May 31, 2010

Over 40? Obesity Can Be a Killer

1 Over 40? Obesity Becomes a Bigger Killer

Under 40 and obese? You might feel moderately healthy, but a new study has found that Type 2 diabetes, heart disease and a vast array of other health issues have a higher chance of occurring after the age of 40. The study took into consideration the number of medications participants took in different age groups from 25 to 70 years old. Information was polled from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys from 1988-1995 and 2003-2006. Among those surveyed was 8,880 men and 9,071 women. The study found that older obese people took much higher levels of medication than younger obese people. As an example, 28.7% of obese men from 25 to 39 years old took medications, while 60 percent of obese men from 40 to 54 years old were on medication. The study offered no conclusive results.

More at New York Times Health | Posted 7 years ago by James Johnson

Tags: Obese Adults, Obesity, Medication Risks

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SSRIs May Be Harmful to Baby

2 Antidepressants Increase Miscarriage Risk

According to a new study, taking antidepressants during pregnancy may carry a 68 percent increased risk of miscarriage. The study, published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ), was conducted by researchers from the University of Montreal and the CHU Ste-Justine. Researchers found that selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), particularly paroxetine and venlafaxine, were associated with increased risk of miscarriage. They also found that a combo of different antidepressants doubled the miscarriage risk. Up to 3.7 percent of women use antidepressants at some point during the first trimester, and experts note that discontinuing treatment may result in a relapse, which could place both mother and baby at risk.

More at Los Angeles Times | Hat tip to EurekAlert | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Canadian Medical Association Journal, SSRIs, Antidepressants During Pregnancy, Antidepressants Increase Miscarriage Risk, Discontinuing Antidepressants, Paroxetine, Venlafaxine, Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors

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Battery Current Causes Reaction

3 Lithium Cell Batteries Dangerous for Kids

"10 deaths in 6 years? This is number 10,000 on the list of risks to children we should be worrying about."
- Sean in the comments

Small, button-like lithium cell batteries, which could be mistaken for candy, are very dangerous for young children, New York Times reminds us in their recent story about a young boy who died after ingesting a battery. Aidan Truett, a 13-month-old from Hamilton, Ohio, suffered through nine days of severe symptoms similar to those experienced with an upper respiratory infection before doctors finally discovered and removed the battery during surgery. Unfortunately, Aidan died two days later. A chemical reaction had been set off by the battery's current, attacking Aidan's aorta and esophagus. Aidan's mother, Michelle Truett, spoke to New York Times because she wants to raise awareness of the dangers of lithium cell batteries to small children.

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

Tags: Lithium Cell Batteries, Dangers of Lithium Cell Batteries, Upper Respiratory Infection, Aidan Truett, Lithium Cell Battery Swallowed, Michelle Truett

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Parents Give in to Tantrums

4 Indonesian Toddler Smokes 40 Cigarettes a Day

"This is outrageous! Toddlers should NEVER be allowed to smoke more than a pack a day."
- ChrisK in the comments

An overweight Indonesia toddler smokes 40 cigarettes a day, reports UK's Daily Mail. The two-year-old, Ardi Rizal, is so unfit he struggles to move unassisted. The boy's parents say that he throws "massive tantrums" if they don't give him the cigarettes. Officials in Indonesia have offered to buy the Rizal's a new car if the boy quits, but the parents are allowing themselves to be bullied by their toddler who insists on a large quantity of his favorite brand of cigarettes each day. Daily Mail reports that data from the Central Statistics Agency reveals that 25 percent of Indonesian children three to 15 years old have tried cigarettes. Sadly, 3.2 percent of those children are active smokers. Video here and here.

More at Daily Mail | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Hookahs Aren't Safer Than Cigarettes

Tags: Smoking Toddler, Ardi Rizal, Kids Smoking in Indonesia, Number of Kids Who Smoke, Toddler Addicted to Cigarettes, Obese Toddler, Rizal Family, Central Statistics Agency, Aldi Rizal, Drawing Therapy, Indonesia's Smoking Toddler, Play Therapy, Psychologist Seto Mulyadi, Quitting Smoking

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