July 2, 2010

Last Minute Negotiations

1 Kobayashi Still a Possibility in Nathan's Eat Fest

Although the New York Times reported Friday morning that Japanese competitive eater Takeru Kobayashi will not be competing in the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest on Independence Day, CalorieLab has learned that the parties are still in negotiations, and "The Tsunami" may yet participate in the annual eating contest. Kobayashi previously dominated the contest, winning from 2001 through 2006, and taking second place in an eat-off in 2007. From 2007 through 2009 American Joey Chestnut has beaten Kobayashi. Late Friday evening Kobayashi's publicist, Ms. Yuka Nagura of the Japanese public relations agency SSU Tokyo, told CalorieLab that although there have been various reports in the media, the parties are "currently in negotiations," and SSU plans to issue a press release soon.

More at New York Times | Posted 7 years ago by Mark

Tags: Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest, Takeru Kobayashi, Nathan's Contest, The Tsunami, Sunny Side Up

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MLE Demanding Exclusivity

2 Takeru Kobayashi Speaks:

Japanese competitive eater Takeru Kobayashi has travelled to New York and is standing by ready to participate in the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest on Sunday for free, waiving his usual appearance fee. But he is asking that Major League Eating desist from demanding that he not appear in any competitive eating contest not organized by MLE, including in Japan. “This is not about the money,” Kobayashi says. “I told MLE I would take a reduced fee and then offered to participate with no appearance fee at all.” But “[f]or me to take part in the Nathan’s contest on July 4, one day out of the year, MLE wants to keep me from doing anything else without them for over one year." MLE's sarcastic response: Where else is he going to appear, "a chicken-wing contest for $1,000 in some bar"?

More at CalorieLab | Posted 7 years ago by Mark

Previously: Kobayashi Still a Possibility in Nathan's Eat Fest, Takeru Kobayashi Lab Notes

Tags: Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest, Takeru Kobayashi, Competitive Eating. Oogui

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Redesign Called for by UK Doc

3 Venetian Blinds Are Household Hazard

When one of his patients was accidentally strangled by a Venetian blind cord in her home, pediatrician Mahesh Masand, Scotland, took to the internet to call for a redesign of the household product. His patient lived but Masand found that Venetian blinds or cords are the cause of a number of child deaths and, according to an advisor from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, “one of two children die each year in the UK in this way.” Masand acknowledges that not all accidents can be prevented but, short of an industry redesign, he says parents can take safety measures by removing or shortening loops so a child’s head won’t be caught in them, securing loops against walls, keeping cords out of reach and removing climbing furniture so children can’t reach blinds.

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

Tags: Accidents, Venetian Blinds, Accidental Strangulation, Dr. Mahesh Masand, Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, Childhood Accidents

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Controversy Rages On

4 Cause of Shaken Baby Syndrome Revisited

Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS), which causes subdural hematomas or bleeding in the brain, is a controversial subject that has been disputed in the courts. Because the clinical concept is heavily disputed and medical evidence can be inconclusive, some people may be wrongfully convicted. Now, research led by the U of Leicester will consider new theories as to the cause of subdural hematomas in infants in an effort to change practices in courts and hospitals. Says Professor Guy Rutty from the Forensic Pathology Unit at the U of Leicester, "This is a contentious area of medico-legal practice at present. We hope that our research with contribute significantly to unravelling the pathological findings in these cases." If the theories are correct, findings could be groundbreaking, say researchers.

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

Previously: Health News About Infant Death

Tags: Infant Death, Shaken Baby Syndrome, Subdural Hematomas, Brain Bleed, Bleeding in the Brain, Professor Guy Rutty, Forensic Pathology Unit, University of Leicester

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Most Are AwAre of Oil Spill

5 Americans Question Quality of Gulf Seafood

A weekly consumer confidence poll by The Food Industry Center at the University of Minnesota indicates that Americans are almost universally aware of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and are concerned about the quality of the food taken from there. In the most recent results, 99 percent of those surveyed said they knew of the spill; 85 percent said they were closely following news about it. 89 percent of respondents indicated that they were concerned about the effects of the spill on Gulf seafood with 50 of those being “extremely concerned.” "Given the amount of news coverage the oil spill has received, these results may not be surprising, but it does show that consumers are connecting the event to food safety," said Dennis Degeneffe, The Food Industry Center.

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

Previously: Oil Spill May Have Deeper Effect Than Thought

Tags: Gulf Oil Spill, Seafood, Seafood from Gulf Safe, University of Minnesota, The Food Industry Center, Dennis Degeneffe

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And the Answer Is ...

6 Worldwide Poll Asks If Money Buys Happiness

Money can’t buy class, but can it buy happiness? The Gallup Organization, in their first world poll analyzed data from more than 136,000 people in 132 countries to determine if one’s level of happiness is influenced by one’s income. The survey, which included people from all income levels, asked them to rate their lives on a scale from 0 to 10, with 10 being the “best possible life.” It found that while life satisfaction rises with personal and national income, happiness is more strongly associated with factors including working full-time, being respected and social support. "... while it is true that getting richer will make you more satisfied with your life, it may not have the big impact we thought on enjoying life," said Gallup's Ed Diener, prof. emeritus, U of Illinois.

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

Previously: Dutch Government Offers Unemployed Women Free Makeovers

Tags: Money, Gallup Poll, Money and Happiness, University of Illinois, The Gallup Organization, Ed Diener, Social Support, Life Satisfaction

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A Little Night Music

7 Sexy Music Turns Bronx Zoo Ibises On

A flock of 21 Waldrapp ibises at New York’s Bronx Zoo haven’t been in the mood for love in more than seven years, says zoo ornithologist Mark Hofling. To reverse the bird’s low libidos in hopes of producing a clutch of ibis chicks, zoo keepers piped mating calls of wild ibises into the birds’ enclosure. The sexy bird music worked. The ibises courted, mated, built nests and, in the blink of an i-bis, six eggs were laid by three different mothers. The chicks are now full size with glossy black feathers and bald pink pates. Encouraged zookeepers are considering using this same tactic with their less than libidinous Caribbean and Chilean flamingos. (And, a recent Lab Notes post indicates it works with humans too. Click "Previously" in the gray area below to access that post.)

More at Wcbs880.com | Hat tip to DailyIntel | Posted 7 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Learn How to Pick Up Women

Tags: Romantic Music, Ibis, Bronx Zoo, Ornithologist, Caribbean Flamingo, Chilean Flamingo, Waldrapp Ibis, Libido, Mark Hofling

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Feel the Love with Twitter

8 Twitter May Trigger Love Hormone

Oxytocin, the love or bonding hormone which is triggered during orgasm, may also be set off during a Twitter session, suggests a neuroeconomist. CNN reports on Paul Zak's experiment on Twitter and oxytocin. Zak, from Claremont Graduate University in California, tested whether virtual interactions like using Twitter could bring out the oxytocin effect, which is also felt during childbirth and breastfeeding. Zak found that his subject, journalist Adam Penenberg who was writing about Zak for Fast Company, experienced greatly elevated oxytocin levels during a 10-minute Twitter session. According to the blood tests, Penenberg's stress levels also went down. While the experiment only involved one person, it speaks well for the potential benefits of online interaction.

More at CNN | Hat tip to Fast Company | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Nasal Spray for Empathy

Tags: Cuddle Hormone, Love Hormone, Bonding Hormone, Social Media Benefits, Twitter Benefits, Affect of Twitter, Twitter Triggers Oxytocin, Oxytocin Triggers, Orgasm Chemical, Paul Zak, Neuroeconomist, Journalist Adam Penenberg

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Gulf States Want BP to Pay Up

9 Oil Spill Causing Mental Health Woes

Job loss related to the oil spill is causing some Gulf area residents to feel anxiety, depression and anger, and some states want BP to pay for mental health services, reports MSNBC. State officials from Mississippi, Louisiana, Florida and Alabama asked BP to pay millions for mental health programs to assist residents affected by the oil spill. Specifically, Mississippi requested $10 million to be used by public and private clinics seeing an increase in complaints of depression and anxiety. Mississippi may ask for another $10 million later. Alabama asked BP for an immediate $5.7 million for a centralized call center to help residents dealing with stress. In addition, Alabama requested $20 million a year, possibly for the next five years.

More at MSNBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Health Risks from Oil Spill

Tags: Effects of Oil Spill, Gulf Area Residents, Lost Jobs and Income from Tourism, Oil Spill Disaster, BP Oil Spill Payments, BP to Pay Mental Health Services, States Request Money from BP, Alabama Asks for Mental Health Money from BP

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Blood's Contribution to Science

10 Frozen Blood Can Provide Stem Cells for Research

A team of researchers in Massachusetts found that frozen blood has cells that can become induced pluripotent stem cells (IPS), cells most like human embryonic stem cells. Using blood to obtain stem cells has many advantages, such as blood being easy to obtain and store, having many sources from which to get blood and allowing researchers to study diseases specific to a patient when other tissue samples cannot be obtained. Rudolf Jaenisch, who was also involved in the study, said "There are enormous resources -- blood banks with samples from patients that may hold the only viable cells from patients who may not be alive any more, or from the early stage of their diseases." To create IPS cells, researchers turn on three or four genes that are activated in embryonic stem cells.

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

Previously: American Red Cross Fined for Sloppy Blood Work

Tags: Blood, Stem Cells, Stem Cells from Blood, IPS Cells, Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells, Human Embryonic Stem Cells

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