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Study: Stomach bugs increase risk of IBD

BY Allison Cerra

NEW YORK Diarrheal disease may increase a person’s risk of developing inflammatory bowel disease, according to a study published in Gastroenterology.

IBD refers to a group of conditions, including Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, marked by chronic inflammation in the intestines, leading to such symptoms as abdominal pain and diarrhea.

Henrik Nielsen, M.D., from Aarhaus University Hospital in Aalborg, Denmark, and colleagues reported in the latest issue of the journal that over the course of 7.5 years, IBD was diagnosed for the first time in far more gastroenteritis patients 1.2% of patients were diagnosed with IBD, compared with 0.5% of healthy control subjects.

Nielsen and colleagues compared the risks of IBD between 13,148 patients with documented gastroenteritis caused by salmonella or campylobacter and 26,216 uninfected controls.

Stomach bug patients had nearly a threefold increased risk of developing IBD over the entire study period, and nearly a twofold increased risk in the first year after infection.

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FDA approves BloodSTOP bandages

BY Michael Johnsen

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. A new bandage designed to stop bleeding has been approved for marketing to consumers by the Food and Drug Administration, LifeScience PLUS announced earlier this month.

“BloodSTOP offers superior performance compared to traditional bandages and provides drug stores a new and better option for their customers,” stated Vicky Feng, LifeScience founder. “Bleeding is stopped within one minute. It’s a must for every first aid kit.”

When applied, BloodSTOP adheres to the surface of the skin, absorbs blood, stops bleeding, and forms a protective layer to create an environment for wound healing.

Each piece is individually packaged.

For more information, e-mail Dave Ehnot at dehnosr@comcast.net.

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National Pediculosis Association launches head lice info campaign

BY Michael Johnsen

NEWTON, Mass. The National Pediculosis Association on Thursday launched its 2009-2010 back-to-school campaign “Precaution, Preparedness & Peace of Mind” to equip parents, teachers and children with educational resources around treating lice.

“We must empower everyone with clear and up-to-date information so they make informed decisions,” stated Deborah Altschuler, president and co-founder of the NPA. “There is no need to panic and subject children to harmful chemicals with life-threatening side effects.”

As part of its campaign, NPA promotes routine screening, early detection and thorough removal of head lice and nits without the use of harmful chemicals or pesticides.

“For most of us the thought of pesticides on our fruits and vegetables is unacceptable. Yet, putting pesticides on our children has become acceptable. This makes no sense,” Altschuler said. “We want parents to know they have options, feel confident about their decisions, and be careful about the information they take off of the Internet.”

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