September 3, 2010

Tootsie Tanner

1 Foot Tanning Device May Deliver UV Overdose

The Tootsie Tanner foot tanning device may deliver an excessive dosage of UV radiation, both to the skin and to the eyes of users, according to the FDA. The danger is related to improper time recommendations in the labeling, a possibly defective timer, and a lack of an eye protection warning. The device was manufactured by the IPCH company of Sugarland, Texas, which is no longer in business, so a recall is not possible. Who uses a foot tanner? Apparently the device has been provided for use in some tanning salons for those customers who are concerned about those last remaining untanned square inches of skin. How many Americans have been injured by the Tootsie Tanner? Apparently none, that the FDA knows of, at least, but they await your reports if you have been a victim.

More at Food and Drug Administration | Posted 7 years ago by Mark

Previously: Tanning Beds Triple Cancer Risk

Tags: FDA, Tanning, Tanning Salon, Ultraviolet Light, Tootsie Tanner

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Pigs Also at Risk

2 Heatstroke Apocalypse for Japan's Cows & Chickens

Japanese Kobe cows have a beef, and Japanese chickens are broiling: In the first one and a half month's of this year's record hot summer 959 milk cows, 235 meat cows, 136,000 egg chickens, and 289,000 meat chickens have died of heatstroke. Pigs aren't faring so well either, with 657 succumbing to the heat. These numbers are up only slightly from the last survey two years ago for cows and pigs, but more than double for chickens. The Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Ministry, who conducted the survey, is instructing farmers to have adequate heat shield materials and ventilation fans in animal enclosures. The heatstroke figures do not include Miyazaki Prefecture, which suffered a foot-and-mouth disease breakout this year, muddling the ability to determine cause of death.

More at Japan Times | Posted 7 years ago by Mark

Tags: Japan, Heatstroke, Farm Animals, Japanese Agriculture, Cows, Pigs, Chickens

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Only One in Six Have Success

3 Long-Term Weight Loss Difficult to Maintain

Long-term weight loss is difficult to maintain, finds a new study from Penn State College of Medicine researchers, who find that only one in six American dieters have success in keeping off lost weight. Currently, two-thirds of the adult US population is overweight and, as obesity rates rise, health professionals recommend that overweight or obese people aim for a loss of five to 10 percent of their weight to stave off metabolic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease. Finding the key to successful long-term weight loss is important to public health. "Identifying a significant percentage of the population that is succeeding in some weight loss may be an important target population for weight maintenance programs," says researcher Jennifer Kraschnewski, M.D., M.P.H.

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

Tags: Diabetes, Heart Disease, Long-Term Weight Loss, Maintaining Weight Loss, Public Health, Weight Loss, Penn State College of Medicine, Jennifer Kraschnewski

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From Hair to Eternity

4 Link Between Chronic Stress, Heart Attack Proved

Health experts proclaim the dangers of chronic stress on heart health but, until now, there hadn’t been a biological marker to measure it. Recently researchers at the U of Western Ontario developed a method to measure cortisol levels in hair. The research provides an accurate assessment of stress levels and predicted acute events, including heart attacks, in the months preceding them. The “stress hormone” cortisol has previously been measured in blood and urine but, because it’s secreted at the time of stress, measuring it was not an accurate predictor of acute events to come. However, cortisol is stored in hair. “... if we take a sample six cm long, we can determine stress levels for six months by measuring the cortisol level in the hair,” says researcher Dr. Gideon Koren.

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

Tags: Cortisol, Heart Attack, Heart Health, Stress, University of Western Ontario, Dr. Gideon Koren

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Shoulder Mishaps in Rough Waters

5 Hurricane Waves Breaking Bones

Residual rip tides and heavy surf from recent hurricanes have caused several dislocated shoulders and cervical injuries, reports CNN. Hurricanes may cause a dislocated shoulder if you extend an arm to break a fall caused by waves. Hurricane waves are also dangerous as they may knock you into rocks in the ocean. Dr. Roy Cragway of Maryland tells CNN that hurricane waters can cause ruptured eardrums. Dr. Cragway warns that people who experience bleeding in the ear or hear the sound of the ocean when away from it should consult with a doctor. Another safety tip is to avoid swimming in rough waters. Even very good swimmers may drown when in contact with forceful hurricane water.

More at CNN | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Hurricane Earl, Hurricane Danielle, Dr. Roy Cragway, Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin, Hurricane Safety, Swimming in Rough Waters, Types of Injuries in Hurricanes, Hurricane Water, Dislocated Shoulder, ruptured eardrums from Ocean, Busted Eardrum

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Do You Have an a Plus Kitchen?

6 Home Kitchens Would Fail Inspections

One in seven home kitchens would fail a restaurant inspection, and only 61 percent would receive an A or B rating if put to the test, say researchers. The small study by Los Angeles County in California found that 14 percent of home kitchens would flunk if subjected to the kind of inspections typically done at restaurants, reports MSNBC. In contrast, 98 percent of Los Angeles County restaurants receive an A or B rating when inspected. The home kitchen study results are based on an online survey of 13,000 adults, not actual inspections. The online quiz involved questions about food storage and refrigerator temperature. The findings will be published in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, a CDC publication.

More at MSNBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Los Angeles County Restaurants, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, Home Kitchens, Home Kitchen Safety, Food Safety at Home, Kitchens Fail Inspection, Proper Refrigerator Temperature

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What Weight Problem?

7 Americans Believe They Are Thinner Than They Are

"It's not just Americans. Everyone thinks they are thinner than they are."
- Mariana in the comments

Americans have a skewed perception about their weight, often believing that they are thinner than they actually are, according to a new poll conducted by Harris Interactive and HealthDay. The survey asked responders to provide their height and weight and then asked which category of weight they thought they fell into – normal, overweight, or obese. After calculating body mass index (BMI), the researchers found that 30 percent of those who were considered overweight, with a BMI greater than 25, actually thought they were normal size. Seventy percent of those who were obese (BMI greater than 30) thought they were merely just overweight. Regina Corso, VP of Harris Poll Solutions, believes that this may lead to obesity becoming the “new norm”.

More at Health Day | Posted 7 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Poverty Is a RIsk Factor for Obesity

Tags: Obesity, Weight Management

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When Fitness Becomes Obsessive

8 Exercise Bulimia on the Rise

There is such a thing as too much exercise. According to the National Eating Disorders Association, about 80 percent of patients who are diagnosed with bulimia use excessive exercise to control their weight, a condition known as exercise bulimia, compulsive exercise, or exercise addiction. The majority of these are women, aged between 15 and 35. The disorder is often difficult to diagnose, says Jackie Homes, director and founder of Casa Serena Eating Disorders Program in California. Signs to look for include guilt feelings for missing a workout, amenorrhea (loss of menstrual cycle), anxiety and stress, fatigue and depression, a compulsive nature, bone loss, and a drop in protein levels. Up to 11 million Americans annually suffer from an eating disorder such as bulimia or anorexia.

More at Chicago Tribune | Posted 7 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Stress of College Can Trigger Eating Disorder

Tags: Bulimia, Eating Disorders, Exercise, Fitness

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Better Quality Fruit

9 Organic Strawberries Are Higher in Vitamin C

Investigators have found that organic strawberries have more vitamin C than non-organic ones. The fruit also tasted better and had a better overall appearance, but were smaller in size. The researchers came to their conclusion by sampling fruit from 13 pairs of commercial farms located in Watsonville, California over a two year period. 40 percent of the state’s strawberries are grown in this region. In addition to vitamin levels, the organic strawberries also had a longer shelf life and were more resilient to stress. They also had higher antioxidant activity and higher concentrations of health-protecting phenolic compounds. There was a disadvantage to organically grown strawberries, however. The fruit had lower levels of the minerals potassium and phosphorus.

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

Previously: Dirty Dozen Produce Has More Pesticides

Tags: Antioxidants, Fruit, Strawberries, Organic, Vitamin C

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Peptides Cause Self Destruction

10 New HIV Treatment Targets Infected Cells

A new HIV treatment created by a team of Israeli researchers only kills the infected cells. It uses small pieces of proteins called peptides that enter the cell and increase the number of times the virus replicates, leading to the infected cell to self-destruct and leaves healthy cells unharmed. Abraham Loyter, one of the researchers, pointed out that "The usual medications kill the virus that has entered the body during infection and the (peptide) treatment allows cells infected with the genetic load of the virus to be killed." when he said This method has only been done in human cells infected with HIV, so more studies will need to be done in humans and animals to see if it is safe and effective. The study has been published in the British Journal “AIDS Research and Therapy.”

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

Previously: Two Drugs That Might Fight HIV

Tags: AIDS, HIV, HIV Treatment, Human Immunodeficiency Virus, Peptide Treatment for HIV, Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome

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The East German Itch

11 Daycare Before 2 Years Linked to Developing Eczema

German children put in daycare before 2 years old might be at a greater risk of developing eczema. Researchers followed 3,097 kids from birth to 6 and found 13 percent of East German kids were diagnosed with eczema by 4 compared to 8 percent of kids in West Germany. It was also noted that 55 percent of kids from East Germany attended daycare in their first two years compared to 6 percent in West Germany. The rates of both eczema and early daycare attendance are higher among East German children. After all factors were considered, children who attended early daycare were 56 percent more likely to develop the skin condition that is characterized by a scaly, itchy and reddish rash. Stress and exposure to more allergens and microorganisms have been suggested as possible causes.

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

Previously: Probiotics in Milk Guard Against Baby Eczema

Tags: Eczema, Eczema in Children, Daycare, Eczema in German Children

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To Cut or Not to Cut

12 Test May Determine If a C-Section Is Necessary

A test measuring lactic acid in amniotic fluid could be used to determine if a woman needs a C-section. Despite the criticism about the increasing rates of C-section, over 50 percent are performed as emergencies after the mother has undergone long and painful labor and the health of her and the unborn child are at risk. The uterus makes lactic acid when it is contracting, but if they get too high, they can actually inhibit contractions. Johan Ubby says “. . .A high level of lactic acid in the amniotic fluid indicates that the uterus is exhausted.” Oxytocin is given to induce a slow labors but not every woman responds to the hormone. Testing is already being done in Sweden, Norway and Belgium and hopefully reduce the number of unnecessary C-sections and speed up those who do need one.

More at BBC | Posted 7 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Obesity Appears to Increase the Risk of C-Sections

Tags: C-Sections, C-Section Test, Lactic Acid

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