August 28, 2010

Up to 8 Counseling Sessions

1 Medicare to Help Smokers Quit

Smokers on Medicare may be getting extra help to stop smoking. While Medicare already covers counseling for people with a smoking-related illness, effective immediately, the program will also cover up to eight counseling sessions a year for anyone in the program who wants to quit. Dr. Barry Straube, Medicare's chief medical officer, tells MSNBC that even elderly people who've been smoking for 30 years may respond to smoking cessation counseling. Straube reminds us that smoking doesn't just cause cancer, heart disease and lung problems, but may also bring about gastric reflux, osteoporosis and other illnesses, which cost Medicare tens of billions a year, and may affect the patient's quality of life.

More at MSNBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Smoking Effect on Teens

Tags: Cancer, Heart Disease, Osteoporosis, Smoking Cessation Counseling, Help to Stop Smoking, Medicare Smoking Cessation Benefits, Dr. Barry Straube, Medicare's Chief Medical Officer, New Medicare Benefits, How to Stop Smoking, Even Elderly Can Stop Smoking, Gastric Reflux

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Avoid These Grape Gummies

2 Cocon Grape Candy Contains Lead

Imported Cocon Grape Gummy 100 percent candy is being voluntarily recalled by the Los Angeles company U-Can Food Trading for high levels of lead, reports NBC Universal in Los Angeles. The candy, which was manufactured in Malaysia, contains nearly twice the state's legal limit of lead: .19 parts per million. Consumers who purchased Grape Gummy 100 percent candy are being urged to throw it away. Pregnant women and children who consumed the product should consult with their doctors to decide if they should be tested. Department of Public Health spokesman Al Lundeen told NBC Universal in Los Angeles that no illnesses have been reported as result of the product.

More at NBC Universal | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Recalled Candy, Recalled Gummy Candy, Candy with High Levels of Lead, Cocon Grape Gummy, Parts Per Million of Lead, Al Lundeen, U-Can Food Trading

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Man Killed on Wreck Anniversary

3 Ghost Train Hunter Killed by Real Train

At 3 a.m. Friday, about a dozen people, including Christopher Kaiser, were searching for a ghost train on a tall bridge close to Statesville, North Carolina. The morning turned deadly as Kaiser, 29, was killed by a real train, a Norfolk-Southern with three engines and one car, reports CNN. Kaiser and others were on the tall bridge with nowhere to go when the train came. Everyone managed to escape except for Kaiser and one woman that he pushed to safety. She is being treated for injuries. The ghost hunters were on the bridge for the anniversary of a disaster: On August 27, 1891, a train carrying passengers jumped the tracks, killing 30 people. It's said that on the anniversary, you can see a uniformed man with a watch and hear crash sounds like screaming passengers and screeching wheels.

More at CNN | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Ghost Train Hunter, Statesville North Carolina, Norfolk-Southern Train, Amateur Ghost Watchers, Christopher Kaiser

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Baby Revived by Touch

4 Kangaroo Care Method Saves Preemie Twin

The "Kangaroo Care Method" is credited for saving a preemie twin born with no vitals, says CBS News. The parents, who live in Australia, were told after their premature twins were born that one son had no vitals. Instead of giving up, the mother placed the infant on her chest. The baby started moving minutes later. Within two hours, he opened his eyes. Now, five months later, both twins are doing well! The "Kangaroo Care Method" is used by parents of premature infants to promote bonding. When premature babies are stable, a mother may place the infant between her bare breasts and cover with clothing. The infant is soothed by the skin contact and sounds of breath. A premature infant may also be placed on a father's bare chest.

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

Tags: Kangaroo Care Method, Premature Twins, Miracle Twin, Baby Born Without Vitals, Bonding with Premature Babies, Twin Born Without Vital Signs

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Catching Up to Fat America

5 Brazilians Getting Fatter

Almost half of adult Brazilians are overweight, with 15 percent categorized as obese, concludes Brazil's IBGE social statistics agency, pointing to a new study carried out with the Health Ministry in Brazil. Half of men ages 20 to 24 in Brazil are overweight, while 48 percent of women are overweight, reports MSNBC. Brazil's Health Minister Jose Gomes Temporao told reporters he fears Brazilians could have the same population of overweight people as America in 10 years. Most overweight people in Brazil right now are older people, higher-income men and people living in the wealthier south part of the country. Brazil's obesity rate of 15 percent is still much lower than America's current obesity rate of 27 percent.

More at MSNBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Fat Acceptance Community

Tags: Overweight People in Brazil, Brazilian Obesity Rates, Brazilian People Bulging Stomachs, Overweight Epidemic in Brazil, Jose Gomes Temporao, Brazil's IBGE Social Statistics Agency

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Obesity and Poor Diet Suspected

6 Esophageal Cancer Rates in British Men Increase

Researchers in Britain have found that as obesity rates and poor diets increase, so does esophageal cancer in men by as much as 50 percent. Previous research has shown that the risk of esophageal adenocarcinoma, the most common type of esophageal cancer, increases with obesity and consuming a high-saturated diet. This type of esophageal cancer is being seen more and more in Britain, affecting White men at higher rates than Black men. In 1983 9.6 in ever 100, 000 men in Britain was diagnosed with this cancer that is very hard to treat. That rate is now at 14.4 percent. Genetic factors will be looked at and those results should be published in the next six months.

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

Previously: Obese Children at Higher Risk for Acid Reflux

Tags: Obesity Rates, Esophageal Cancer, Esophageal Adenocarcinoma, British Men

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