Interesting and Helpful Information June, 2013

Are you ready to add insects to your diet? — Serious issues with Lunesta–  Long term pain medication use and ED — Cure for gray hair? — Statin use and diabetes — Good news and bad news about Botox — Boomers warned about Hepatitis C 

Attention Baby Boomers: Get Screened for Hepatitis C 

If you were born during 1945-1965, talk to your doctor about getting tested for hepatitis C. Baby boomers are five times more likely than other adults to be infected. In fact, 75 percent of adults with hepatitis C were born during these years. 

Baby Boomers in Worse Health Than Their Parents 

Despite having a reputation of being the healthiest and most active generation, baby boomers are actually in worse overall health than their parents, according to a new study by researchers at the West Virginia University School of Medicine. 

Drinking One 12-Ounce Sugar-Sweetened Soft Drink a Day Can Increase the Risk of Type 2 Diabetes by 22 Percent, Study Suggests 

Drinking one (or one extra)* 12oz serving size of sugar-sweetened soft drink a day can be enough to increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 22%, a new study suggests. The research is published in Diabetologia (the journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes) and comes from data in the InterAct consortium. 

Gray Hair and Vitiligo Reversed at the Root 

Hair dye manufacturers are on notice: The cure for gray hair is coming. That’s right, the need to cover up one of the classic signs of aging with chemical pigments will be a thing of the past thanks to a team of European researchers. 

Hair dye manufacturers on red alert over research pointing to cure for gray hair 

A group of researchers in Europe say they have made a breakthrough that could lead to a topical remedy for the reversal of graying hair. 

Expert criticises L’Oreal’s plan to develop a pill to prevent grey hair 

As news leaked this week that L’Oreal is developing a fruit extract pill to prevent gray hair, an expert has cautioned on potential effects to skin and body organs. 

Brain Diseases Affecting More People and Starting Earlier Than Ever Before 

Professor Colin Pritchard’s latest research published in journal Public Health has found that the sharp rise of dementia and other neurological deaths in people under 74 cannot be put down to the fact that we are living longer. The rise is because a higher proportion of old people are being affected by such conditions — and what is really alarming, it is starting earlier and affecting people under 55 years. 

UN endorses Australian’s call for the world to eat more insects 

A book released this week by the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation’s forestry department attempts to persuade Westerners that they should see insects as a potential key food source for the future. This will no doubt please Australian “science communicator” Julian Cribb, author of The Coming Famine and insect nutrition evangelist. 

Like It? We Love It! Facebook Assures Us We’re Good Enough 

Facebook profiles reassure our self-worth because they offer a place where we can display the personal characteristics and relationships we value most, says a Cornell University communication expert in the March 2013 edition of Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. 

Facebook Is Not Such a Good Thing for Those With Low Self-Esteem, Study Finds 

In theory, the social networking website Facebook could be great for people with low self-esteem. Sharing is important for improving friendships. But in practice, people with low self-esteem seem to behave counterproductively, bombarding their friends with negative tidbits about their lives and making themselves less likeable, according to a new study which will be published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. 

Botox Versus Oral Medication for Women’s Incontinence: Benefits, Drawbacks Described 

Oral medication for treating a type of incontinence in women is roughly as effective as Botox injections to the bladder, reported researchers who conducted a National Institutes of Health clinical trials network study, with each form of treatment having benefits and limitations. 

Botox Reduces Wrinkles Even in Less Frequent Doses 

Patients can decrease the frequency of Botox© Cosmetic injections after approximately two years and still receive most of the same wrinkle-smoothing cosmetic benefits, according to new research at Oregon Health & Science University. 

Poison Lips? Troubling Levels of Toxic Metals Found in Cosmetics 

Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley’s School of Public Health tested 32 different lipsticks and lip glosses commonly found in drugstores and department stores. They detected lead, cadmium, chromium, aluminum and five other metals, some of which were found at levels that could raise potential health concerns. Their findings were published online today (Thursday, May 2) in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives. 

Sharp Rise in Emergency Department Visits Involving the Sleep Medication Zolpidem (Lunesta) 

A new report shows that the number of emergency department visits involving adverse reactions to the sleep medication zolpidem rose nearly 220 percent from 6,111 visits in 2005 to 19,487 visits in 2010. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) report also finds that in 2010 patients aged 45 or older represented about three-quarters (74 percent) of all emergency department visits involving adverse reactions to zolpidem. 

Long-Term Use of Prescription Painkillers for Back Pain Linked to Erectile Dysfunction in Men 

Regularly taking prescription painkillers, also known as opioids, is associated with a higher risk of erectile dysfunction, according to a study published online today in the journal Spine. 

Statin Use Is Linked to Increased Risk of Developing Diabetes, Warn Researchers 

Treatment with high potency statins (especially atorvastatin and simvastatin) may increase the risk of developing diabetes, suggests a new article. 

Fit for Work in Midlife, Active in Old Age: Work Ability in Midlife Predicts Old Age Well-Being 

According to a new study, poor work ability in midlife predicts earlier death and disability in old age. So it is worthwhile to take good care of your work ability if you hope to stay fit in old age. 

Physical Activity Improves Life Expectancy And Decreases Need Of Care Among Older People 

A longitudinal research study conducted at the Finnish Centre for Interdisciplinary Gerontology at the University of Jyväskylä shows that people who have been regularly physically active since middle age and have lived long, needed less hospital and institutional care during their last year of life than those people who have been only occasionally or not at all physically active. 

Common Food Supplement Fights Degenerative Brain Disorders, Study Suggests 

Widely available in pharmacies and health stores, phosphatidylserine is a natural food supplement produced from beef, oysters, and soy. Proven to improve cognition and slow memory loss, it’s a popular treatment for older people experiencing memory impairment. Now a team headed by Prof. Gil Ast and Dr. Ron Bochner of Tel Aviv University’s Department of Human Molecular Genetics has discovered that the same supplement improves the functioning of genes involved in degenerative brain disorders, including Parkinson’s disease and Familial Dysautonomia (FD).

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