August 3, 2010

Reaches 30 % in Some States

1 US Obesity Rates Rise Again

US obesity rates continue to rise, reaching 30 percent or more in nine states, say health officials. The newest numbers mean that an average of 26.7 percent of the population is obese although officials contend that the numbers, based on self-admissions of heights and weights during telephone interviews, are probably underestimates. Unhealthy diets and too little exercise are the obvious culprits for the increase which, if it continues, “more people will get sick and die from the complications of obesity, such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancer,” says Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The good news is that Colorado and Washington, D.C. had obesity rates of under 20 percent although researchers are uncertain as to why.

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

Tags: Cancer, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Diabetes, Heart Disease, Obesity, Stroke, Obesity Rates, Dr. Thomas Frieden

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Trusty Nose Enough?

2 Gulf Fish Passes Smell Tests for Safety

Fish and shrimp from some parts of the Gulf of Mexico waters tainted with oil have passed human smell tests. That's good enough for the government to declare the seafood safe to eat, but even some area fishermen are worried about food safety, reports MSNBC. In smell tests, inspectors sniff seafood for chemical odors. However, some people are asking for more thorough tests to ensure seafood safety. Louisiana has re-opened some waters containing oil for fishing of redfish, mullet and speckled trout, with shrimp harvesting to follow when the season opens in two weeks, says MSNBC. Blue crabs and oysters will remain off limits for now.

More at MSNBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Mental Health Issues from Oil Spill

Tags: Gulf of Mexico Waters, Oil and Dispersants, Gulf Fish and Shrimp, Safety of Gulf Seafood, Smell Test for Gulf Fish, Shrimp Season, Redfish, Mullet, Speckled Trout

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Brothers Not As Great

3 Sisters Good for Protecting Against Depression

You may have been happier as a kid if you had a sister, suggest researchers who found that sisters have a beneficial impact on mental health among adolescents. CNN reports on new research from Brigham Young University, published in the Journal of Family Psychology. The research, which involved 10 to 14-year-olds, is part of the larger Flourishing Families Project, focusing on the dynamics of almost 700 families via video tapes and questionnaires. The study found that sisters protect against depression more than brothers. While the presence of brothers doesn't increase depression, it doesn't help either. Researchers suggest that sisters increase mental health because they're more likely to talk more and discuss emotions.

More at CNN | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Brigham Young University, Sisterhood, Pros of Having a Sister, Benefits of Having a Sister, Sisters Help with Depression, Journal of Family Psychology, Flourishing Families Project, Sisters Talk More, Benefits of Discussing Emotions

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More Stones or Just More Visits?

4 Kidney Stones More Common in Kids at Hospitals

Kidney stones, typically an ailment of people more than 40 years old, have become more common in children seen in hospitals, finds a government study. The study, which involved data from 42 U.S. pediatric hospitals, found kidney stone cases in kids visiting hospitals increased from 125 in 1999 to 1,389 in 2008, reports MSNBC. Researchers aren't sure whether the increase in hospital cases reflects a general increase in kidney stones in U.S. children. They say that the data from hospitals, which isn't a sample from the general population, can't be used to estimate kidney stones in U.S. kids. The increase in cases at hospitals could be driven by marketing of kidney stone services and increased referrals from doctors.

More at MSNBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Kidney Stone Cases, Kidney Stone Treatment, Kids with Kidney Stones, Kidney Stones More Common in Kids, More Kidney Stones Treated at Hospitals, Kidney Stone Services, Pediatric Hospitals

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The Hygiene Hypothesis

5 Is Improved Hygiene a Factor in Diabetes?

A new population-based study is suggesting that although improved standards of living and increased awareness in hygiene have decreased infection rates in the US, they may be contributing factors in the rising rate of type 1 diabetes. Researchers from the Washington State Department of Health studied 1789 cases of juvenile-onset diabetes plus over 7000 health controls and found that children with type 1 diabetes were less likely to have three or more older siblings, which suggests that the children had less antigenic stimulation which increased the odds of developing diabetes. The hygiene hypothesis suggests that improvements in hygiene and living conditions lead to fewer early-life infections, resulting in the increased susceptibility to autoimmune diseases such as type 1 diabetes.

More at Med Page Today | Posted 7 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Text Reminders Helps Teens with Diabetes

Tags: Diabetes, Hygiene, Pediatrics, Type 1 Diabetes, Environmental Factors

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Is It Really Worth It?

6 Tongue Piercings Lead to Costly Dental Repairs

A case study published in the July issue of the Journal of Clinical Orthodontics highlights the possible costly outcomes of tongue piercings. Sawsan Tabbaa DDS MS of the University of Buffalo School of Dental Medicine presents the case of a 26-year-old female who developed a large gap between her upper front teeth. She had had a tongue piercing seven years earlier, and every day habitually pushed the stud between her front teeth, creating a space. Her treatment involved a fixed braces appliance to push the front teeth back together, costing thousands of dollars in dental bills. Tongue piercing can result in serious injury to teeth (chipping, fractures), hemorrhage, infection, and trauma to the gums. Dr. Tabbaa even notes cases of brain abscess due to uncontrolled infection.

More at Red Orbit | Posted 7 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Tags: Dental, Dental Health, Dentist, Oral Health, Tongue, Tongue Piercing

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Common Virus Destroys Cancer

7 Modified Herpes Virus Kills Head and Neck Cancer

By modifying the strain of herpes virus that causes cold sores so it only infects tumor cells killed tumors in 93 percent of the 17 patients with head and neck cancer. They were injected with the virus while receiving standard chemotherapy and radiation. Inside the tumor cells, it multiplied and killed them and was also engineered to produce a protein that would elicit a response by the immune system. Then the tumor was surgically removed. Eighty-two percent were alive after more than two years and only two of the 13 patients relapsed. Study leader Dr Kevin Harrington said, "Around 35 to 55% of patients given the standard chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatment typically relapse within two years, so these results compare very favourably." There are plans for more trials in the future.

More at BBC | Posted 7 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Vaginal Gel Decreases HIV Infection by Half

Tags: Herpes Virus, Herpes Virus Simplex Type 1, HSV-1, Head and Neck Cancer

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