Apr 28

A study led by researchers at Bay Pines VA Healthcare System and the University of South Florida has found that Cotinine, a compound derived from tobacco, reduced plaques associated with dementia and prevented memory loss in a mouse model of Alzheimers disease.

We found a compound that protects neurons, prevents the progression of Alzheimers disease pathology, enhances memory and has been shown to be safe, said Valentina Echeverria, a scientist at Bay Pines VA Healthcare System and an assistant professor of Molecular Medicine at USF Health.

It looks like cotinine acts on several aspects of Alzheimers pathology in the mouse model.

Tags: Compound , Tobaccoderived Compound

Apr 28

FRIDAY, April 29 (HealthDay News) — Patients with early stage breast cancers are commonly treated with surgery or surgery plus radiation, and radiation is widely believed to cut local recurrence rates by about half.

Now, researchers report that they have found that surgery plus radiation does cut local recurrences, but appears to increase the risk of invasive breast cancers later.

“I don’t want people to think radiation is bad,” said study author Dr. Janie Weng Grumley, a fellow in breast oncology at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine. “We know there is less recurrence with radiation.”

Grumley’s team evaluated 1,014 patients with early breast cancer, known as ductal carcinoma in situ.

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Tags: Breast Cancer , Radiation

Apr 27

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Tags: Anxiety , Patient Anxiety

Apr 23

L&M Companies Inc. has issued a national recall of whole cucumbers because of the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

Raleigh, N.C.-based L&M said in a press release issued on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Web site that no illnesses have been reported in association with this recall, and no other products are involved other than this one lot of cucumbers.

The recalled product was directly distributed by L&M Companies between March 30 and April 7 to wholesalers in New York (200 cartons), Florida (591 cartons), Illinois (139 cartons), Indiana (30 cartons) and Tennessee (15 cartons), and one retailer with distribution centers in Mississippi (420 cartons), Nebraska (92 cartons), Texas (2 cartons) and Wyoming (101 cartons).

“L&M Companies is issuing a nationwide recall out of an abundance of caution because the company recognizes the possibility that wholesale customers could have redistributed the product in states beyond those listed above,” according to the company.

The recalled lot of bulk cucumbers was harvested in South Florida on March 29.

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Tags: National Recall , Salmonella