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Thursday, December 31, 2015

Health Research: Lab tests of e-cigarettes demonstrate cellular harm ♦ Study ties insurgency phase of Iraq War to higher PTSD rates ♦ Liquid salts deliver drugs through the skin with enhanced efficacy

Lab tests of e-cigarettes demonstrate cellular harm Two types of electronic cigarettes have been tested by researchers who found that they damaged cells in ways that could lead to cancer. The damage occurred even with nicotine-free versions of the products.
Germany: Significantly fewer severely injured patients than in 2000 About 18,000 people are severely injured every year in Germany. Earlier investigations, in 2000 and 2006, estimated that more than 32,000 people sustain multiple trauma each year. The newly calculated lower number likely reflects a reduction of severe injuries caused by road traffic and occupational accidents.
Liquid salts deliver drugs through the skin with enhanced efficacy, reduced toxicity Formulating drugs as liquid salts may provide a safe and efficient strategy for topical delivery of drugs that cause skin toxicity.
Study ties insurgency phase of Iraq War to higher PTSD rates Guerilla tactics such as suicide attacks and roadside bombs may trigger more post-traumatic stress than conventional warfare, suggests a new study of 738 Iraq veterans.

Pennsylvania Dairy Recalls Raw Milk

Agriculture Department Warns Consumers to Discard Raw Milk Purchased at Northeastern Pennsylvania Dairy Consumers who purchased raw milk from Gross Family Dairy in South Sterling, Wayne County, should discard it immediately due to the risk of Listeria.
The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture today said raw milk collected during required routine sampling by a commercial laboratory on December 17, 2015, tested positive for the bacteria. No illnesses have been reported as a result of the potential contamination, but if people who consumed the raw milk become ill, they should consult their physician. Symptoms of Listeriosis can appear in four days or up to three weeks after ingestion.
Gross Family Dairy sells raw milk on their farm as well as in Stroudsburg, Monroe County, at Earthlight Natural Foods, the Stroudsburg Farmers Market and the Monroe Farmers Market. It also sells raw milk at Dutch’s Market in Greentown, Pike County; Everything Natural in Clarks Summit, Lackawanna County; and at Matt’s Farm Stand in Hamlin, Wayne County. The milk is sold in half gallons and pints, and was bottled December 20, with a sell-by date of December 30.
Agriculture officials have ordered the owner to stop sale of all raw milk until further notice. Two samples taken at least 24 hours apart must test negative for pathogens before the farm can resume raw milk sales.
Raw milk is milk that has not been pasteurized.
Pennsylvania law allows farms to sell raw milk, but requires the farms to be permitted and inspected by the Department of Agriculture to reduce health risks associated with unpasteurized products.
When an incident of contamination is discovered, the department’s milk sanitarian works with the raw milk permit holder to educate them on where the issue occurred and how to find a solution.
Symptoms of Listeriosis are fever, muscle aches, and sometimes gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea or diarrhea. If infection spreads to the nervous system, symptoms such as headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance or convulsions can occur. Infected pregnant women may experience only a mild, flu-like illness, but infections during pregnancy can lead to miscarriage or stillbirth.
For more information about Listeriosis, visit www.health.pa.gov.
Any person who consumed raw milk from Gross Family Dairy and has symptoms should consult their physician, visit their local health center or call 877-PA HEALTH (714-3258).

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Health Research: Dengue Fever cases in Hawaii spiked over the holiday ♦ Food safety myths busted ♦ Childhood asthma may increase risks of shingles

Dengue Fever cases in Hawaii spiked over the holiday. The Hawaii Department of Health reported that as of December 24 the number of Dengue fever cases in the island State reached 180. Authorities believe that the outbreak could last months and urged residents and tourists to use repellant and seek medical attention if they feel ill.
Food safety myths busted This time of year,  most fridges are stocked up with food and drinks to share with family and friends. Let’s not make ourselves and our guests sick by getting things wrong when preparing and serving food. As the weather warms up, so does the environment for microorganisms in foods, potentially allowing them to multiply faster to hazardous levels. So, put the drinks on ice and
Being anxious could be good for you in a crisis New findings could help explain the apparent 'sixth sense' we have for danger in social situations, with the direction of a person's gaze being a crucial cue. People with non-clinical anxiety are particularly well poised for action
Childhood asthma may increase risks of shingles Nearly 1 million incidents of herpes zoster, which is also known as shingles, occur every year in the US, with an estimated one-third of all adults affected by age 80. Despite its prevalence, particularly between ages 50 and 59, it is still unclear why some individuals will develop shingles, and others will not

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Health News: The 10 biggest US foodborne illness outbreaks of 2015 ♦ Chipotle illnesses have food safety experts ‘scratching their heads’ ♦ Warning symptoms for usually fatal heart rhythm malfunction

The 10 biggest US foodborne illness outbreaks of 2015  This year saw dozens of well-publicized foodborne illness outbreaks. While many of them were found to have sickened a handful of individuals, a few stood out as especially wide in scope.
Chipotle illnesses have food safety experts ‘scratching their heads’  A new spate of food poisoning related to Chipotle has sprung up, food safety experts aren't sure how the latest illnesses are connected to a previous outbreak at the national restaurant chain. Five people who ate at Chipotle restaurants in Kansas, North Dakota and Oklahoma have been sickened with a similar, though slightly different...
High drowsy driving crash risk on daytime commute after night work Those who commute home after working the night shift may be at high risk for drowsy driving crashes because of disruption to their sleep-wake cycles and insufficient sleep during the night
Medical first: Discovery of warning symptoms for usually fatal heart rhythm malfunction Although medical science has long regarded sudden cardiac arrest as a deadly condition that strikes without warning, a new study shows for the first time that many patients experience warning symptoms up to a month before having a cardiac arrest.

Wegmans Octopus Salad recalled due to Listeria

Uoriki Fresh, Inc. (UF) of Secaucus, NJ is recalling its "Octopus Salad", because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes (LA1) , an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffuess, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Listeriainfection can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.
The Octopus Salad was distributed to one Wegmans Food Market store in Manalapan, NJ, where it was packaged in an 8 oz. plastic tray or sold by the pound in the seafood department with the label Wegmans Fresh Octopus Salad. Recalled product was sold from December 18 - 24, 2015 and labeled with best before dates ranging from December 21 - 24.
The potential for contamination was noted after routine testing by UF, which revealed the presence of LM in Wegmans Octopus Salad sold in 8oz plastic trays or sold by the pound.
Consumers who have purchased Wegmans Octopus Salad that was sold from December 18-24 and labeled with best before dates ranging from December 21-24 are urged to return product to store or discard product.
Consumers with questions may call Wegmans Consumer Affairs at 1-855-934-3663, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m EST.


  • Wegmans Octopus Salad, Net Wt. 8 oz.

Friday, December 25, 2015

Great Britain: Sevre & Belle Le Chevrot Au Lait Cru cheese is recalled because it contains E.coli

Harrods is recalling Sevre & Belle brand Le Chevrot Au Lait Cru 200g cheese with a ‘use by’ date of 4 January 2016 because it contains E.coli (STEC). This type of bacteria can cause food poisoning. If you have bought this product, do not eat it.
Product details
Product: Sevre & Belle, Le Chevrot Au Lait Cru
Pack size: 200g
'Use by' date: 4 January 2016
Lot Number: 152932110
No other products sold by Harrods are known to be affected.
Harrods is recalling the above product and, where possible, is contacting customers who have bought it.  Point-of-sale recall notices are also being displayed in stores. These notices explain to customers why the product is being recalled and tell them what actions to take if they have bought the product. A copy of the point-of-sale recall notice is attached to this notice.
If you have bought this product with the lot number above, do not eat it. Instead, return it to the store from where it was bought for a full refund.

APEXXX and OPAL male enhancement supplement recalled

Nuway Distributors llc is voluntarily recalling all lots of APEXXX tablets to the consumer level. FDA analysis found APEXXX to contain amounts of the PDE-5 Inhibitor, sildenafil, which is the active ingredient in an FDA-approved drug for erectile dysfunction (ED) making this tainted dietary supplement and unapproved drug.
Sildenafil is not listed on the product labels. Sildenafil may interact with nitrates found in some prescription drugs such as nitroglycerin and may lower blood pressure to dangerous levels that may be life threatening. Consumers with diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or heart disease often take nitrates. Additionally, the product may cause side effects, such as headaches and flushing.
This product marketed as a dietary supplement for male sexual enhancement. APEXXX is packaged in a single blister pack containing 1 tablet. UPC 705105963617. All lots of APEXXX are included in this recall sold in 2014 to June 2015. APEXXX can be identified by the black packaging, it is a yellow diamond shaped tablet embosses with the wording "APEXXX" on it. APEXXX was sold in retail store located in Orlando, Florida for further sale in smoke shops, convenient stores and gas stations. APEXXX may also have been further sold online.
In an abundance of caution, Nuway Distributors llc is also removing all lots of OPAL tablets to the consumer level because this product is sourced from the same vendors as the APEXXX product. OPAL is packaged in a single blister pack containing 1 tablet, UPC 794504852400. OPAL can be identified by the black packaging, it is a black diamond-shaped tablet [note any embossing]. OPAL was also sold in a retail store located in Orlando, Florida for further sale in smoke shops, convenience stores and gas stations. OPAL may also have been further sold online.
Nuway Distributors llc is now notifying its customers by press release and is arranging for a return of all recalled and removed products.
Consumers and retailers that have APEXXX or OPAL should stop using and distributing this product immediately and arrange return of the products.
Consumers with questions regarding this voluntary recall can contact Nuway Distributors llc by email at nuwaydistributors@gmail.com and calling at 407-722-0061. Consumers should contact their physician or healthcare provider if they have experienced any problems that may be related to taking or using these drug products.
Adverse reactions or quality problems experienced with the use of this product may be reported to the FDA's MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program either online, by regular mail or by fax.
"As Nuway Distributors llc receives this product from overseas in a sealed package, representing that it contains only lawful and legitimate ingredients, we are relying on the representations of the Food and Drug Administration that the public interest would best be served by voluntarily complying with their request to get the product off the shelves. Our goal is to protect the safety of the consumer," stated Nuway Distributors llc.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Health Research: Space lab technology may help researchers detect early signs of cataract ♦ Blocking fat transport linked to longevity ♦ Call to regulate starvation of 'Paris thin' models

Space lab technology may help researchers detect early signs of cataract As we age, proteins in the lenses of our eyes start misbehaving: They unfold and congregate in clusters that block, scatter and distort light as it passes through the lens. A cloudy area, or cataract, forms.Scientists found that throughout our lifetime, levels of a key protein decline, and may be an early warning sign of a developing cataract. The study suggests that there is a window before cataracts develop when there may be time to intervene and prevent them.
Research links inorganic mercury exposure to damaged cell processes Inorganic mercury, which was previously thought to be a less harmful form of the toxic metal, is very damaging to key cell processes.
Blocking fat transport linked to longevity Everybody knows that a buildup of the wrong kind of fats can cause cardiovascular disease. A new study in nematode worms and mice also finds that a protein that transports fats around the body can hinder protective processes in cells and affect life span.
Call to regulate starvation of 'Paris thin' models Prohibiting runway models from participating in fashion shows or photo shoots if they are dangerously thin would go a long way toward preventing serious health problems among young women -- including anorexia nervosa and death from starvation.

Health News:.FDA Alert: Potential contamination of drug shipments from explosions in Tianjin City ♦ Tooth fillings of the future may incorporate bioactive glass

.FDA Alert: Potential contamination of drug shipments from explosions in Tianjin City . The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an alert December 22 to drug compounders and manufacturers claiming that drug shipments from Tianjin, China, may be contaminated with chemicals following two large explosions at Tianjin Dongjiang Port Ruihai International Logistics Co., chemical warehouse in August. The alert was issued after regulators detected hydrogen cyanide in two shipments of drugs from Tianjin Tianyao Pharmaceuticals Co., Ltd. which is located 18 miles from the explosion site
Tooth fillings of the future may incorporate bioactive glass A few years from now millions of people around the world might be walking around with an unusual kind of glass in their mouth, and using it every time they eat. Engineers have made some promising findings about the ability of 'bioactive' glass to help reduce the ability of bacteria to attack composite tooth fillings -- and perhaps even provide some of the minerals needed to replace those lost to tooth decay
Even in the healthcare landscape as it existed before the ACA, cancer survivors in states without expanded Medicaid were less likely to have a personal doctor and more likely to report inability to see a doctor due to cost.
By asking, ;what's the worst part of this?' physicians can ease suffering When patients suffer, doctors tend to want to fix things and if they cannot many doctors then withdraw emotionally. But by turning toward the suffering, physicians can better help their patients and find more meaning in their work, write authors of a new report

Women's Health: Mothers-to-be, babies benefit from group prenatal care, ♦ Low zinc levels may suggest potential breastfeeding problems

Low zinc levels may suggest potential breastfeeding problems Zinc levels in breast milk may be able to serve as an indicator of breast function during lactation, according to health researchers who suggest that by identifying women with abnormally low levels of zinc in breast milk, they may be able to more quickly recognize mothers who might have trouble breast-feeding
Metformin has the potential to prevent and treat preeclampsia A commonly used drug for the treatment of diabetes, metformin, may have the potential to prevent and treat preeclampsia. Metformin has long been used to treat diabetes in both nonpregnant and pregnant patients, and is considered safe during pregnancy.
Mothers-to-be, babies benefit from group prenatal care, Group prenatal care can substantially improve health outcomes for both mothers and their infants. Women who received group -- rather than individual -- prenatal care were 33% less likely to have infants who were small for gestational age, had reduced risk for preterm delivery and low birthweight, and babies born to these women also spent fewer days in the neonatal intensive care unit.

Long-term outcomes of preventing premature menopause during chemotherapy Compared with receiving chemotherapy alone, women with breast cancer who also received the hormonal drug triptorelin to achieve ovarian suppression had a higher long-term probability of ovarian function recovery, without a statistically significant difference in pregnancy rate or disease-free survival,

Children's Health: Bones of obese children may be in trouble ♦ Child-pedestrian behaviors that lead to auto accidents '♦ Handle with care: Car seats and newborns

Handle with care: Car seats and newborns In 2013, car accidents resulted in approximately 8,500 infants requiring hospitalization or emergency department visits and 135 infant deaths. When used properly, car seats can reduce the risk of infant death and injury by 71 percent. Researchers found that most families with newborns made at least one serious error in the use and installation of their car safety seat.
Child-pedestrian behaviors that lead to auto accidents 'These results can serve as a tool to construct a hazard perception training intervention for youngsters,' Meir says. 'Moreover, the differences that emerged between the various children age groups reinforce that child pedestrians cannot be trained as a group, but rather the training needs to be adjusted to the level of experience the child has gained.'
Bones of obese children may be in trouble Obese children tend to have more muscle, but recent research on the muscle and bone relationship shows that excess body fat may compromise other functions in their bodies, such as bone growth.
Parent touch, play and support in childhood vital to well-being as an adult Did you receive affection, play freely and feel supported in childhood? Childhood experiences like these appear to have a lot to do with well-being and moral capacities in adulthood.

La' Trim Plus, Jenesis and Oasis, weight loss supplements recalled

Under the brands: La' Trim Plus, Jenesis and Oasis, all lots and expiration dates.
Recent Analysis by the Food and Drug Administration has found undeclared Sibutramine and Phenolphthalein in the Dietary Supplement "La'Trim Plus", "Oasis", and "Jenesis". As a Seller of these products, my customer's health is my first priority, therefore BeeXtreme LLC is recalling all lots of La' Trim Plus, Jenesis and Oasis products from the market.
Sibutramine and Phenolphthalein pose a significant health hazard. Sibutramine is an appetite suppressant that was withdrawn from the U.S. market in October 2010. It is known to substantially increase blood pressure and/or pulse rate in some patients and may present a significant risk for patients with a history of coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, arrhythmias or stroke. Phenolphthalein is an ingredient previously used in over-the-counter laxatives, but because of concerns of carcinogenicity, it is not currently approved for marketing in the United States. Health risks associated with phenolphthalein could include potentially serious, gastrointestinal disturbances, irregular heartbeat, and cancer with long-term use.
Please determine if you have any of the above products on hand. If so, please discontinue selling the products and do not consume them. Please promptly dispose of all identified products.
If you have further distributed La' Trim, Jenesis and/or Oasis, please contact your customers if possible and advise them of the recall situation. Provide them with a copy of this notice. Have them return their outstanding recalled stocks to you. If you have any questions regarding this recall please contact me at beextremellc@gmail.com or 814-771-4377.

Various Weight Loss Products are being recalled

Bee Extremely Amazed LLC, Jewett, OH is voluntarily recalling various products marketed for weight loss to the consumer level due to findings of undeclared drug ingredients including sibutramine and/or phenolphthalein.
Sibutramine is an appetite suppressant that was withdrawn from the U.S. market in October 2010. Sibutramine is known to substantially increase blood pressure and/or pulse rate in some patients and may present a significant risk for patients with a history of coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, arrhythmias or stroke. Phenolphthalein is an ingredient previously used in over-the-counter laxatives, but because of concerns of carcinogenicity, it is not currently approved for marketing in the United States. Health risks associated with phenolphthalein could include potentially serious gastrointestinal disturbances, irregular heartbeat, and cancer with long-term use. These undeclared ingredients make these products unapproved new drugs for which safety and efficacy have not been established. These products may also interact in life-threatening ways with other medications a consumer may be taking. To date, Bee Extremely Amazed is not aware of any adverse event reports related to these products.
All lots of the following products marketed for weight loss are being recalled:
  • Asset Bold Manufactured for Asset Descor 500 mg 60 capsules per bottle-color-red
  • Asset Extreme Plus Manufactured for Asset Descor 500 mg 30 capsules per bottle-color-red and yellow
  • Evolve Manufactured for 2637 E. Atlantic Blvd, Pompano Beach, Florida 33062 250 mg per capsule 60 capsules per bottle-color-green and white
  • Infinity Manufactured for Floyd Nutrition 500 mg 30 capsules per bottle-color-red
  • Jenesis Manufactured for Timeless Solutions 1810 E. Sahara Ave #100 Las Vegas, Nevada 89104 350 mg per capsule 60 capsules per bottle-color-blue
  • La Trim Plus Manufactured for: MWN Health 37 N Orange Ave Suite 500 Orlando, FL 32801 (407) 930-4043 350 mg 60 Capsules
  • Oasis Manufactured for MWN Health 37 N. Orange Ave Suite 500 Orlando, Fl, 32801 500 mg per capsule, 45 capsules per bottle-color-red
  • Prime Manufactured for Zagonfly 3129 25th St #392 Columbus, Indiana 47203 500 mg per capsule, 60 capsules per bottle-color-red
  • SlimeX-15 Manufactured in India by: HAB Pharmaceuticals & Research Limited 10-Pharma City, SIDCU?L, Selaqui, Dehradun, 248 197 15 mg 30 capsules per bottle–color-orange
  • Slim Trim U Manufactured for Floyd Nutrition 250 mg 60 capsules per bottle-color-green and white
  • Ultimate Formula Manufactured for Zi Xiu Tang 250 mg 48 capsules per bottle-color-green and white
  • Xcel Manufactured for JNS Health 60 capsules per bottle-color-silver
  • Xcel Advanced Manufactured for JNS Health 350 mg 60 capsules per bottle-color-gold
  • Zi Xiu Tang 250 mg 60 capsules per bottle-color-green and white
The affected products were sold nationwide between 4/29/2014 – 12/17/2015 via distribution/resale via the U.S. Postal service with the return addressee referenced as Bee Extremely Amazed, LLC or through any association with the email addresssales@beeextremelyamazed.com and websites www.beeextremelyamazed.comwww.beefitamy.comdisclaimer iconwww.slimtrim.dietdisclaimer iconwww.Storeenvy.comdisclaimer icon.
Bee Extremely Amazed LLC is notifying its customers to stop using these products immediately and dispose of or return all recalled products to Bee Extremely Amazed 85205 Sportsmans Club Road Jewett Ohio 43986.
Consumers with questions regarding this recall can contact Bee Extremely Amazed by email to sales@beeextremelyamazed.com or 1-844-427-6553 Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm EST. Consumers should contact their physician or healthcare provider if they have any health questions or have experienced any problems that may be related to taking or using this product.
Adverse reactions or quality problems experienced with the use of this product may be reported to the FDA's MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program either online, by regular mail or by fax.

  • Photo of Bottle, Label, Asset Extreme Plus
    Photo of Bottle, Label, Jenesis, 60 Capsules
    Photo of Bottle, Label, La' Trim Plus, 60 Capsules
  • Photo of Bottle, Label, Slim Trim U, Net Wt 250mg X 60 Capsules
    Photo of Bottle, Label, Xcel Advanced, 60 Capsules
    Photo of Bottle, Label, Xcel, 60 Capsules
  • Photo of Bottle, Label, Oasis
    Photo of Bottle, Label, Prime, 60 Capsules
    Photo of Bottle, Label, Ultimate Formula Net Wt 250 Mg, 48 Capsules
  • Photo of Bottle, Label Infinity, Net Wt 500mg X 30 Capsule
    Photo of Bottle, Label, Asset Bold
  • Label, Evolve Bee Pollen
  • Product Label, Slimex 15, Capsules
  • Photo of Product Label, Zi Xiu Tang Beauty Face & Figure Capsule
  • Wednesday, December 23, 2015

    Boneless Pork Rib meals recalled

     Bellisio Foods, Inc., a Jackson, Ohio establishment, is recalling approximately 285,264 pounds of boneless pork rib shaped patty frozen entree products that may be adulterated with extraneous materials, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.
    The Boston Market Boneless Pork Rib Shaped Patty with BBQ Sauce and Mashed Potatoes frozen entree items were produced on various dates between Sept. 09, 2015, and Dec. 14, 2015. The following products are subject to recall: [View Label (PDF Only)]
    • 14-oz. boxed packages containing “Boston Market Home Style Meals Boneless Pork Rib Shaped Patty with BBQ Sauce and Mashed Potatoes” with Use By dates 09/09/2016; 09/22/2016; 10/08/2016; 10/30/2016; and 12/14/2016.
    The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 18297” on the end panel of the package. These items were shipped to retail locations nationwide.
    The problem was discovered after the firm received consumer complaints of possible glass or hard plastic pieces being found in the frozen entree.
    There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions or injuries due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.  
    Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.
    FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers.
    Consumers with questions about the recall can contact Consumer Relations at 1-855-871-9977. Media with questions about the recall can contact Tom Lindell, Public Relations, at (612) 305-6149.

    Heart structural gene causes sudden cardiac death in animal model ♦ Drugging the microbiome may treat heart disease ♦ Hypertension-related visits to emergency rooms on rise in US

    Heart structural gene causes sudden cardiac death in animal model The presence or absence of the CAP2 gene causes sudden cardiac death in mice. In particular, the absence of the gene interrupts the animal's ability to send electrical signals to the heart to tell it to contract, a condition called cardiac conduction disease. Since humans have the same CAP2 gene, what we learn from the mice could advance our understanding of heart disease.
    Drugging the microbiome may treat heart disease A first-of-a-kind drug that interferes with the metabolic activity of gut microbes could one day treat heart disease in humans, according to a mouse study. Dietary supplementation with a compound that is naturally abundant in red wine and olive oil prevented gut microbes from turning unhealthy foods into metabolic byproducts that clog arteries
    Hypertension-related visits to emergency rooms on rise in US The number and percentage of patients treated at emergency departments for hypertension are on the rise across the United States.
    Chances of good outcome after stroke reduced by delays in restoring blood flow Delays in restoring blood flow after a stroke were associated with decreased benefits of intra-arterial clot-busting treatment and reduced chances for a good outcome.

    Brain Research: Protein that boosts memory identified ♦ How the brain wakes you up ♦Mental time travel: An exclusively human capacity?

    Protein that boosts memory identified Research findings of a group of neurobiologists could lead to new treatment approaches for anxiety disorders, a new report says. Mouse experiments showed that the Dnmt3a2 protein can boost memory performance in the animals
    Biochemical clues may predict who develops Alzheimer's disease -- and who doesn't Investigators have wondered why the brains of some cognitively-intact elderly individuals have abundant pathology on autopsy or significant amyloid deposition on neuroimaging that are characteristic of Alzheimer's disease. Researchers have investigated biochemical factors and identified differences in proteins from parietal cortex synapses between patients with and those without manifestation of dementia
    Mental time travel: An exclusively human capacity? Are humans the only ones who are able to remember events that they had experienced and mentally time travel not only into the past but also the future? Or do animals have the same capacity? To a certain extent they do, according to three researchers who are contributing a new theoretical model to this long-standing discussion.
    How the brain wakes you up A mechanism that is responsible for the rapid arousal from sleep and anesthesia in the brain has been discovered by researchers. The results of their study suggest new strategies for the medical treatment of sleep disorders and recovery of consciousness in vegetative states.

    Women's Health: Timing of first childbirth influences women's health at age 40 ♦ Use aspirin to prevent preeclampsia ♦ Active and passive smoking linked to infertility

    Timing of first childbirth influences women's health at age 40 A new study finds some surprising ways in which women's health at midlife is connected to when they had their first child and to their marital history.
    Research offers recommendations for use of aspirin to prevent preeclampsia To prevent preeclampsia, new research suggests that low-dose aspirin should be given prophylactically to all women at high risk (those with diabetes or chronic hypertension) and any woman with two or more moderate risk factors (including obesity, multiple gestation and advanced maternal age).
    Active and passive smoking linked to infertility and earlier menopause Active and passive smoking are linked to infertility problems and a hastening of the natural menopause before the age of 50.
    Increased number of IVF cycles can be beneficial, findings suggest Although in vitro fertilization (IVF) is often limited to three or four treatment cycles, new research shows the effectiveness of extending the number of IVF cycles beyond this number.

    Health Research: Quality Control for portable, rapid, low-cost DNA sequencing ♦ Obesity more dangerous than lack of fitness ♦ Large proportion of IBS sufferers are vitamin D deficient

    NanoOK: Quality Control for portable, rapid, low-cost DNA sequencing Scientists have been putting Oxford Nanopore's MinION sequencer through its paces with an open-source, sequence alignment-based genome analysis tool called 'NanoOK.'
    Email between patients, physicians improves health A third of patients with chronic conditions who exchanged secure emails with their doctors said that these communications improved their overall health.
    Large proportion of IBS sufferers are vitamin D deficient A large proportion of people living with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) are vitamin D deficient, a new study has found. The British study, which is the first of its kind, found that out of 51 IBS patients tested 82 per cent exhibited insufficient vitamin D levels.
    Obesity more dangerous than lack of fitness A new study has dismissed the concept of 'fat but fit.' In contrast, the results from the new study suggest that the protective effects of high fitness against early death are reduced in obese people.

    Health News: New strain of norovirus hits Minnesota ♦ Understanding the sense of smell in cells ♦ Eyes turn into skin: How inflammation can change the fate of cells

    New strain of norovirus hits Minnesota Health officials say common intestinal illness often comes from eating contaminated food, can be avoided with vigilant handwashing and food handling A new strain of norovirus, the most common cause of sudden intestinal illness, has shown up in Minnesota, and that could mean more norovirus illnesses this winter, state health officials warned today.
    Eyes turn into skin: How inflammation can change the fate of cells Chronic inflammation can cause regenerating cells to grow into new, aberrant types; this is called metaplasia, and is a disorder linked to prolonged inflammation. A new study highlights a new concept of chronic inflammation and could lead to better treatments.
    How graphic photos on cigarette packs help smokers consider quitting A new study is the first to provide real-world evidence of the effectiveness of smoking warning labels that include graphic photos of the damage caused by regular tobacco use.
    A multitool for cells: Understanding the sense of smell in cells Cells have an infallible sense of smell that tells them which direction to grow in to move closer to the source of a scent. Now, researchers have now learned how this sense of smell works

    Tuesday, December 22, 2015

    Health Research: Multiplying teeth, literally ♦ Could peroxisomes be key to stopping West Nile and Dengue viruses? ♦ New generation of synthetic bone grafts created

    Multiplying teeth, literally Researchers have found a way to--literally--multiply teeth. In mice, they were able to extract teeth germs--groups of cells formed early in life that later develop into teeth, split them into two, and then implant the teeth into the mice's jaws, where they developed into two fully functional teeth.
    Mental health status prior to bladder cancer surgery can indicate risk of complications A patient's mental health prior to surgery can influence postoperative outcomes. Removal of the bladder, or radical cystectomy  is an effective treatment for locally advanced bladder cancer, but complications occur in as many as 66% of patients Researchers found that patients whose self-assessment of mental health was low suffered more high grade complications in the 30 days following surgery than patients with higher self-assessments
    Could peroxisomes be key to stopping West Nile and Dengue viruses? A new discovery could open the door to one day treat or prevent diseases caused by West Nile virus and Dengue virus infections. Together the viruses are the cause of tens of millions of infections each year. Currently there are no treatments or vaccines available.
    New generation of synthetic bone grafts created A new type of synthetic bone graft has been developed, which boosts the body's own ability to regenerate bone tissue and could produce better outcomes for patients. The research found that the new type of graft called Inductigraft was able to guide bone tissue regeneration in as little as four weeks.