Saturday, September 10, 2011

American Council on Science and Health, 2011: Week 36

The presence of linked articles here are merely a way of showing what is going on, whether I agree or disagree with the positions presented. Rich Kozlovich

AGING

Low-tech tests still more apt to predict Alzheimer’s

Biomarkers detectable in spinal fluid and blood, magnetic resonance imaging, and tests of cognition (memory) are all means of assessing whether a person will develop Alzheimer's disease. But for now, says a study in the Archives of General Psychiatry, the latter test - requiring nothing more technical than a paper-based test and a pen - is the most accurate means of predicting the disease.

Heart disease comes with age — not menopause
A study just published in BMJ disputes the long-held belief that the onset of menopause is linked to an increased rate of heart disease in women.

CANCER

Lumpectomy as good as mastectomy in younger women
Two new studies have discredited the common belief that mastectomy should be the standard treatment for breast cancer in women under 40.

HEART

Heart disease comes with age — not menopause
A study just published in BMJ disputes the long-held belief that the onset of menopause is linked to an increased rate of heart disease in women.

INFECTIONS

Hospital washes hands of infections
A Cleveland hospital has reduced its incidence of bloodstream infections to one-third of what it used to be - and the radical improvement has nothing to do with antibiotics.

OBESIETY

Bariatric surgery helps heart health among heaviest
Bariatric surgery has become one of the most effective treatments for severely obese patients.

Sugar-coating a complex problem
In one month, it will become increasingly difficult to find a sugar-sweetened beverage in any city-owned building in Boston.

More loss from Weight Watchers equals a health gain
A recent UK study has compared the results of following standard weight loss guidelines to those achieved by the commercial weight loss program Weight Watchers and found that people were much more likely to drop kilos - or pounds, in our country - in the latter program.

PAIN RELIEF

Some relief for arthritic hands
A prescription-grade formula of an otherwise common over-the-counter remedy holds the possibility of some relief for those who suffer from osteoarthritis of the hand, reports a new study in the journal Arthritis and Rheumatism.

A plausible reason for pregnant women to avoid NSAIDS
Another substance for expectant mothers to be wary of may well be the common painkillers known as NSAIDS - non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.

SCARES AND CONSEQUENCES

The scientific research that BPA bans ignore
In the current issue of The American, science writer Jon Entine takes a look at the comprehensive list of scientific institutions world-wide that have found no cause for concern about bisphenol A (BPA), and asks why politicians are nevertheless imposing bans on the substance.

STROKE

Stents for stroke prevention found ineffective
The medical community had high hopes for a device that would prevent strokes using a mechanism similar to that used to prevent heart attacks - but the study was abruptly halted as the number of strokes in patients with the device continued to rise.

TOBACCO

Jersey’s smuggled cigarettes offer a taxing lesson
About 40 percent of cigarettes in New Jersey are smuggled into the state, according to a recent state Treasury Department report.

More adults smoking less
The number of adults smoking 10 or more cigarettes a day has declined slightly, but more adults now smoke one to nine cigarettes daily, according to the latest report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

If there is a health scare today, the American Council on Science and Health will most likely have the answer by tomorrow; and for members it will appear in your e-mail. No effort on your part, except to read the answer. All that the ACSH is interested in are the facts and they are prepared to follow them wherever they lead. Who can ask for more?  Please Donate Now!

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