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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

1/20/15 Health News: States to Ban Powder Alcohol ♦ Food Safety Advice to Liver Transplant Recipients ♦ First medical device for obesity treatment ♦

STATES MOVE TO BAN POWDERED ALCOHOL BEFORE IT HITS THE MARKET
Lawmakers in several states want to ban a new powdered alcohol product before it’s even available on the market. “Pacohol” is the brand name for the new powdered alcohol that, when mixed with water, becomes a cosmopolitan, mojito, margarita or lemon drop cocktail. It’s the invention of Arizona entrepreneur Mark Phillips, whose company hopes to... Continue Reading
AFTER MAN’S DEATH, DOCTORS GIVE FOOD SAFETY ADVICE TO LIVER TRANSPLANT RECIPIENTS
After overseeing a routine, uneventful liver transplant in a 52-year-old man in July 2013 at a hospital in Marseille, France, Dr. Catherine Sartor and her colleagues expected him to fully recover without complications. When the patient’s liver condition began worsening five days after surgery, they suspected his body was rejecting the new organ and adjusted... Continue Reading
FDA approves first medical device for obesity treatment targeting brain-to-stomach signaling
The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved EnteroMedic’s VBLOC® vagal blocking therapy, delivered via the Maestro® System, which is the first medical device approved for obesity treatment that targets the nerve pathway between the brain and the stomach. The Obesity Society calls this a "a novel device that interrupts signals from the stomach to the brain that are believed to be involved with stomach emptying and feelings of fullness."  Continue Reading
Yak dung burning pollutes indoor air of Tibetan households
Tibet, the highest region on Earth and one of the most remote, is associated with vivid blue skies and the crystal clear air of the Himalayas. During the long cold season, however, the traditional nomadic people spend much of their time in snug dwellings where they cook and stay warm by burning yak dung. Their indoor air can be filled with dangerous levels of fine particulate matter, including black carbon, a new study finds.Continue Reading

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