New research that adds to the evidence that Ephedra is dangerous casting more doubt over claims that it helps athletic performance or that it could lead to long term weight loss. Researchers found instead that Ephedra increases the risk of problems like palpatations, psychiatric and gastrointestinal symptoms as much as three-fold. The study suggests Ephedra may work for short term weight loss, but that the dangers of the drug likely outweigh that brief benefit.
There's more evidence pointing to a common virus as a possible cause of some cases of Multiple Sclerosis. A number of studies have linked infection with the Epstein-Barr virus to an increased risk of MS, which is a chronic disease that attacks the nervous system. In this latest study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers analyzed blood samples taken from more than 3 million people in the military. They say they also found a higher level of Epstein Barr antibodies in those who developed MS, compared to those who didn't have the disease.
Researchers say their findings suggest there may be a lag time of 4 to 5 years between infection with the virus and the onset of MS. The review was conducted by researchers at the US Army Physical Disability Agency, Washington, D.C and is published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. This study was supported by a grant from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Preliminary work was supported by a pilot grant from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
The soroptimists are bathing 15 pigs, like Hollywood, to make them pretty for their annual pig out which comes April 1st, next Tuesday. This year the fundraiser will benefit Scottish Rite learning center and the South Plains Chapter of the American Red Cross. For $25, you can arrange for hollywood or one of his precious pig pals to be delivered to someone's office on April fools or you can buy pig insurance. to protect against a pig stop at your shop. Just call (806) 788-2819 to send or stop a pig delivery. Remember, it's April fools fun to help two great causes behind the effort.