A Bit More Healthy Archive February 2010

Metabolic Syndrome in Adult Survivors of Childhood Cancer

van Waas M, Neggers SJ, van der Lelij AJ, Pieters R, van den Heuvel-Eibrink MM

RESEARCH As reports on the prevalence of the metabolic syndrome in adult survivors of childhood cancer are scarce, we reviewed the available literature on the components of the metabolic syndrome in adult survivors of childhood cancer.

Social and Behavioral Factors That Influence Drug Efficacy

Psychosocialpharmacology is an interdisciplinary approach that includes psychology, sociology and clinical pharmacology.

Xu J, Mercury J, Zhang Z, and Xu F

RESEARCH Over the last two decades little attention has been paid to two psychosocial dimensions of pharmacology. The first dimension includes the psychological response of patients and families to medications and pharmacotherapy.

Really White Teeth

Teeth whitenting can fade after a few months so a regular maintenance program needs to be established.

HYGIENE With 32 oversized teeth fighting for positions, few were in the right place for most of my life. There were always "more important" ways to spend money than on orthodontics. At least that is what I told myself.

Effects of Magnesium vs. Statins

Comparison of Mechanism and Functional Effects of Magnesium and Statin Pharmaceuticals

Andrea Rosanoff, PhD & Mildred S. Seelig, MD

RESEARCH High plasma cholesterol has been acknowledged, since the mid-20th century, as a major heart disease risk factor. In the last few decades, further knowledge about cholesterol has shown that the cardiovascular risk factor is associated with a high level of low density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) as well as a low level of high density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C), among other aspects of dyslipidemia, such as high triglycerides.

Swine Flu U.S. Death Toll

CDC: About 12,000 have died from 57 million cases of H1N1 in the U.S.

RESEARCH An estimated 57 million Americans have contracted pandemic H1N1 influenza since the outbreak began last April, about 257,000 have been hospitalized with complications from it, and nearly 12,000 have died, according to estimates released Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

ClinicalPosters.com Prepares for Dermatology Conference

RESEARCH Scientific posters prepared by ClinicalPosters.com will be on display at the 68th Annual meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology March 5-9, 2010 at the Miami Beach, Florida Convention Center.

TaperGuard Endotracheal Tubes Reduce Microaspiration

New tapered cuff may decrease common and costly pulmonary complications.

RESEARCH Boulder, CO (February 12, 2010) — Jan-Paul Mulier, M.D., Ph.D. recently presented data from the study at the New York State Society of Anesthesiologists PostGraduate Assembly (PGA) in Anesthesiology, held in New York City. The study investigated the outcomes of patients intubated with either a TaperGuard® tube or…

Biotech Hair Regrowth Research

Born to be bald?

RESEARCH We are in an era when it is fashionable to be bald. The aged, fed up with receding hairlines, are not the only ones making weekly pilgrimages to the barber shop or daily coating their heads with shaving cream. So, are the biotech efforts of the American Hair Loss Association to reactivate non-productive hair follicles misguided?

Heart Medication for Parkinson’s

RESEARCH UCLA researchers have discovered that a specific type of medication used to treat cardiovascular conditions such as hypertension, angina and abnormal heart rhythms may also decrease the risk of developing Parkinson's disease.

CyberKnife for “Inoperable” Tumors

TECHNOLOGY CyberKnife® is the only FDA approved completely Robotic Stereotactic Radiosurgery System available in the world that targets and destroys small and previously inaccessible tumors.

Neurological Damage from Zinc in Denture Cream

Excessive use over many years can cause serious health problems.

RECALL The British manufacturer GlaxoSmithKline is removing Super Poligrip Original, Ultra Fresh and Extra Care products from U.S. shelves until they may be reformulated without zinc. The company maintains that the denture creams, when used as directed, are safe but some patients use excess cream for ill-fitting dentures.

Blood Pressure: The DASH Diet

DIET DASH is an acronym for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension — an eight-week clinical trial, reported in 1997, that tested the effects of three diets on 459 adults. Among the group, 133 had high blood pressure for which they were not being treated with a drug.

FDA Mandates New Asthma Medication Labeling

HEALTH The Food and Drug Administration announced new safety warnings on February 18, 2010 saying long-acting beta agonist (LABA) medications should never be used alone by children or adults. The FDA will require manufacturers to add additional warnings to product labels, and ask doctors and patients to scale back use of these drugs.

‘Red Flag’ Blood Test for Cancer Recurrence

A blood test may alert doctors to cancer recurrance earlier than imaging.

RESEARCH Researchers at Johns Hopkins Cancer Center and Life Technologies have scanned the genomes of six cancer patients looking for rearranged DNA. Once found, these sections were used as red flags to see whether the patients' blood contained tumor DNA after treatment.

Sinus Pain: Can Over-the-Counter Medications Help?

Why do we suffer from nasal and sinus discomfort?

HEALTH The body's nasal and sinus membranes have similar responses to viruses, allergic insults, and common bacterial infections. Membranes become swollen and congested. This congestion causes pain and pressure; mucus production increases during inflammation, resulting in a drippy, runny nose.

Bipolar or Schizophrenia?

Part 2: How do you tell bipolar disorder, schizophrenia apart?

HEALTH Mental health expert, Dr. Charles Raison of Emory University Medical School answers a CNN Health reader's question above. Here are a few clinical 'pearls' for identifying a manic psychosis. First, manias tend to come on more quickly than schizophrenic episodes.