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Chronic illness, Heart attacks, Milk and Depression

In ALL ARTICLES on April 27, 2011 at 4:08 pm

WHO warns of enormous burden of chronic disease
LONDON (Reuters) – Chronic illnesses like cancer, heart disease and diabetes have reached global epidemic proportions and now cause more deaths than all other diseases combined, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday. | Full Article
Guidelines help prevent heart attack deaths
April 26, 2011 04:23 PM ET
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – When doctors follow guidelines for treating patients after a heart attack, more patients survive, according to a new study from Sweden published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. | Full Article
China seizes 26 tonnes of melamine-tainted milk powder
April 27, 2011 02:26 AM ET
BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese police have seized more than 26 tonnes of milk powder tainted with melamine from a ice cream maker in a southwestern city, state media said, three years after milk tainted with the industrial chemical killed six and made thousands ill. | Full Article
Depression reported by 25 percent of caregivers
April 26, 2011 08:21 PM ET
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – One in four caregivers for ill or elderly relatives and friends said in a survey released on Tuesday that they suffer from depression, a figure far higher than for the U.S. population in general. | Full Article

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Marijuana, Fat Russians, Stents and E-Cigarettes

In ALL ARTICLES on April 26, 2011 at 1:47 pm

Arkansas medical marijuana advocates begin petition

LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (Reuters) – Proponents of legalizing medical marijuana in Arkansas are hoping that 2012 is their lucky year. | Full Article
Unhealthy Russians think they’re in good shape
April 26, 2011 09:28 AM ET
LONDON (Reuters) – Most Russians overestimate how healthy they are and many run high health risks by smoking, abusing alcohol, being obese and failing to take enough exercise, according to a report published on Tuesday. | Full Article
Stents: How new technology drives health costs
April 25, 2011 06:19 PM ET
CHICAGO (Reuters) – Heart devices known as drug-eluting stents have added as much as $1.57 billion to U.S. health costs since their introduction in 2003, U.S. researchers said on Monday. | Full Article
Government to regulate electronic cigarettes as tobacco
April 25, 2011 08:05 PM ET
CHICAGO (Reuters) – The government said on Monday it plans to regulate electronic cigarettes as tobacco products. | Full Article

Reuters Health Update

In ALL ARTICLES on April 25, 2011 at 11:13 am
Pediatricians call for stricter laws for chemicals
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – The U.S. is not doing enough to protect kids from exposure to potentially dangerous chemicals, pediatricians said in a new statement released today. | Full Article
China considers financial incentives to promote organ donation
April 25, 2011 04:59 AM ET
BEIJING (Reuters) – The Chinese government is considering offering financial incentives to people to voluntarily donate organs, state media said on Monday, as the country tries to tackle the problem of demand for transplants outstripping supply. | Full Article
Bullying sends kids to nurse for more than injury
April 25, 2011 01:28 AM ET
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Both bullies and their victims take more trips to the nurse’s office than other students – but not just for the obvious reasons. | Full Article
US FDA sees safety issue with Merck hepatitis drug
April 25, 2011 08:57 AM ET
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. drug reviewers have raised questions about safety issues with an experimental Merck & Co hepatitis drug, including anemia and reports of psychiatric problems, documents released on Monday said. | Full Article
Diabetic completes first-ever polar flight of its kind
April 23, 2011 08:09 PM ET
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) – Former British Royal Air Force pilot Douglas Cairns succeeded in flying his light plane to the North Pole and landing it there this week, overcoming strong headwinds, the failure of his satellite-based navigation system and his diabetes to earn a place in aviation record books. | Full Article

Reuters Health Update

In ALL ARTICLES on April 22, 2011 at 3:38 pm

New studies point to clot risk of Bayer’s Yasmin
April 21, 2011 06:34 PM ET
FRANKFURT (Reuters) – New evidence emerged on Friday that women taking Bayer’s best-selling contraceptive Yasmin may run a higher risk of dangerous blood clots than those using older birth-control pills. | Full Article
No evidence coffee ups risk of high blood pressure
April 22, 2011 07:52 AM ET
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Despite earlier concerns, downing lots of coffee doesn’t seem to increase the risk of high blood pressure, according to a new report — but the evidence isn’t conclusive. | Full Article
Many kids with diabetes have other immune diseases
April 21, 2011 05:29 PM ET
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – A third of children with type 1 diabetes have signs of other immune system disorders when they get diagnosed with diabetes, according to a new study. | Full Article

PRESCRIPTION DRUG EPIDEMIC

In ALL ARTICLES on April 20, 2011 at 11:32 am

anyone else enjoying the irony of these articles getting released on 420?? -dg

White House announces plans to reduce prescription drug abuse

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s administration unveiled on Tuesday a plan to fight what it calls a prescription drug abuse epidemic. | Full Article

FDA unveils new action on prescription drug abuse

April 19, 2011 02:35 PM ET

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. health regulator ordered painkiller makers to provide educational materials to help train physicians about the correct use of the drugs, as part of the Obama administration’s plan to tackle prescription drug abuse. | Full Article

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CELEBRATE 420!!! POT, WEED, MARIJUANA REDUCES CANCER, TUMORS

In ALL ARTICLES on April 20, 2011 at 11:02 am
Today is April 20th but besides that it is also 420. What is 420?

What does 420 mean? There are varying theories on the origin of 420. Some say that 420 originated from a police code that announces marijuana use is taking place. Yet another story is that a group of guys (Waldo’s) in the 1970’s made 4:20 their official meeting time to smoke marijuana after school. Whether or not 4:20 p.m. is the best time of day for your first hit depends on your own body, your own needs. Some folks feel that waiting until 4:20 enhances ones appreciation of the herb. Of course, your mileage may vary.

    • In the 21st Century, 420 is firmly established as a code amongst tokers, a time of day and even sort of a toker’s New Year’s Day. It’s in our culture now and only time will tell where it ends up.

      April 20th (4/20) is another usage, meaning that it is time for to plant before the summer.

      Whatever the real story is, 420 has been an important part of the marijuana culture since the 1970’s. The significance of 420 has been kept underground and is mostly known only among marijuana smokers. Many non-smokers aren’t aware of the symbolism when they see someone wearing a T-shirt or baseball cap that says 420 across the front.

      When the 420 icon is somehow discreetly worked into a mainstream product like a film, marijuana users take notice. The film Pulp Fiction is rumored to have had all clocks throughout the movie set to 4:20. Marijuana smokers familiar with the symbol picked up on it—most people, however, did not.

      While some marijuana smokers are using 420 as a code that enables them to openly speak about marijuana in front of parents or teachers. 420 has been to some, a sacred symbol for nearly 30 years.

      Simply put, 420 is a symbol of cannabis and its culture. Today, April 20th events are international, and 4:20 pm has become sort of a world wide “burn time”.

    • U.S. Government Repressed Marijuana-Tumor ResearchAlternet, May 31, 2000
      Title: Pot Shrinks Tumors; Government Knew in ‘74
      Author: Raymond Cushing
      http://www.alternet.org/print.html?StoryID=9257

      Faculty Evaluator: Mary King M.D.
      Student researchers: Jennifer Swift, Licia Marshall,

      Corporate media coverage: AP and UPI news wires 2/29/00

      A Spanish medical team’s study released in Madrid in February 2000 has shown that tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the active chemical in marijuana, destroys tumors in lab rats. These findings, however, are not news to the U.S. government. A study in Virginia in 1974 yielded similar results but was suppressed by the DEA, and in 1983 the Reagan/Bush administration tried to persuade U.S. universities and researchers to destroy all cannabis research work done between 1966 and 1976, including compendiums in libraries…http://www.projectcensored.org/top-stories/articles/22-us-government-repressed-marijuana-tumor-research/

    • ‎”Antineoplastic activity of cannabinoids,” an article in a 1975 Journal of the National Cancer Institute –The summary of the Virginia study begins, “Lewis lung adenocarcinoma growth was retarded by the oral administration of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabinol (CBN)” — two types of cannabinoids, a family of active components in marijuana. “Mice treated for 20 consecutive days with THC and CBN had reduced primary tumor size.”

      The 1975 journal article doesn’t mention breast cancer tumors, which featured in the only newspaper story ever to appear about the 1974 study — in the Local section of the Washington Post on August 18, 1974. Under the headline, “Cancer Curb Is Studied,” it read in part:

      “The active chemical agent in marijuana curbs the growth of three kinds of cancer in mice and may also suppress the immunity reaction that causes rejection of organ transplants, a Medical College of Virginia team has discovered.” The researchers “found that THC slowed the growth of lung cancers, breast cancers and a virus-induced leukemia in laboratory mice, and prolonged their lives by as much as 36 percent.” – http://www.alternet.org/story/9257/comments/?page=2

More evidence links diabetes, Parkinson’s disease

In DISEASE INFO on April 15, 2011 at 11:24 am
More evidence links diabetes, Parkinson’s disease

Parkinson’s Improvements with stem cell treatment

NEW YORK | Fri Apr 15, 2011 9:29am EDT

(Reuters) – People with diabetes may be more likely to also develop Parkinson’s disease – and this seems particularly true for younger patients, a new study suggests.

The findings, published online by the journal Diabetes Care, add to evidence linking diabetes and Parkinson’s. One recent report said that U.S. adults with diabetes had a slightly higher risk of developing Parkinson’s over a 15-year period, compared to nondiabetics.

Neither study, however, proves that diabetes itself causes Parkinson’s.

Instead, researchers think it’s more likely that the two disorders share some common underlying causes.

The new findings are from Denmark, where researchers compared close to 2,000 adults with Parkinson’s disease and nearly 10,000 people the same age but without the disease (the “control” group).

Overall, 6.5 percent of the Parkinson’s patients had diabetes for at least 2 years before they were diagnosed with the movement disorder. By comparison, just 5 percent of people in the control group had diabetes for at least 2 years.

Overall, the study found, having diabetes was linked to a roughly one-third higher risk of developing Parkinson’s. That was after the researchers accounted for participants’ age and sex, and any diagnoses of emphysema – which was considered a proxy for heavy smoking. (Studies have found cigarette smokers to be at lower risk of Parkinson’s, for reasons that are not clear.)

In particular, diabetes was related to a higher risk of developing Parkinson’s before the age of 60 — which is about the average age at diagnosis.

Exactly what the findings mean is unclear, according to the researchers, who were led by Dr. Eva Schernhammer of Harvard Medical School in Boston.

But they say that for now, the “most plausible” explanation would be that diabetes and Parkinson’s have some of the same biological underpinnings.

One possibility is continuous low-level inflammation throughout the body, which is suspected of contributing to a number of chronic diseases by damaging cells. There might also be a common genetic susceptibility.

However, even if people with diabetes have a relatively bigger risk of Parkinson’s, that does not mean it is a high risk. For example, the recent U.S. study that tracked patients for 15 years involved nearly 289,000 older adults. The proportion of people who eventually developed Parkinson’s disease was 0.8 percent among diabetics and 0.5 percent among nondiabetics – less than 1 percent in either case.

The researchers on that study said that people with diabetes should simply continue to do the things already recommended for their overall health — eating a well-balanced diet and getting regular exercise.

More studies are needed, they said, to understand why diabetes is related to a higher Parkinson’s risk, and what, if anything, can be done about it.

Diabetes arises when the body can no longer properly use the blood-sugar-regulating hormone insulin. Parkinson’s occurs when movement-regulating cells in the brain die off or become disabled, leading to symptoms like tremors, rigidity in the joints, slowed movement and balance problems.

Researchers say it’s possible that something about diabetes — like a problem regulating insulin — might somehow contribute to Parkinson’s. But that remains unproven.

Brain shrinks a decade before Alzheimer’s appears

In ALL ARTICLES on April 14, 2011 at 11:15 am
Brain shrinks a decade before Alzheimer’s appears

By Julie Steenhuysen – CHICAGO | Wed Apr 13, 2011 6:09pm EDT

(Reuters) – Brain scans of healthy people showed signs that the brain was shrinking in Alzheimer’s-affected areas nearly a decade before the disease was diagnosed, U.S. researchers said on Wednesday.

The finding, published in the journal Neurology, may offer a new way to detect the disease early, an advance that could help in the development of effective treatments for Alzheimer’s, a brain-wasting disease that affects up to 26 million people globally…

Read more…

Roche’s diet drug tied to kidney damage | Reuters

In OFF THE BEATEN PATH on April 13, 2011 at 10:39 am

More bad news about drugs. – dg

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“In another blow to diet drugs, Canadian researchers are reporting a link between Roche’s Xenical and an increase in kidney injuries. Tapping into healthcare databases from the province of Ontario, they found that 0.5 percent of new orlistat users were hospitalized for kidney problems in the year before starting on the drug. Over the next year, that number jumped to 2 percent.”

Roche did not return calls for comments in time for this article.”

Dr. Donald E. Greydanus, a pediatrician at Michigan State University, who was not involved in the study but has written on obesity treatments [said:] “There is no safe panacea drug that works and that has no side effects,” he told Reuters Health in an email.

While 2% seems low to you and me, consider that this is kidney damage from a diet drug AND a 400% increase over typical incidents.

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Roche’s diet drug tied to kidney damage | Reuters.

 

STEM CELLS CURE DEPRESSION?

In VICTORIES & SUCCESS STORIES on April 12, 2011 at 11:40 am

“…depressed patients show a reduction in a process called neurogenesis — the development of new brain cells. Researchers believe this reduced neurogenesis may contribute to the debilitating psychological symptoms of depression, such as low mood or impaired memory.”

“For the first time in a clinically relevant model, we were able to show that antidepressants produce more stem cells and also accelerate their development into adult brain cells…”

Conclusion: The safe implantation of stem cells into the brain should generate increased stemcell/brain cell generation, thereby mitigating the “debilitating psychological symptoms of depression, such as low mood or impaired memory” – dg

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Study reveals new target for antidepressants | Reuters.

 

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