How Smoking Primes the Mouth for Disease, & Other News of Note

In the Mouth, Smoking Zaps Healthy Bacteria, Welcomes Pathogens (MedicalXpress) Despite the daily disturbance of brushing and flossing, the mouth of a healthy person contains a stable ecosystem of healthy bacteria. New research shows that the mouth of a smoker is a much more chaotic, diverse ecosystem — and is much more susceptible to invasion […]

Cancer Drugs Impact Descendants’ Genes, & Other News of Note

Cancer Drugs Affect Mouse Genomes for Generations (Nature) Three common chemotherapy drugs cause DNA mutations not only in mice that receive treatment, but also in their offspring, according to a study published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA. The results suggest that the genome in treated mice became destabilized yielding […]

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 […]

Tamiflu Effectiveness Overstated, & Other News of Note

Tamiflu Effectiveness Overstated (CBC News) A University of British Columbia professor who specializes in researching publicly approved medicines is casting doubt on the effectiveness of the anti-pandemic drug Tamiflu. Dr. Barbara Mintzes says she’s looked at the manufacturer’s own clinical research and found that Tamiflu’s beneficial effects have been significantly overstated by the manufacturer Roche. […]

Cell Phones May Affect Brain Metabolism, & Other News of Note

Cell Phones May Affect Brain Metabolism (ScienceNews) Power-talkers with cell phones glued to their ears may be getting more than conversation. A 50-minute call boosts activity in brain regions near the ear where a phone is located, a brain-scanning study published February 22 in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows. “This is the […]

No Cholesterol / Stroke Risk Link, & Other News of Note

Study Says Cholesterol Doesn’t Cause Stroke (Diet Blog) A new study published in the journal Annals of Neurology suggests that cholesterol has little or no causative role to play in the development of ischaemic stroke. * * * 14,000 men and women were followed for more than 30 years. Researchers looked at the relationship between […]

Gum Disease Ups Stroke Risk in Men, and Other News of Note

History of Periodontitis Linked to Cerebrovascular Disease in Men (Medical News Today) The potential role of periodontitis, an inflammatory disease of the gums, in the risk of cardiovascular disease, particularly ischemic stroke, has received growing attention during the last decade. A new study is the first prospective cohort study to use clinical measures of periodontitis […]

Recommended Reading (and Viewing): Bipolar Kids, Raw Milk, Toxins, Brain Scans and Bliss

The Bipolar Child Strikes Again (Clinical Psychology and Psychiatry) You may have read the recent set of Newsweek articles on bipolar children (here, here and here). But the fact that even diagnosing such a condition in children – sometimes as young as 2 – is problematic (to put it mildly) seems to have been lost […]