April 25, 2010

2 New Boomer DVD's in the Works

1 Jane Fonda's Septuagenarian Workout

Actress Jane Fonda was the queen of aeorbics in the 1980s, thanks to her original bestselling Jane Fonda's Workout videos* released starting in 1982. Ms. Fonda is making a fitness comeback as age 72 with two new fitness DVDs set to be released at the end of this year. She took some time off to have an osteoarthritic hip and knee replaced. The new DVDs emphasize balance, hand weights, and walking. Ms. Fonda does walking four or five times a week, and can pace off a mile in 18 minutes. She also does some bicycling and swimming, but has retired from running and skiing. (*Videos, sometimes called videotapes, were a primitive media storage format invented by Eli Whitney that recorded moving images on a magnetized tape-like material wound on spools encased in a plastic box.)

More at USA Today | Posted 7 years ago by Mark

Tags: Fitness, Jane Fonda, Jane's Fonda's Workout, Hip Replacement, Knee Replacement, Fitness Videos

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Yaz and Yasmin

2 Some Birth Control Pills to Get New Warning Labels

Two popular birth control pills made by Bayer HealthCare, Yaz and Yasmin, have received new blood clot risk labels. The new labels (Yaz label, Yasmin label), designed in conjunction with the FDA, provide the same type of warnings for the drugs as found with other oral contraceptives. According to MSNBC Health, the newly minted label is based on multiyear studies of over 120,000 women in the U.S. and U.K. and the risk of blood clots they experienced. Both drugs contain drospirenone, ethinyl and estradiol, derivatives of naturally occurring female hormones. Despite the changes, the labels make clear that "[t]he serious side effects of the pill occur very infrequently, especially if you are in good health and are young."

More at MSNBC Health | Posted 7 years ago by James Johnson

Tags: FDA, Food and Drug Administration, Birth Control, Women Health

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Con Artists Selling Insurance

3 Warning on Obamacare Scams

"According to my Chevy dealer, my new Obamacare policy doesn't cover regular oil changes on my new Equinox. Don't buy Obamacare. It's a scam!"
- Bernard in the comments

There's no such thing as "Obamacare" insurance, states are warning after several incidents of fraud. New York Times reports that the poor and elderly are being targeted by con artists to buy bogus health insurance plans. Offers are sometimes presented over the phone. The con artists, pretending to be insurance agents or government workers, are taking advantage of the confusion surrounding the new health care reform, but officials warn that the "Obamacare" plan doesn't exist. Experts also caution consumers against buying any insurance called "Obama Health Plan" or taking advantage of expedited Medicare drug coverage rebates that don't exist and aren't allowed by the government. Consumers should verify that any would-be health insurer is licensed by the government.

More at New York Times | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Congress Passes Indoor Tanning Tax

Tags: Health Care Reform, Obamacare, Insurance Scams, Obama Healthcare, Obama Health Care Plan, Bogus Insurance, Fake Telemarketers, Health Care Law, Medicare Drug Coverage Rebates, Insurance Fraud

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Berry Good for You

4 Chokeberry Extract Controls Weight, Blood Sugar

A chokeberry is a bright red or dark purple fruit eaten by traditional populations, such as Native Americans, for centuries. Researchers from the US Department of Agriculture have found that these berries have unusually high levels of antioxidants which may protect the body from the harmful effects of free radicals, help control inflammation, and can improve blood sugar and the function of insulin. Scientists created a beverage of water spiked with chokeberry extract and fed the drink to prediabetic rats for six weeks. At the end of the study, the rats had lower levels of abdominal body fat, lower blood glucose levels, improved lipid profiles, and lowered production of an inflammatory protein. Human studies are still needed to see if the same benefits are seen in people.

More at EurekAlert | Posted 7 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Acai Superfood Is Weight Loss Scam, Eat Heart Healthy Food for Healthy Brain

Tags: Cholesterol, Diabetes, Fruit, Obesity, Berries, Antioxidants, Inflammation

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