SMOKINCHOICES (and other musings)

May 28, 2014

Li’l Bits, May 2014



   Legionnaires’ disease lurking in washer fluid?

   Windshield-washer fluid might be a breeding ground for bacteria that causes the deadly pneumonia known as Legionnaires’ disease, according to research released by the American Society for Microbiology at its meeting in Boston.

  •     Past studies have tied riding in automobiles to the illness, although researchers didn’t know how it happened. An investigation into fluid dispersed by school buses in Arizona seems to have provided the answer. Three-quarters of the buses tested in one district in Arizona were positive for the bacteria, the study found.

   “Washer fluid has the traits of a potentially dangerous source of Legionella-exposure needs,” Otto Schwake, a microbiology doctoral student at Arizona State University in Tempe and the study’s lead author, said.

(This has been an ongoing problem which has defied  solution for a very long time.  Wouldn’t this be a fine stroke of luck?)


Latest study

Placenta might play larger role in baby’s health


The placenta, once thought sterile, actually harbors a world of bacteria that might influence the course of pregnancy and help shape an infant’s health and the bacterial makeup of its gut, a new study has found.  The research is part of a broader scientific effort to explore the microbiome, the trillions of microbes — bacteria, viruses and fungi — that colonize the human body, inside and out. 
Those organisms affect digestion, metabolism and an unknown array of biological processes, and might play a role in the development of obesity, diabetes and other illnesses.

During pregnancy, the authors of the new study suspect, the wrong mix of bacteria in the placenta might contribute to premature birth, a devastating problem worldwide.

Although the research is preliminary, it might help explain why periodontal disease and urinary infections in pregnant women are linked to an increased risk of premature birth. The findings also suggest a need for more studies on the effects of antibiotics taken during pregnancy.

The new study suggests that babies might acquire an important part of their normal gut bacteria from the placenta. If further research confirms the findings, that might be reassuring news for women who have had cesarean sections.   Some researchers have suggested that babies born by cesarean miss out on helpful bacteria that they would normally be exposed to in the birth canal.

“I think women can be reassured that they have not doomed their infant’s microbiome for the rest of its life,” said Dr. Kjersti Aagaard, the first author of the new study, published on Wednesday in Science Translational Medicine. She added that studies were needed to determine the influence of C-sections on the microbiome.

Previous studies have looked at bacteria that inhabit the mouth, skin, vagina and intestines. But only recently has attention turned to the placenta, a 1-pound organ that forms inside the uterus and acts as a life-support system for the fetus. It provides oxygen and nutrients, removes wastes and secretes hormones.

“People are intrigued by the role of the placenta,” said Aagaard, an associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston. “There’s no other time in life that we acquire a totally new organ. And then we get rid of it.   “We are just starting to catch a glimmer of this amazing organ.”

(Also wanted to share  (in case you aren’t aware of it,) that James and Laurentine of Hungry for Change/FOOD MATTERS fame  reveal openly their unique take on what and how to best introduce baby to the world. Even at my age, I so enjoyed it.  Their baby is 10 months old now, but they share it all. . . from the water birth,  to the delay in cutting the placental cord and what and why of their decisions regarding vaccinations for their little prince.   I hope this link works, if not, just copy and paste.  Jan)


Coffee keeps liver cancer-free?


In their continuing quest to prove that coffee is a healthful food, medical researchers analyzed the health records of nearly 180,000 Americans and determined that the ones with a daily java habit were less likely to get a common type of liver cancer than their less-caffeinated friends.  The study was presented last week at the American Association for Cancer Research’s annual meeting in San Diego.Compared with people who drank no more than six cups of coffee per week, those who drank one to three cups per day were 29 percent less likely to develop hepatocellular carcinoma, or HCC, which is the most-common form of liver cancer.Serious coffee drinkers — those who downed four or more cups a day —were 42 percent less likely to be diagnosed with the disease.“Now we can add HCC to the list of medical ailments, such as Parkinson’s disease, type 2 diabetes and stroke, that may be prevented by coffee intake,” study leader V. Wendy Setiawan said in a statement. She is an assistant professor of preventive medicine at the University of Southern California’s Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center.

(Now please don’t feel that I am advocating that you run out and buy coffee and go headlong into it.  If you are a drinker of java, feel a bit more comfortable about your indulgence.  If you don’t have a taste for it, that’s fine with me.  I’ve been stealing off small sips since I was a small child (from my mother’s coffee), so I’ve kinda always had a thing for it and oh the stories I could tell!

Wanted to share a different but more elaborate rendition of the same studies I found on-line from HuffingtonPost.  I like it as it has more detail with an interesting thrust, down toward the end, there is an informational storyline linked to photos.    Enjoy.)

Coffee Drinkers May Have Lower Liver Cancer Risk…/coffeelivercancerhepatocellular-carcinom

Oct 28, 2013 – coffee liver cancerdividers41


by Jennifer Chaussee  REUTERS

A California child pulled from his bike by an attacking dog on Tuesday was saved by his family’s cat, which rushed in and attacked the dog, a video posted on YouTube showed yesterday.

The video, which quickly spread on the Internet, shows a young boy playing on a bike in a driveway in Bakersfield when a dog lunges at his leg, grabs hold of it with his jaws and drags the boy off the bike.

A dark cat hurls itself onto the dog and chases it down the driveway and away from the child before a woman runs to help him. Local media reported the video was from multiple security cameras and shows graphic pictures of the bite wounds suffered by the boy.

“Thankfully, it wasn’t worse,” his father, Roger Triantafilo, wrote in posting the video. “My son is fine.”

Bakersfield police said the attacking dog, identified as an 8-month-old Labrador-chow mix, had been surrendered by its owner’s family after the attack and would be euthanized.

Police spokesman Sgt. Joseph Grubbs said the dog’s owners, who live in the same neighborhood as the boy, said the dog did not like children or b

VIDEO: Watch A Cat Save A Young Boy From A Vicious Dog

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