Saturday, September 11, 2010

Chronic stress causes heart disease - and now scientists can prove it

Scientists have finally been able to prove what we’ve always known – long-term stress, from worries such as financial, marital and job problems, causes heart problems. Although all of us intuitively know it, scientists have been unable to prove a link between chronic stress and heart disease – until now. Scientists at the University if Western Ontario in Canada have come up with a hair analysis system that can detect stress over a long period, such as six months. Until now, serum, urine and saliva analysis could tell if the person was stressed only at the time the sample was taken, whereas heart problems are associated with chronic stress – when it is sustained over a lengthy time. As hair grows at around one centimetre a month, a hair sample that is six centimetres long gives a picture of stress levels – by measuring the levels of cortisol, the stress hormone – over a six-month period. To test the theory, the researchers took hair samples from 56 heart attack patients and 56 hospital patients without heart problems, and discovered that the heart patients had higher cortisol levels. (Source: Stress, 2010; doi: 10.3109/10253890.2010.511352).

Friday, September 3, 2010

Parents want HPV vaccine banned after it wrecked health of their daughters

A group of American mothers wants the HPV vaccine Gardasil banned after it ruined the health of their teenage daughters. The "safe" vaccine supposed to protect against cervical cancer has harmed thousands of girls and a small number have died directly after having the shot. The girls have suffered a range of serious side effects, from seizures, strokes, auto-immune disorders, chronic fatigue, hair loss, headaches, heart pain, weak muscles, vision and hearing loss and paralysis. Marian Greene, whose daughter was affected by Gardasil, has set up a website where other mothers can document the side effects suffered by their daughters. One of the mothers, who sits on the group's board, ha said her own daughter died after being given the vaccine. Merck, Gardasil"s manufacturer, maintains it is safe and effective. Since the US"s drug regulator, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), approved the vaccine in 2006, around 40 million doses have been administered to teenage girls around the world. Merck now want to vaccinate teenage boys as well while Truth About Gardasil wants it banned. (Source: The Truth About Gardasil;

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