Tuesday, January 28, 2014

DON'T IGNORE THE NOROVIRUS

Norovirus in Small Intestine - Stock illustration BX4969
© Carol & Mike Werner  / Science Source

"Norovirus is a very contagious virus. You can get norovirus from an infected person, contaminated food or water, or by touching contaminated surfaces. The virus causes your stomach or intestines or both to get inflamed (acute gastroenteritis). This leads you to have stomach pain, nausea, and diarrhea and to throw up.

Anyone can be infected with norovirus and get sick. Also, you can have norovirus illness many times in your life. Norovirus illness can be serious, especially for young children and older adults.

Norovirus is the most common cause of acute gastroenteritis in the United States. Each year, it causes 19-21 million illnesses and contributes to 56,000-71,000 hospitalizations and 570-800 deaths. Norovirus is also the most common cause of foodborne-disease outbreaks in the United States.

The best way to help prevent norovirus is to practice proper hand washing and general cleanliness."


Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Green Tea Antioxidants Diminish Effects of Blood Pressure Medication

In the news:
by Beth Mole
Science News
January 13, 2014
Japanese Green Tea - Stock Image BV0351
© Photo Researchers/Science Source Images
Green tea is said to help combat stomach and skin cancers as well as aid in boosting the immune system.

Nadolol, 40 mg Tablets - Stock Image BV4615
© Scimat/Science Source Images
Nadolol, 40 mg tablets, 9 mm in diameter. This is a non-selective beta blocker used in the treatment 
of high blood pressure, migraine headaches, and chest pain.