Friday, November 20, 2009

Bacteria in Cigarettes and more

New discovery shows cigarettes full of disease causing bacteria
Researchers from France have used a technique called DNA microassay to find that cigarettes are full of a variety of disease causing bacteria. In the past, scientists used small pieces of cigarettes and lab cultures to test cigarettes for bacterial contamination. Some of the disease causing bacteria also found in soil, responsible for food-borne illness and respiratory infections could have widespread implications for human health. Read more

Sexercise for women gets attention
Sexercise for women can prevent future problems and is getting renewed attention for its benefits. With age and repeated childbearing, urinary incontinence and organ prolapse of the bladder or uterus can lead to embarrassment and the need for expensive treatments. Sexercise for women can improve overall sexual function. The exercises can be practiced alone or with a partner, and are regaining some attention. Read more

How drug ads can harm health
Results of a new study shows that drug ads are not doing a good job at helping consumers improve decisions about their health. The findings, released online in the American Journal of Public Health November 12, offer some guidelines to minimize the potential harm to health spawned by drug ads that leave out information or misguide consumers. Drug ad opponents say pharmaceutical companies need to improve consumer information by answering important questions and providing more useful information to the public. Read more