New Study: Viagra Boosts Feel-Good "Love" Hormone
August 23, 2007 07:23 PM - Maggie Fox, Health and Science Editor
WASHINGTON - Impotence drugs such as Viagra may do more than help men physically have sex -- they may also boost levels of a hormone linked with feelings of love, U.S. researchers reported on Thursday. Viagra, known generically as sildenafil, raised levels of the hormone oxytocin in rats, the team at the University of Wisconsin-Madison said in a report published in the Journal of Physiology.
Clinics In Retail Stores Bring Controversy
August 23, 2007 07:01 PM - Julie Steenhuysen, Reuters
CHICAGO - After three months of feeling lethargic with bouts of blurred vision, 65-year-old Jim Einsweiler walked into a clinic in his local Walgreens pharmacy, mostly, he said, to appease his wife. Hours later, he was in a cardiac care unit at a nearby hospital. He stayed for eight days and received three stents to prop open his arteries. "I was a walking time bomb," he said.
Separating the brain's 'bad' from 'good' iron
August 23, 2007 10:35 AM - Duke University
Duke University chemists are developing ways to bind up iron in the brain to combat the neurological devastation of Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases. The key is to weed out potentially destructive forms of iron that generate harmful free radicals while leaving benign forms of iron alone to carry out vital functions in the body.
Puffer Fish Sold as Salmon Kills 15
August 23, 2007 09:14 AM - Associated Press
Unscrupulous vendors in Thailand have been selling meat of the deadly puffer fish disguised as salmon, causing the deaths of more than 15 people over the past three years, a doctor said Thursday.
Cranberries may improve chemotherapy for ovarian cancer
August 23, 2007 09:12 AM - American Chemical Society
Compounds in cranberries may help improve the effectiveness of platinum drugs that are used in chemotherapy to fight ovarian cancer, researchers have found in a laboratory study that will be reported today at the 234th national meeting of the American Chemical Society. The scientists demonstrated in cell culture studies that human ovarian cancer cells resistant to platinum drugs became up to 6 times more sensitized to the drugs after exposure to the cranberry compounds in comparison to cells that were not exposed to the compounds, which were obtained from juice extracts.
Lead Causes More U.S. Recalls of China-made Toys
August 23, 2007 07:15 AM - Reuters
Excessive amounts of lead paint on toys and other children's products led the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to issue a recall of more than 300,000 Chinese-made items on Wednesday. The recall includes about 250,000 SpongeBob SquarePants address books and journals because they may have excessive levels of lead paint on their metal spiral bindings.
California Unveils World's Largest Mobile Civilian Hospital in Preparation For Major California Disaster
August 23, 2007 06:11 AM - Paul Schaefer, ENN
LOS ALAMITOS, Calif. - Preparing for a major west coast disaster, the state of California has built three new 200-bed mobile hospitals, along with other new medical assets. The mobile hospitals are the largest civilian medical response facilities of their kind. The demonstration is part of California's medical preparedness in the event of a major west coast natural disaster.
Full Disclosure - UK Body Care Eco-Store, With A Twist
August 22, 2007 09:40 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN
LEICESTER, England - - An English eco-company with a catchy name, Eco-a-go-go, announced its efforts to make buying natural and organic personal care products easier for health conscious consumers. Their idea: help customers sift through the quaqmire of vague labelling on many personal care products.
Marburg virus found in African fruit bats
August 22, 2007 04:36 PM - Maggie Fox - Reuters
Fruit bats that roost in caves are apparently the source of Marburg virus, which causes a deadly hemorrhagic fever related to Ebola virus, researchers said on Tuesday.
Even A Little Exercise Has Health Benefits
August 22, 2007 03:09 PM - Reuters Health
A new study shows that even low levels of weekly exercise - below currently recommended levels -- has major health benefits. In the study, 30 minutes of brisk walking three days per week was enough to drive down blood pressure and improve overall fitness in a group of healthy sedentary adults. For optimum health, adults are currently recommended to engage in 30 minutes of moderately strenuous exercise on at least five days of the week. But few people achieve this level of weekly activity, often citing lack of time as the reason.