May 4, 2010

13-Year-Old Asks for a Monster

1 Do Energy Drinks Turn Kids into Zombies?

Food and nutrition columnist Jennifer LaRue Huget of the Washington Post writes today about her worries when her 13-year-old son, influenced by extreme sports hero endorsements, asked to buy a Monster energy drink. Is it O.K. for kids, she wondered? Investigating, she discovered that it contains 160 milligrams of caffeine, about four times that in a can of Coca Cola. In addition, it contained a number of exotic additives. Most of them are probably harmless and all are on the FDA's approved food additives or GRAS (generally regarded as safe) lists. On the other hand, they probably do you no good either. More than the caffeine, the sugar dose worried Jennifer. In the end she decided that energy drinks wouldn't kill her kid, but she hopes he grows out of them.

More at Washington Post | Posted 8 years ago by Mark

Previously: Energy Drink Nutrition

Tags: Energy Drinks, Monster, Brawndo, Teenagers, Caffeine, Guarana, Herba Mate, Taurine, L-Carnitine, Gingko Biloba, Ginseng, Vitamin B, FDA, GRAS, Generally Regarded As Safe

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Master Cleanse Regularly

2 Naomi Campbell's Stay-Fit Secrets

On Monday's edition of "Oprah," supermodel Naomi Campbell shared some of her secrets for looking great after 25 years in the business. She now lives in Russia and says she loves going to a traditional Russian bath to relax and unwind. She says she doesn't like exercise that builds too much muscle, so she does gyrotonics, which looks a lot like Pilates, and jumps rope, which she says helps keep the muscles in the face from sagging. She said she eats a diet devised especially for her blood time (O positive) and doesn't eat gluten. She also does the Master Cleanse diet several times a year in order to clean out her body and keep her energy up. That might explain why she also noted that she's one of the rare individuals who can't float -- she doesn't have enough body fat!

More at Oprah Winfrey Show | Posted 8 years ago by Sarah E. White

Tags: Oprah, Naomi Campbell, Master Cleanse, Maple Syrup Diet, Gyrotonics, Russia

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Increases Triglycerides Too

3 Added Sugar Leads to Higher Cholesterol Levels

It’s known that foods high in saturated fat and trans fatty acids contribute to elevated levels of LDL cholesterol, commonly known as the “bad cholesterol.” Now a new study links high amounts of added sugars to lower HDL, or “good cholesterol.” Eating or drinking high amounts of added sugars also contributes to higher levels of harmful trigylcerides, according to research from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Study. The study, which surveyed more than 6000 adults about their eating habits and followed up by analyzing participants’ blood samples found that, when 25 percent of caloric intake came from added sugar, HDL levels went down while triglycerides rose significantly. Researchers point fingers at soft drinks that account for 30 percent of added sugar in American diets.

More at The New York Times | Posted 8 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Flaxseed - a Natural Way to Lower Men's Cholesterol

Tags: American Diet, Calories, Cholesterol, Saturated Fat, Blood Sugar, LDL, HDL, Triglycerides, Soft Drinks, Bad Cholesterol, Good Cholesterol, Trans Fatty Acids, National Health and Nutrition Examination Study, Caloric Intake

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How Long You Sleep Matters

4 Too Much Sleep or Too Little Are Both Bad for You

A recent study published in the Sleep journal indicates that constantly sleeping too much or not enough can have an adverse effect on your health. Professor Francesco Cappuccio, leader of the Sleep, Health and Society Programme at the University of Warwick, said "whilst short sleep may represent a cause of ill-health, long sleep is believed to represent more an indicator of ill-health." There's a direct link between sleeping less than six hours a night and an increased chance of dying prematurely. However, consistently sleeping over nine hours a night is a sign of a potentially fatal illness. Professor Cappuccio suggests that sleeping between six to eight hours a night for an optimal health.

More at PhysOrg | Posted 8 years ago by Yi Chen

Tags: Death, Health, Illness, Insomnia, Research, Sick, Sleep, Francesco Cappuccio, University of Warwick, Long, Hours, Short, Study

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Think Green Exercise

5 5 Mins of Outdoor Exercise Improves Mental Health

New research suggests that just five minutes of exercising outdoors can can generally improve your mood, self-esteem and mental health. Doctors Jo Barton and Professor Jules Pretty from the University of Essex are labeling this has "green exercise" and show how exercising in a park, backyard, or other green space can have great benefits. Pretty, a Professor of Environment and Society at Essex, stated that, "For the first time in the scientific literature, we have been able to show dose-response relationships for the positive effects of nature on human mental health." The study looked at 1,252 participants from the UK and revealed that the biggest effect was seen in just five minutes of daily activity done outside.

More at Medical News Today | Posted 8 years ago by Yi Chen

Tags: Exercise, Research, Jules Pretty, Jo Barton, Study, Outdoor, Park, Backyard, University of Essex, Five, 5, Minutes

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Mississippi Has the Most Obese

6 Oregon Has Fewest Obese Kids

Health officials would like to learn Oregon's secret for having a childhood obesity rate of only 10 percent. However, that 10 percent rate falls short of the federal Healthy People 2010 initiative, which sets a goal of only 5 percent of children being obese. Oregon still deserves a bit of applause since it's the only state with a recent decline in childhood obesity rates. According to a new government study reported on by MSNBC, more than 16 percent of kids ages 10 to 17 in America were obese in 2007. That number represents a 10 percent rise since 2003. Mississippi has the worst childhood obesity rates in the country at more than a fifth of children obese. Experts also found that kids living in poorer areas with no access to parks or sidewalks had a much larger risk of being obese.

More at MSNBC | Posted 8 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: BMI, Body Mass Index, Childhood Obesity, Obesity, Oregon Obesity Rates, State with Most Obese Kids, State with Fewest Obese Kids, Fattest Kids in America, Childhood Obesity Rates, Healthy People 2010 Initiative

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My Teen Doesn't Want Sex

7 Parents Deny Their Teens' Interest in Sex

Lots of parents think their own teenagers aren't interested in sex, while teens from other parents are into sex! A new study from North Carolina State University reveals just how much parents deny their teens' interest in sex. The study shows that parents view their teenagers' peers as "highly sexual," while saying their own teens are immature or naive when it comes to sex. Researchers said many of the parents interviewed talked as if their teens were sexually innocent or just plain asexual. Yet, these parents are clearly incorrect, as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention state that there were 435,436 births to 15 to 19 year old teens in 2006. Among teens aged 10 to 14, there were 6,396 births the same year. Clearly, teens are into sex and some parents may need a wake-up call.

More at MSNBC | Posted 8 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, North Carolina State University, Teen Sex, Teen Birth Rates, Parental Attitudes on Teen Sex, Teen Peers, Teen Interest in Sex, Teen Pregnancy

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Too Fat to Fight

8 Obesity is Threat to National Security

Retired military generals John Shalikashvili and Hugh Shelton are trying to convince Congress to create laws that will improve nutrition in schools. To help fight the growing childhood obesity problem in the United States, the generals want school lunches to have less fat, salt and sugar. The hope is that better school nutrition may turn around the obesity problem that could become a threat to national security. More than 25 percent of youth in America are considered too fat to fight! Shalikashvili and Shelton believe that it's time for the government to intervene in school lunches, just as they did after World War II when kids suffered from poor nutrition.

More at BBC | Posted 8 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Obese Kids Not Safe from Bullying

Tags: Too Fat to Fight, Obesity Affects Military, Obesity Security Threat, Improve Nutrition in Schools, John Shalikashvili, Hugh Shelton

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Seniors Can Reduce Hip Fractures

9 Dietary Protein Helps Prevent Hip Fractures

Higher levels of dietary protein may help protect seniors from hip fractures. According to a new study published in Osteoporosis International, research participants in the lowest 25 percent of dietary protein intake suffered around 50 percent more hip fractures than individuals who had consumed higher amounts of dietary protein. Seniors who suffered hip fractures consumed less than the recommended amount of 46 grams of dietary protein per day. "Study participants who consumed higher amounts of protein in their diet were significantly less likely to suffer a hip fracture," said Marian T. Hannan, co-director of the Musculoskeletal Research Program at the Institute for Aging Research.

More at EureakAlert | Posted 8 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Your Brain in Middle Age Is Smarter

Tags: Hip Fractures, Seniors Protein Intake, Preventing Hip Fractures, Reducing Elderly Hip Fractures, Dietary Protein, Musculoskeletal Research Program, Institute for Aging Research, Osteoporosis International

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An Unintended Effect

10 Antidepressant Use May Lead to Birth Defect

Women who use bupropion during early pregnancy may have an increased risk of having a baby with a particular type of heart defect. Bupropion is used in the antidepressant medication Wellbutrin as well as the smoking cessation drug Zyban. Researchers from the CDC found that the risk of a left outflow defect, which affects the flow of blood from the heart’s left chamber to the rest of the body, occurred in 2 out of every 1000 infants born to women who used bupropion during the first trimester. Prior studies have indicated that the use of other antidepressants during pregnancy, such as Prozac and Zoloft, also increased the risk of birth defects. Dr. Jennita Reefhuis, senior epidemiologist at the CDC, asks women to discuss the risks with their physician before discontinuing meds.

More at Yahoo News | Posted 8 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Depression Drug Side Effect Not Reported

Tags: Depression, Pregnancy, Depression Medications, Birth Defects, Heart

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