September 8, 2010

Learn Before Going under Knife

1 Consumer Reports Now Rating Surgical Groups

Consumer Reports has started rating groups that perform surgery, reports New York Times. The ratings may fill a gap: Only New York and a few other states currently provide data-based ratings of doctors for patients. Consumer Reports is featuring the ratings of 221 surgical groups in 42 states in their October print issue and on their website for subscribers. However, the ratings will be posted online for free in a few months at the website for The Society of Thoracic Surgeons. The ratings refer to the surgical groups, but not individual doctors. Groups were given between one and three stars based on complications, survival rates, surgical techniques and medication choices.

More at New York Times | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Complications, Survival Rates, Surgical Techniques, Consumer Reports Surgical Group Ratings, Rating Surgical Groups, Finding the Best Surgical Group

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Watch Out for Sulindac

2 Woman Blinded by Drug Awarded $21 Million

A federal jury has awarded a New Hampshire woman $21 million in a lawsuit against Mutual Pharmaceutical Co. for severe side effects from the prescription drug Sulindac (or Clinoril), reports MSNBC. Karen Bartlett took the anti-inflammatory drug two weeks for shoulder pain. She was then admitted to the hospital where she stayed for 112 days, being treated for Stevens-Johnson Syndrome and toxic epidermal necrolysis (SJS/TEN) as a result of taking the drug. The potentially fatal skin diseases inflame the eyes and mucous membranes. Bartlett suffered from rashes that burned 65 percent of her skin. Her throat, lungs and stomach were also damaged. Bartlett underwent 12 eye operations, and is legally blind. She filed the lawsuit to help get the word about about the dangers of prescription drugs.

More at MSNBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Eye Surgery

Tags: Most Dangerous Prescription Drugs, Sulindac, Mutual Pharmaceutical Co, Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis, Burns on Skin, Stevens Johnson, Syndrome, Fatal Skin Diseases, Clinoril Side Effects, Clinoril, Anti-Inflammatory

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Drink Up to Play Longer

3 Energy Drinks Help Young Athletes

Drinking an energy beverage before and during a game may enhance the performance of athletes ages 12 to 14, say sports scientists from the University of Edinburgh. The scientists found, for the first time, that the athletes could continue with high-intensity, stop-start activity up to 24 percent longer than athletes who consumed a placebo drink. The research, published in European Journal of Applied Physiology, revealed that drinking a 6 percent carbohydrate-electrolyte solution (similar to an isotonic sports drink) worked to enhance endurance capacity, but didn't make the athletes run faster during intermittent exercise in team sports. The drink provides a supply of energy and helps prevent dehydration, which contributes to improved endurance capacity.

More at EureakAlert | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: PowerEdge Energy Drink

Tags: Energy Drinks, University of Edinburgh, Young Athletes, Play Longer, Sports Drinks, Drinking Energy Drink Before Game, Improve Performance in Sports, European Journal of Applied Physiology, Isotonic Sports Drink, Improved Endurance

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To Eat Less, Imagine Eating More

4 Images of Food Can Trick Us into Feeling Full

In a recent study reported at the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior in Pittsburgh, people shown a generous portion of food before a snack report feeling more satisfied several hours after eating, even if they actually ate a smaller amount. In contrast, being offered something that is “low fat” may lead to expectations of the food not being filling. A team of researchers showed half of a group of 32 participants a picture of a heaping pile of bananas and strawberries before giving all a strawberry-banana smoothie. The group that “feasted with their eyes” anticipated being fuller after the snack, and after three hours, reported being about 20 percent more satisfied. The study was repeated with a bowl of tomato soup, with similar results.

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

Previously: Cut Calories for a Long Healthy Life

Tags: Psychology, Weight Loss, Weight Loss Help, Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior

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America's Second Largest City

5 Jamie Oliver Tackles LA in Second Season

ABC has picked up Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution for a second season, and this time he is taking on the City of Angels. The “Naked Chef” recently won an Emmy for Outstanding Reality Series for the first season of the show, which featured America’s unhealthiest city – Huntington, West Virginia. According to the CDC, the area has the largest percentage of adults who report fair or poor health. An estimated 7.5 million viewers watched the six-part series last year as Oliver helped residents overhaul their diets. Food Revolution is based on Jamie’s Ministry of Food and School Dinners programs, which are global campaigns to improve the way people eat. Filming for the new series is due to begin in Los Angeles later this year.

More at Jamie Oliver | Hat tip to UK Telegraph | Posted 7 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution

Tags: Jamie Oliver, Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution, Food Reality TV, Naked Chef, Food Revolution, ABC, Huntington, Ministry of Food and School Dinners

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Beyond Picky Eating

6 New TLC Show Rehabs Freaky Eaters

TLC has premiered a new show called “Freaky Eaters,” based on a UK show by the same name. The people profiled on the show have bizarre obsessive-compulsive addictions with specific foods or food groups and psychotherapist Dr. Mike Dow provide interventions. Most of the “patients” have a compulsion to eat junk foods such as pizza, fries, and even raw meat, which is usually caused by an emotional trauma. All have a biological addictive response that Dr. Dow calls a “selective eating disorder,” although this is not a formally recognized diagnosis. Nutrition and wellness expert JJ Virgin will co-host the series, which TLC airs on Sundays at 10 pm with episodes set to repeat throughout the week.

More at TV Guide | Hat tip to LA Times | Posted 7 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Jamie Oliver's Second Season of Food Revolution

Tags: Eating Disorders, Food Reality TV, Addictive Behavior, TLC, Freak Eaters, Dr. Mike Dow, Addictions, Reality TV

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B for Brain

7 Vitamin B May Halt Brain Shrinkage in Elderly

A study demonstrated that very large doses of vitamin B can slow the rate of brain shrinkage in the elderly with memory issues, which could delay progression to dementia. A two-year study involving 168 people with “mild cognitive impairment,” a risk factor for dementia, involved giving them either four times the recommended daily intake (RDI) of folic acid, 300 times the RDI of B12, 15 times more B6 or a placebo. Brain scans were taken at the beginning of the study, with the rate in brain shrinkage as the endpoint. The individuals on the vitamins had a shrinkage rate of 0.76 percent a year compared to 1.08 percent in the placebo group. Vitamin B controls the amount of homocysteine in the blood, an amino acid associated with a higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

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

Previously: Exercise and Vitamin D May Reduce Alzheimer’s

Tags: Alzheimer’s, Dementia, Folate, Folic Acid, Mild Cognitive Impairment, Vitamin B, Brain, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12

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Fat Creates Fat

8 Impaired Brain Signals Linked to Obesity

A study has shown that a diet high in fat insulates brain cells, impairing their ability to send signals that tell the body to stop eating and use the energy it has consumed. Support cells in the brain develop overgrowth and interrupt the connection between the melanocortin system and mechanisms that regulate appetite and energy use. An obese person’s brain doesn't know if they are full, nor how much fat is stored, so they keep eating. The study, which used mice and rats, found those whose brains were predisposed to obesity gained 30 percent more weight than those with obesity-resistant cells. Professor Crowley also pointed out that “these neuronal circuits... begin to form early in life so that people may have a tendency towards obesity even before they eat their first meal."

More at Science Daily | Posted 7 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: High Fructose Corn Syrup Prompts Weight Gain

Tags: Diet, High Fat, Melanocortin System, Fat Insulates Brain, Obesity, Neuronal Circuits

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