Binge alcohol dangerous
In a study published in April, researchers from San Diego reported that young people who binge drink can seriously damage the white matter in their brain, which is crucial for relaying information between brain cells. The death toll from alcohol has been rising among U.S. college students. According to the U.S. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, alcohol-related deaths have increased in this group from 1,440 in 1998 to 1,825 less than a decade later, in 2005.
Pay Less for Prescription Drugs
Most Indians can not afford the rising costs of the drugs but several options are available.
1. In some cases, tablet splitting can help reduce costs. But not all medications can be split. Patients should check with their pharmacist or physician before using this approach. This means instead of buying 25mg of a tablet, buy 50 mg one and split it into half. For this always look for a scored tablet which can be divided into half.
2. First, talk to your doctor for the cheaper yet effective generic drug or an alternative
3. Many chemists have low cost options.
4. Go to a reduced-cost or free clinic, where health care providers are trained to consider lower-cost alternatives and may be able to provide prescriptions at reduced cost or no cost.
5. Look into drug manufacturer or government programs. Some drug makers offer discount cards or programs for brand-name medications at reduced-cost.
6. Lifestyle changes, such as getting more exercise and eating healthier foods, may reduce the need for medications.
Phosphorus Levels May Predict Heart Disease (Dr Prachi Garg)
Elevated blood levels of phosphorus are associated with a higher risk of heart disease. US researchers studied the link between phosphorus levels and coronary artery calcification (CAC) in nearly 900 healthy adults in the Spokane Heart Study, a long-term investigation of heart disease risk factors. CAC is an early sign of hardening of the arteries. At the start of the study, 28 percent of participants had CAC. After six years of follow-up, another 33 percent had developed CAC, and the level of CAC increased among those who already had the condition. The association between phosphorus levels and CAC was strong even after the researchers adjusted for other factors. (Society of Nephrology, news release, Nov. 5, 2009)
Red, processed meats linked to prostate cancer
Men who eat a lot of red meat and processed meats may have a higher risk of developing prostate cancer than those who limit such foods. Researchers at the National Cancer Institute found that among more than 175,000 men they followed for nine years, those who ate the most red and processed meats had heightened risks of developing any stage of prostate cancer, or advanced cancer in particular. The findings, reported in the American Journal of Epidemiology, add to a conflicting body of research on meat intake and prostate cancer risk. Because studies over the years have come to different conclusions, experts generally consider the evidence linking red and processed meats to the disease to be limited and inconclusive.
Health Tip: Keep a Health Journal and should include
1. Any injuries you've had or illnesses for which you've been treated.
2. Any time you were hospitalized, including when and why.
3. Any allergies you have to foods, medications, household items, pollens, etc.
4. Any past surgeries or procedures.
5. All prescription and over-the-counter medications, vitamins or supplements taken. Be sure to include the dose and how often you take them.
6. Diseases, illnesses or health conditions that have affected immediate family members.
Folate Levels in Pregnancy Tied to ADHD in Offspring
Low folate levels during pregnancy are associated with higher odds for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder in offspring aged 7 to 9, new research has found. The findings seem to support the long-held belief that folate (folic acid) levels in expectant mothers influence their children's nervous system development.
The researchers also found that children of mothers with low folate levels had notably smaller head circumference at birth, which may indicate a slower rate of prenatal brain growth. The study was released online Oct. 28 in advance of publication in an upcoming print issue of the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry.
Aspirin May Prevent Prostate Cancer Recurrence
The use of anti-clotting drugs, including aspirin, appears to lower the odds that cancer will recur in men undergoing radiation treatment for prostate cancer, researchers report.
"We found that taking an anticoagulant lowers the risk [of recurrence] by almost half," says Kevin S. Choe, MD, PhD, a radiation oncologist at the University of Chicago.
The anti-clotting medications, or anticoagulants, studied were Coumadin, Plavix, and aspirin.
Oral Contraceptives May Help Treat Asthma
Treatment with oral contraceptives may benefit premenopausal women with asthma, even if their asthma symptoms are not strongly linked to their monthly menstrual cycles. In a small but rigorously designed study, researchers from the University of Alberta confirmed that fluctuating levels of the sex hormones estrogen and progesterone have a direct impact on markers of airway inflammation.