August 25, 2010

To attract a Mate

1 Scientist Divulges the Ideal Female Proportions

Forget personality, sense of humor or even breast size. According to New Zealand anthropologist Barnaby Dixson, who studied what men find attractive in a partner, it’s all about a waist to hip ratio of 0.7. Dixson says his theory holds throughout history and across cultures. “It is likely that perfect 0.7 ratio sends a biological signal to men that that woman is most fertile and most likely to produce a healthy offspring, no matter  what size that woman is,” said Dixson who explained that fat distribution is directly linked to fertility. As for what women find attractive in a male, Dixon says it has nothing to do with muscles. In fact, women prefer “a leaner, even slightly more effeminate man as they equate those physical traits with being more caring and gentle.”

More at DailyMail.co.uk | Posted 7 years ago by Melody Lesser

Tags: Attractive women, Ideal Female Proportion, Female Proportion, Barnaby Dixson, Attraction

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Less Allergies, More Pounds

2 Prescription Antihistamines Users Weigh More

People who take prescription antihistamines to help with allergy symptoms could be more likely than non-users to have excess pounds, say researchers from Yale University. During a recent study, the researchers discovered that prescription antihistamine users were more likely than non-users to be obese or overweight, reports MSNBC. Among study participants, 45 percent of prescription antihistamine users were overweight versus only 30 percent of non-users. Researchers say that this observational study of 867 U.S. adults only proves an association between prescription antihistamine use and weight. The findings don't prove that the drugs are the cause of the excess weight, and researchers say that allergies alone may be associated with obesity.

More at MSNBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Prescription Antihistamine Users, Prescription Antihistamines Suspected in Weight Gain, Obesity Factors, More Overweight People Take Antihistamines, Risks of Antihistamines, Cause of Obesity

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Bitter Taste May Be Sweet

3 Grapefruit Could Hold Promise for Diabetes

An antioxidant that's found in the bitter flavor of grapefruit may be useful in treating diabetes, claim researchers from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Massachusetts General Hospital. Naringenin, which is found in grapefruit and other citrus fruits, might cause the liver to break down fat, increasing insulin sensitivity, say researchers. That process occurs naturally during long periods of fasting, but naringenin activates nuclear receptors which cause the liver to break down fat and increase insulin. "It is a process which is similar to the Atkins diet, without many of the side effects," comments Martin L. Yarmush, MD, PhD, one of the paper's authors.

More at EureakAlert | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Citrus Calorie Counter

Tags: Atkins Diet, Grapefruit Benefits, Health Benefits of Citrus, Naringenin, Antioxidant for Diabetes, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Massachusetts General Hospital, New Diabetes Research, How Grapefruit Affects Liver

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An Egg by Another Name

4 Recalled Eggs Used in Other Products

Consumers may be surprised to learn that some of the potentially contaminated eggs returned to Wright County Egg farm were sent to an egg processing facility where they'll be turned into other products that could be found soon on a supermarket shelf. And it's totally fine by the FDA. The government agency says that it's not a violation to turn recalled eggs into other products as long as the eggs are processed correctly, such as cooking and pasteurizing, reports CBS News. Michael Hansen of the Consumers Union told CBS News that he wouldn't be worried about eating a pasteurized egg product that came from the recalled eggs. Meanwhile, hens residing at the Iowa farms linked to the salmonella outbreak continue with their egg-laying duties.

More at CBS News | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Egg Recall Expanded

Tags: Salmonella Outbreak, Consumers Union, Michael Hansen, Recalled Eggs, Pasteurized Egg Product, Wright County Egg Farm, Recalled Eggs Turned into Other Products, Egg Safety

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Top 15 Bedbugged Cities Named

5 NYC Most Bedbug Infested City in U.S.

Terminix announced this week that New York City is the most bedbug infested city in the U.S., reports Huffington Post. The pest control company based their list of cities with the most bedbugs on call volume. Other cities given the honor of most bedbug infested include Philadelphia, Detroit, Cincinnati, Chicago and Denver. Ohio had four cities in the top 15 named for bedbug problems, including Columbus, Dayton and Cleveland. According to Terminix, bedbugs like hitching rides from one location to the next, and they may find you in hotels, cruise ships or airplanes. The pest control company advises against picking up used mattresses or furniture left on the street. Terminix also suggests checking your mattress for dark blood spots, which may indicate bedbugs are present.

More at Huffington Post | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Bedbugs Taking Over

Tags: Most Bedbug Infested City, Bedbug Tips, Finding Bedbugs, How to Know If You Have Bedbugs, Reasons Not to Pick Up Used Furniture, Top Most Bedbug Infested Cities, New York City Has Most Bedbugs, Bedbugs in Ohio, Bedbugs in Denver, Terminix Names Top Bedbug Cities

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Diet and Exercise (again)

6 Improve Insulin Sensitivity to Lose Abdominal Fat

Where fat is distributed is key to finding a lifestyle intervention that will help you lose the excess. Those with visceral fat that surrounds the internal organs are at a greater risk of having conditions such as diabetes than those with peripheral fat (around the hips and thighs) irrespective of body weight. Participants in a German research study followed a diet that reduced fat intake to a maximum of 30 percent of total calories and engaged in exercise at least three hours a week with the intention of improving insulin sensitivity. After nine months, participants lost about 3 to 5 percent of their body weight. Abdominal fat decreased by about 20 percent in both men and women. Fat stored in the liver was also significantly reduced.

More at Medical News Net | Posted 7 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Middle Age Belly Fat Increases Risk of Dementia

Tags: Abdominal Fat, Abdominal Fat Risks, Diabetes, Diet, Exercise, Insulin Resistance, Fat Intake

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Information Helps Guide Choices

7 FDA Issues Guidance for Restaurant Menu Labeling

Section 4205 of the Affordable Care Act requires that food establishments with 20 or more locations must post basic nutritional information on menus and menu boards to help consumers make healthier selections. The FDA has released two new documents to help guide restaurants on requirements for the implementation of the law. Restaurants must prominently post total number of calories for standard menu items and for all self-serve items, including cafeteria lines, salad bars and vending machines. Additional nutritional information should also be available upon request. The official deadline date for compliance with this law has yet to be determined by the FDA, but the agency recognizes “additional time” may be needed for implementation.

More at Medical News Net | Posted 7 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: More Consumers Are Reading Food Labels

Tags: Affordable Care Act, Nutrition Labeling, Restaurant Nutrition, Menu Labeling

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Not an Old Wives Tale

8 Cranberry Juice Prevents Urinary Tract Infections

Scientists reporting at the 240th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society has found that drinking cranberry juice really is effective for preventing urinary tract infections. Researchers from the Worcester Polytechnic Institute found that cranberry juice cocktail prevents E.coli, the bacteria responsible for most UTI’s, from sticking to other bacteria and the surface of a plastic petri dish. E.coli that doesn’t “stick” has a better chance of being flushed out of the urinary tract. The results suggest that cranberry juice could reach the urinary tract and prevent bacterial adhesion within 8 hours of consumption. Urinary tract infections account for about 8 million medical visits each year. Women are frequent victims, with at least 1 in 3 experiencing a UTI.

More at Medical News Today | Posted 7 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Chokeberry Extract Regulates Weight and Blood Sugar

Tags: Berries, Cranberries, Cranberry Juice, Urinary Tract Infection, UTI

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Encourage Fish Intake Early

9 New Salmon Baby Food Boosts Omega 3 Intake

Susan Brewer, a professor of food science at University of Illinois, has developed a pureed salmon baby food in hopes of getting children to appreciate the taste of fish sooner and to boost intake of omega 3 fatty acids such as docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). Omega-3’s are essential for the development of brain and nerve development and later cardiovascular health. Brewer uses a wild salmon caught late in life so that its flesh is soft. Also added to the baby food is salmon bonemeal and roe to boost nutrient levels. Taste-testers say the product tastes similar to a salmon and cream-cheese dip and 81 percent of parents in a focus group said they would feed it to their children. A major downside is cost – wild salmon is pricey which may deter parents from purchasing the baby food.

More at Time Magazine | Hat tip to Yahoo News | Posted 7 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Eating Fish Rich in Omega-3 May Protect Against Depression

Tags: DHA, Omega-3 Fatty Acids, Salmon, Wild Salmon, Baby Food

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