchers in this study used mice to investigate how alcohol consumption in mammals would help in the growth of tumors.  Future research may help in finding ways to slow down the production of VEGF.

The research study was first presented by Wei Tan, Megan Shparago, Amelia P. Bailey and Jian-Wei Gu of the University of Mississippi Medical Center at the Experimental Biology Conference 2006 which was from April 1-5 in San Francisco.  Cancer Tumor Growth may be increased by Drinking 2 – 4 Alcoholic Drinks Daily


Brachytherapy: An effective form of radiation therapy

Brachytherapy: An effective form of radiation therapy

Author's Book

Brachytherpy (pronounced bray-kee-ther-uh-pee) is a Greek term; "brachy" means short distance and "therapy" means treatment.  It is the form of radiation therapy that places radioactive materials, or sources, in or just next to a tumor or body site at risk for harboring tumor cells.  This is in contrast to external beam radiation therapy, which is delivered via a linear accelerator at a distance from the tumor, outside the person’s body.

During brachytherapy, the radioactive source or sources are left in place temporarily or permanently, depending on the type of cancer.  To position the source or sources accurately, special small tubes called catheters or applicators are used.  Also, depending on the area being treated, people may undergo several treatments over a number of days or weeks. Brachytherapy: An effective form of radiation therapy


Middle Aged People That Sleep Less Have Higher Blood Pressure - Lack of Sleep Linked to Increased Risk of Hypertension - Lack of Sleep

Middle Aged People That Sleep Little Have Higher Blood Pressure - Lack of Sleep Linked to Increased Risk of Hypertension

Sleep is Important

Researchers believe that lack of sleep increases the risk for developing high blood pressure. Study participants who slept five or fewer hours per night per night were significantly more likely to be diagnosed with hypertension (high blood pressure) after taking into account other risk factors including obesity, diabetes, physical activity, salt and alcohol consumption, smoking, depression, age, education, gender, and ethnicity.  Middle Aged People That Sleep Less Have Higher Blood Pressure - Lack of Sleep Linked to Increased Risk of Hypertension - Lack of Sleep


Doctors Able to Grow Bladders in Labs and Transplant Using Patients Own Cells - Other Engineered Organs Expected in Future - No Rejection

Doctors Able to Grow Bladders in Labs and Transplant Using Patients Own Cells - Other Engineered Organs Expected in Future - No Rejection

Kidneys and Bladder

Wake Forest University School of Medicine scientists have made a breakthrough in medicine by actually growing bladders.  Other organs are expected soon, and since the organs are grown from the patients own cells, there is no risk of rejection.  Organ rejection has been a problem with traditional transplants.

According to The British Journal, Lance, seven children and teenagers have received bladders grown from their own cells.  Some of the patients have been followed for more than seven years with no problems.  In fact, the bladders have shown an improved “function” over time. Doctors Able to Grow Bladders in Labs and Transplant Using Patients Own Cells - Other Engineered Organs Expected in Future - No Rejection


Tonsillectomy May Prevent ADHD in Kids- Removing Tonsils May Prevent Obstructive Sleep Apnea Disorders in Children and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Tonsillectomy May Prevent ADHD in Kids- Removing Tonsils May Prevent Obstructive Sleep Apnea Disorders in Children and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Tonsils

It appears that there may be a link between sleep apnea and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), but further research is needed to determine a causal relationship. Researchers from the University of Michigan Health System found that about half of the children with ADHD who underwent a tonsillectomy no longer met the criteria for ADHD one year later.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a condition where the throat relaxes during sleep causing the sleeper to stop breathing.  The vast majority of people with this condition don’t realize they have it because it occurs when they are sleeping. OSA has been linked to hypertension, stroke and heart attack in adults.  Tonsillectomy May Prevent ADHD in Kids- Removing Tonsils May Prevent Obstructive Sleep Apnea Disorders in Children and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder


Add Celebrex to the List of Drugs that Help Prevent Colon Cancer – Aspirin Pain Relievers May Lower Risk of Colorectal Pre-Cancerous Polyps

Add Celebrex to the List of Drugs that Help Prevent Colon Cancer – Aspirin Pain Relievers May Lower Risk of Colorectal Pre-Cancerous Polyps

Tubular adenoma

It appears that Celebrex (celecoxib) may help inhibit the formation of pre-cancerous sporadic adenomatous polyps (adenomas) that can lead to colon cancer.  One of the two studies, one funded in part by Celebrex maker Pfizer, and the National Cancer Institute, found that “sustained, higher doses of Celebrex for almost three years reduced pre-cancerous polyps (adenomas) with the greatest benefit for those at highest risk of polyp recurrence.”  Add Celebrex to the List of Drugs that Help Prevent Colon Cancer – Aspirin Pain Relievers May Lower Risk of Colorectal Pre-Cancerous Polyps


Contact Lens Fungus Infection Warning in US - Symptoms and Treatments - Severe Corneal Fungal Eye Disease Cases in United States

Contact Lens Fungus Infection Warning in US - Symptoms and Treatments - Severe Corneal Fungal Eye Disease Cases in United States

Eye Fungus

A warning has gone out to contact lens wearers concerning an outbreak of Fusarium keratitis, a severe corneal fungal infection that has recently been linked to soft contact lens use.  Doctors began seeing the infection in Asia but now, according to the Doctors of optometry from the American Optometric Association's (AOA) Contact Lens and Cornea Section have begun seeing the infection in the United States. Contact Lens Fungus Infection Warning in US - Symptoms and Treatments - Severe Corneal Fungal Eye Disease Cases in United States


Heavy Cell Phone Use Linked To Brain Cancer – Mobile Phones May Cause Malignant Brain Tumors on Same Side of Head – Swedish Study

Heavy Cell Phone Use Linked To Brain Cancer – Mobile Phones May Cause Malignant Brain Tumors on Same Side of Head – Swedish Study

Mobile Phone Use

Swedish researchers believe that heavy users of cells phones have an increased risk of malignant brain tumors.  This contradicts earlier studies.  Research last year, conducted by the Dutch health Council, found no evidence that radiation from mobile phones and TV towers was harmful.  Also, a four year British study found no link between regular, long-term use of cell phones and the most common type of tumor.

This new Swedish study released on Friday contradicted these earlier conclusions.  The researchers at the Swedish National Institute for Working Life looked at the mobile phone use of 2,200 cancer patients and compared this to an equal number of healthy control cases. Heavy Cell Phone Use Linked To Brain Cancer – Mobile Phones May Cause Malignant Brain Tumors on Same Side of Head – Swedish Study


Sleep Apnea – CPAP Treatment helps Improve Heart Function

Sleep Apnea – CPAP Treatment helps Improve Heart Function

Respironics ComfortCurve Mask

A recent study being published in the upcoming April 4th issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found that patients with obstructive sleep apnea had improvements with the heart’s ability to pump blood when they used a CPAP machine during sleep.  Many patients with obstructive sleep apnea have enlarged and thickened heart abnormalities which reduce the amount of blood it can pump.

"Not only are the shape and size of the heart affected, the right side of the heart was dilated and the heart muscle on the left side was thicker in patients with obstructive sleep apnea, but the pump function was also reduced. The changes were directly related to the severity of the problem. Treating the problem brought significant improvements in the affected parameters, as well as in symptoms, in a relatively short period of time of six months," said Bharati Shivalkar, M.D., Ph.D. who is from the University Hospital Antwerp located in Antwerp, Belgium.  Sleep Apnea – CPAP Treatment helps Improve Heart Function


Moderate Drinking may not Prevent Heart Attacks - New Study Says Older Studies May Be Flawed - Glass of Wine Every Day Shows No Benefit

Moderate Drinking may not Prevent Heart Attacks - New Study Says Older Studies May Be Flawed - Glass of Wine Every Day Shows No Benefit

Not as Healthy?

Earlier studies that suggest moderate drinking or a drinking a glass of wine everyday may help prevent a heart attack might be flawed.  This may be because people in the studies that quit drinking may have quit consuming alcohol because of poor health.  This could have skewed the results to favor drinking.  According to the report, “This was only the case, however, when they deliberately included error by evaluating both long-term abstainers with people who had reduced alcohol intake or quit drinking recently. Study authors caution their report has not disproved the notion that light drinking is good for health.”  Moderate Alcohol Drinking may not Prevent Heart Attacks - Older Studies May Be Flawed - Glass of Wine Every Day Shows No Benefit


Secrets of Thin People – Habits Can Help Keep Weight Under Control – ABC News Broadcast Highlights Real Simple Magazine Article

Secrets of Thin People – Habits Can Help Keep Weight Under Control – ABC News Broadcast Highlights Real Simple Magazine Article

More Vegetables

ABC News highlighted some habits that can be used by overweight people to become thin.  Researchers from Pennsylvania found that thin people tend to eat low calorie density foods.  These foods contain high water content.  Examples include fruits, vegetables, water-based soups and stews, and cooked whole grains.

They typically don’t count calories or carry a food scale around with them, according to Barbara Rolls, professor of nutrition at Pennsylvania State University.  Lorie Parch writes in Real Simple Magazine that thin people “keep an eye on what they eat without being obsessive, many focus on filling their plates with mostly fruits, vegetables, and lean protein.”  According to Rolls, thin people tend to eat five small meals a day rather than three squares.  This makes it easier to scale down portions. Secrets of Thin People – Habits Can Help Keep Weight Under Control – ABC News Broadcast Highlights Real Simple Magazine Article


Requests for Cesarean Births may be Reasonable – NIH Panel Gave Both Pros and Cons to CDMR birth compared to Natural Vaginal Delivery

Requests for Cesarean Births may be Reasonable – NIH Panel Gave Both Pros and Cons to CDMR birth compared to Natural Vaginal Delivery

Newborn

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) convened a panel to make available information comparing the risks and benefits of Caesarean delivery on maternal request (CDMR) versus planned vaginal birth, and did not provide the basis for a recommendation in either direction.  The panel said that any woman requesting CDMR should receive individualized counseling regarding the potential risks.

The panel did not include emergency Caesarean delivery and Caesarean performed following attempted vaginal delivery in their recommendation.  Their recommendations were concerning the elective Caesarean delivery, not emergency caesarean deliveries.   Requests for Cesarean Births may be Reasonable – NIH Panel Gave Both Pros and Cons to CDMR birth compared to Natural Vaginal Delivery


Brain Cells From Adults Repair Spinal Cord Injury in Mice - Neural Precursor Cells Allowed Mice To Walk Within Two Weeks of Injury

Brain Cells From Adults Repair Spinal Cord Injury in Mice - Neural Precursor Cells Allowed Mice To Walk Within Two Weeks of Injury

Brain Stem Cells

Scientists from Canada have found that spinal cord paralysis in rats can be eased / repaired by transplanting brain cells taken from the adult mouse.  It may be possible to take brain cells from patients with spinal cord injuries and then transplanting them back into themselves as a treatment. 

Earlier studies have shown improvement in paralyzed lab animals with transplanted embryonic stem cells.  The new research is important because the cells were taken from adult animals rather then embryos.  Also, the positive effects were produced even two weeks after the injury. 

Of course these stem cells are not as versatile as embryonic stem cells.  Embryonic stem cells can be used to repair more organs.  But these brain cells appear to be effective in treating spinal cord injuries.  Brain Cells From Adults Repair Spinal Cord Injury in Mice - Neural Precursor Cells Allowed Mice To Walk Within Two Weeks of Injury


Loneliness Can Cause High Blood Pressure - Increases Risk of Hypertension

Loneliness Can Cause High Blood Pressure - Increases Risk of Hypertension

Best to have Friends

Researchers from the University of Chicago studied elderly people over the age of 50 and found that those that were lonely could have blood pressure readings up to 30 points higher than those who were surrounded by friends and family.   They believe that loneliness could be as bad as being overweight or inactive. 

It is estimated by the year 2010, 30 million Americans will be living alone, that's a 20 percent increase over 25 years ago.  It is now known that loneliness can lead to both stress and hypertension (high blood pressure).  E.J. Mundell suggests in Healthday News that loneliness may be its own risk factor.  According to two individuals involved in the research, Louise Hawkley and Richard Suzman, the results were surprising.  They were surprised by the "specificity" of the findings -- that it was loneliness, per se, and not attendant states such as depression or anger, that appeared to be responsible for the boost in blood pressure.  Hawkley said "So, that means that people who are lonely have a double whammy -- they are feeling the stress and they are lonely."  Loneliness Can Cause High Blood Pressure - Increases Risk of Hypertension 


Metabolic Syndrome could be prevented by Eating a Diet Rich with Magnesium

Metabolic Syndrome could be prevented by Eating a Diet Rich with Magnesium

Soybeans

A 15 year study found that people that ate the most magnesium in their diets had a 31 percent less of a chance for developing metabolic syndrome. 

Metabolic syndrome is a group of conditions that include high blood pressure, high triglycerides, and low levels of “good” HDL cholesterol.  The metabolic syndrome people usually have an excessive amount of weight around their waist.  They struggle with blood sugar levels and can often develop type 2 diabetes.  They are also at an increased risk for developing heart disease.  Metabolic Syndrome could be prevented by Eating a Diet Rich with Magnesium


Fluoride Consumption Linked to White Streaks and Splotches in Teeth - Compare Different Drinks With Tooth Erosion and Decay - Diet Coke OK

Fluoride Consumption Linked to White Streaks and Splotches in Teeth - Compare Different Drinks With Tooth Erosion and Decay - Diet Coke OK

White Teeth

A new study indicates that there is a connection between fluoride intake and fluorosis of the permanent incisors.  Fluorosis is characterized by white streaks or splotches on the teeth.  Kids in the study, who are currently 10 to 13 years of age, were followed since birth.  The Iowa Fluoride Study recorded food and beverage intakes multiple times throughout those years.

The well water and purchased beverages were analyzed for fluoride concentrations. When the kids were between 7.7 and 12 years of age, they had dental examinations, where researchers looked for evidence of fluorosis. 

The researchers compared amounts of fluoride consumed and children with and without fluorosis in their permanent incisors.  They found that 35% of the children had some evidence of dental fluorosis, most of which was mild.  Fluoride Consumption Linked to White Streaks and Splotches in Teeth - Compare Different Drinks With Tooth Erosion and Decay - Diet Coke OK


Artificial Knee Joint Replacement and Hip Replacement Surgery will possibly have Dramatic Increase in Demand in next 20 Years

Artificial Knee Joint Replacement and Hip Replacement Surgery will possibly have Dramatic Increase in Demand in next 20 Years

Artificial Knee Joint

According to a recent study, there will be an estimated 3.48 million knee replacements will be needed by 2030.  This is approximately a 673 percent increase compared to today’s procedures.  Artificial hip replacements are estimated to increase 174 percent up to 572,000 per year in 2030.

A recent report presented at the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeon’s annual meeting in Chicago by Steven M. Kurtz who is with a Philadelphia-based engineering and scientific consulting firm said that there is a dramatic increase in the demand for artificial joints for a number of reasons. Artificial Knee Joint Replacement and Hip Replacement Surgery will possibly have Dramatic Increase in Demand in next 20 Years


Weight Training Twice as Effective Compared to Aerobic Exercise In Improving Quality of Life in Breast Cancer Survivors After Surgery

Weight Training Twice as Effective Compared to Aerobic Exercise In Improving Quality of Life in Breast Cancer Survivors After Surgery

Strength Training

Researchers believe that weight training significantly improves the quality of life in women recently treated for breast cancer.  Minnesota doctors found that six months of twice weekly exercise that improved strength and body composition was enough to result in improvements in the overall physical and emotional condition of the patients.

It is not unusual for newly diagnosed and treated breast cancer patients to suffer from multitude quality of life limiting complaints, including insomnia, weight gain, chronic fatigue, depression, and anxiety.  Although treatments for breast cancer have progressed rapidly, treatment for these secondary complaints has only recently been compared.   Weight Training Twice as Effective Compared to Aerobic Exercise In Improving Quality of Life in Breast Cancer Survivors After Surgery


Are You Full OF IT?  Cleansing and Detox Programs

Are You Full OF IT?  Cleansing and Detox Programs

Cleansing

Any way you cut it, cleansing will always be critically acclaimed by internal cleansing ethicist the world round.  They will sing their praises of what internal cleansing has done for them personally and other people.  Okay a person might want to address some of the underlying issues such as learning what to eat and how to eat.

These issues are almost always glossed over by main stream medicine.  I can remember an old vacation my husband and I took.  We vacationed seven whole days in beautiful Myrtle Beach.  On our way home from our much needed vacation, I realized something: “I LEFT FOOD OUT ON THE KITCHEN COUNTER.”  Yikes!  After flying up my front steps acting as if I could somehow stop the putrefying, rotting process.  Are You Full OF IT?  Cleansing and Detox Programs


Treatment Options For Prostate Cancer Investigated - Is Invasive Treatment Better than Watching and Waiting Approach - Symptoms

Treatment Options For Prostate Cancer Investigated - Is Invasive Treatment Better than Watching and Waiting Approach - Symptoms

Prostate

A new study is underway to determine if low-risk prostate cancer patients do better or as well using the watchful waiting approach compared to those that have invasive surgery. In this study 200 of the 650 patients needed have already enrolled.  These men have been diagnosed with low-risk prostate cancer at M. D. Anderson and are on active surveillance for their disease, having changes monitored through regular Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) tests, biopsies and check-ups. Treatment Options For Prostate Cancer Investigated - Is Invasive Treatment Better than Watching and Waiting Approach - Symptoms


Changing Treatments For Depression May Improve Outcomes - If First Medicine Does Not Work Try or Add Another Medication - Study Says

Changing Treatments For Depression May Improve Outcomes - If First Medicine Does Not Work Try or Add Another Medication - Study Says

Dr. Rush

Successfully treating depression may require trying different drugs, according to research from the UT (University of Texas) Southwestern Medical Center.  They found that one in three to four people who do not achieve a full remission of symptoms from an initial antidepressant became symptom-free after changing to or adding a second antidepressant.

Dr. A. John Rush said “The message to the patient is: 'Hang in there. If the first treatment does not relieve your symptoms, consider changing or adding another medication. Follow instructions from your doctor, and don't give up.”  Rush is the vice chairman of clinical sciences and professor of psychiatry at UT Southwestern Medical Center.  Changing Treatments For Depression May Improve Outcomes - If First Medicine Does Not Work Try or Add Another Medication - Study Says 


Emphysema - Smokers can get Healthier Lungs by eating more Fruits and Vegetable containing Beta Carotene and Vitamin E

Emphysema - Smokers can get Healthier Lungs by eating more Fruits and Vegetable containing Beta Carotene and Vitamin E

Carrots are high in beta carotene

Researchers measured beta carotene levels in blood samples of men and women and found that those that had higher levels also had better lung function.  If you are a smoker, you probably think about lung cancer and emphysema and know that the best thing to do is quite smoking altogether.  In the mean time you might want to consider eating foods rich in beta carotene as well.

This study suggests that by eating fruits and vegetables that are high in beta-carotene, like carrots and sweet potatoes can help your lungs breathe better over time.  The researchers also measured for vitamin E and found this to be helpful too.  Emphysema - Smokers can get Healthier Lungs by eating more Fruits and Vegetable containing Beta Carotene and Vitamin E


Diabetes Type 2 – Sleep Duration can increase risk for developing Adult Diabetes – Is Sleep Apnea the Culprit?

Diabetes Type 2 – Sleep Duration can increase risk for developing Adult Diabetes – Is Sleep Apnea the Culprit?

ResMed CPAP machine

A recent study of 1,709 men from ages 40 – 70 years of age were found that those that were not getting enough sleep or were getting to much sleep had an increased risk for developing Type 2 Diabetes.  The optimal sleep was found to be between 6 – 8 hours of sleep each night.

The study was a joint effort between researchers from the New England Research Institutes and the Yale School of Medicine.  The results were first published in the March issue of Diabetes Care.

The 1,709 men were participants in a 15 year research project called the Massachusetts Male Aging Study.  Researchers made house calls, had survey questionnaires and took blood samples over the 15 years of the study.  Diabetes Type 2 – Sleep Duration can increase risk for developing Adult Diabetes – Is Sleep Apnea the Culprit?


Heart Failure Patient first to have HeartWare’s HVAD Mechanical Circulatory Assist Device Implanted

Heart Failure Patient first to have HeartWare’s HVAD Mechanical Circulatory Assist Device Implanted

HVAD device

The first patient, a 48 year old male with heart failure, received an implant of the HeartWare’s HVAD mechanical circulatory assist device on March 22nd, 2006 at the Vienna General Hospital in Austria.

The surgical team was lead by Dr. Georg Wieselthaler, who is the Clinical Director of Mechanical Circulatory Support with the University of Vienna commented on the progress of the patient, "Our first clinical experience of the HVAD was extremely positive. The procedure was completed quickly and without incident, and our patient's early post-operative recovery has been excellent.  The device's small size and configuration facilitated a relatively fast implant procedure. The surgery took only 85 minutes, significantly less than the time typically required to implant other devices. The patient was moved from the operating theatre into the post operative recovery area, conscious and off ventilation within seven hours. He continues to recover quickly and has met with his family. We are very pleased with these results."   Heart Failure Patient first to have HeartWare’s HVAD Mechanical Circulatory Assist Device Implanted


New PillCam Used to Examine Esophagus - Takes Colored Images After Swallowed - Pictures Inspected for Ulcers or Signs of Cancer

New PillCam Used to Examine Esophagus - Takes Colored Images After Swallowed - Pictures Inspected for Ulcers or Signs of Cancer

Pill Cam

A new device called the Pillcam is being used for patients concerned with Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease or GERD.  The device is about the size of a multivitamin so it is easy to swallow, and has cameras at both ends of the pill.  During the procedure, there are three sensor arrays placed on the patient’s chest that send data back to a data recorder worn on a belt around the waist. 

Doctor Tim Johnson, ABC News' medical editor, wanted to make sure his chronic heartburn wasn’t causing serious damage to his esophagus.  He underwent the procedure which requires the patient to swallow the pill lying down and then sit up straight over a five minute period.  The gradual inclination ensures that the pill travels slowly down the esophagus.  The patient remains in the upright position for an additional 15 minutes to ensure the pill travels to the stomach.  The disposable pill is later excreted naturally. New PillCam Used to Examine Esophagus - Takes Colored Images After Swallowed - Pictures Inspected for Ulcers or Signs of Cancer


Compare Diets – Low Calorie Diet With DASH Diet – One Proven to Lower Blood Pressure – Calorie Restriction (CR) Proven to Extend Life

Compare Diets – Low Calorie Diet With DASH Diet – One Proven to Lower Blood Pressure – Calorie Restriction (CR) Proven to Extend Life

Diets

Two doctors in the original DASH diet group have recommended a modification in their original regimen to help reduce triglycerides and increase the good HDL cholesterol, by increasing fat and protein in the diet.  The DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet developed in the 1990s was designed to lower blood pressure, and at that time was the only diet proven to this.

The original DASH Diet was rich in fruits, vegetables and low-fat dairy products.  The diet also required reduced intakes of saturated fat, total fat and cholesterol.  The diet proved to lower the bad LDL cholesterol but also lowered the good HDL cholesterol.  The diet had no effect on triglycerides levels. This prompted the two researchers to look further and improve the original plan.  Compare Diets – Low Calorie Diet With DASH Diet – One Proven to Lower Blood Pressure – Calorie Restriction (CR) Proven to Extend Life 


Avastin in Combination With Chemotherapy Stabilizes Breast Cancer Twice as Long as Chemo Alone - Advanced Stages Tested - Early Stages Next

Avastin in Combination With Chemotherapy Stabilizes Breast Cancer Twice as Long as Chemo Alone - Advanced Stages Tested - Early Stages Next

Avastin

Researchers say that combining the drug Avastin with standard chemotherapy can keep breast cancer under control for a longer period of time in patients with the advanced disease.  Now the researchers want to find out if the combination therapy will help patients when the disease has not metastasized. 

Doctors combined the drug with the chemotherapy treatment Taxol in 722 patients.  They found that the cancer was stable for 11.4 months in women who received the drug combo compared to 6.11 months in patients that were only given Taxol.  This combined therapy kept the cancer under control for almost twice as long as relying on the chemotherapy alone.   Avastin in Combination With Chemotherapy Stabilizes Breast Cancer Twice as Long as Chemo Alone - Advanced Stages Tested - Early Stages Next


FDA Panel Recommends “Clearer” Labels on ADHD ADD Drugs Today – Last Month Another Panel Recommended “Black Box” Warnings On Ritalin and Adderall

FDA Panel Recommends “Clearer” Labels on ADHD ADD Drugs Today – Last Month Another Panel Recommended “Black Box” Warnings On Ritalin and Adderall

Clearer Labels Recommended

A Food and Drug Administration (FDA) pediatric advisory panel recommended strong warnings on drugs used to treat attention deficit disorder (ADD) today, but stopped short of the black-box warnings recommended by another FDA advisory panel on drug safety last month. The panel heard about cases in which children experienced frightening hallucinations while using the medications.  These hallucinations often involved bugs and snakes.   FDA Panel Recommends “Clearer” Labels on ADHD ADD Drugs Today – Last Month Another Panel Recommended “Black Box” Warnings On Ritalin and Adderall


Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder - Just What Kids Need - Sparlon - Another ADHD Drug

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder - Just What Kids Need - Sparlon - Another ADHD Drug

ADHD Book

The pharmaceutical company, Cephalon Inc, is going through the motions of legitimizing the sale of Sparlon for the treatment of ADHD even though its active ingredient, modafinil, has been heavily promoted and sold under the name Provigil, for off-label treatment of ADHD by Cephalon for years.

Last October, the FDA sent an "approvable" letter to Cephalon for the pediatric use of Sparlon pending a March 23, 2006, meeting of the Psychopharmacologic Drugs Advisory Committee to review the drug’s approval.

Modafinil-based Provigil is currently only approved for narcolepsy, sleep apnea and shift work sleep disorder, according to the FDA.  However, it is estimated that half of all Provigil prescriptions are written for off-label use.  Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder - Just What Kids Need - Sparlon - Another ADHD Drug


Omega-3 Fatty Acids Prevent Spread of Prostate Cancer - Fish Oil Better Than Vegetable Sources - Omega-6 Used as Energy By Cancer Cells and Tumors

Omega-3 Fatty Acids Prevent Spread of Prostate Cancer - Fish Oil Better Than Vegetable Sources - Omega-6 Used as Energy By Cancer Cells and Tumors

Fish Better Source for Omega

Scientists from the Paterson Institute at the Christie Hospital in Manchester, England, believe that consumption of omega-3 fatty acids could block the spread of prostate cancer.  It has been known for some time that both omega-3 and omega-6 oils have promoted good health. 

Since the body can not make these fats, it is important to eat foods rich in them.  These foods include fish and fish oil, canola and flaxseed oils, and most raw nuts.  Nutritionists say it is important to keep a balance of the two fats / oils.  Some nutritionists believe that adults do better with fish oil rather than plant oils, but there are some benefits to the plant oils (nuts) as well.   Omega-3 Fatty Acids Prevent Spread of Prostate Cancer - Fish Oil Better Than Vegetable Sources - Omega-6 Used as Energy By Cancer Cells and Tumors


Depression May Be Caused By Environmental Factors in Childhood – Depressed Mothers May Increase Risk of Health Problems In their Children

Depression May Be Caused By Environmental Factors in Childhood – Depressed Mothers May Increase Risk of Health Problems In their Children

Mother Child Link

Reducing a mother’s depression within the first three months of treatment lessens the chance of her children having psychiatric disorders, according to a new study.  Mothers may have more to do with their children’s depression than we previously thought.  The child’s disorders may include mood or disruptive behavior disorders, within that same time period.

According to new research presented at the JAMA media briefing on women's health in New York, parental depression is among the most consistent risk factors for childhood anxiety and disruptive behavior disorders.  There is a 2 to 3 fold increased risk in offspring of depressed parents compared with control subjects. Depression May Be Caused By Environmental Factors in Childhood – Depressed Mothers May Increase Risk of Health Problems In their Children


Cosmetic Procedures – Facial Chemical Peel what are Glycolic Acid, Salicylic Acid, Tricholoracetic Acid and Phenol - Which Peels Work Best

Cosmetic Procedures – Facial Chemical Peel what are Glycolic Acid, Salicylic Acid, Tricholoracetic Acid and Phenol - Which Peels Work Best

Over the Counter Alpha-Hydroxy cleanser

Chemical Peels that are performed at a plastic surgeons office can not only offer softer skin, but can also help prevent other problems.  A chemical peel can help prevent acne as well as remove layers of sun damaged and discolored skin patches.  Wrinkles can be reduced and sometime eliminated after going through a series of chemical peels.  It won’t replace other cosmetic procedures if you want to get rid of the wrinkles.  Chemical peels help the skin to tolerate outside elements.  A person with acne problems can have an easier time controlling outbreaks.  Cosmetic Procedures – Facial Chemical Peel what are Glycolic Acid, Salicylic Acid, Tricholoracetic Acid and Phenol - Which Peels Work Best


Sudden Death Heart Attacks Rare in Women While Exercising - Men are 19 Times more Likely to Die - But Moderate Exertion Will Lower Long Term Risk

Sudden Death Heart Attacks Rare in Women While Exercising - Men are 19 Times more Likely to Die - But Moderate Exertion Will Lower Long Term Risk

Dr. Albert

There were three heart attacks and two deaths associated with the heart attacks at the Los Angeles Marathon the other day.  Experts want to remind people that sudden cardiac death during exertion is extremely rare in women.  All three heart attacks at the marathon involved men and this was the first time there was more than one heart attack during the LA Marathon.

Typically regular exercise may significantly lower the long-term risk, according to a study in the March 22/29 issue of JAMA, a theme issue on women's health.  Always check with your doctor before you begin an exercise regimen. Sudden Death Heart Attacks Rare in Women While Exercising - Men are 19 Times more Likely to Die - But Moderate Exertion Will Lower Long Term Risk 


“French Women Don’t Get Fat” by Mireille Guiliano offers Weight Loss by Lifestyle Changes

“French Women Don’t Get Fat” by Mireille Guiliano offers Weight Loss by Lifestyle Changes

"French Women Don't Get Fat" Book

Oprah Winfrey had a terrific show today about slowing down aging.  One of her guests was the author of Mireille Guiliano who is the author of the book “French Women Don’t Get Fat.” Oprah said on her show that 67% of Americans are fat, compared to only 11% of people in France.

When Oprah interviewed Mireille it was interesting to find out that her book was not intended as a weight loss diet fad type of book, but more of a lifestyle change in how to approach eating.

Mireille recommended that you spend 20 minutes to sit down to a meal.  Don’t try to multi-task while eating.  Eating is to be enjoyed she explains.  She said not to take away foods like many fad diets do.  Try to find a balance.  You can indulge in deserts and pizza, but find a balance.  The next day you might eat a more nutritious meal such as grapefruit with an egg and toast.  “French Women Don’t Get Fat” by Mireille Guiliano offers Weight Loss by Lifestyle Changes


Size Difference in Breasts May be Cancer Predictor - Breast Symmetry New Risk Factor for Breast Cancer

Size Difference in Breasts May be Cancer Predictor - Breast Symmetry New Risk Factor for Breast Cancer

Breast Symmetry

There are a few predictors that may increase the risk of breast cancer.  Now it appears that breast symmetry may have something to do with the disease.  In fact, according to a study published in Breast Cancer Research, “breast asymmetry could be a reliable independent predictor of breast cancer.”

Very few women have perfectly symmetrical breasts according to a report on ABC News.  The researchers believe that the difference in size could be very important.  The relative odds of developing breast cancer increased by 1.5 with each 100ml increase in breast asymmetry. 

Diane Scutt from the University of Liverpool, UK and colleagues looked at 252 mammograms of women who did not have breast cancer at the time of the mammography, but later developed the disease.  Size Difference in Breasts May be Cancer Predictor - Breast Symmetry New Risk Factor for Breast Cancer 


Genetic Testing For Breast and Ovarian Cancers not Sufficient Enough for Recommendations of Invasive Prophylactic Surgeries - Study Shows

Genetic Testing For Breast and Ovarian Cancers not Sufficient Enough for Recommendations of Invasive Prophylactic Surgeries - Study Shows

Genetic Cancer Risks

There are some genetic tests that can be performed to determine the risk of breast and ovarian cancer, but not all cancers are associated with identified gene mutations. According to research by Mary-Claire King, Ph.D., of the University of Washington, Seattle, lifetime risks of breast cancer are as high as 80 percent among U.S. women with mutations in BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes.

Among white women in the US, mutations in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes account of 5 percent to 10 percent of the breast cancer cases.  The risk for young women with these particular inherited gene mutations is increasing.   Genetic Testing For Breast and Ovarian Cancers not Sufficient Enough for Recommendations of Invasive Prophylactic Surgeries - Study Shows


Prostate Cancer may stall Tumor growth with Raloxifene Drug Treatment

Prostate Cancer may stall Tumor growth with Raloxifene Drug Treatment

Cancer Cells Dividing

Researchers from Cedars-Sinai found that a drug called Raloxifene may help in the treatment of men with prostate cancer.  Raloxifene is a drug that is currently on the market used to treat osteoporosis.  The complete report will be in the April 2006 issue of the British Journal of Urology International.

"We undertook this study because we desperately need new therapies for patients with advanced prostate cancer," said David B. Agus, M.D. who is the research director of the Louis Warschaw Prostate Cancer Center at Cedars-Sinai and also is the principal investigator of this study.  Prostate Cancer may stall Tumor growth with Raloxifene Drug Treatment


Propecia may Reverse Hair Loss in Women - Women Used Oral Contraceptive Combined with Finateride Treatment For Pattern Baldness

Propecia may Reverse Hair Loss in Women - Women Used Oral Contraceptive Combined with Finateride Treatment For Pattern Baldness

Hair Loss Treatments

The medication approved for hair loss in men, Finateride (Propecia or Proscar), may also help prevent hair loss in women, when combined with oral contraceptives.  When people think about hair loss they typically think of balding men, not women. The truth is that both men and women lose hair and about half of all women experience pattern hair loss.

According to the report, if the hair loss is untreated it will likely get worse.  The current treatments include minoxidil, a medication typically applied to the scalp to encourage hair regrowth.  Minoxidil is effective, but not always well accepted by patients.  Propecia may Reverse Hair Loss in Women - Women Used Oral Contraceptive Combined with Finateride Treatment For Pattern Baldness


Gastric Bypass Surgery with Severely Obese patients helped Lower Blood Pressure

Gastric Bypass Surgery with Severely Obese patients helped Lower Blood Pressure

Body Weight calculate BMI

A new study from the University of Pittsburgh found that exceedingly obese patients that undergo gastric bypass bariatric surgery often have a long-term benefit of lowered blood pressure and some patients no longer need to take hypertensive medications.  This study was first published in the March issue of the Archives of Surgery.

The reason for the correction in blood pressure is that after the stomach is reduced in size the patients lose a large amount of weight.  This improves the patients overall health.  There are approximately two-thirds of the excessively obese patients that have high blood pressure.  Gastric Bypass Surgery with Severely Obese patients helped Lower Blood Pressure


Gene Found for Eczema - May Lead to Therapies for Cause of Dry Skin - Not just Treatments for Symptoms

Gene Found for Eczema - May Lead to Therapies for Cause of Dry Skin - Not just Treatments for Symptoms

Eczema

Up until now, eczema therapies involved treating the symptoms.  This may change soon due to research led by the University of Dundee in Scotland, where they have discovered the gene which causes dry, scaly skin.  The dry skin can lead to eczema and asthma, according to researchers. 

The gene produces a protein called filaggrin which helps keep the skin protected by forming an outer barrier.  It is hoped that this finding will lead to a therapy of the underlying condition that causes dry skin and eczema.  Most current therapies involve ointments to treat dry skin and anti-inflammatory drugs to treat eczema. 

The filaggrin protein is usually found in the outermost layers of skin.  In people that are not affected by dry skin, this protein is abundant.  The protein also helps form a skin barrier keeping the water in, but in absence allows the skin to dry out. When the skin dries out, it may begin to flake off as well.  Gene Found for Eczema - May Lead to Therapies for Cause of Dry Skin - Not just Treatments for Symptoms 


Plastic Surgery Procedure – Radiesse, Restylane and Botox help with Cosmetic Wrinkle Removal

Plastic Surgery Procedure – Radiesse, Restylane and Botox help with Cosmetic Wrinkle Removal

Cosmetic Wrinkle Removal

Radiesse and Restylane are injected fillers that are used to help remove wrinkles and fill out the face.  They are becoming more popular because the injections can last from six months all the way up to two years.  Another reason that Radiesse and Restylane might be a better treatment than Botox is that they do not paralyze the muscles to remove wrinkles.

Botox still is extremely popular procedure for wrinkles in the face, as the cost for this procedure is less expensive to go through.  Botox treatments can work from four to nine months with an average of six months for touch ups.  The average national cost for a Botox treatment is $387 according to The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.  Plastic Surgery Procedure – Radiesse, Restylane and Botox help with Cosmetic Wrinkle Removal


How to Save Money on Prescriptions by Buying Online - Compared Costco and Sam's Club With International Generics from Canadian Pharmacies

How to Save Money on Prescriptions by Buying Online - Compared Costco and Sam's Club With International Generics from Canadian Pharmacies

Shop online & save

I have always heard that Costco was the lowest price on prescription drugs.  Don’t get me wrong, they do have great prices, especially on generics, but even their prices can be beat.  The last time I went to Costco I noticed that my three month supply of Diovan HCT went up to a little over $190.  That was just too much.

The Diovan is a brand name drug, and there are no generics sold here in the US.  I did a little research and found that there was an “international generic” made overseas available from a Canadian Pharmacy.  I became a little skeptical when they told me I could only pay with money order – no credit cards. 

Sure the International generic was less money, but what was I going to get?  I was quoted about $135 for a three month supply.  I noticed that their month’s supply was only 28 pills compared to 30 pills through Costco.  How to Save Money on Prescriptions by Buying Online - Compared Costco and Sam's Club With International Generics from Canadian Pharmacies


ADHD  -  Cash Cow For Pharma - Possible Lawsuits Involving Drugs - Ritalin and Adderall and Other Treatments Questioned

ADHD  -  Cash Cow For Pharma - Possible Lawsuits Involving Drugs - Ritalin and Adderall and Other Treatments Questioned

ADHD Drugs

“Our society viewed with loathing those who 'pushed' stimulant drugs on children," says child psychiatrist Dr Peter Breggin. "Yet today, there are more children taking Ritalin and amphetamines from doctors than ever received them from illegal pushers,” he says.

“Parents and teachers and even doctors have been badly misled by drug company marketing practices,” he warns. “Drug companies have targeted children as a big market likely to boost profits and children are suffering as a result."

The marketing campaign referred to by Dr Breggin has proven to be extremely successful  At a February 10, 2006, FDA advisory committee hearing, it was reported by Dr Andrew Mosholder, a medical officer in the FDA's Office of Drug Safety, that about 2.5 million children in this country between the age 4 and 17, currently take ADHD drugs. A government survey found 9.3% of 12-year-old boys, and 3.7% of 11-year-old girls are on the drugs, he said.  ADHD  -  Cash Cow For Pharma - Possible Lawsuits Involving Drugs - Ritalin and Adderall and Other Treatments Questioned 


Possible Lawsuits - Trasylol Patients and Clinical Trial Subjects Beware 

Possible Lawsuits - Trasylol Patients and Clinical Trial Subjects Beware

Authors Website

Thirteen years ago, the FDA approved Trasylol (aprotinin) for use in patients undergoing heart bypass surgery. In January 2006, doctors, consumer advocates and a medical research group called for the removal of the drug from the market after a study found it to have deadly side effects.

Heart bypass surgery is performed to redirect blood around clogged arteries to increase blood flow and oxygen to the heart. A patient may undergo one, two, three or more bypasses depending on how many arteries are blocked. It is the most commonly performed major surgery in the US, with approximately 500,000 procedures conducted each year, according to Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery at Heart Center Online.

The FDA approved Trasylol in 1993 to control bleeding in patients undergoing heart surgery by blocking enzymes that dissolve blood clots. Although it was only approved for heart surgery, the drug has been administered off-label to patients undergoing other types of surgery. Possible Lawsuits - Trasylol Patients and Clinical Trial Subjects Beware 


Two Deaths of RU-486 Users Reported – Abortion Pills Linked to Five other Deaths – Planned Parent Hood Changes Policy

Two Deaths of RU-486 Users Reported – Abortion Pills Linked to Five other Deaths – Planned Parent Hood Changes Policy

Mifegyne

Questions are being raised about the safety of the abortion drug RU486 (mifepristone), after two deaths were reported.  It is not clear what caused these latest deaths, but four of the five earlier deaths were the result of a rare bacterial infection called Clostridium sordellii, which can cause septic shock.  This brings the total reported deaths associated with the RU-486 to seven, out 560,000 successful abortions. 

In the four previous deaths, the second drug in the two-pill regimen was administered vaginally rather than orally.  A spokeswoman for the FDA said “All four cases were women who had received this treatment vaginally, who then all quickly reported back to their physician with very serious, rapidly spreading infection which led to sepsis and death, unfortunately."   According to Julie Rovner of NPR, the spokespeople for the FDA are not being identified by name because of personal-safety reasons due to previous threats to FDA staff.

Last fall the FDA reminded doctors that the pill was to be administered orally.  According to the FDA the second drug, misoprostol, was not formally approved for vaginal use. Two Deaths of RU-486 Users Reported – Abortion Pills Linked to Five other Deaths – Planned Parent Hood Changes Policy


Addiction Treatment Centers Using Experiential Therapies

Addiction Treatment Centers Using Experiential Therapies

Cirque Lodge, Sundance Utah

Life is experience.  Substance dependence overtakes a person’s ability to make her own decisions to experience life, and life is no longer actively participated in.  Therefore, in overcoming addiction, it is vital to learn to re-experience life.  This lesson helps a treatment center resident reintegrate into the world after therapy is through. 

Experiential therapy is this bridge to leaving a life of substance dependency and commencing a life of health, both physical and mental.  Experiential therapy is a necessary component in the steps towards a complete therapy.  Addiction Treatment Centers Using Experiential Therapies


Sciona DNA Diet Based On Genetic Analysis – May Be Better than Atkins South Beach or Zone Diets - Nutrigenomics May Prevent Disease

Sciona DNA Diet Based On Genetic Analysis – May Be Better than Atkins South Beach or Zone Diets - Nutrigenomics May Prevent Disease

Sciona Logo

There is a new genetic test customers can take at home that may help determine which diet is best for them.  Potential dieters swab the inside of their cheek to collect a DNA sample, fill out a questionnaire, and send them both back to Sciona.  Sciona is a privately held, international company that provides personalized health and nutrition recommendations based on an individual’s diet, lifestyle and unique genetic profile. Sciona DNA Diet Based On Genetic Analysis – May Be Better than Atkins South Beach or Zone Diets - Nutrigenomics May Prevent Disease 


Anti-Psychotic Drugs taken by Children have drastically Increased – Are all these kids Bipolar and Schizophrenic?

Anti-Psychotic Drugs taken by Children have drastically Increased – Are all these kids Bipolar and Schizophrenic?

The A.D.D. Book

A study reported that there was a huge increase in the amount of children taking anti-psychotic prescription drugs in recent years.  These drugs are often used to treat attention deficit disorder (ADD) as well as other behavior problems.  The problem is that the psychotic drugs have not been proven to work for a many of these children taking the drugs.  The study was first reported in the March-April edition of the journal Ambulatory Pediatrics.

Dr. William Cooper, a pediatrician with the Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital and lead author of the study made a statement of concern, "because it looks like these medications are being used for large numbers of children in a setting where we don't know if they work."  Anti-Psychotic Drugs taken by Children have drastically Increased – Are all these kids Bipolar and Schizophrenic?


Skin Cancer and Human Papillomavirus HPV Link - No Cure But Treatment For Symptoms Available

Skin Cancer and Human Papillomavirus HPV Link - No Cure But Treatment For Symptoms Available

HPV

Researchers believe that the human papillomavirus (HPV) may play a role in the development of a certain type of skin cancer.  When comparing people with HPV to those that did not have it, a new study concludes that squamous cell skin cancers were significantly more likely to occur in people with antibodies in their blood to the beta form of HPV.

Scientists have already known that HPV is a significant cause of cervical cancer.  Now it appears it may play a role in certain skin cancers as well.  According to National Institutes of Health (NIH) there are more that 100 types of HPVs, over 30 types can be passed from one person to another through sexual contact. Skin Cancer and Human Papillomavirus HPV Link - No Cure But Treatment For Symptoms Available


Atkins Diet Warning - Researchers do not recommend for Weight Loss due to Health Risks

Atkins Diet Warning - Researchers do not recommend for Weight Loss due to Health Risks

Fruits and Vegetables

There have been questions whether or not the Atkins diet is safe.  A group of researchers from the New York School of Medicine says it is not safe and should not be recommended.

One of the complications that can occur on this diet is called ketoacidosis which can be life threatening if not treated.  Diabetic ketoacidosis is more commonly seen, but with low-carb dieting a person enters into a state called ketosis.  The Atkins diet encourages a person to get into the ketosis state for rapid weight loss.

Klaus-Dieter Lessnau along with colleagues did a case report about this life-threatening complication when a 40 year old obese woman was on the Atkins diet.  The woman was following the diet strictly.  She developed ketoacidosis which is caused when excessively high levels of acids called ketones are found in the blood.  When starvation occurs the liver produces Ketones.  Low carbohydrate diets like the Atkins diet leads to Ketones being produced.  Atkins Diet Warning - Researchers do not recommend for Weight Loss due to Health Risks


Early Detection of Alzheimer's Disease May Involve Protein - A-beta-Star May Put Neurons to Sleep Not Kill Them - Treatment May Follow

Early Detection of Alzheimer's Disease May Involve Protein - A-beta-Star May Put Neurons to Sleep Not Kill Them - Treatment May Follow

Karen Ashe

Researchers at the University of Minnesota say they have identified a possible future target for therapies to defeat Alzheimer’s disease (AD) before it causes irreversible damage.  The identifying characteristic for AD is numerous insoluble clumps, or plaques, composed of a specific protein called amyloid-beta (A beta). 

Researchers had thought that these plaques caused AD, but they were mistaken.  According to Karen Ashe of the University of Minnesota, “About four years ago, we realized there was no correlation between the amount of plaque and the amount of memory dysfunction.”  This caused Ashe, a professor of neurology and neuroscience and director of the University's Center for Memory Research and Care, to start focusing on A-beta specifically.  Early Detection of Alzheimer's Disease May Involve Protein - A-beta-Star May Put Neurons to Sleep Not Kill Them - Treatment May Follow


Link Between Asthma and Leptin Found

Link Between Asthma and Leptin Found

Lungs and Airway

Research from the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield suggests that there may be link between leptin and asthma.  Previous studies have determined that there was a link between leptin levels and childhood asthma.  This prompted researchers to determine if the same was true for adults.

Doctor Akshay Sood and colleagues looked at data from the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Study, and found that there was a correlation between leptin levels and asthma.  Of the 5,876 participants they found that the association was stronger in women than men, and stronger in premenopausal women than in postmenopausal women.  Link Between Asthma and Leptin Found


 
 
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