June 8, 2010

Time to Switch to Fast Food?

1 Mediterranean Diet Guru Drops Dead: Heart Attack

"You have to look at the effects of diet on a population, not an individual"
- Steve Parker, M.D. in the comments

K. Dun Gifford, founder of Oldways Preservation Trust, died Sunday at 71 of a heart attack. Gifford espoused the Mediterranean Diet with its emphasis on plant sourced food and olive oil. Today Washington Post columnist Jennifer LaRue Huget wondered if we should jettison the Mediterranean Diet. She concluded that diet is only one factor in preventing heart disease, genetics play a role and and Gifford had a history of blood clots. In addition, according to life expectancy tables based on his birth date, Gifford was only expected to live to age 63. This isn't the first time that a diet promoter's death has raised eyebrows: Dr. Robert Atkins promoted the consumption of saturated fat and protein as a weight loss technique, but reportedly weighed 237 pounds on the autopsy table.

More at New York Times | Hat tip to Jennifer LaRue Huget | Posted 7 years ago by Mark

Tags: Heart Attack, Mediterranean Style Diet, K. Dun Gifford, Mediterranean Diet, Oldways Preservation Trust

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Scientific, Not Superficial

2 Having a Bad Hair Day Affects Your Mood

Ever had a bad hair day and wanted to spend the duration in hiding? You’re not alone. Nor are you entirely superficial says research conducted by Dr. Marianne LaFrance, Yale University, who found that having a bad hair day influences your mood for the entire day. People who felt they were having a bad hair day not only experienced self doubt and social insecurities, their performance on the job was negatively affected. "Individuals perceive their capabilities to be significantly lower than others when experiencing bad hair," LaFrance stated. While both men and women were negatively affected by their perceptions of “bad hair,” women felt more disgraced and ashamed and men experienced feelings of nervousness and were less likely to be sociable.

More at Stylist | Posted 7 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Scientists Find Gene That May Cause Hair Loss

Tags: Bad Hair Day, Yale University, Dr. Marianne LaFrance, Social Insecurity, Self-Doubt, Insecurity, Job Performance, Nervousness, Sociability, Moods

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More Prevalent in Men

3 Sexsomnia Occurs More Frequently Than Reported

Sexsomnia, or sleep sex, involves committing sexual acts while asleep and, according to a research abstract presented to the Associated Professional Sleep Societies LLC, it was reported by 7.6 percent of patients at sleep disorder centers. "While our finding of eight percent of people reporting sexsomnia seems really a high number, it should be stressed that we only studied patients referred to a sleep clinic. So, we would expect the numbers to be much lower in the general population," said co-investigator Sharon A. Chung, PhD who found that sexsomniacs also experienced depression, insomnia and fatigue. In addition, Chung noted that only four of the 832 participants in the study reported incidents of sexsomnia. "It seems that patients generally don't discuss this with their doctors.”

More at EurekAlert.org | Posted 7 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Weird Sleep Disorders

Tags: Depression, Fatigue, Insomnia, Sexsomnia, Sleep Walking, Sharon A. Chung, Sleep Disorder, Sleep Disorder Centers, Sleep Sex, Associated Professional Sleep Societies LLC, Sleep Clinic

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Height Matters

4 Short People More Likely to Develop Heart Disease

According to a new review of evidence from 52 studies, Finnish researchers have concluded that short people are at greater risk of developing heart disease than tall people. Following the first ever systematic review and meta-analysis of the studies involving more than 3 million people, researchers writing at the European Heart Journal determined that short adult males and females were 1.5 times more likely to develop heart disease and die as a result than people who were taller. If you're wondering which height is ideal when it comes to heart disease risk, you're out of luck. The researchers say that "due to the heterogeneity of studies," they can't indicate a "critical absolute height." The authors say that's why they utilized a "shortest-vs.-tallest group setting."

More at EureakAlert | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Carbs May Boost Women's Heart Disease Risk

Tags: Height Affects Heart Disease Risk, Factors Affecting Heart Disease Risk, European Heart Journal, Short People and Heart Risk, Taller People Heart Disease Risk, Critical Absolute Height, Ideal Height, Cardiovascular Heart Disease

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Grossness After Deer Fly Bite

5 African Worm Grows in Human Eyeball

"That is just freakin creepy"
- Trevor R. in the comments

An African eye worm called loa loa grew inside a California man's eye after he was bitten by a deer fly. The case was discussed in this month's The Annals of Emergency Medicine, reports MSNBC. The man, a healthy 25-year-old Christian minister, had been in Equatorial Guinea in Central Africa two years earlier. Following the deer fly’s bite, larvae was deposited into the man's bloodstream where it formed worms that crawled through the man's skin and into his eye. The worms went undetected for two years until the man felt something crawling in his eye. Neither the man nor his wife really believed what they saw could be a small worm until ER doctors confirmed the parasites were present. Happily, the man was cured within days thanks to an oral medication, diethylcarbamazine.

More at MSNBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: New Law Protects ER Patients, Woman Conscious While Eyeball Is Being Cut Out, Ophthalmologists Warn on Vodka Eyeballing

Tags: Loa Loa, African Eye Worm, Weird ER Stories, Eye Worm Found in California Man's Eye, Diethylcarbamazine, Deer Fly Bite Danger, The Annals of Emergency Medicine, Equatorial Guinea, Eyeballs

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Peanuts Minus the Allergens

6 Low Allergy Peanuts Being Developed

Researchers have reduced the level of proteins in peanuts believed to cause allergic reactions in hopes of sparing people with peanut allergies from the life-threatening reactions. The idea is that children would eat them not develop the allergy and those with peanut allergies would have to ingest much more to before they have a reaction. Another use for these low allergy peanuts would be desensitization therapy, in which allergic individuals would be given a small amount of peanuts over time. A serious concern with peanuts allergies is that people ingest food contaminated with peanuts. Professor Maleki believes low allergy peanuts could be available within two to five years. He also pointed out that "In the case of accidental ingestion, there would be much less of a reaction."

More at BBC | Posted 7 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Tags: Peanuts, Peanut Allergies, Desensitization to Peanut Allergies, Low Allergy Peanuts

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Allopurinol for Angina

7 Gout Drug Prevents Angina

A study at Dundee University of 65 patients on allopurinol found they could exercise 25 percent longer before experiencing angina, chest pains due to oxygen-carrying blood not getting to the heart. Allopurinol is used to treat gout, which occurs when uric acid cannot be broken down. It crystallizes and builds up in the joints, manifesting as inflammatory arthritis. The drug may inhibit an enzyme called xanthine oxidase, decreasing the amount of energy the heart uses per beat. Professor Peter Weissberg of the Bristish Heart Foundation, said "What is exciting is that it looks as if allopurinol may work by protecting the heart from oxygen starvation. If that is the case, then it raises the possibility that it could help the heart in other situations as well, such as after a heart attack."

More at BBC | Posted 7 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Tags: Heart, Angina, Gout, Allopurinol, Allopurinol to Treat Gout, Chest Pains

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