Gentle yoga classes may be beneficial for people with type 2 diabetes, according to a small study of middle-aged and older adults. Study participants lost several pounds and kept blood sugar levels steady during the three-month study.
Among the 60 study participants who took yoga classes several times a week, the average BMI — a measure of weight in relation to height — declined from 25.9 to 25.4. A BMI between 25 and 30 is considered overweight.
The study also tracked how levels of oxidative stress declined in the yoga group. Oxidative stress occurs when levels of reactive oxygen species rise above the bodyâ€™s ability to neutralize them. Long-term oxidative stress can contribute to disease and other negative health outcomes.
Vigorous exercise is still more effective in helping people with diabetes shed pounds. The study findings do not suggest that yoga should replace regular exercise for people with type 2 diabetes.
A lawsuit filed by 75 former National Football League players says that the NFL knew the harmful effects of concussions on playersâ€™ brains but concealed crucial information. The suit alleges that the NFLâ€™s failure to act has led to the deaths and brain injuries of former players.
Football equipment maker Riddell Inc. is also named as the defendant. Riddell has been the official NFL helmet brand since 1989. “For decades, defendants have known that multiple blows to the head can lead to long-term brain injury, including memory loss, dementia, depression and (chronic traumatic encephalopathy) and its related symptoms,â€ the lawsuit said.
The suit cites a 1994 NFL-conducted study that found no evidence of worsening injury or cognitive decline from multiple concussions. According to the 86-page document, it was not until June 2010 that the NFL acknowledged that concussions can lead to dementia, memory loss, CTE and related symptoms.
The lawsuit asks for a jury trial and damages. Although the NFL had not seen a copy of the suit, a spokesperson said they planned to contest the charges.
Have you ever sustained a concussion from a sports-related activity?
A new study from the National Cancer Institute says that men who are diagnosed with cancer are more likely to die from the disease. A higher initial risk and later detection are two of major reasons for the mortality rates.
In the study, researchers looked at a database of 36 different types of cancer from 1977 to 2006. For lung cancer, the leading cause of death for both men and women, 2.3 men died for each female patient. The highest male-to-female mortality rates were found in lip cancers, where 5.5 men died for each woman patient, and esophageal, where 4 men died for every woman patient.
Researchers said men are more likely to develop cancer to begin with, and more likely to have the disease be at an advanced stage when diagnosed. Gender differences in exposure to carcinogens (like tobacco) may also account for the disparity.
An Abbott Laboratories study found that 28 percent of men do not visit the doctor regularly.
Do you schedule regular doctor visits?
Almost half of men feel worse after having their prostate gland removed because of cancer, a new study finds. However, nearly three-quarters of the men surveyed would do the same in similar circumstances.
In the study, published in the Journal of Urology, 236 men were asked how they were doing up to 1 year after the surgery. While many had recovered physically and mentally, only one out of four had recovered his ability to have intercourse.
Those who told researchers they had optimal recovery often participated in a rehabilitation program after the prostate surgery. Rehab after prostate removal is a fairly new development that sometimes involves talk therapy or a drug regimen to treat erectile dysfunction.
About one in six men is diagnosed with prostate cancer at some point in their lives, although not all opt to have their prostate removed. Other treatment options include radiation or a type of surgery that uses freezing liquid
- Unilever announced the recall of Skippy Reduced Fat Peanut Butter Spread and Skippy Reduced Fat Chunky Peanut Butter Spread because it may be contaminated with salmonella.
- FAB/Starpoint is recalling circo beaded door curtains, after determining that strangulation can occur when a child plays with the beaded strands. The company has received three reports of entanglement.
- Safeway recalled broccoli salad, pasta salad, and pre-packed vegetable trays sold in 12 states because the broccoli in the items may be tainted with listeria.
- Taylor Farms Pacific of Tracy, Calif. is recalling 64,000 pounds of chicken and pork products because some broccoli in the products was found to be contaminated with listeria.
- Liebherr-Canada Ltd., recalled certain built-in refrigerators because the doors can fall off.
- IKEA Home Furnishing recalled almost 130,000 Forsta coffee/tea makers after reports of the glass pot breaking, causing burns and cuts.
- Dickâ€™s Sporting Goods recalled about 229,000 fitness resistance tubes and kits because the plastic clip that attaches the tube to the handle can break, sending pieces of the exercise equipment toward the consumer who uses it.
- WellPet LLC recalled certain lots of Wellness canned cat food because some lots may not have enough thiamine (also known as vitamin B1).
- Manhattan Group recalled about 400 of its Parents Busy Time Activity Center wooden children’s toy because wooden pegs on the xylophone activity can come loose, creating a choking hazard for young children.
- Baby Jogger LLC recalled about 2,000 Baby Jogger Jump Seats after receiving four reports of children falling from the seat and suffering scrapes, bruises and in one case a broken nose.
-Columbus Meat Market Inc. of Chicago has recalled over 200 pounds of ground beef patties. The Illinois Dept. of Agriculture says that the meat may be contaminated with E.
-Avalung ski backpacks imported by Black Diamond Equipment, Ltd. of Salt Lake City were recalled because the air tubing can crack in extreme temperatures. The unit could cause a suffocation hazard.
-Crave Foods of Los Angeles is recalling 6-pound cases of frozen chicken mushroom pies. The pies reportedly contain the undeclared ingredient monosodium glutamate (MSG), which can cause an allergic reaction in certain people.
-Homestead Pasta Company is recalling frozen meat and poultry tamale products from shelves because they contain the undeclared allergen whey. The products are listed under
names that include Garibaldi Turkey Tamale, Golden West Traditional Turkey Tamale with Sauce in Husk, and Casper Homestead Pasta Company Chicken Tamale.
-About 21,000 sump pumps and effluent pumps from ITT Water Technology Inc. have been recalled. Those installed without ground fault circuit interrupter protection can pose
an electric shock or electrocution hazard.
-About 150 outdoor hanging lanterns manufactured in China and distributed by Quoizel Inc. have been recalled because the glass lantern can separate from the top support ring
and fall. No injuries have been reported.
-Teva Pharmaceuticals is recalling Metronidazole Tablets UPS, lot 312566, due to the presence of underweight tablets. Underweight tablets may not contain the full amount
of the active ingredient, meaning that a consumer might not receive the full or intended dose.
-Triad Group has recalled all lots of alcohol prep pads, alcohol swabs, and alcohol swabsticks. The products may be contaminated with Bacillus cereus, a harmful organism.
-Sprouters Northwest of Kent, Washington is recalling all clover and clover mix products due to possible contamination with Salmonella.
-Sears Canada is recalling its Sesame Street velour hoodie and Small Paul hooded sleeper. The sleepers do not meet flammability requirements for tight-fitting sleepwear, and could become a fire hazard.
A personâ€™s individual happiness is closely tied to their special someone, according
to a study in the latest issue of the American Psychological Associationâ€™s journal
Developmental Psychology. The new data on happiness goes both ways: if your spouseâ€™s
happiness dips down, chances are that your mood is soon to follow.
Data was gleaned from the Seattle Longitudinal Study has tracked the happiness of more
than 6,000 people since 1956. Researchers from University of British Columbia, the
University of Washington and Penn State found responses from 178 married couples and
examined their happiness ratings.
MSNBC quoted Christianne Hoppmann, lead author of the study: â€œWhat weâ€™ve shown is
that when you ask people about their happiness, you need to involve significant others,
meaningful others who share important experiences, who live at the same place, who
might be stressed by the same stressors.â€
Hoppmann added that many large surveys ask people about happiness in more abstract
terms. This new research, she said, could help structure future studies of what makes a
The FDA advisory committee recommended approval of a device that diagnoses deadly
skin melanoma early without cutting into skin. MelaFind was designed to examine
lesions that could have characteristics of melanoma, ruling out non-malignant marks and
allowing doctors to speedily proceed with biopsies in case of potential cancer.
MelaFind has already demonstrated a high accuracy rate in the largest prospective study
ever recorded in melanoma detection. The device was better at ruling at melanoma than
the doctors who participated in the study, ensuring that patients wouldnâ€™t need to undergo
Melanoma is often deadly when discovered in its latest stages, making early detection
crucial. The disease is usually curable when found early.
A cancer conference held in Berlin on Nov. 19 showcased a promising experimental
drug for prostate cancer. Nineteen of the 20 patients who used XL184, manufactured by
Exelixis, showed improvement in scans that determined whether the cancer had spread to
the bone. In some cases, bone scans no longer showed any cancer. Although the testing
group was small, prostate cancer specialists suggest that the drugâ€™s effectiveness is
The bone scans only indicate bone formation, leaving the possibility open that the drug
may have merely stopped bone growth. Researchers are hopeful, however, that future
tests of larger groups could be equally successful.
In other related news, a federal advisory committee said that the Dendreon-developed
Provenge may extend the lives of patients with prostate cancer. The drug has been
controversial since FDA refused to approve it in 2007, drawing protests from Dendreon
investors and cancer patients. The committeeâ€™s approval makes it all the more likely that
Medicare will pay for the $93,000 drug.