Health & Wellness
Mon, 04 Jan 2010 16:00 UTC
The rate of children aged 2 to 5 who are given antipsychotic medications has doubled in recent years, a new study has found.
Yet little is known about either the effectiveness or the safety of these powerful psychiatric medications in children this age, said researchers from Columbia University and Rutgers University, who looked at data on more than 1 million children with private health insurance.
"It is a worrisome trend, partly because very little is known about the short-term, let alone the long-term, safety of these drugs in this age group," said study author Dr. Mark Olfson, a professor of clinical psychiatry at Columbia University in New York City.
Evidence that Vitamin D Combats Winter Infections
As daylight hours grow colder and shorter, incidences of the common cold, flu, and respiratory infections spike upwards. Scientists have identified reduced vitamin D levels in winter months as a prime suspect for this increase in infectious disease cases.
Vitamin D in all forms (sunlight, sun lamps, or supplements) reduces the incidence of respiratory infections.[24,26] Dutch children with the least sun exposure are twice as likely to develop a cough and three times more likely to develop a runny nose compared with children with the most sun exposure.
Truthout.org / Op-Ed
Sun, 03 Jan 2010 18:07 UTC
Paulo Freire is one of the most important critical educators of the 20th century.
Comment: In a world dominated by pathocratic values, Freire's ideals were always going to be challenged and suppressed; if only school teachers really knew the role they are 'taught' to play in the larger pathological process.
All three varieties of GM corn, Mon 810, Mon 863 and NK 603, were approved for consumption by US, European and several other national food safety authorities. Made public by European authorities in 2005, Monsanto's confidential raw data of its 2002 feeding trials on rats that these researchers analyzed is the same data, ironically, that was used to approve them in different parts of the world.
Tue, 05 Jan 2010 07:00 UTC
In some clinical situations, evidence suggests that more than one psychotropic (affecting the brain or mind) medication may be beneficial, according to background information in the article. For instance, a patient with depression who does not respond to one medication alone might require a second antidepressant, or an individual who has depression with psychotic features might respond to a combination of an antidepressant and an antipsychotic. "In routine psychiatric practice, however, patients often receive psychiatric medication combinations that are not well supported by controlled clinical trials," the authors write.
Comment: The danger of taking antidepressants.
Mon, 04 Jan 2010 15:05 UTC
It contributes to thousands of deaths every year yet nobody knows for sure how many Canadians have PAD.
"PAD is under diagnosed and under treated," Heart and Stroke Foundation researcher Dr. Ross Tsuyuki told the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress 2009, co-hosted by the Heart and Stroke Foundation and the Canadian Cardiovascular Society.
"PAD is caused by a narrowing of the arteries that supply blood to the legs. The pain some PAD patients experience is the lower limb equivalent of the chest pain from the heart," says Dr. Tsuyuki. Since the leg artery narrowings seen in PAD usually imply similar narrowings in heart and brain arteries, PAD is a strong marker for heart disease and stroke.
Tue, 05 Jan 2010 11:15 UTC
According to the study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, those who stop smoking are 70 percent more likely to develop diabetes. The risk is highest in the first three years and returns to normal after 10 years.
Extra weight gain occurring after an individual quits smoking is the main reason accounting for the increased diabetes risk in this population, the study finds.
Comment: We reckon it's safe to ignore the last two paragraphs of this article: they were obviously added to ensure the study passed the medical censors. And so, another good reason to smoke is added to the list:
Let's All Light Up!
Tue, 05 Jan 2010 00:00 UTC
For example, scientists from the University of Nottingham in Great Britain say they've documented how Cordiceps can fight cancer -- and the new discovery could increase the effectiveness of mushroom-derived cancer treatments.
For the study, published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry, Dr. Cornelia de Moor of the University of Nottingham and her colleagues investigated a drug called cordycepin, which was originally extracted from wild growing Cordyceps and is now prepared from a cultivated form of the mushroom.
Tue, 05 Jan 2010 00:00 UTC
According to Reed Tuckson of the United Health Foundation, an average healthy adult in 2018 will incur about $5,855 in medical expenses a year. An obese person will sustain about 42 more in medical expenses in the same year. If obesity rates continue to rise at the current rate, Colorado could be the only state in 2018 with at least 70 percent of its residents at a healthy weight.
Tuckson emphasized that most of the obesity-related diseases that are set to flood the health care system are preventable. He hopes that the report will spur action in dealing with the risk factors that contribute to obesity. By implementing preventive measures, the financial burden caused by treating obesity-related diseases will be greatly reduced.
Mon, 04 Jan 2010 19:00 UTC
Scientists also report that the degree of change reflects how well subjects have learned to perform the task. Their study is published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
"Recent studies have shown that in the absence of any overt behavior, and even during sleep or anesthesia, the brain's spontaneous activity is not random, but organized in patterns of correlated activity that occur in anatomically and functionally connected regions," says senior author Maurizio Corbetta, M.D., Norman J. Stupp Professor of Neurology.