May 17, 2010

Chocolate, Vanilla, Strawberry

1 Campaign to Bring Back Pre-WWII 3 Musketeers Bar

"Bring back the Seven Up bar. Anyone remember that? Seven separate fillings welded together in a single chocolate candy bar."
- Nathan in the comments

The Mars 3 Musketeers candy bar was introduced in 1932 with three individual pieces, flavored chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry. In 1945 the bar was changed to a single bar with only chocolate filling, the most popular of the three. Some say wartime shortages also played into the change. From time to time Mars has sold other flavors during special promotional periods, including French vanilla, mocha cappuccino, strawberry, raspberry, and orange. But a Facebook-based group is not agitating for a return to the original three mini-bar chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry version, as a special promotion at least. Blogger Kate Hopkins is hoping that Mars will respond to the calls for a retro 3 Musketeers, saying, "[A]ny company that can come up with the Mint 3 Musketeers can't be all that bad."

More at Mental Floss | Hat tip to Accidental Hedonist | Posted 8 years ago by Mark

Tags: 3 Musketeers, Three Musketeers, Chocolate Bar, Candy Bar, Mars

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Billions to Treat Baldness

2 Cost of Treating Normal Health Conditions

In the last few decades, many normal health conditions have become "medicalized," or treated as medical problems. Examples of these conditions include male pattern baldness, normal sadness, normal pregnancy, menopause, erectile dysfunction, ADHD, infertility, sleep disorders and more. Brandeis University sociologist Peter Conrad led researchers in a study to estimate costs of treating 12 conditions defined as medicalized by medical organizations. They found that we spent $77.1 billion in 2005 on medicalized conditions like male pattern baldness and menopause. "We spend more on these medicalized conditions than on cancer, heart disease, or public health," said Conrad. While $77 billion is a big sum, Conrad doesn't see the figure as a "key driver of skyrocketing health care costs."

More at EureakAlert | Posted 8 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Scientists Find Gene That May Cause Hair Loss

Tags: Erectile Dysfunction, Infertility, Sleep Disorders, Male Pattern Baldness, Normal Sadness, Normal Pregnancy, Menopause, Treating Normal Health Conditions, Peter Conrad, Medicalized Conditions, Skyrocketing Health Care Costs

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Some Fruit and Veggies Unhealthy

3 ADHD Tied with Pesticide Exposure

Kids exposed to high levels of a certain type of pesticide (organophosphates) are more likely to have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) than children with lower levels of exposure, reports CNN. The pesticide is present in trace amounts on fruit and vegetables that are commercially grown. Researchers who analyzed the urine of more than 1,000 children across the US found that kids with above-average amounts of a pesticide byproduct had about twice the odds of being diagnosed with ADHD. Researchers believe that exposure to organophosphates may be linked with ADHD symptoms since the pesticide works on a set of brain chemicals similar to those involved with ADHD. Study results are published in the journal Pediatrics.

More at CNN | Posted 8 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Journal Pediatrics, Organophosphates, Pesticide Exposure, ADHD Causes, ADHD Studies, High Levels of Pesticides Linked with ADHD, Children Urine Analyzed for Pesticide Byproducts, Dangers of Pesticide Exposure

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Water Pipes Expose More Toxins

4 Hookahs Aren't Safer Than Cigarettes

Many young people think that hookahs and other water pipes are safer to use than cigarettes, but New York Times says it's not true. While a common myth is that the water filters out toxins, the reality is that water pipes may expose smokers to more heavy metals and nicotine than cigarettes. New York Times reports that a recent study by Montreal scientists, published in the journal Pediatrics, revealed that 23 percent of study participants ages 18 to 25 smoked a water pipe during the previous year, but they smoked less than once per month. Studies of colleges students in the Unites States showed that 9 to 20 percent of students used a hookah in the previous month.

More at New York Times | Posted 8 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Hookah Smoking on Rise

Tags: Journal Pediatrics, Hookah Smoking, Hookah Safety, Hookah Versus Cigarettes, Water Pipes Not Safer Than Cigarettes

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New Hope in Old Vaccine

5 End of Smallpox Vaccine May Have Helped Spread HIV

Scientists believe that the end of the smallpox vaccine may have helped give rise to the contemporary spread of HIV. They explain that in the lab, the smallpox vaccine produces a five-fold reduction in HIV replication. When the smallpox vaccine ended, people may have lost some protection against HIV. For the study, Raymond Weinstein, scientist at George Mason University, worked with researchers from George Washington University and UCLA. Weinstein says that other theories about the rapid spread of HIV have been disproved or don't sufficiently explain the HIV pandemic. However, the withdrawal of the smallpox vaccine could be a valid partial explanation. While the study results are interesting, Weinstein says it's too early to suggest the use of the smallpox vaccine for fighting HIV.

More at EureakAlert | Posted 8 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: HIV Treatment

Tags: George Washington University, Contemporary Spread of HIV, HIV Pandemic, Smallpox Vaccine and HIV, Raymond Weinstein, George Mason University HIV Study, Reduction in HIV Replication, Causes of HIV Spread

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Linked to Immune System Failure

6 Australian Doctors Identify, Treat New Disease

Katie Pulling spent most of her late teenage years in and out of a hospital with an unidentified condition that baffled doctors. After contracting a common teenage virus, which should have only caused mild symptoms, she developed a rare, life-threatening disorder called fulminant infectious mononucleosis or FIM. The complication, though, led to a discovery that her original condition was linked to her immune system, and she agreed to an experimental stem cell transplant which ultimately saved her life. “The transplant was dangerous, but the results were amazing,” said Dr. Maher Gandhi. Today, Katie is 23, completely well, and is studying for her Bachelor of Business. Her case study is presented in the March issue of Clinical Infectious Diseases.

More at PhysOrg.com | Posted 8 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Large Breasts Keep Woman Bedbound

Tags: Rare Conditions, Stem Cell, Immune System, Stem Cell Transplant, Mononucleosis, Fulminant Infectious Mononucleosis, FIM

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