Daily Archives: June 9, 2008

Happy Marriage Means Sweet Dreams for Women

HealthDay News reports new research that found that women in happy marriages tend to sleep more soundly than women in unhappy marriages. The research does not answer the question, “Which comes first – does the unhappy marriage lead to poor sleep, or does poor sleep contribute to a bad marriage?” Continue reading

Two Great and Ethical Developments with Stem Cells

Scientists Closer to Cure for Parkinson’s Thanks to Adult Stem Cell Research

LifeNews is reporting that scientists at Griffith University in Australia published an article showing that the use of adult stem cells may be getting closer to a cure, or at least an effective treatment, for Parkinson’s. Their new studies show adult stem cells from a patient’s own nose could treat their condition. Continue reading

Red Yeast Rice (Chinese Supplement) May Cut Heart Risk

ABC News is reporting a study showing Chinese red yeast rice extract reduced the risk of repeat heart attacks by nearly one half. The researchers tested red yeast rice extract pills versus a placebo on nearly 5000 Chinese heart attack patients who were followed for 5 years. Continue reading

Sleep a Necessity, Not a Luxury

HealthDay News reports that as the pace of life gets faster and faster, and people try to cram more and more into every minute of the day.

Before Thomas Edison invented the light bulb in 1880, people slept an average of 10 hours a night. These days, Americans average 6.9 hours of sleep on weeknights and 7.5 hours a night on weekends, according to the National Sleep Foundation.

But lack of sleep affects a person in one of two ways. Continue reading

CBS Report Casts Doubt On Routine Vitamin Supplements

Vitamin and mineral supplements are, of course, a staple of a lot of people’s lives. But a report from CBS News suggests that some are not only unnecessary, but could be dangerous.

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Bad Bacteria Lurk in Rest Stop Bathrooms

WebMD Health News is reporting this study, which was presented this week at the annual meeting of the American Society for Microbiology.

Researchers collected swab samples from places people normally touch in public bathrooms, such as restroom door handles, toilet stall handles, toilet flush handles, sink handles, towel dispenser handles, and blow dryer handles, at travel and rest stops along major interstate highways in the Southwest. Continue reading

Two Wonderful Stories on the Miracle of Prenatal Surgery

The Girl Who Was “Born” Twice

CBS News reports the case of prenatal surgery done on a baby in the womb with a tumor growing on the tailbone – a rare and potentially fatal condition. The family found Texas Children’s Fetal Center on the Internet – one of only a handful of hospitals in the world performing prenatal surgery. Continue reading

Dueling Studies on Diabetes and “Tight Control” of Blood Sugar

Reuters is reporting the American Diabetes Association featuring dueling studies on the question of whether intensive blood sugar lowering in diabetics provides health benefits. (see also the coverage on WebMD)

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Low Vitamin D Levels Associated with Artery Disease

Reuters Health is reporting a study showing that people with low vitamin D levels may face an increased risk for peripheral artery disease (PAD). In participants with the highest vitamin D levels, only 3.7 percent had PAD. Among those with the lowest levels, 8.1 percent had PAD.

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Should Recommendation for Heart CT Screening be Heeded?

Reuters News is reporting that a group of prominent cardiologists, dubbed the SHAPE Task Force, is recommending we doctors not only look at standard risk factors for heart disease – like obesity, diabetes, smoking, abnormal lipids, and high blood pressure – but, the task force says, doctors should routinely use CT scans to look for calcium deposits in the coronary arteries. Should we heed their recommendation?

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