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November 16, 2007: In the News

November 16, 2007
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New Respiratory Bug Kills 10: CDC

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a mutated version of an adenovirus not usually associated with lethal respiratory infections is responsible for 10 deaths over the last year and a half. The variant has caused at least 140 illnesses in 4 states: New York, Oregon, Texas, and Washington. The cold virus is a slight variation on a stain called Ad14, which was first identified in 1955.


Magnolia Bark Treats Bad Breath

Research shows that adding an extract from magnolia bark, a traditional Chinese medicine, to chewing gum or mints can effectively kill most odor causing germs in the mouth. The study in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry found the extract to be 99.9% effective at killing 3 types of oral bacteria that cause bad breath in lab tests within 5 minutes. Magnolia bark mints used by study participants destroyed 61% of the germs in 30 minutes, while the gum killed 43% within 40 minutes.


Race May Affect Alzheimer’s Survival

African-Americans and Latinos with Alzheimer’s disease live longer than whites, a large new study finds. Latinos with Alzheimer’s were 40% less likely to die compared to whites during the study period; African-Americans with Alzheimer’s were 15% less likely to die. The reasons for this are unclear, but researchers speculate that there may be a genetic difference between races linked to Alzheimer’s survival or it could be driven by cultural differences between ethnic groups.


Female Smokers at Greater Risk for Lung Disease

According to research conducted in China, female smokers have a greater risk than male smokers at developing several lung diseases, such as emphysema and chronic bronchitis. The researchers found women smokers were 20% more likely to develop chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) than men, but the reason could not be determined from test results.

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