Monday, August 06, 2012
After narrowly escaping a federal claim of false advertising with a "pomegranate" drink that contained a barely legal amount of pomegranate juice, now Coca-Cola faces a new issue: cancer-causing ingredients in its namesake beverage.
According to a recent report from the Center for Science in the Public Interest, a U.S. watchdog organization, the version of Coke sold in several countries, including Kenya and Brazil, still contains an elevated level of a chemical that has been linked to cancer in animals - months after the beverage giant made changes to Coca-Cola sold in the state of California.
The group said samples of the soft drink were tested in nine countries, and each showed "alarming amounts" of the chemical 4-methylimidazole, or 4-MI, which is used in the soda's caramel coloring. The group said high levels of 4-MI have been linked to cancer in some animals.
In March Coca-Cola, along with beverage rival PepsiCo, said the companies had requested that suppliers of their caramel coloring change their manufacturing process to fall in line with a ballot initiative in California that sought to limit the public's exposure to toxic chemicals, Reuters reported. Read more…
Monday, July 02, 2012
(HealthDay News) -- There appears to be a link between Agent Orange and kidney cancer in U.S. veterans exposed to the herbicide in Vietnam, a new study suggests.
Researchers at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Shreveport, La. examined the records of 297 patients diagnosed with kidney cancer between 1987 and 2009. Thirteen of the patients, aged 39 to 63 when they were diagnosed, said they had been exposed to Agent Orange.
Documented exposure to the herbicide and pathology reports were available for 10 of the patients. The researchers reviewed these patients' age at diagnosis, tumor size, side of lesion, pathology and survival.
Nine of the 10 patients had clear-cell cancers, which typically have worse outcomes than papillary tumors, which appeared in one patient. One patient had both clear-cell and papillary cancers. Read more…
Monday, June 25, 2012
by: Ben Kage
As the song says, "You don't know what you've got 'till it's gone" -- and motor skills are no exception. Despite the ranking of the opposable thumb as one of the single most important evolutionary advantages of the human race, many people take the use of their hands for granted until something draws their attention to it, such as arthritis. Joseph B. Marion, author of "The Anti-Aging Manual", says that an estimated 41 million Americans suffer from arthritis.
Arthritis is actually a term covering over 100 rheumatic diseases; but basically, the affliction can be defined as an inflammation of the joints. According to http://www.rlrouse.com, the two most common forms of arthritis are osteoarthritis (http://www.dreddyclinic.com/findinformation/aa/osteoarthritis.php), which generally is caused by every day wear and tear on the foot or poor choices of shoe design, and rheumatoid arthritis (http://www.dreddyclinic.com/findinformation/aa/rheumatoidarthritis.php), which occurs when the body's autoimmune system begins attacking its own cells, causing joint deterioration and deformation. Some researchers believe a bacterium or virus causes this body malfunction, and others believe that certain people are more genetically susceptible to the condition. This is not to say that some people are genetically predestined to get arthritis, only that some genetic traits put them at more risk. Read more…
Tuesday, June 05, 2012
(HealthDay News) -- Race does not appear to play a role in how long a black patient or a white patient with lung cancer will ultimately survive the disease, researchers report.
"In simple terms, if 100 patients who are [white] and 100 patients who are [black] have the same age, stage of cancer, type of lung cancer and are treated the same way, there should not be differences in their survival just because they are of different races," Dr. Rajesh Sehgal, a medical oncologist at the Edwards Comprehensive Cancer Center in Huntington, W. Va., said in a news release from the American Association for Cancer Research.
"[Black] patients did have lesser median overall survival, but after compensating for all other factors that affect prognosis, such as age, stage and type of treatment, [black] race was not an independent prognostic factor for poor survival," added Sehgal, who is also an assistant professor of medicine at the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine. Read more…
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Toxic chemicals are found in the food we eat, in the water we drink, and in the air we breathe, both outdoors and indoors. In a study by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), chemicals such as p-xylene, tetrachloroethylene, ethylbenzene, and benzene were documented as "everywhere present" in the air (Wallace et al. 1989). Listed as "often present" were chloroform, carbon tetrachloride, styrene, and p-dichlorobenzene. A customary trip to a gas station or a dry cleaner (as well as smoking) results in elevated levels of inhaled toxins. Read more…
Thursday, May 17, 2012
The finding results from the examination of the genetic makeup of 152 children with bipolar disorder, which can make people susceptible to major mood swings, and 140 children without the disorder. They linked variations in a gene known as RORB to the kids with bipolar disorder.
"Our findings suggest that clock genes in general, and RORB in particular, may be important candidates for further investigation in the search for the molecular basis of bipolar disorder," the study's co-author, Dr. Alexander Niculescu, of the Indiana University School of Medicine, said in a news release from the publisher of BMC Psychiatry, which has published the findings online.
The gene, which is mainly expressed in the eye, pineal gland and brain, is thought to be tied to the body's circadian rhythm. Read more…
Friday, May 11, 2012
by: Dani Veracity
In popular thought, disputing sodium's link to high blood pressure is equivalent to questioning whether the earth is round. However, some experts now believe that salt will not raise blood pressure in everyone, just in people who are "salt sensitive." Only 10 percent of the population is salt sensitive, according to BioMarkers by Professor William Evans and Dr. Irwin H. Rosenberg.
Of course, far more than 10 percent of us suffer from hypertension, meaning that if these experts are correct, salt intake cannot be the only factor contributing to America's high blood pressure epidemic. In fact, according to Gayle Reichler's book, Active Wellness, only half the people with hypertension have high blood pressure because of their salt intake, making cutting down on the amount of salt you eat a good step toward lower blood pressure, but not a cure-all. Read more…
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