September 21, 2010

Personal Pep Talk

1 Talking to Yourself Is Helpful for Self Control

Want to quit smoking, lose a couple of pounds or get yourself to the gym? Try talking to yourself, say researchers from the University of Toronto Scarborough whose study shows that using your inner voice is an important aid in controlling impulsive behavior. "We give ourselves messages all the time with the intent of controlling ourselves ..." says lead author Alexa Tullett. "We wanted to find out whether talking to ourselves in this 'inner voice' actually helps." A series of self control tests involved participants who were asked to either ignore or listen to their inner voices. "Through a series of tests, we found that people acted more impulsively when they couldn't use their inner voice or talk themselves through the tasks," says researcher Professor Michael Inzlicht.

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

Tags: University of Toronto, Inner Voice, Behavior, Controlling Behavior, Alexa Tullett, Michael Inzlicht

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Roommates’ Weight a Factor

2 Freshman Fifteen a Fallacy for Some

Not all freshman women put on the dreaded “freshman 15,” finds a study from the U of Michigan that says that women with heavier roommates gain less weight than those with slimmer ones. While it may seem counterintuitive, researcher Kandice Kapinos says that heavier women tend to diet and exercise more. "It's not really the weight of your roommate that's important, but the behaviors your roommate engages in.” Previous studies indicate that having an obese spouse or friends increases one’s likelihood of being overweight “because people often select those who are similar to themselves.” Women with heavier randomly assigned roommates gained an average of half a pound. They also found that the average freshman weight gain is 2.5 to 6 pounds, much less than the dreaded Freshman 15.

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

Tags: Obesity, University of Michigan, Weight Gain, Weight Gain for Women, Freshman Fifteen, Kandice Kapinos

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Girls More Concerned with Weight

3 White Girls Have Most Weight Loss Surgery

While white teenagers and young adults accounted for under 30 percent of obese people in a recent study, they had 65 percent of the bariatric surgeries, reports MSNBC. The study included 590 California kids ages 13 to 20 who underwent weight loss surgery between 2005 and 2007. The findings were published in Pediatrics. In contrast to the high percentage of white girls receiving weight loss surgery, only 21 percent of obese Hispanic young people had the surgery. However, Hispanics accounted for 52 percent of obese people in the study. Researchers also revealed that even though females made up only 43 percent of obese participants, they received 78 percent of the weight loss surgeries.

More at MSNBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Journal Pediatrics, Bariatric Surgeries, Weight Loss Surgeries, White Teenagers, Who Has Most Weight Loss Surgery, White Teens Weight Surgery

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Eat Less and Live Long

4 World's Oldest Man Turns 114

The oldest man in the world, Walter Breuning of Montana, takes one aspirin a day and eats only two meals each day, says CBS News. Breuning's mind is also very sharp. He even remembers his grandfather talking to him about fighting in the Civil War, and he also recalls where he was when President McKinley was assassinated. Breuning, who was born on September 21, 1896, wears a suit and tie each day as he strolls the halls of the Rainbow Retirement Center. He says that you should keep your mind and body busy all the time. He also believes that you shouldn't eat too much, and you should be nice to people.

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

Previously: Woman Claims to Be 130 Years Old

Tags: World's Oldest Man, Advice from the World's Oldest Man, President McKinley, Walter Breuning, Civil War Relatives

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Hurricane Karl Sets Crocs Free

5 280 Crocodiles Escape Refuge

Around 280 crocodiles have escaped from a refuge located near the Gulf of Mexico as a result of damage from Hurricane Karl, reports Yahoo News. Heavy flooding from the hurricane allowed the endangered Morelet crocodiles to flee the Mexican refuge in Antigua, Veracruz. The crocodiles are roaming around in six coastal areas of Veracruz, and residents have been instructed not to capture or kill them. While the governor of Veracruz reported the number of escaped crocodiles as 280, some media outlets have put the number closer to 400! Morelet crocodiles may reach around 10 feet long. They live in freshwater rivers, swamps and lakes, as well as brackish coastal waters in eastern Mexico, Guatemala and Belize.

More at Yahoo! News | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Drunk Man Tries to Ride Crocodile

Tags: Crocodiles, Crocodiles Escape, Crocodile Refuge, Morelet Crocodiles, Endangered Morelet Crocodiles, Antigua, Veracruz Mexico, Brackish Coastal Waters, Mexico, Guatemala, Belize

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New Clue in Treating Stroke

6 Enzyme Linked to Nerve Cell Death After a Stroke

Researchers have found an enzyme, NOX4, has been found to cause nerve cell death in a stroke and a drug that might better protect the brain from damage. Researchers gave mice that had a stroke an experimental drug named VAS2870 which blocks NOX4 and were able to dramatically reduce the amount of brain damage they suffered and preserved brain function. Blocking the enzyme did not cause any problems in mice which suggest that "no obvious side-effects are to be expected from a future NOX4 inhibitor drug." Current treatment is with the clot buster tissue plasminogen activator, but it has to be given within three hours of having a stroke. Previous research focused on reactive oxygen species that accumulate in cells, but drugs aimed at decreasing ROS have not been shown to be effective.

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

Previously: Sleep Apnea Doubles Risk of Stroke in Men

Tags: Stroke, Brain Damage Due to Stroke, NOX4, Tissue Plasminogen Activator, VAS2870

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Health Care Only Part of Costs

7 Another Study Shows Obesity Hurts the Pocketbook

Several costs associated with obesity besides health care that hurt the wallet, according to a study by George Washington University. More sick days and extra gasoline for vehicles cost more for obese people, particularly women. It was observed in this study and previous ones was that obese women earn less than skinnier women so increased costs affect them more. This does not apply to men. Researchers also estimated the yearly economic value of lost life at $8,365 and $6,518 for women and men, respectively. Another study calculated that about one billion extra gallons of gasoline are used due to the increased weight of car passengers. The study was funded by a company that manufactures gastric banding, a surgery performed to fight obesity.

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

Previously: Military Says Obesity Is National Security Threat

Tags: Obesity, Costs of Obesity, Obese Women, Obese Men

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Newer Drugs Pose Greatest Risk

8 Antipsychotics May Increase Risk of Blood Clots

Researchers in England looking at approximately 25,000 cases of blood clots found that antipsychotic medications most commonly used for conditions like bipolar disease and schizophrenia increased the risk. They are also used to treat chronic nausea and agitation in individuals with dementia. About 16,000 suffered deep vein thrombosis and over 9,000 developed pulmonary embolism. Those on the newer drugs had a 73 percent increased risk compared to a 28 percent increased risk for those on the other types. The highest risk seems to be when the patient begins taking the drug. This study demonstrates the importance of determining who is at greatest risk of developing blood clots due to other conditions before treating them with these drugs and to monitor them more closely.

More at BBC | Posted 7 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Tags: Schizophrenia, Antipsychotics, Side Effects of Antipsychotics, Blood Clots, Deep Vein Thrombosis, Pulmonary Embolism, Bipolar Disease

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Two a Day Keeps the Polyps Away?

9 Study Looks at Two Drugs to Fight Colon Polyps

The National Health Services Bowl Cancer Screening Programme in England is going to recruit about a 1,000 people to determine if taking eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and aspirin daily reduce the risk of polyps that are often a precursor to bowel cancer. Individually, both have been shown to lower the incidence of bowel polyps and researchers believe that there may be a synergistic effect if both are taken. Both drugs have few side effect and people who have had heart attacks or strokes are already on them. If this study shows that taking both drugs reduce the risk of developing polyps, it could be given to people who have a history of polyps and are likely to develop them in the future and those are at risk would need fewer checkups. The study will begin in April or May of 2011.

More at BBC | Posted 7 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Tags: Colon Cancer, EPA, Colon Polyps, Bowel Cancer, Eicosapentaenoic Acid, Aspirin, National Health Services Bowl Cancer Screening Programme, Colon Polyp Study

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