Liquid Detergent Pods Pose Risk to Children’s Eye Health

Attractive to kids, detergent pods should be kept out of reach to help prevent ocular injury, reports new study in the Journal of AAPOS
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San Francisco, CA, October 8, 2014 /3BL Media/ – Liquid laundry and dishwasher detergent pods are an emerging source of chemical exposure in children. When squeezed or bitten into, these pods can burst and send detergent into the mouth, nose, and eyes. A new report published in the current issue of the Journal of the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (AAPOS) cautions that these products should be kept away from children because the bursting detergent pods can cause significant corneal injury.

Combined Behavioral Support and Medication Offers Smokers Best Chance of Quitting

Researchers demonstrate that smoking cessation clinical trial results translate effectively into the “real world,” reports Mayo Clinic Proceedings
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Rochester, MN, October 8, 2014 /3BL Media/ – Numerous randomized clinical trials have shown the effectiveness of the two major forms of smoking cessation treatment – behavioral support and medication - in helping smokers quit. Researchers have now demonstrated that this approach can successfully translate to the “real world” and that a combination of the two treatments offers almost a threefold chance of success over attempts to quit without using a cessation aid. Their findings are published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

Sandwiches Are a Major Contributor to Dietary Sodium Intake

Sandwiches account for one-fifth of total sodium intake, with nearly half of American adults consuming them on any given day, according to new study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
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Philadelphia, PA, October 7, 2014 /3BL Media/ – Sandwiches make up a substantial part of the American diet and are a significant contributor to daily energy and sodium intake. By closely analyzing data from the federal nationwide dietary intake survey known as “What We Eat in America NHANES 2009-2010,” a team of Department of Agriculture (USDA) researchers found that on any given day 49 percent of U.S. adults eat at least one sandwich, and sandwiches account for one-fifth of total daily sodium intake.

A Family Meal a Day May Keep Obesity Away

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Cincinnati, OH, October 6, 2014 /3BL Media/ - Increasing rates of adolescent obesity and the likelihood that obesity will carry forward into adulthood, have led to various preventive initiatives.  It has been suggested that family meals, which tend to include fruits, vegetables, calcium, and whole grains, could be protective against obesity.  In a new study scheduled for publication in The Journal of Pediatrics, researchers studied whether frequent family meals during adolescence were protective for overweight and obesity in adulthood.

Blackflies May Be Responsible for Spreading Nodding Syndrome

New Transmission Theory May Offer Important Clues to Guide New Research, Reports International Journal of Infectious Diseases
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London, October 6, 2014 /3BL Media/ - Despite decades of research, scientists have yet to pinpoint the exact cause of nodding syndrome (NS), a disabling disease affecting African children. A new report suggests that blackflies infected with the parasite Onchocerca volvulus may be capable of passing on a secondary pathogen that is to blame for the spread of the disease. New research is presented in the International Journal of Infectious Diseases.

Embedding Publishers in Tanzania Through a New Volunteer Program

Organizations join forces to help the nation boost its publishing and research ecosystem

In 2010, I left my job, home, friends and family to work for two years in Tanzania with VSO. I had little idea of the journey I was about to embark on, but I knew I was in good hands with VSO, a skills-based professional capacity-building organization with over 50 years of experience in developing countries.

Strict Blood Sugar Control After Heart Surgery May Not Be Necessary

Study results may encourage hospitals to consider more liberal blood sugar control policies
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Chicago, October 1, 2014 /3BL Media/ – Patients undergoing coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) surgery may not have to follow a strict blood sugar management strategy after surgery, according to a study in the October 2014 issue of The Annals of Thoracic Surgery

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Non-Traditional Donor Lungs Appear Safe for Transplant

Cause of donor death should not automatically exclude lungs from transplant consideration
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Chicago, October 1, 2014 /3BL Media/ – Patients receiving lungs from donors whose cause of death was asphyxiation or drowning have similar outcomes and long-term survival as patients receiving lungs from traditional donors, according to a study in the October2014 issue of The Annals of Thoracic Surgery.

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Omega-3 Fatty Acids May Prevent Some Forms of Depression

Reports new study in Biological Psychiatry
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Philadelphia, PA, October 1, 2014 /3BL Media/ – Patients with increased inflammation, including those receiving cytokines for medical treatment, have a greatly increased risk of depression. For example, a 6-month treatment course of interferon-alpha therapy for chronic hepatitis C virus infection causes depression in approximately 30% of patients.

“Deadly Diarrhea” Rates Nearly Doubled in 10 Years: Study

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Washington, DC, September 30, 2014 /3BL Media/ – Infections with the intestinal superbug C. difficile nearly doubled from 2001 to 2010 in U.S. hospitals without noticeable improvement in patient mortality rates or hospital lengths of stay, according to a study of 2.2 million C.


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