Welcome to our weekly news update! Each week, we’ll bring you the health and wellness news you need to know to help you and your family live your best life.
Another Blood Pressure Drug Was Recalled for Cancer Risk
For the second time this year, a hypertension drug has been recalled because it contains N-nitrosodiethylamine (NDEA), a known carcinogen and popular ingredient in rocket fuel. This one is called irbesartan (brand name: Avapro); the first, discovered in June, was valsartan (brand name: Diovan). This is big news considering about 75 million American adults (29%) have high blood pressure — that’s 1 in every 3 of us — and of those, 70% use medications to treat the condition. If you’re taking Avapro, talk to your doctor before discontinuing use, as quitting cold turkey could also have health ramifications. (Fortune)
Could Electricity Be Your New Medicine?
We’ve been treating ailments with the same pill-for-a-problem approach for decades. But a new field of research suggests electricity might be a different option to explore for spinal cord injury and beyond. By inserting an implant, researchers have shown that electrical signals — which are what the nervous system uses to communicate — can be delivered at a constant rate that’s able to surpass previously damaged areas in the body. This kind of therapy could be applied to reactivating and regulating organs like the pancreas or heart, too, leading to a future where drug treatment is optional. (The Independent)
Study: Coffee Could Prevent Alzheimer’s + Parkinson’s Disease
You may not know it, but your morning cup of sunshine and energy might also be helping to lower your risk of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. As it turns out, coffee contains chemicals called phenylindanes that form during the brewing process and a new study suggests they may slow the growth of proteins associated with degenerative brain diseases. And the darker the roast, the higher amount of phenylindanes. Coffee lovers, rejoice! (Health)
Celiac Sufferers Might Have a New Vaccine
There’s a new celiac vaccine on the horizon, and it might be able to help sufferers eat bread again. Nexvax2®, which is going through trials in Australia, targets the immune system with the goal of preventing inflammation that occurs in people with celiac disease when they eat gluten. While this may help those with the full-blown autoimmune disorder, it will not help those with gluten sensitivity. However, with time, the science could lead to new developments that will allow all of us with gluten issues to have our cake and eat it, too. (Prevention)
3 Food Additives to Avoid + 3 You Can Stop Worrying About
We’ve all been worried about food additives — for good reason, considering some have been linked with serious health concerns like cancer and heart disease. But it’s hard to keep up with which are OK, and which to avoid like the plague. Here’s your reminder on six of the more prolific ones: acetic acid, tocopherols, and maltodextrin are okay in small quantities; partially hydrogenated oils, red dye, and potassium bromate are a hard no. But remember, anything that you make from fresh food is going to go a long way in keeping you healthy, so if you can avoid prepackaged foods altogether, do so. (Greatist)