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Craving Salt? Your Genes May Be the Reason, Study Suggests

Posted 13 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, Nov. 13, 2016 – Some people carry a genetically driven "salt tooth" that could affect how heavily they season their food, potentially endangering their heart, a new study suggests. Genetic variations cause some people to be more keenly aware of bitter flavors, said lead researcher Jennifer Smith, a doctoral student at the University of Kentucky College of Nursing. These people are about twice as likely to exceed the daily limit of salt recommended by heart health specialists, according to study findings presented Sunday at the American Heart Association annual meeting in New Orleans. The research centers on a gene called TAS2R38. Variations of this gene have been shown to enhance a person's perception of bitter flavors. "We were looking at a gene that codes for taste receptors," Smith said. "People with one genotype will taste bitter more keenly than people who have the other ... Read more

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Many Kids Still Eating Too Much Salt

Posted 3 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Nov. 3, 2016 – American children's high salt intake puts them at risk for heart disease later in life, a new study warns. Nearly 90 percent of U.S. kids consume more than the recommended amount of salt for their age, researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention discovered. Sodium-heavy breads, pizza, cold cuts, processed snacks and soups are among the major culprits, according to the report. "We already know that nearly all Americans regardless of age, race and gender consume more sodium than is recommended for a healthy diet, and the excess intake is of great concern among particular youths," lead author Zerleen Quader said. Quader is a data analyst in the CDC's Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention. The researchers analyzed 2011-2012 data from more than 2,100 children, aged 6 to 18, nationwide. The kids' average salt intake was 3,256 ... Read more

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Health Tip: Health Tip: Manage Allergies

Posted 20 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

-- If pets make you sniffle, sneeze, itch and cough, there are things you can do that don't include getting rid of Fido or Fluffy. The American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology recommends: Limiting how much time you spend around your pet. Taking nasal spray, an antihistamine or bronchodilator, as directed by your allergist. Talking to your doctor about allergy shots. Don't let the pet into your bedroom. Always wash your hands immediately after touching your pet. Give the pet a bath once weekly. Use a high-efficiency vacuum or HEPA air filter at home. Read more

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More Research Cites Salt's Potential Health Risks

Posted 4 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Oct. 3, 2016 – Conventional wisdom says too much salt is bad because it can lead to high blood pressure. And now a new 25-year study finds that salt – even just a bit – may increase your risk of premature death. The research found that if you normally have about 1.5 teaspoons of salt daily, adding just slightly less than a half teaspoon (1,000 milligrams) more a day can increase your odds of dying early by 12 percent. And, the risk continues to climb 12 percent for each 1,000 milligrams of salt you add to your daily diet. There was a potential bit of good news from the study, however. Cutting back on your salt consumption may extend your life. The study showed that restricting salt seemed to lower the risk of dying prematurely by 15 percent. However, this finding didn't reach statistical significance, the researchers said. "Consuming lower levels of sodium, as advocated by ... Read more

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Salt-Based Spray May Help Chronic Nosebleeds

Posted 6 Sep 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 6, 2016 – A simple salt-based spray is as effective as medicated sprays in controlling chronic nosebleeds, a new study contends. "This research highlights that there could be a benefit even in the simplest of interventions," said corresponding study author Dr. Kevin Whitehead. He is an associate professor of internal medicine at the University of Utah School of Medicine. People with a condition called hemorrhagic telangiectasia (HHT) are plagued with nosebleeds. Many have one nosebleed a week, and some have more than two a day. The new study included 121 people with the condition who sprayed either a saline solution (salt plus water) or one of three medications – bevacizumab, estriol or tranexamic acid – into their nose twice a day for 12 weeks. The saline spray was as effective in reducing nosebleeds as the drugs, according to the study. "No drug proved to be any ... Read more

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Neti Pot Beats Steam for Sinus Congestion Relief

Posted 19 Jul 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 18, 2016 – Inhaling steam probably won't open your chronically clogged sinuses. But nasal irrigation may bring some relief, a new study finds. "People with chronic and recurrent sinusitis have poor quality of life, similar to having a major chronic disease," said lead study author Dr. Paul Little, professor of primary care research at the University of Southampton in England. "It is very nice to be able to provide something really simple that empowers people to manage this problem, helps them with their symptoms, reduces the need to take over-the-counter medications, and makes them less likely to want to see the doctor in future attacks," he said. More than 29 million American adults were diagnosed with sinusitis in 2014, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Sinusitis is an inflammation of the nasal cavities often caused by a virus, allergy, ... Read more

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Easing Your Child's Allergies

Posted 16 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 15, 2016 – Up to 40 percent of children in the United States have nasal allergies, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says. These kids likely have persistent sneezing, along with a stuffy or runny nose. These symptoms – known as allergic rhinitis – are more likely to develop if one or both parents have allergies, the agency noted. Nasal allergies can be caused by outdoor allergens such as plant pollens (seasonal allergies) or indoor allergens such as mold, dust mites and pet dander. If your child has seasonal allergies, pay attention to pollen counts and try to keep him or her inside when pollen levels are high, the FDA suggests. In the spring and summer, during the grass pollen season, pollen levels are highest in the evening. In the late summer and early fall, during ragweed pollen season, pollen levels are highest in the morning. Some molds may also be seasonal. ... Read more

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FDA Calls for Less Salt in Processed Foods

Posted 1 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 1, 2016 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration wants the food industry to cut back on the salt. In draft voluntary guidelines issued Wednesday, the agency set both two-year and 10-year goals for lower sodium content in hundreds of processed and prepared foods. The aim is to reduce the risk of high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke among Americans, according to the FDA. "Many Americans want to reduce sodium in their diets, but that's hard to do when much of it is in everyday products we buy in stores and restaurants," Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell said in an FDA statement. "Today's announcement is about putting power back in the hands of consumers, so that they can better control how much salt is in the food they eat and improve their health," she added. Americans' average salt intake is about 3,400 milligrams (mg) a day, which is nearly 50 ... Read more

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High-Salt Diets May Raise Heart Risks for Kidney Patients

Posted 24 May 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 24, 2016 – People with chronic kidney disease face higher odds of heart attack or stroke if they have high-salt diets, a new study suggests. "Moderate sodium reduction among patients with chronic kidney disease and high sodium intake may lower [heart] risk," concluded a team led by Dr. Jiang He, of Tulane University in New Orleans. About one in every 10 Americans is affected by chronic kidney disease, and more than one-third of U.S. adults have heart disease, the researchers noted. The role of daily salt intake in kidney patients – and its effect on heart risk – hasn't been clear, however. To learn more, the investigators looked at outcomes for almost 3,800 patients with chronic kidney disease at seven locations across the United States. The patients provided urine samples to researchers at the beginning of the study in 2003, and then once a year over the next two years. ... Read more

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Could a Low-Salt Diet Hurt Your Health?

Posted 21 May 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, May 20, 2016 – A controversial new study contends that a low-salt diet could be dangerous for your heart health. Restricting dietary salt to below 3,000 milligrams a day appears to increase the risk for heart disease similar to that of high blood pressure patients who eat too much salt, said lead researcher Andrew Mente. "Having neither too high nor too low levels of sodium [salt] is optimal for health," said Mente, an associate professor of clinical epidemiology and biostatistics at McMaster University, in Ontario, Canada. The American Heart Association is highly critical of Mente's study. The AHA says the study relies on incorrect estimates of sodium intake, and should not lead anyone to relax concerns over excess salt in the average U.S. diet. "This is an extremely flawed analysis that doesn't provide new information, and it should not be used to guide public policy," said ... Read more

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An Expert's Guide to Sneezin' Season

Posted 16 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 16, 2016 – This could be a bad spring allergy season and people with allergies need to be prepared, an expert warns. "With the crazy up and down weather, some parts of the country could see worse allergy-provoking conditions. There is likely to be a pollen superburst this season, so sufferers should get ready," Dr. Jordan Josephson, a sinus specialist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, said in a hospital news release. "It promises to be a nasty spring," he added. It's crucial to deal with allergy symptoms immediately, according to Josephson. "Allergies left untreated can cause sinus swelling leading to chronic sinusitis. Allergies can also affect your digestive tract. Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) can be a direct response of the allergic response. So allergies can seriously affect your quality of life. Just ask any allergy or sinus sufferer," he said. ... Read more

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New Drug Shows Promise Against Severe Sinusitis

Posted 3 Feb 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 3, 2016 – An experimental drug for the treatment of nasal polyps has shown promise in a small, preliminary trial involving a group of patients struggling with chronic sinusitis. Dupilumab, which is injected, is aimed at helping those patients who do not respond well to current first-line treatments, such as corticosteroids. "The more severe patients are the target of the new treatment option," explained study author Dr. Claus Bachert, head of the Upper Airway Research Laboratory at Ghent University Hospital in Belgium. "A new treatment is needed because the currently available treatments – nasal and oral glucocorticosteroids and surgery of the sinuses – are often insufficient to control the disease and may have side effects," he added. Bachert and his colleagues published their findings in the Feb. 2 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. The study ... Read more

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Health Tip: Treating Your Child's Cold

Posted 12 Jan 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Your child has a nasty cold, but you've been told the toddler is too young for an over-the-counter cold medicine. So what do you do? The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends: Blowing the nose is best. Avoid antihistamines unless it's suspected that allergies are the cause. Using a saline nasal wash also can help a stuffed up nose. For stubborn mucus, carefully remove with a wet cotton swab. Offering warm, clear fluids to a baby aged 3 months to one year for a cough (never honey at this age.) Offer honey for children 1 year and older. For coughing, have the child breathe in a steamy bathroom. Offer plenty of fluids to help thin secretions. You can also run a humidifier. Read more

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Health Tip: Coping With Sinusitis

Posted 12 Oct 2015 by Drugs.com

-- When you develop a sinus infection, it can take time for symptoms to subside. In the meantime, there are things you can do to get some relief. The Mayo Clinic suggests: Drink plenty of liquids, particularly water and juice. Avoid alcohol and anything caffeinated. Keep sinus cavities moist and warm. Take a hot shower, or apply a warm towel to your face while you sit over a warm bowl of water. Use a saline solution to flush your sinuses. Elevate your head while you sleep, allowing your sinuses to drain. Read more

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A High Salt and Potassium Diet May Accelerate Chronic Kidney Disease

Posted 17 Sep 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 17, 2015 – A diet high in sodium and potassium can make chronic kidney disease (CKD) worse, a new study claims. "These data warrant future clinical trials to test the effect of a moderate reduction in dietary sodium and potassium intake on CKD progression in patients with high dietary sodium or potassium intake," study leader Dr. Jiang He, from Tulane University, said in a news release from the American Society of Nephrology. "The findings could ultimately impact dietary recommendations for patients with CKD to slow disease progression," He added. It's estimated that 26 million people in the United States have chronic kidney disease, the researchers said. Chronic kidney disease can lead to kidney failure and also increases the risk for heart disease and early death, according to the study authors. For the study, the researchers tested urine samples from almost 4,000 ... Read more

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