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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…