June 15, 2010

Wear Sensible Shoes Instead

1 Pregnant Women Should Avoid High Heels

High heels, Uggs and flip flops should be avoided by moms-to-be as they may cause foot and back problems, according to a survey from the British Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists. Of 1000 pregnant women surveyed, seven in 10 who wore high heels reported foot problems including swollen ankles and heel pain. High heels "place extra pressure on your joints when they are already under strain, which can result in a host of foot, leg and back problems and could increase the likelihood of falls," said podiatrist Lorraine Jones. Sixty-six percent of the women surveyed said they regularly wore flip flops, 53% wore ballet pumps, 30% wore Uggs and 32% wore high heels. The American Podiatric Medical Association recommends "comfortable footwear that provides extra support and shock absorption."

More at NY Daily News.com | Posted 7 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Pregnancy May Bring on OCD

Tags: Joint Pain, Pregnancy, Swollen Ankles, Uggs, Moms-to-Be, Footwear, Podiatry, Sensible Shoes, Best Shoes for Pregnant Women, Lorraine Jones, Ballet Flats, Flip Flops, High Heels, Comfortable Shoes, American Podiatric Medical Association, British Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists, Heel Pain, Back Problems

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State of Hyperarousal

2 Insomniacs’ Brains Constantly Under Mild Stress

The brains of older people with insomnia function differently than the brains of those who have no sleep problems, according to Dutch scientist, Ellemarije Altena, who investigated the consequences of sleeplessness. Study participants, who included insomniacs and those with no sleep problems, were put through a series of tasks that tested response time and cognition. Insomniacs scored surprisingly well, at times surpassing their less sleep-deprived contemporaries, particularly when it came to shorter tasks. Altena attributes this to a state of “hyperarousal,” or a mild form of stress, that insomniacs develop to compensate for lack of sleep. But they fell short when it came to tasks that required a decision. Altena hopes the study will lead to earlier diagnosis and treatment of insomnia.

More at ScienceDaily.com | Posted 7 years ago by Melody Lesser

Tags: Insomnia, Sleep, Stress, Ellemarije Altena, Sleeplessness, Sleep Problems, Hyperarousal, Lack of Sleep

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A Bloody Dilemma over Meds

3 Blood Pressure Meds May Increase Death Risk

The FDA this week opened an investigation into the blood pressure medicine Benicar which may increase the chance of heart-related issues. The investigation comes from two clinical trials in which patients with diabetes were more likely to suffer from heart conditions versus a placebo control group. The FDA posted a risk notice on Friday, however they also said they stand behind the drugs benefits. A positive effect from both trials? Benicar appeared to slow kidney disease. Unfortunately both trials also found several cases of heart attacks, strokes and sudden death. Benicar is known as an angiotensin receptor blocker (ARBs) and there are other forms of treatment for high blood pressure. The FDA is still determining how to better assess Benicar's cardiovascular effects.

More at MSNBC Health | Posted 7 years ago by James Johnson

Previously: Blood PRessure Pills Increase Cancer Risk

Tags: Blood Pressure, Diabetes, ARBs

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Hey Mom, Your Kid Is Pudgy!

4 Parents Underestimate Preschool Kids' Weight

Parents are more likely to underestimate their preschool child's weight if they're not told by a pediatrician that their child is overweight or gaining weight too quickly, say researchers from the University of South Florida and Johns Hopkins University. "When it comes to younger children, pediatricians tend to shy away from discussing and making recommendations about weight," said lead author Raquel Hernandez, MD, MPH. However, even kids under 2 years old need to maintain a healthy weight. If preschoolers are overweight, they have a higher chance of being obese as adults. Dr. Hernandez adds that it's a mistake to think that a "chubby, smiling toddler" will outgrow excess weight. Sadly, more than half of the parents of obese kids in the study said their kid was "about the right weight."

More at EureakAlert | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Baby Fat, Obese Kids, Obese Preschoolers, Obese Toddlers, Chubby Toddler, Outgrowing Baby Fat, University of South Florida, Johns Hopkins University, Raquel Hernandez, Pediatrician Speak Up on Childhood Obesity

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Bonnaroo Too Hot to Handle?

5 Heat-Related Death at Bonnaroo

"This was the first and last time I'll attend Bonnaroo. Give me the leafy shade of Rothbury any day!"
- Andy in the comments

Extreme heat in the mid-90s during the popular Bonnaroo music festival caused one man's death and sent dozens more to the hosptial. The Bonnaroo music festival is held each year on a 700-acre farm in Coffee County near Manchester, Tenn., close to Nashville. On Sunday, David Matthew Sloan of North Carolina, the 29-year-old man who died, collapsed in front of a festival medical tent, reports MSN Music. According to an AP article at My Eyewitness News, Sloan's core temperature reached 108 degrees. More than two dozen festival attendees had been taken to local hospitals for heat-related emergencies and injuries by Saturday afternoon. Festival acts included Jay-Z, Conan O'Brien, the Dave Matthews Band, Kings of Leon and Stevie Wonder.

More at MSN Music | Hat tip to My Eyewitness News | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Bonnaroo Music Festival, David Sloan of North Carolina, Heat Related Emergencies, Coffee County, Jay-Z, Conan O Brien, The Dave Matthews Band, Kings of Leon, Heat Deaths, Heat Emergencies

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Woman Caught Mayo-Handed

6 Elderly Woman Arrested for Condiment Crimes

Joy L. Cassidy, a 74-year-old Boise woman, was arrested Sunday in connection with a yearlong condiment crime spree, reports Idaho Statesmen. According to the article, Cassidy poured mayonnaise in the library's book drop box in Ada County. Cassidy has been charged with a misdemeanor for malicious injury to property. Police say that Cassidy was seen emptying a whole jar of mayo into the outside drop meant for reading materials, but that's not the library's only problem. Library employees have also reported finding books covered in corn syrup and ketchup. Not surprisingly, Cassidy is also a person of interest in 10 more crimes involving condiments!

More at Idaho Statesmen | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Taco Mayo

Tags: Condiment Crime Spree, Joy L. Cassidy, Ada County, Boise Woman Mayo Crimes, Dumping Mayonnaise in Library Drop Box, Library Crimes, Things Found in Book Drops, Malicious Injury to Property

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Fewer Partners, but More Trouble

7 Obesity Harms Sexual Health

A new French study reveals that obesity has damaging effects on sexual health of men and women. Study results, published online in the British Medical Journal, indicate that obese males under 30 were much more likely to have had a sexually transmitted infection (STI), while obese females under 30 were less likely to seek contraceptive advice and more likely to have an unintended pregnancy. Researchers found that obese men were 2.5 times more likely to experience erectile dysfunction, yet obese women didn't appear to suffer from sexual dysfunction. Obese females were 30 percent less likely to have had a sexual partner in the last year. While rates of STIs were higher in obese men, they were 70 percent less likely to have had more than one sexual partner in the the last 12 months.

More at EureakAlert | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: British Medical Journal, Erectile Dysfunction, Sexual Dysfunction, Obesity and Sexual Health, How Obesity Affects Sex, Sexual Habits of Obese Men, Sexual Habits of Obese Women, Obese Unintended Pregnancies, Obese Sexual Infections

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Drug Stops Two Kinds of Bleeding

8 Drug Used in Surgeries May Stop Traumatic Bleeding

A study involving 20,000 trauma patients from 274 hospitals in 40 countries demonstrated that treatment with a drug, tranexamic acid (TXA), were less likely die. Patients received either tranexamic acid (TXA) or a placebo. Fourteen and a half percent of patients given TXA and 16 percent given a placebo died from any cause, but only 4.9 percent given TXA died versus 5.7 percent given placebo due to bleeding. TXA is used in surgeries to prevent bleeding by lowering the rate at which a blood clot is broken down. Dr. Ian Roberts, a professor of epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in the U.K. said that about 600,000 people around the world bleed to death every year. "So, if you could reduce that by a sixth, you've saved 100,000 lives in one year."

More at Yahoo! Health Day | Posted 7 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Tags: Tranexamic Acid, TXA, Excessive Bleeding, Bleeding, Bleeding Due to Surgery, Traumatic Bleeding, Death Due to Bleeding

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Smokers Lower Lung Cancer Risk

9 Two Nutrients Lower Lung Cancer Risk in Smokers

Smokers with high levels of vitamin B6 and methionine appear to lower their risk of lung cancer. Lung cancer is the most common cancer in the world and 90 percent of the cases are due to smoking cigarettes, killing 1.2 million people every year. A study conducted by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) looked at 900 lung cancer patients, including 100 who had never smoked and 250 who quit. Low levels of vitamin B6 and methionine were observed in all three groups. Both methionine and vitamin B6 are obtained in the diet. Researchers found that having sufficient levels of both nutrients reduced the risk of lung cancer by 60 percent. Both nutrients are involved in synthesizing and maintaining DNA. Cancer is often the result of mutations due to DNA damage.

More at Yahoo! Reuters | Posted 7 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Tags: Smoking, Smokers, Smokers Reduce Lung Cancer Risk, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B6 and Lung Cancer, Methionine, Methionine and Lung Cancer, DNA Damage, DNA Damage and Cancer, Smoking and Lung Cancer Risk, Decrease Lung Cancer Risk in Smokers

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