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NEW RESEARCH RAISES QUESTIONS ABOUT THE LONG-TERM EFFECTIVENESS OF ADHD DRUGS

Posted in Health Watch, News Brief, Public Service Announcement on November 13th, 2007

WHILE RITALIN AND CONCERTA CAN WORK WELL IN THE SHORT TERM, OVER A THREE-YEAR PERIOD THEY BROUGHT ABOUT NO DEMONSTRABLE IMPROVEMENT IN CHILDREN’S BEHAVIOR. THEY ALSO FOUND THE DRUGS COULD STUNT GROWTH.

250px-High_school_students2.jpgA team of American scientists conducting the Multimodal Treatment Study of Children with ADHD (MTA) has found that while drugs such as Ritalin and Concerta can work well in the short term, over a three-year period they brought about no demonstrable improvement in children’s behaviour. They also found the drugs could stunt growth.

The research, which will be broadcast on the BBC Panorama programme tonight, shows that GPs in the UK prescribed ADHD drugs such as Ritalin and Concerta to around 55,000 children last year – at a cost of £28m to the NHS.

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Source: Guardian UK

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STUDY: ACNE CURE MAY RAISE SUICIDE RISK

Posted in Health Watch, News Brief, Public Service Announcement on November 13th, 2007

ROACCUTANE, A DRUG USED TO TREAT THOSE SUFFERING FROM SEVERE ACNE COULD CAUSE SEVERE DEPRESSION AND EVEN LEAD TO SUICIDAL THOUGHTS, ACCORDING TO NEW RESEARCH

2007-08-20-painpills.jpg Roaccutane, appears to interfere with the brain’s use of serotonin — the feel-good hormone — a study published today found.

In the United Kingdom 26 patients taking the drug have committed suicide. The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency [MHRA] also recorded 19 attempted suicides, and 31 patients considering suicide, among those taking Roaccutane.

In the study published in the journal Experimental Biology and Medicine today, researchers at the University of Bath found that the drug, also known as isotretinoin, could disrupt the way serotonin carries signals from one part of the brain to another.

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BACTERIA REACTOR BRINGS HYDROGEN FUEL CARS CLOSER

Posted in Alternative Energy, Alternative Fuel Vehicles, Clean Energy, News Brief, Sustainable Transportation on November 13th, 2007

NEW TECHNOLOGY CAN EFFICIENTLY PRODUCE HYDROGEN FUEL FROM ANY TYPE OF BIODEGRADABLE ORGANIC MATTER

altfuelcars.jpgThe dream of using hydrogen, the most plentiful element in the universe, as a green fuel to cut climate change moves a step closer today with the announcement that it can be made with the help of bacteria.

Public transport systems worldwide are moving toward hydrogen-powered engines as an alternative to petrol engines, because they burn hydrogen to produce only water. But the problem is that most hydrogen available today is produced by expensive processes that require the burning of polluting fossil fuels, such as natural gas.

Now scientists have developed a method that relies on bacteria in a specially designed reactor that can efficiently produce hydrogen fuel from any type of biodegradable organic matter, so that a glorified compost heap could protentially provide an abundant source of the clean-burning energy.

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Source: UK Telegraph

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HERBAL SEX PILLS CAN KILL

Posted in Health Watch, News Brief on November 13th, 2007

FOR MEN ON COMMON HEART AND BLOOD-PRESSURE DRUGS, POPPING ONE COULD LEAD TO A STROKE, OR EVEN DEATH

xin_54070416093561120577112.jpgMany of the pills marketed as safe herbal alternatives to Viagra and other prescription sex medications pose a hidden danger: For men on common heart and blood-pressure drugs, popping one could lead to a stroke, or even death.

“All-natural” products with names like Stamina-RX and Vigor-25 promise an apothecary’s delight of rare Asian ingredients, but many work because they contain unregulated versions of the very pharmaceuticals they are supposed to replace.

That dirty secret represents a special danger for the millions of men who take nitrates — drugs prescribed to lower blood pressure and regulate heart disease. When mixed, nitrates and impotency pharmaceuticals can slow blood flow catastrophically, leading to a heart attack or stroke.

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Source: The Associated Press

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STUDY: WE MAY BE HARD WIRED TO OGLE

Posted in Conscious Actions, Health Watch on November 13th, 2007

PEOPLE’S EYES ARE AUTOMATICALLY CAPTURED BY ATTRACTIVE MEMBERS OF THE OPPOSITE SEX ALTHOUGH THE RESEARCH ALSO SUGGESTS THAT SELF-CONTROL CAN TAKE OVER AFTER THAT INITIAL ATTENTIONAL BIAS

ecofashion.jpgIn the latest posting to the too little too late department is news that ogling members of the opposite sex for heterosexual men and women is not a character flaw, but rather something that we are hard wired to do.

I can only wonder how many million innocent men and women have had to suffer the wrath of a significant other for what we now know is a totally natural and healthy reaction.

Chances are, not all that many women will embrace this latest scientific discovery, because their reaction like ogling, is apparently hardwired.

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In a series of experiments on something called “attention adhesion,” a team of psychologists found that every one of the men and women in their study fixated on highly attractive people within the first half second of seeing them and had a harder time pulling their gaze away from good-looking folks than average joes. What’s more, women were just as likely to ogle hotties as men.

“Our research suggests that it’s inevitable to a degree,” says Dr. Jon Maner, assistant professor of psychology at Florida State University and author of the study. “People’s eyes are automatically captured by attractive members of the opposite sex although our research also suggests that self-control can take over after that initial attentional bias.”

While the study may be the first scientific proof to back up that old adage, “Hey, I’m married, not dead,” its results may still come as a shock to some, says Dr. David Barash, professor of psychology at the University of Washington and author of “The Myth of Monogamy: Fidelity and Infidelity in Animals and People.”

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Source: MSNBC

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