Yearly Archives: 2013

An Old Remedy As A New Chemo Drug?

1512600_512506188857355_564263846_nIpecac Syrup Shows Promise As A New Chemo Drug

Ipecac syrup, an erstwhile staple found in many families’ medicine cabinets, shows promise as a new chemotherapy drug for bladder cancer, according to a study conducted by Loyola University Medical Center near Chicago.

The study found that emetine dihydrochloride, an active ingredient in ipecac syrup, used alone or used with a standard chemotherapy drug called cisplatin, inhibited the proliferation of bladder tumor cells. The study also discovered that emetine has little effect on normal cells.

The study was published online in The Journal of Urology.

Years ago, ipecac was used to induce vomiting after ingesting a poison. That practice is no longer recommended.

Skin Disease Associated With Kidney Disease

Psoriasis linked to chronic kidney disease

As if the itchy scales weren’t enough…People moderate to severe psoriasis are also at increased risk of developing kidney disease (CKD). Those with severe psoriasis are almost twice as likely to develop CKD, and four-times more likely to develop kidney failure requiring dialysis than those without the chronic skin disease. The risk is greatest for those with psoriasis affecting 3% or more of their surface skin.

Chronic kidney disease is characterized by progressive loss of kidney function over time. The kidneys filter the blood. CKD often goes unnoticed until it reaches advanced stages.

Researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia discovered the first-time ever association between the two conditions. Their study results were published in the online version of BMJ (British Medical Journal). Researchers examined an electronic medical records database of nearly 144,000 people with the condition in the United Kingdom.

Diet-induced ED may benefit from exercise

1474436_507538209354153_1486886261_nSex & (Ahem…) Size

Your lovemaking may be suffering if you’re a guy with sizable love handles. Obesity can affect a man’s sexual function.  It can interfere with blood flow and can cause the male hormone, testosterone, to plummet. Many blame our Western-style diet and its associated weight gain.

Eastern Carolina University researchers put rats on a junk-food diet to test the affects of aerobic exercise.  For 12 weeks, the researchers fed one group of rodents food high in sugar and fat. The other group ate healthy rat chow.  Half of the animals in both test groups exercised by running on a treadmill five days a week. The researchers’ findings? Rats who ate a Western style diet and stayed sedentary developed ED. Rats who ate the high-sugar high-fat Western-style diet and exercised improved their erectile dysfunction and the function of vessels that supply blood to the heart.

Caveat: Instead of reaching for donut, grab a dumbbell instead.

Positive Lifestyle Changes Can Keep Cancer From Progressing

Diet & Exercise Reduces Risk of Aggressive Prostate Tumors

Prostate cancer patients who adhered to eight lifestyle recommendations of the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) significantly reduced their risk of developing aggressive forms of the disease in a study published by researchers at UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center (JCCC). Study subject who adhered to three or less WCRF recommendations had a predicted 38 percent increased risk of aggressive tumors compared to those men who adhered to four or more lifestyle recommendations. WCRF recommendations included information on desirable body mass index (BMI), exercise, low-caloric density foods, fruits and non-starchy vegetables, and consumption of red and processed meats. The study was published online in the Nutrition and Cancer Journal.  The study was led by Lenore Arab, Ph.D.,  JCCC member and professor in the departments of Medicine and biological chemistry.

The Mental Toll Of Incontinence

Middle-aged women with incontinence more likely to suffer depression

Researchers at the University of Adelaide in Australia found that middle-aged women with incontinence are more likely to be depressed than their older peers. Older women, according to the study, appeared to be accepting of incontinence. The study defined middle-aged women between 43 and 65 years, and older women at 65 to 89 years. Middle-aged women scored lower in quality of life measures. Incontinence affected their sexual relationships, sports and leisure activities.


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