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Fitting into smaller jeans better than sex say some women and other news

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Women say skinny jeans more satisfying than sex in online poll
For 2200 British women polled, fitting into skinny jeans was revealed as more satisfying than sex. The women admitted they kept old jeans that were too small as part of a fantasy to slim down and fit back into their skinny jeans. In some cases, the women confessed their jeans lasted longer than their relationships.


Popular TENS device no benefit for chronic low back pain
New guidelines have been issued by the issued by the American Academy of Neurology stating that use of TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) devices have no benefit for treating chronic low back pain. The therapy consists of applying a device to the low back that delivers electrical impulses to control pain. The units are widely used for pain control, and may work for other condition. TENS units are not shown to reduce low back pain that has persisted for more than three months.



Common pain medicine used with aspirin increases heart attack risk

Calorie restriction extends life of human cells, kills cancer in first study

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Calorie restriction

In a first study of its kind, researchers from University of Alabama have tested the benefits of calorie restriction on human lung cells. Past studies have been performed in animals, showing that restricting calories can increase lifespan.

The new study also revealed that human lung cells deprived of glucose, that were precancerous, died in large numbers, compared to cells provided with normal levels of glucose, furthering the notion that calorie restriction can help prevent and halt the spread of cancer.

For this study researchers grew precancerous cells in lab flasks. They then allowed the cells to grow for several weeks, noting that the cells deprived of glucose lived longer than normal.

Trygve Tollefsbol, Ph.D., D.O., and professor in the Department of Biology says the studies... "Further verify the potential health benefits of controlling calorie intake. Our research indicates that calorie reduction extends the lifespan of healthy human cells and aids the b…

CT scans and cancer risk analyzed

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Researchers have issued a new warning about CT scans and cancer. The risk of future cancer from CT scans has been analyzed, showing the potential for "tens of thousands" of cases of cancer that could occur in the future.

The analysis revealed variables in the dose of radiation delivered during CT scans in four institutions studied. Radiation doses from CT scans varies depending on what part of the body is being scanned. CT scans of the head, chest, abdomen, and pelvis pose the greatest cancer risk among the 35 to 54 year old age group.

Though the risk of cancer from CT scans is small, the authors say, because of the large number of persons exposed annually, even small risks could translate into a considerable number of future cancers."

Looking at CT scan radiation in four different institutions revealed variables that averaged 13 fold between the highest and lowest dose.

University of California researchers estimated the risk of cancer from CT scans in 1,119 patients in 200…

Most hospitalized patients unaware of prescribed medications

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Results of a new study show that patients who are hospitalized know little about the medications they are receiving. The study, designed to assess patient awareness of medications, also highlights how important it is for patients to understand what medications they are receiving in the hospital in order to prevent medication errors.

Medication errors are an important part of patient safety. One review found that medication errors occur in the hospital in almost one out of five medication doses. Hospitalized patients who know more about their medications can help prevent errors.

According to lead researcher Ethan Cumbler, M.D., Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Colorado Denver, "Overall, patients in the study were able to name fewer than half of their hospital medications. Our findings are particularly striking in that we found significant deficits in patient understanding of their hospital medications even among patients who believed they knew, or desired to kno…

Vitamin D increases survival rates among lymphoma patients

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Results of a new study show that vitamin D levels are important for survival among patients being treated for non-Hodgkin lymphoma. The authors say the findings are the "strongest to date" showing that vitamin D levels are directly related to cancer outcomes, and is the first to study disease progression and survival of lymphoma patients with low vitamin D levels.

Matthew Drake, M.D., Ph.D., an endocrinologist at Mayo Clinic in Rochester writes, "While these findings are very provocative, they are preliminary and need to be validated in other studies. However, they raise the issue of whether vitamin D supplementation might aid in treatment for this malignancy, and thus should stimulate much more research." The study showed that lymphoma patients deficient in vitamin D were twice as likely to die, and had 1.5 times increased risk of lymphoma progression.

The conclusions were based on a study of 374 patients newly diagnosed with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma - half we…

Umaga death from heart attack puts focus on athletes health risk

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Umaga death highlights health risks for athletes

The death of WWE wrestler Umaga highlights a growing body of evidence that large athletes are at risk for heart disease. The wrestler, whose real name is Edward Fatu, died at the young age of 36 from a second heart attack on December 5, 2009. Umaga was suspended in 2007 because of steroid use, adding to the potential health risks he may have been facing.

The death of WWE wrestler Edward “Umaga” Fatu is untimely. The wrestler was found dead in his apartment and rushed to the hospital where he was placed on life support. Several hours later Umaga died, following what is said to be a “difficult” decision to remove breathing apparatus by his wife.

“We would like to express its deepest condolences to Mr. Fatu’s family, friends, and fans on his tragic passing. Mr. Fatu was contract with WWE at various time periods, and most recently performed under the name “Umaga. Mr. Fatu’s contract was terminated on June 11, 2009.” The death of Umaga was un…

Pneumococcal pneumonia increasing with H1N1 flu

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The CDC warns that the incidence of Pneumococcal pneumonia is on the increase countrywide from H1N1 flu. Pneumococcal pneumonia is a bacterial infection. Pneumococcal vaccine is available, but only twenty-five percent of adults younger than age 65 are vaccinated against Pneumococcal pneumonia.

Most of pneumonia cases associated with H1N1 flu from Pneumococcal disease has occurred in people over age 65. Pneumonia can be serious, especially if the bacteria invade the bloodstream.

According to the CDC, “The symptoms of Pneumococcal pneumonia include fever, cough, shortness of breath, and chest pain. The symptoms of pneumococcal meningitis include stiff neck, fever, mental confusion and disorientation, and visual sensitivity to light (photophobia). The symptoms of Pneumococcal bacteremia may be similar to some of the symptoms of pneumonia and meningitis, along with joint pain and chills.”

The CDC update from November 24, says there is “good evidence” that the increasing incidence of Pneumoco…

Diabetes will double and costs triple by 2034

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According to new findings published in Diabetes Care, the incidence of diabetes, and associated health costs are expected to double by 2034. The cost of treating diabetes is expected to triple in the next twenty-five years. The number of Americans living with diabetes will soar to 44.1 million, currently estimated at 23.7million. Cost of diabetes care will increase from 8.2 million to 14.6 million. The study was performed to measure the impact of diabetes relative to health care reform.

According to study co-author Michael O'Grady, PhD, senior fellow at the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago, "This a serious challenge to Medicare and every other health plan in the country. The cost of doing nothing is the significant increase in the pain and suffering of America's population and a financial burden that will threaten the financial viability of public and private insurers alike. Obesity rates and incidence of diabetes have soared. The new findings …

Apples and apple extracts found to fight cancer

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Food scientist Rui Hai Liu from Cornell University has been researching cancer fighting compounds in apples. The results show that apples and apple extracts inhibit and kill cancer cells in liver breast and colon cancer. Apples could find a new role in cancer treatment and prevention.


Dr.Liu says, I’m interested in the health benefits of fruits and vegetables, and when you look at all the fruits and vegetables we saw the apple was rich in phenolic compounds with potent anti-proliferative properties – it was due to be studied.” Apples are rich in phenols, a class of phytochemicals that can also halt the spread of cancer according to studies. Triterpenoids in apples specifically have cancer fighting properties, found in studies of lab animals.

A study performed this year showed that apple extract slowed breast cancer growth, decreasing levels of cancer causing compounds in lab animals.

For colon cancer, apple extract reduced the chances of cancer spread, protecting from DNA damage and set…

CXCL5 molecule promotes diabetes and other health news

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Diabetes producing molecule discovered in fatty tissue

Researchers have discovered a molecule in fatty tissue that may be the reason obesity leads to diabetes. The molecule, CXCL5, produced by certain cells in fatty tissue, is found in larger amounts in obese individuals, leading researchers to believe CXCL5 plays an important role in the development of insulin resistance and diabetes. Read more




Doctors Unite to Affect Climate Change and Protect Human Health
A group of senior physicians have formed the International Climate and Health Council to warn policy makers about the “urgent need” to protect human health by reducing carbon emissions. The goal is to push the government into taking action on climate change ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen. Read more


Free e-samples of prescription drugs offer little value to consumers
According to a new study, free prescription drug samples found on the internet offer little value to consumers. Though the urge to try free or disc…

Premature Ejaculation Spray Passes Clinical Trial and More

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Men last five times longer with premature ejaculation spray
Results of a new trial show that a blend of Lidocaine and Prilocaine spray shows promise or premature ejaculation (PE). There are currently no prescription drugs to treat premature ejaculation – the blend of currently marketed topical numbing agents allowed men to delay ejaculation five times longer compared to placebo. Read more




Green tea protects the liver from fibrosis and cirrhosis
New findings show that green tea can protect the liver from fibrosis by reducing deposits of collagen fiber. Hepatic fibrosis eventually leads to cirrhosis of the liver. Researchers find that it is not just the antioxidant effect on the liver that is protective, but that green tea prevents collagen deposits from forming in the liver, leading to scarring and fibrosis and eventually cirrhosis of the liver. Read more





Fruits and vegetables best bet for healthy skin
Researchers from the UK found that skin with a rosy, yellowish, bright glow reflects good…

Drug ads could harm health and more

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How drug ads can harm health
Results of a new study shows that drug ads are not doing a good job at helping consumers improve decisions about their health. The findings, released online in the American Journal of Public Health November 12, offers some guidelines to minimize the potential harm to health spawned by drug ads that leave out information or misguide consumers. Drug ad opponents say pharmaceutical companies need to improve consumer information by answering important questions and providing more useful information to the public. Read more


Tanda anti-aging light therapy treats acne and wrinkles at home
The FDA approved Tanda anti-aging light therapy device is an at home treatment of acne and wrinkles. Blue light therapy has been studied and used for treating acne in skin care clinics and spas. The device has been available for purchase at Sephora, and widely sold on the internet. The Tanda anti-aging system uses LED light that when used daily is believed to stimulate collagen pr…

Dark Chocolate eases stress in study and more

Scientists prove dark chocolate eases stress
The benefits of consuming dark chocolate for its antioxidant properties has been known, but until now dark chocolate was only suspected for easing stress. Now scientists have proven that dark chocolate alters metabolism and lowers stress biomarkers. Read more at emaxhealth.com


Short periods of meditation help patients cope with pain
In a new study, researchers point to "robust" findings that short periods of meditation can help patients cope with pain. Past studies show that extensive mindfulness training can change the way pain is perceived. The study is the first to show that meditating just twenty minutes a day is a valuable intervention that can decrease pain sensitivity and decrease perception of pain. Read more


Reading comic books boosts literacy for children
An expert in children's literature from the University of Illinois says reading comic books can boost literacy in children just as much as reading other books. Comic boo…

Health care reform passage and more

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What health care reform means to you
For uninsured Americans, passage of the Affordable Health Care for America Act means access to affordable and quality health care. The health reform bill will not cover abortions. Out of pocket spending limit is set at 5000 dollars annually. The bill includes tax subsidies for those below poverty level and expands Medicaid, and fines for employers who do not offer health insurance and for individuals without health care insurance. Read More

Tourette syndrome helped with deep brain stimulation
Tourette syndrome,(Gilles de la Tourette syndrome),is a neurological disorder that manifests before age 18, usually in childhood or adolescence. The involuntary movements that occur in individuals with the disease include facial tics, grimacing, involuntary movements of the limbs and trunk. Involuntary outbursts that include grunting, throat clearing, and shouting, barking, and even word repetition makes Tourette syndrome unbearable for those diagnosed. Read More

N95 Respirators no Better Protection from H1N1 Flu and More

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New guidelines urged for H1N1 protection among healthcare employees
Infectious disease experts are calling for a moratorium on OSHA guidelines for health care employees that require the use of fit-tested N95 respirators for personal protection from H1N1 flu. Three leading infectious disease organizations, have written a letter to President Obama citing lack of scientific evidence that N95 respirators offer additional protection from the virus, compared to surgical masks. The scientific groups urge new guidelines for H1N1 flu protection for healthcare workers to prevent “dangerous” consequences. Read More

Prostate biopsy not always needed when PSA elevated
Researchers now say that not all men with elevated PSA (prostate specific antigen) levels need prostate biopsy to test for prostate cancer. A naturally occurring hormone can also raise PSA levels, and the test may not always mean prostate biopsy should be performed. Read more

Thousands of cancer deaths yearly from excess body fat
Estimat…

Self-Insurance the best answer for the economy says Peter Roff and More

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Why Self-Insurance Is the Answer to Our Health Care Mess
Despite its current problems, the U.S. economy is still the envy of the world, largely because it is still more or less governed by an entrepreneurial spirit. The idea that a person with a new idea or a better idea can, as a general principle, succeed through hard work and yes, luck, is still a vital component of what used to be called “The American Dream.”

It’s also in danger of becoming extinct. Thanks to the heavy hand of government and the rapacious nature of the lawsuit brigade, individual initiative is being taxed, regulated and sued – if not out of existence – then into the backseat of the American economy. Big business, in partnership with big government and big law, is attempting to level the playing field among existing actors and push the little guy, the future competitor, out of the way. Read the rest at FOXFORUM

H1N1 flu vaccine danger minimal, but might not be necessary for everyone
Not everyone agrees that the H1N1 fl…

Reflux drugs lead to weight gain and more

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GERD drugs lead to weight gain
New research from Japan scientists shows that long term use of popular drugs to treat GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease), seem to lead to weight gain. The study is the first to investigate the effect of GERD drugs on body weight, and show that patients taking the popular reflux drugs should be encouraged to take extra care not to overeat and manage weight. Read More



Seafood Choice Update from Monterey Bay Aquarium
The Monterey Bay Aquarium has published their list of seafood choices for sustainability and human health. Wild caught salmon, Alaskan to be exact, tops the list as one of the best seafood choices. The Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program offers consumers "Best Choices," "Good Alternatives," and which seafood should be avoided. Read More





Eat phytochemicals before a meal to fight obesity
A new study from University of Florida researchers shows that eating plant based foods that contain beneficial phytochemicals before c…

H1N1 Insights and More

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H1N1 Outbreak at Air Force Academy Provides Virus Insights
Scientists have gained insights about controlling H1N1 flu spread from a major outbreak of swine flu that occurred June 2009 at the U.S. Air Force Academy (USAFA). They found that the H1N1 virus persists after symptoms of swine flu have disappeared, though questions remain about how long it can spread. Read More




Older Brains Get A Quick Boost From The Internet
Results of a new study show that older brains can get a quick boost from the internet. Changes can occur in just one week in key areas of the brain that are responsible for decision-making and complex reasoning. The findings from UCLA researcher s, show that first time internet users, in midlife and older, internet use can boost brain function quickly. Read More


Mercury Levels Same in Normal and Autistic Children
In a rigorous study, no significant difference in mercury levels in the bloodstream has been found comparing normal and autistic children. The findings come from UC …

Duke researchers develop patch to mend hearts

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Photo: Brian Liau

Researchers at Duke University have used embryonic stem cells from mice to develop a patch that could be used in humans to repair diseased hearts. Though the living cell patch is not ready for humans, the discovery is a first step toward finding a way to mend hearts that are damaged.

The scientists grew heart cells in the lab using cardiac cells known as cardiomyocytes. A gel was used to encase the heart patch and hold it together, made from fibrin, a protein involved in blood clotting. They found that with helper cells called cardiac fibroblasts, the heart patch grows the same as in a developing heart.
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BRCA gene associated with earlier breast cancer and other health news

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Breast cancer diagnosed earlier for women with BRCA gene
University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center researchers say women who possess the high risk BRCA gene for breast cancer are being diagnosed with breast cancer earlier, compared to past generations. The BRCA gene places women at high risk for breast cancer and ovarian cancer. The high risk gene is now linked to diagnosis of breast cancer six years earlier than previous generations of women. Read more

Antiviral drugs improve H1N1 flu outcomes
According to a review of hospital admissions to ICU and deaths from H1N1 flu in 2009,seventy five percent of deaths from H1N1 swine flu have been seen in patients with one or more underlying health conditions. The study looks at patients hospitalized within 24 hours of onset of flu symptoms from April 2009 to mid-June 2009, finding that asthma, diabetes, heart, lung, and neurologic diseases, and pregnancy were associated with the majority of admission to ICU from H1N1 swine flu - but not al…

Midlife Obesity Reduces Chances of Long Life for Women and More

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Midlife obesity shortens lifespan for women

Women who gain weight midlife are now found to have a shorter lifespan according to a new study. Researchers from the University of Warwick say the chances of living a long life declines by eighty percent in women who gain weight and are approaching middle age. Read more

Olive Oil compound targets Alzheimer's proteins

A naturally occurring compound in extra virgin olive oil has been found to limit the effect of toxic beta amyloid proteins that contribute to cognitive decline associated with Alzheimer’s disease. The substance, oleocanthal, restricts the ability of the toxic proteins to destroy brain cells. Oleocanthal is also a natural anti-inflammatory agent that works much the same as ibuprofen, shown in past studies, and could be developed to prevent and treat Alzheimer’s disease. Read more

Weight loss significantly reduces sleep apnea

New research shows that weight loss can significantly reduce the number of sleep apnea episodes experience…

Lifestyle Interventions to Prevent Cancer and more

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Four lifestyle interventions that can prevent cancer

According to an extensive study review, four lifestyle interventions can prevent cancer - exercise, smoking cessation, reducing excessive sun exposure, and healthy eating. The review looked at how human behaviors change cells, producing malignancies. The researchers also identified which types of cancer can be prevented, or made less severe through lifestyle interventions. Read more

Boosting insulin restores aging muscles

New research shows that finding a way to boost insulin levels could restore muscles in the elderly. Insulin is needed to regulate blood sugar levels. It is also an important hormone that helps nutrients reach muscles. Insulin acts like a signal for muscle growth. Boosting insulin levels could restore muscles in the elderly. Read more

Wealthy more likely to lower cholesterol with statins

New research shows that wealthy individuals are twice as likely to lower cholesterol levels with statin drugs compared to the poor. St…

Workplace violence and other health news

Workplace violence cited in Yale case

According to reports, workplace violence has been cited in the murder of Yale University student Annie Le. Unfortunately, there were no signs that the lab technician arrested for the murder and worked with Le, Raymond Clark III, showed any visible signs that he could be murderous. New Haven Police Chief James Lewis told reporters, the crime is an “issue” of workplace violence – something “which is becoming a growing concern around the country.” Read more

Persistent pain accelerates aging

Middle age adults with persistent pain experience disability comparable to 80 to 89 year olds who do not experience pain, according to new study results. The research is the first to examine the effects of persistent pain and age related disability. Read more

Tamiflu May Help Shorten The Duration of H1N1 Flu

H1N1 swine flu vaccine will not be available until next month. In the meantime, swine flu, combined with an early start on seasonal flu, have many wondering how to…

Chlorophyllin Kills Cancer Cells and Other News

Natural compound chlorophyllin kills cancer cells

A new study, published in International Journal of Cancer shows that chlorophyllin, a semi-synthetic substance derived from chlorophyll, a natural compound in plants, kills cancer cells. Chlorophyllin has been used in Chinese medicine, and taken before meals, is used to prevent liver cancer for those at high risk. Past studies suggest the role of chlorophyllin for treating cancer, finding it is non-toxic in high doses, and inexpensive. Keep reading


Smoking and weight increase breast cancer odds

New research shows that exercising, and avoiding weight gains can cut breast cancer risk as much as sixty – eight percent. According to a new study that excluded women who possess a genetic tendency for breast cancer, smoking and obesity still significantly increase the odds that a woman will develop the disease. Keep reading

New-Found Prostate Cancer Virus Could Lead To Vaccine

For the first time, researchers have found a virus in malignant prostate…

Medical Imaging Tests may be Risky...

Radiation tests more risky for women, elders

Physicians and other clinicians are being urged to take a close look at how much radiation their patients have been exposed to before ordering imaging tests that could put women and elders especially at risk. A new report, published in the August 27 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, suggests that medical imaging exposes patients to twice the radiation that otherwise comes from natural sources, placing some individual, more than others, at greater risk for cancer. Read more

Smaller brain result of obesity

Researchers from UCLA and University of Pittsburgh have found that obesity leads to loss of brain mass. Obese individuals have been found to have eight percent less brain tissue compared to normal weight individuals. Just being overweight shrinks the brain four percent. Read more

Oxycholesterol most dangerous for heart attack
We know that high cholesterol, especially high levels of low density lipoprotein (LDL) can cause heart attac…

Meeting the Mental Health Needs of Sexual Minorities and More

Gays twice as likely to seek mental health treatment
According to the results of a new study, gays are twice as likely to seek mental health treatment, mostly from discrimination, violence, and stressful life events.
Susan Cochran, in conjunction with a team of researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles, examined data collected from 2074 people interviewed in the California Health Interview Survey to find that 48.5% of sexual minorities reported receiving treatment in the past year. Only 22.5% of heterosexuals were found to have engaged in mental health treatment. Keep reading


Protein therapy could eliminate open heart surgery
Researchers from Tel Aviv University have been experimenting to find a way to make cardiac bypass surgery a thing of the past. Dr. Britta Hardy of Tel Aviv University's Sackler School of Medicine had demonstrated how an injected protein might make blood vessels in the human heart regrow, eliminating the need for open heart surgery. Keep reading


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Blueberry supplement shows promise for hepatitis C | Parents responsible for childhood obesity | DHEA and stress response

Blueberry leaves can fight hepatitis C

Results of a new study show the blueberry leaves can help fight against hepatitis C. The leaves of blueberry contain a powerful compound that prevents the virus from reproducing. Hepatitis C affects 200 million people worldwide, and can lead to cirrhosis of the liver, liver cancer, and death. Keep reading


How and why parents can stop childhood obesity

Childhood obesity has become so rampant; researchers say the current generation of children may be the first to have a shorter lifespan than their parents. According to a new report, childhood obesity has quadrupled in the last forty years. According to a new study, parents can stop childhood obesity. Keep reading


DHEA found to increase performance under stress

A study from researchers at University School of Medicine and the VA National Center for PTSD shows that DHEA can contribute to stress resiliency. The hormone, secreted in response to stress, was found to enhance performance of soldiers during a f…

Bacteria found in Clarcon products | The 5 factor diet | Vitamin d deficiency

Clarcon skin products pose serious danger to consumers

The FDA has issued a warning against Clarcon products found to contain various types of bacteria. Consumers are cautioned not to use any products from the Utah based firm that include skin protectants and skin sanitizers. The Clarcon products contain disease causing bacteria in high levels. Keep reading



Weight loss with 5 factor diet includes cheating


The 5-factor diet is now available online. Successful weight loss with this diet includes cheating. The diet was created for celebrities. The focus of the diet is eating healthy foods in small amounts, and frequently. The 5-factor diet promises weight loss and renewed energy. You should lose weight in five weeks. Keep reading




Ten health risks from low Vitamin D levels


This year has been big for Vitamin D research related to overall health and well-being. This year alone, researchers have discovered multiple health risks associated with vitamin D deficiency. Vitamin D deficiency is now bel…

Happy marriage helps the heart | Cinnamon for Health | Weight loss with skim milk

A happy marriage reduces risk of heart disease

Working toward a happy marriage can significantly reduce heart disease risk. According to Stephen T. Sinatra, M.D., F.A.C.C, an unhappy marriage is as dangerous to heart health as other known risk factors that lead to heart disease. Dr. Sinatra is a Cardiologist who knows all too well how stress can lead to heart attack. A happy marriage reduces our risk of heart disease by reducing stress and negative emotions. Keep reading

Cinnamon: A natural healer

Cinnamon is a natural healer. The oils in cinnamon, found in the bark, contribute to better health. Cinnamaldehyde, cinnamyl acetate, and cinnamyl alcohol provide natural health benefits found in cinnamon. Keep reading

Skim milk at breakfast may help weight loss


Drinking skim milk in the morning might help with weight loss. Dietary strategies can keep hunger at bay, contributing to weight loss efforts. Researchers suggest drinking milk for breakfast might result in lower calorie consumption at la…

40 Million Spent for Drug Lobbying | Blood Pressure Medicines that Protect from Dementia | Heat Related Illness

Pharma Spends 40 Million On Lobbying

Anyone wondering why medication costs are so high might be interested in knowing that drug companies spent forty million dollars in the last three months lobbying Congress about health care. The analysis comes from NPR's Dollar Politics team, Andrea Seabrook and Peter Overby. Meanwhile, our President is trying to tighten the reins on healthcare spending. Read more

Specific Blood Pressure Meds Protect From Dementia

New research shows that some popular blood pressure medications can protect from inflammation, reducing the risk of dementia and memory loss associated with aging. The study from Wake Forest researchers appears in the Archives of Internal Medicine. The results show that a class of drugs called ACE inhibitors that cross the blood brain barrier, offer protection from dementia. Read more


Understanding Heat Related Illness

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has updated warnings about heat related illness. Hot summers, lack of air conditio…

Swine flu vaccine, Baking soda helps kidney function, Smoking and heart disease

Swine Flu Vaccine Makers Granted Legal Immunity

Swine flu manufacturers have now been granted legal immunity in case something goes wrong that causes side effects associated with the vaccine. Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services signed a document making federal officials and vaccine makers immune from lawsuits related to any ill effects from the swine flu vaccine. Read more


Baking Soda Could Save Kidneys


Researchers from Royal London Hospital say baking soda could be an inexpensive treatment that could slow kidney function decline in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). The treatment was also found to improve appetite, in a small study. Baking soda to treat kidney disease, “when used appropriately, can be very effective”, say the researchers. Read more

How Heart Disease Develops From Smoking

Researchers have discovered that smoking may lead to insulin resistance -a pre-diabetic state – that in turn contributes to the development of heart disease. Scientists have…

Ovarian Cancer and Hormones, Alcohol Fights Dementia, Safflower oil Fight Obesity

Hormone replacement therapy ups ovarian cancer risk

A new study from Denmark shows that women who use hormone replacement therapy are at increased risk for ovarian cancer. That risk declines once hormone therapy is discontinued. The results revealed that one in 8300 women are at risk for ovarian cancer associated with hormone replacement therapy. Read more

Moderate alcohol wards off dementia in older adults

New research shows that moderate alcohol intake might keep older minds sharp, warding off dementia. Past studies show that moderate alcohol intake in midlife can reduce risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. The current study is the first to examine the effects of alcohol intake on cognition in older adults, with and without dementia. The study was presented today at the Alzheimer's Association 2009 International Conference on Alzheimer's Disease (ICAD), in Vienna. Read more

Safflower Oil Promotes Weight Loss In Diabetic Women

Results of a new study reveal that two beneficial…

Breast cancer, Obesity, and Healthcare Reform

Breast Cancer Linked to Higher Insulin Levels

A new analysis of 5450 women shows that higher circulating insulin levels lead to twice the likelihood of breast cancer. Past studies have shown that obesity and diabetes contribute to breast cancer. The newest study more clearly defines the role of high insulin levels and breast cancer risk. Read more

Mouth Bacteria Linked to Obesity

Women who are overweight have different mouth bacteria compared to women whose weight is normal. Scientists at the Forsyth Institute say something very complex seems to link mouth bacteria to obesity. The research team was able to identify ninety eight percent of overweight women, based on one mouth bacteria alone. Read more

Neurologists Voice Concern Over Healthcare Reimbursement

Specialty physicians from the American Academy of Neurology have voiced their opinion on healthcare reimbursement from Medicare in a letter to Congress. The group is concerned that decreased healthcare spending will have a negative impac…

Rapamycin slows aging, Scientists grow sperm in lab, Nitrates in food cause of disease

Rapamycin Could be Anti-Aging Treatment

Researchers have found that rapamycin, a compound that has antifungal and antibiotic properties, found in the soil at Easter Island, extended the lifespan of mice who were fed the potential anti-aging chemical. Rapamycin could become a genuine anti-aging treatment that could promote quality of life with aging. Read more

Stem Cell Sperm May Target Infertility

Scientists have a found a way to make human sperm from embryonic stem cells. The discovery will lead to a better understanding of infertility in men.

Researchers at Newcastle University and the NorthEast England Stem Cell Institute(NESCI) developed the technique that allows manufacture of human sperm in the laboratory. Professor Karim Nayernia led the study. He says the findings could lead to new ways to allow infertile couples to have children that are genetically their own. Read More

Diabetes and other disease linked to nitrates in environment

A study from researchers at Rhode Island Hospital sh…

Acetaminophen, Vitamin D deficiency, Keeping your brain young

Acetaminophen May Carry Strong Warning

One of the most commonly used painkillers in the US, acetaminophen, can and has caused harm. Liver damage can occur in individuals thought to be genetically susceptible to the harmful effect of acetaminophen, present in many over the counter cold, sinus, and pain medications, and even narcotic pain medications, the most popular of which is Tylenol. Keep reading

Vitamin D deficiency a growing global problem

As populations throughout the world age, vitamin D deficiency is now seen as a global problem that requires focus. According to a new report from the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF), large groups of populations lack adequate vitamin D, increasing risk of fracture and poor overall health. Keep reading

Keep your brain young with aerobics

A new study shows that aerobic exercise may keep elderly brains young. The findings provide the groundwork for further studies. Engaging in regular aerobic exercise might reverse changes that occur in anat…

Aerobic fitness helps aging Brains, Nanotechnology fights brain infection, Prostate cancer tests

Today's Health Articles:

Aerobic exercise could keep aging brains young

A new study shows that aerobic exercise may keep elderly brains young. The findings provide the groundwork for further studies. Engaging in regular aerobic exercise might reverse changes that occur in anatomy and blood flow to the brain that occur with age. Aerobic exercise may be the fountain of youth when it comes to brain health. Read More

Nanotechnology Developed To Fight Brain Infections

Scientists have found a new way to treat deadly and often disabling brain infections, using nanoparticles that penetrate the blood brain barrier. Infections of the brain can occur at any age, and can be caused by bacteria, fungus, and viruses. Read more

Value of prostate cancer screening test not proven says report

A new report suggests that the prostate cancer screening test, prostate specific antigen (PSA) has minimal value when it comes to finding prostate cancer, especially in older men. The report, published in CA: A Cance…

Cancer, Michael Jackson, Gardasil, Flesh Eating Bacteria

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Animal Fat Boosts Pancreatic Cancer Risk

Results of a new study reveals a link between consuming animal fat from dairy, and possibly red meat, and pancreatic cancer. In men, the relative increased risk of pancreatic cancer increased fifty three percent – for women, the risk increased twenty three percent, compared to a low animal fat diet. read more

Oxycontin and Michael Jackson's Death

Oxycontin, a prescription pain killer, is rumored to have been used daily by Michael Jackson for pain control. According to an ABC report, a senior law enforcement official reported that oxycontin was a part of Michael Jackson’s daily medical regimen in addition to the pain killer Demerol. read more

Gardasil Safety Again Questioned

Since the introduction of Gardasil HPV vaccine, the FDA has reported forty seven deaths. Gardasil was approved in 2007. Cervical cancer is caused by HPV (human papillomavirus) and is easily spread. Adverse events from Gardasil in 2008 totaled 6,273…

Colorectal Cancer on the Rise in Young Adults

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Colorectal cancer has been on the decline, but those statistics are not true for young adults. New research shows that colorectal cancer is on the rise in young adults, developing before age 50.

Colorectal cancer has been declining for more than two decades, in part because of increased screening for colorectal cancer after age 50. Young adults are not screened routinely. The research authors say the increase in colorectal cancer under age 50 may be due to obesity and fast food consumption.

The study, published in the June 2009 issue of Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention, suggests the need for a further look at the trend. Colorectal cancer has been increasing in young adults recently. The research, led by Rebecca L. Siegel, M.P.H., from the American Cancer Society found that between 1992 and 2005, colorectal cancer rates among 20 to 29 year olds rose 5.2% per year in men and 5.6% per year in women, the youngest age group analyzed.

Between the late 1970s and the mid-1990s chi…

MRSA Found in High Numbers of Nursing Home Residents

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A new study underscores the need for tighter infection control practices in nursing homes. Queens University Belfast and Antrim Area Hospital researchers conducted a study, finding that one in four nursing home residents in the UK are colonized with MRSA, but do not show signs of having infection. The results show that high rates of MRSA found among residents of nursing homes should take priority among infection control specialists.

The study looked at MRSA rates among 1,111 residents and 553 staff in 45 nursing homes in Northern Ireland. The study is the largest to date measuring the incidence of MRSA in UK nursing homes.

We decided to carry out the study after noticing an apparent increase in recent years in the number of patients who had MRSA when they were admitted to hospital from nursing homes, says Dr Paddy Kearney, Consultant Medical Microbiologist with the Northern Health and Social Care Trust.

Nursing home staff was found to be colonized with MRSA in twenty-eight of facilities.…

Inexpensive Measures Could Stop Childhood Pneumonia

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A study led by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health shows that inexpensive measures, that can be easily implemented could stop childhood pneumonia. Immunization, improving indoor air quality, and good nutrition could reduce pneumonia deaths among children by ninety percent.

The research, implemented in conjunction with the World Health Organization (WHO) and public health schools determined that the most effective way to stop childhood pneumonia and deaths is by getting children vaccinated, promoting breastfeeding, and providing zinc supplementation to children. The measures would result also reduces healthcare costs. Improving indoor air quality by eliminating the use of wood and other solid fuels for cooking would reduce twenty percent of cases of childhood pneumonia.

Louis Niessen, MD, PhD, lead author of the study and associate professor in the Bloomberg School’s Department of International Health says, “The interventions we examined already exist, but are not fully impl…

Omega 3-6 Fatty Acid Balance Changes Gene Expression

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Researchers have discovered that omega fatty acids can alter gene expression and boost immunity, explaining the potent effect of omega fatty acids seen in studies. Consumption of a diet consisting of omega fatty acid ratio of 2:1 (omega 6: omega 3) was found to alter gene expression after five weeks in 27 study participants.

Lack of omega 3, 6 fatty acid balance, found in the typical Western diet, may explain soaring rates of allergy, autoimmune diseases, heart disease and other inflammatory diseases. The research study, conducted by Floyd Chilton and colleagues, was initiated to seek out the effects of eating a diet that more closely resembles that of our human ancestors, and the expression of inflammatory pathway genes. The scientists discovered widespread changes in gene expression associated with omega 3-6 balance.

Increased consumption of omega 6 fatty acids has occurred over the past century. The authors write, “Over the past 100 years, changes in the food supply in Western nati…