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TV Watching Stunts Bone Growth


A common activity that may stunt your growth… next

TV Watching Stunts Bone Growth, Study Finds

Megan Daily writing in MD reported long periods of television watching could have the same negative effects on kids’ bone growth as total bed rest, an Australian study found.

Australian research presented in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research shows decreased bone mass in young adults who spent more of their childhood hours in front of a television set.

Of more than1,000 young men and women scanned at age 20 those who had watched 14 or more hours of TV each week as children and adolescents had less bone mineral content than their peers.

Comment: Wow… that’s pretty alarming.

 

Fecal Transplants Effective Against C Difficile


Is there an effective treatment for c diff.?  Found out next.

Fecal Transplants Effective Against C. Difficile Infections, Study Finds

Carl Zimmer writing in the New York Times  reported that fecal transplants appear to be “remarkably effective” against “potentially fatal infections of bacteria known as Clostridium difficile.” In a study, investigators “isolated the spores of about 50 different species of bacteria found in stool samples donated by healthy people.” Next, researchers put “the spores” into capsules, “which they gave to 30 patients with C. difficile infections.” Notably, 29 of those 30 patients recovered. While no one knows for sure how fecal transplants work, experts theorize that bacteria from a healthy donor’s GI tract may “be able to gobble up nutrients that compete with invaders like C. difficile which are needed to survive.” The findings were published July 15 in the Journal of Infectious Diseases.

Comment: C diff is an awful disease to have and is responsible for many deaths, particularly among older individuals.  This is welcome news.

Fecal Transplants Effective Against C. Difficile Infections


Is there an effective treatment for c diff.? Found out next.

Fecal Transplants Effective Against C. Difficile Infections

Study finds Carl Zimmer writing in the New York Times reported that fecal transplants appear to be “remarkably effective” against “potentially fatal infections of bacteria known as Clostridium difficile.” In a study, investigators “isolated the spores of about 50 different species of bacteria found in stool samples donated by healthy people.” Next, researchers put “the spores” into capsules, “which they gave to 30 patients with C. difficile infections.” Notably, 29 of those 30 patients recovered. While no one knows for sure how fecal transplants work, experts theorize that bacteria from a healthy donor’s GI tract may “be able to gobble up nutrients that competing invaders like C. difficile need to survive.” The findings were published July 15 in the Journal of Infectious Diseases.

Comment: C diff is an awful disease to have and is responsible for many deaths, particularly among older individuals. This is welcome news.

 

Marriage Reduces Heart Attack Deaths


Another advantage of marriage… next

Being married may improve your odds of surviving a heart attack

Linda Carroll reported on Today, being married may improve the likelihood of surviving a heart attack, a new study finds. And patients who are married are more likely to have a shorter stay at the hospital after a heart attack, according to the study presented at the British Cardiovascular Society (BCS) Conference in Manchester, U.K.

Out of almost a million British men and women, about 25,000 had a heart attack, said study co-author Nicholas Gollop, a doctoral research fellow in cardiology at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. Based on the findings, if patients were divided by marital status, the married ones were 14 percent more likely to be alive than singles by the end of the study. Singles didn’t suffer the worst of it, however. Divorced patients were 6 percent more likely to die during the seven to eight years of follow-up, compared to never marrieds.

Comment: If my wife hears about this, I’ll never hear the end of it.

Cell Phone Blindness


Having trouble seeing? It could be your smartphone… next

Cases of Smartphone ‘Blindness’ Reported

Reported in Healthday, a short-lived optical sensation can lead some smartphone users to mistakenly believe they’ve lost sight in one eye.

A letter in the New England Journal of Medicine cited two case studies: a 22-year-old woman who’d suffered recurring bouts of nighttime vision loss in her right eye for several months, and a 40-year-old woman who would wake up with a loss of vision in one eye that lasted as long as 15 minutes.

Both women underwent several tests, including magnetic resonance imaging and echocardiograms, before doctors realized that the transient “blindness” was due to an optical adaptation of the eyes caused by reading a smartphone in the dark while lying on their side in bed. When one eye was occluded by the pillow and they were viewing the phone with the other eye, the occluded eye adapted to the dark and the viewing eye adapted to the light. When both eyes were uncovered in the dark, the light-adapted eye was perceived to be “blind,” an effect lasting several minutes.

“I have seen a dozen or so similar cases,” study author Gordon Plant, M.D. an ophthalmologist with Moorfields Eye Hospital in London, told HealthDay. “The reason I wish to make this known is because it leads to anxiety and unnecessary investigation because the patients — and their doctors — think they have had a transient ischemic attack.”

Comment: so… how’s your eyesight doing?

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