May 11, 2010

Fewer Health Options

1 Poverty Found to Be a Risk Factor for Obesity

Minimum wage workers are more likely to be obese, says a new UC Davis study, establishing a link that’s been assumed but hard to prove. Reasons cited for the link are that people with lower incomes have reduced access to green spaces and other free or low-cost means of physical activity. Plus, healthy foods are more expensive than high-fat, high calorie foods. The study, which used a statistical technique called instrumental variables, surveyed more than 6300 full-time workers, ages 20 to 65, from 40 states. The lowest earning workers were more likely to have BMIs of 30 or higher. In southern states, where the minimum wage is among the lowest in the US, workers were more likely to be obese. Senior author Paul Leigh recommends raising the minimum wage to combat the incidence of obesity.

More at EurekAlert.org | Posted 8 years ago by Melody Lesser

Tags: BMI, Obesity, Poverty, Minimum Wage, UC Davis, Paul Leigh, Health Foods, High Calorie Foods, Low Calorie Foods, Instrumental Variables

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Over the Counter Fear Mongering

2 Over-the-Counter Genetic Tests Available Friday

Starting Friday May 12th shoppers at more than 6,000 drugstores will be able to pick up over-the-counter genetic tests right next to their toothpaste and Tylenol. The tests claim to scan each users sample for increased chances of Alzheimer's disease, diabetes, breast cancer and various other ailments. The tests also claim to tell users if they have a higher chance of becoming obese, going blind and even the risk of a baby being born with Tay-Sachs or Cystic Fibrosis. Users may even learn how outside factors such as cholesterol-lowering drugs and caffeine can affect their quality of life over time. While the tests may seem like the perfect solution for many users, some experts fear that without proper doctor guidance users will over react to test results and demand unnecessary treatments.

More at MSNBC Health | Posted 8 years ago by James Johnson

Tags: Genetic Testing, Over the Counter, Genetics

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Minimally Invasive Option

3 Updated Treatment for Excessive Bleeding

Hologic announced today availability of its next generation NovaSure system, a 90-second minimally invasive outpatient treatment for excessive menstrual bleeding, or menorrhagia. Hologic says that their new NovaSure system, a potential alternative to hysterectomy or hormonal drug therapy, offers better control for the doctor and more comfort for the patient. "More than one million women have been treated with the NovaSure procedure. We believe the new NovaSure enhancements will expand the number of women who are offered the NovaSure procedure as a solution for excessive menstrual bleeding," said Steve Williamson from Hologic. Patients treated with NovaSure, which uses radio-frequency energy to remove the lining of the uterus, usually resume normal activities within one or two days.

More at PR Newswire | Posted 8 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Menorrhagia, Problem Menstrual Cycles, Excessive Menstrual Bleeding, NovaSure, Minimally Invasive System, Hologic, Steve Williamson, Remove the Lining of the Uterus

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We Chew. They Gulped.

4 Dinosaurs Gulped to Huge Size

"A cautionary tale: Dinosaurs driven to extinction by chugalugging Big Gulps to "huge size." Humans are next."
- Chris in the comments

Scientists know that huge animals have to spend much of their time eating to support energy demands. However, they weren't sure how the giant dinosaurs were able to survive. Dinosaurs would've had to eat 30 hours a day! Findings of new research on the matter, funded by German Research Foundation, have been shared in Biological Reviews. Researchers, led by Professor Martin Sander at the University of Bonn, believe that dinosaurs were able to meet their energy needs by gulping, rather than chewing, their food. They also say that animals that chew, such as elephants, have larger heads than animals that gulp, like the dinosaurs. The extremely long necks of dinosaurs made their food intake very efficient as dinosaurs could stand in one spot and search for food over a vast distance.

More at EureakAlert | Posted 8 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Altoids Chewing Gum

Tags: Dinosaur Facts, How Dinosaurs Ate, Why Dinosaurs Had Small Heads, Why Dinosaurs Had Long Necks, Time Dinosaurs Spent Eating, Biological Reviews, University of Bonn, Professor Martin Sander, New Dinosaur Research

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Heal Gums for Insulin

5 Gum Disease Treatment Lowers Blood Sugar

Diabetics may be able to lower their blood sugar simply by treating any existing serious gum disease. A study led by University of Edinburgh researchers revealed that treatment of serious periodontal disease in those with Type 2 diabetes can lower blood sugar levels. However, there's not ample evidence for the same benefit for Type 1 diabetics. "It would be wise to advise patients of the relationship between treating periodontal disease and the possibility of lowering their blood sugar levels," said Terry Simpson of the Edinburgh Dental Institute. Researchers believe that bacteria infecting the gum tissue may cause inflammation that results in chemical changes that reduce insulin effectiveness, making blood sugar control difficult.

More at EureakAlert | Posted 8 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Gum Disease, Treating Gum Disease, Bacteria in Mouth, Controlling Blood Sugar, Treating Type 2 Diabetes, Type 1 Diabetes, Periodontal Disease, Blood Sugar Control, University of Edinburgh, Serious Gum Disease

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Working Late Can Kill

6 Overtime Hurts the Heart

Working late hurts! According to new research reported on by CNN, working long hours is bad for your heart. Researchers believe that those who work more than 10 hours a day are 60 percent more likely to have a heart attack or develop heart disease than those who work just seven hours a day. According to lead study author Dr. Marianna Virtanen of the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, working long hours should be added to the list of risk factors for heart disease. It's unclear why overtime can be bad for the heart, but researchers think having less time to relax and take care of yourself could be the reason. Stress isn't believed to be strongly associated with the overtime risk factor. Researchers found that working overtime hurts the heart even when you don't feel stressed.

More at CNN | Posted 8 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: IPhone Detects Mood in Heartbeat

Tags: Heart Disease Risk Factors, Heart Attack Risk Factors, Working Overtime Bad for Heart, Dangers of Overtime Work, Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, Dr. Marianna Virtanen

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Improves Athletic Performance

7 Folic Acid Helps Young Female Runners

About three million girls participate in high school sports each year and approximately 23 million women run at least six times a week. Young female athletes who do not eat enough to offset the energy they burn during exercise can stop menstruating, a condition called amenorrhea. A study of 20 female runners from the Medical College of Wisconsin has found that 10 milligrams of oral folic acid may provide a safe and inexpensive treatment to improve vascular function in these women. Reduced vascular flow can limit oxygen uptake and ultimately affect performance. It is also a risk factor for early heart disease. Folic acid, needed during periods of cell growth, can also be found in foods such as fortified cereals and grains, dried beans, leafy greens and citrus juices.

More at EurkeAlert | Posted 8 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Kid's Sports Injuries on the Rise

Tags: Folate, Heart Disease, Sports, Running, Female Athletes, Folic Acid

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