February 22, 2010

Or "Hansen's Disease"

1 Latest Cruise Ship Health Fear: Leprosy

Canadian health officials revealed on Friday that a crew member of a cruise ship visiting Vancouver during the Winter Olympics had contracted leprosy, also known by its more politically correct (and vaguer) name of Hansen's Disease. The crew member was diagnosed, treated, and sent home, and the other crew members were examined and given precautionary antibiotics. The nationality of the crew member was not revealed, other than that he was not Canadian. Unskilled cruise staff are generally hired from Indonesia, the Philippines, and Korea, while higher paid positions come from a variety of countries.

More at CTV | Posted 8 years ago by Mark

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You Deserve Some Junk Today

2 Olympic Stars Pimp Junk Food

"This is exactly the reason Mrs. Obama doesn't have a chance"
- Ken Leebow in the comments

If you've been watching any of the Olympic Games, you've probably seen more than your fair share of commercials for Coke, McDonald's, and myriad other sponsors who happen to sell food that athletes at the peak of their careers probably shouldn't be eating. And, as AlterNet points out, these ads often make consuming their goods seem like a point of national pride, as in the Coke commercials thanking you for helping spread Olympic cheer if you've ever consumed one of the company's beverages. A Vancouver pediatrician says all the junk hype is bad news for kids, because they wouldn't easily be able to burn off all the calories they'll consume while watching the Games while eating their French fries and washing them down with sugary soda.

More at AlterNet Blog | Posted 8 years ago by Sarah E. White

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Pucker Up

3 Kissing is Good for Weight Loss and Health

"Will the Kissing Diet be the next fad diet?"
- Kelly in the comments

Kissing is good for burning calories, lowering blood pressure and preventing cavities, according to a new book, Kissing - Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About One of Life’s Sweetest Pleasures, by Andrea Demirjian. Deep, passionate kissing elevates the heart rate, pumps up the metabolism and burns up to six calories per minute, according to Demirjian who says, "To get the calorie burning, heart conditioning, endorphin rush health benefits, you really need to engage in passionate kissing.” And on top of of these benefits, kissing is also good for oral health, according to the book. Kissing produces saliva which washes away plaque, keeping the mouth clean and helping to reduce cavities.

More at Stylist | Posted 8 years ago by Melody Lesser

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More Like Average Women

4 London Department Store Upsizes Mannequins

Debenhams, a department store in the UK, is using larger mannequins in their London store window to more accurately reflect the shape of average women, it was announced recently. The size 16 mannequins are being used on a trial basis. The store, which usually features size 10 mannequins in its window displays, is seeking feedback from customers before incorporating the mannequins for a longer term. (British Size 10 equals US size 8; British Size 16 equals US size 14.) Said Mark Stevens, Debenhams spokesman, “We are proud to offer a broad and varied choice for women of all ages, shapes and sizes in store. So we thought we should reflect this in our window displays.” Debenhams, which stocks women’s clothing up to size 26 sells about 42 percent of their womenswear in sizes 14 and 16.

More at Mail Online | Posted 8 years ago by Melody Lesser

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