Your Bathroom Medicine Cabinet Is a Bad Place to Keep Medicine

Oxygen, light, and water are among the substances that humans need to survive. However, those same life-affirming elements can be destructive if they’re present where many people keep their medications, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Take a look in your medicine chest. What’s there may trigger a nostalgic swing down memory lane: the cough syrup you used to give your toddler — now a teenager; the birth control pills you used to take before you hit menopause five years ago; and a trove of spotted or discolored pills, circa sometime in the 20th century.

Unlike Social Security numbers, which we use our entire lives, we’re not meant to hold on to medication for an eternity. But if you’re like many people, you probably do. Cleaning out the medicine chest — and making sure your medications are kept in places where they won’t deteriorate — will help protect you. Here are some pointers to help keep you vigilant.

Source: Storing Your Medicine

A two piece bathroom is probably fine, whereas a bathroom with a shower would be a different case.

I’ve covered the shelf life of warfarin/coumadin in the past.  The prescription my doctor gives me is only good for ~3 months.

You Probably Don’t Need a Vitamin D Test

A government health panel on Monday chose not to endorse widespread screening for vitamin D levels in healthy adults, despite research suggesting that a majority of Americans may be deficient in the vitamin.

Source: Vitamin D Screening Not Backed by Expert Panel

Lots of vitamin D news this week…  Unless you’re lactose intolerant, milk is fortified with vitamin D.  I really don’t see the need for supplements, especially considering how much fraud there is with supplements…  That’s besides the amount of time we need to be exposed to sunlight is 20 minutes on average based on complexion.

Researchers Accidentally Discover How To Turn Off Skin Aging Gene

…in mice.  This could be huge. On the other hand, let’s see the peer reviewed articles. Remember “resveratrol”?

Scientists at the University of B.C. searching for ways to slow the deterioration of blood vessels may have stumbled on to the key to youthful skin.

While exploring the effects of the protein-degrading enzyme Granzyme B on blood vessels during heart attacks, professor David Granville couldn’t help noticing that mice engineered to lack the enzyme had beautiful skin at the end of the experiment, while normal mice showed signs of age.

Source: UBC researchers may have stumbled upon the secret to youthful skin

I believe it’s already known that avoiding sunlight helps prevent this enzyme from being released, and in turn keeps skin looking younger. This is just artificially lowering it even further in an attempt to to create immortal, sunlight-fearing vampires.  But it could really help burn victims…

Usually most aging-preventing discoveries cause cancer. Tumour cells (for solid tumours) normally have defects in extra-cellular matrix related genes (genes in the collagen family are sometimes mutated in advanced gastric cancer) that help the tumour invade and spread through tissues.  For example, the p21 knockout mice that gained almost salamander-like regeneration also gained a high tumor rate. The idea that processes in your body involving the stopping of growth and areas dying off are things that help prevent cancer from forming or growing makes sense…