How Stress Triggers Immune System, & Other News of Note

Study Shows How Stress Triggers Immune System (USA Today) Shedding some light on why stress might be bad for you, a new study finds that parts of your immune system ramp up when you get into personal conflicts with others. It’s not clear how this effect of stress may make you sick, but the activated …

Health: An “Active & Deliberate Creation”

Last week, to absolutely no one’s surprise, cooking show personality Paula Deen announced that, yes, she has type 2 diabetes. And what made her decide to go public now, three years after her diagnosis? As she told USA Today, “I felt like I had nothing to offer anybody other than the announcement. I wasn’t armed …

Raw Veggies’ Impact on Genes, & Other News of Note

Eating Your Greens Can Change the Effect of Your Genes on Heart Disease, Say Researchers (MedicalXpress) A long-held mantra suggests that you can’t change your family, the genes they pass on, or the effect of these genes. Now, an international team of scientists, led by researchers at McMaster and McGill universities, is attacking that belief. …

How a Hungry Brain Acts, & Other News of Note

Hungry Brain Craves High Calorie Treat (Futurity.org) If the brain goes hungry, Twinkies look a lot better, a new study shows. Brain imaging scans show that when glucose levels drop, an area of the brain known to regulate emotions and impulses loses the ability to dampen desire for high-calorie food, according to the study published …

Stat!: Why Drug Deaths Keep Rising

Number of Americans killed in traffic accidents in 2009: 36,284 Number who died from drugs: 37,485 Frequency of drug-related deaths: 1 every 14 minutes   And which drugs are driving this increase? (Hint: It’s not stuff stuff like crank, crack or smack.) Most are popular prescription painkillers and anti-anxiety drugs, many of which have become …

FDA Conflict-of-Interest Rules Apt to Loosen, & Other News of Note

Lawmakers May Relax FDA Drug Conflict Rules (Reuters) U.S. lawmakers likely will change the criteria for advisers reviewing new medicines next year because of complaints that the rules meant to prevent conflicts of interest make it harder to find real experts. * * * Others say that the agency is not looking hard enough. A …

How Toxins Linger in the Environment, & Other News of Note

Environmental Pollutants Lurk Long After They “Disappear” (ScienceDaily) The health implications of polluting the environment weigh increasingly on our public consciousness, and pharmaceutical wastes continue to be a main culprit. Now a Tel Aviv University researcher says that current testing for these dangerous contaminants isn’t going far enough. Dr. Dror Avisar, head of the Hydro-Chemistry …

Better than Drugs: Vitamins D & K, Calcium to Treat Bone Loss

One of the very first posts we wrote – back in May 2008 – was on the problem of Fosamax and other bisphosphonates causing osteonecrotic lesions in the jaw. These sites of dead and decaying tissue – an ironic result for a class of drugs meant to strengthen bone, no? As follow-up a little more …

Dentally Identifying Diabetes, & Other News of Note

Dentists Can Help Identify Diabetes (Dental Tribune International) Researchers at the Columbia University College of Dental Medicine found that dental visits represent a chance to intervene in the diabetes epidemic by identifying individuals with diabetes or pre-diabetes who are unaware of their condition. The study sought to develop and evaluate an identification protocol for high …