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33MD for March 23, 2009

33MD for March 23, 2009

POSTED: Monday, March 23, 2009 - 6:34pm

UPDATED: Thursday, June 3, 2010 - 10:58pm

Peanut products made by a New Jersey company may be linked to the national salmonella outbreak. The FDA is warning people not to eat any peanut products sold by “Westco Fruit and Nuts,” based in Irvington, New Jersey. Officials say the peanuts may have come from the “Peanut Corporation of America,” which is the source of a widespread salmonella outbreak.

Living to be a hundred sounds like a dream, right? Scientists in Massachusetts have developed a pill that could allow you to live longer than you ever dreamed of. Once you reach a certain age, it can be tough admitting the hard cold facts. That’s why many of us do everything we can to look young and feel young. But what if you could prolong your life without putting up all the effort?

Dr. Christoph Westphal is part of a team of scientists at Sirtris Pharmaceuticals in Cambridge working around the clock to develop a new drug to fight aging. “it’s really quite extraordinary when we treat mice or animals with our compounds, we’ve shown that you can extend healthy life span so these animals are living a longer period and while they are alive they have much less diabetes, much less inflammation, and much improved bones.”

The pill is a highly concentrated form of resveratrol, a compound found in red wine that apparently mimics many of the effects of diet and exercise. Experts say the drug could reduce the chances of developing age related diseases, such as Alzheimer’s, diabetes, heart disease, and even cancer. Sirtris is now in phase two of human studies, hoping for FDA approval. If everything goes well, the pill could be available in four to six years.

It’s a disturbing trend and some say is also dangerous. Kids across the nation are learning how to smoke “Smarties,” a type of candy that they pulverize. The smoke is coming from these kids’ and teens’ mouths isn’t from a cigarette, but rather from sucking in the candy. Kids are posting their videos on sites like YouTube. It’s a fad that parents, teachers, and even doctors worry could make smoking seem cool to kids. Not only that, some health officials say the practice may make breathing problems worse and could possibly lead to infections.