September 26, 2010

He's Read All the Books

1 Bill Clinton's Heart Disease Reversal Diet

Bill Clinton explained in an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer (full transcript) that his recent weight loss was an unintended side effect of the mostly plant-based diet he adopted in an bid to reverse his heart disease. Former President Clinton revealed that the grafted vein from his heart bypass surgery had started clogging up with cholesterol. Concerned, he read various books, including Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease by Caldwell Esselstyn, M.D., Dr. Dean Ornish’s Programme for Reversing Heart Disease, and The China Study by researchers T. Colin Campbell and Thomas M. Campbell II. Mr. Clinton was convinced that the scientific research was converging on the notion that a plant-based diet can not only prevent, but actually reverse coronary heart disease.

More at CalorieLab | Posted 7 years ago by Mark

Previously: Is Bill Clinton a Vegan or a Pastatarian?

Tags: Bill Clinton, Heart Disease Reversal, Celebrity Weight Loss, Caldwell Esselstyn, Dean Ornish, The China Study

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Also Texas Fried Fritos Pie

2 State Fair of Texas Opens Sunday with Fried Beer

The State Fair of Texas is notorious for its greasy culinary treats, and the 2010 edition opening today is no exception. Previous years brought us fried peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, fried Coke, chicken fried bacon, and deep fried butter. Notice a pattern? This year the judges in the Big Tex Choice Awards Contest chose Texas Fried Fritos Pie as the best tasting entry, and as the most creative entry, Fried Beer. To fry beer you take a pretzel pocket, fill it with beer, and then throw it into the deep fryer. The inventor, Mark Zabel of Dallas, claims that it took three years of research and development to overcome the potential "violent reaction" that hot oil and beer can produce. He's in the process of patenting the invention. Among the runners up this year: deep fried lemonade.

More at State Fair of Texas | Hat tip to Telegraph | Posted 7 years ago by Mark

Tags: State Fair of Texas, Texas State Fair, Fried Beer, Texas Fried Fritos Pie, Fried Coke, Mark Zabel

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Women Taking over Oogui

3 Japan's 2010 King of Gluttony Was Almost a Woman

Japan's King of Gluttony competitive eating competition ended with Takuya Terasaka winning after eating 21 bowls of ramen, beating out Mika Kuwano, who ate 19. Mr. Terasaka, a 39-year-old restaurant manager, and Ms. Kuwano, a 28-year-old sports instructor, along with all the other competitors this time around, were relative newcomers to the world of "oogui." And the really surprising development was that not only did Ms. Kuwano, a woman, give Mr. Terasaka a run for his money, but six of the eight competitors this year were women. The King of Gluttony event is open to both men and women, but TV Tokyo, the producer of the event, also produces a Queen of Gluttony competition open only to women. Surely at this point they must be wondering if it might not be best to just merge the two events.

More at TV Tokyo | Posted 7 years ago by Mark

Tags: Competitive Eating, Japan, Oogui, Mika Kuwano, Takuya Terasaki, King of Gluttony

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Heavy Bias at Home

4 Parents Less Likely to Help Fat Kids Buy a Car

Parents of overweight or obese children may be less likely to help their heavy kids buy a car, say researchers from the University of North Texas in Denton. The study, published in the journal Obesity, found that college students who bought their own cars had a higher BMI than students who received help from their parents. The average BMI of students who purchased their own cars was 25, compared with an average BMI of 23 for students who received help from parents. The relationship between BMI and help buying a car couldn't be explained by gender, family income or whether the child engaged in risky behavior. Other studies have shown that parents of obese or overweight children are less likely to help those kids pay for college.

More at MSNBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Obese Kids, University of North Texas, Overweight Kids Face Bias, Parents Treat Fat Kids Differently, Fat Discrimination, Help Paying for College, Help Buying Car, Journal Obesity, Average BMI

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Crazy Bar Fight Injury

5 Man Has Knife Removed from Head After Three Years

"Next up: Woman has food processor removed from chest. 'I had no idea it was there until it showed up on the X-ray.'"
- Tim in the comments

Three years of intense headaches led Edeilson Nascimento of northeastern Brazil to take a chance on surgery to remove a four-inch knife blade that had been stuck in his head, reports MSNBC. Nascimento, 29, received the injury after being attacked in his home by assailants following a bar fight in 2007. Doctors feared that dislodging the blade would result in brain damage. They removed only the handle, leaving Nascimento to contend with a blade in his head for years and intense headaches. The tire repairman has told reporters that he's feeling great after his recent three-hour operation. Nascimento is scheduled to be released from the hospital next week.

More at MSNBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Basketball Related Brain Injury

Tags: Intense Headaches, Tire Repairman, Edeilson Nascimento, Northeastern Brazil, Strange Injuries, Man Lives Years with Knife in Head, Knife Wound to Head

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Cancer Is Dangerous for Partner

6 Breast Cancer Partners at Risk for Mood Disorders

"Men are upset if their wives have cancer? What a surprise! Who pays for these silly studies?"
- Daniel in the comments

Partners of breast cancer patients have an elevated risk for serious mood disorders, such as major depression and bipolar disease, as well as other serious mood-altering conditions, say researchers from the Institute of Cancer Epidemiology in Copenhagen, Denmark. Researchers studied 1,162,596 men with no history of hospitalization for an affective disorder. After a 13-year follow-up, researchers learned that partners of breast cancer patients were 39 percent more likely to be being hospitalized with a mood disorder, and men whose partners passed away from the illness had a 3.6-fold increased risk of having a mood disorder. Researchers suggest that doctors screen partners of cancer patients in general and partners of breast cancer patients in particular for depressive symptoms.

More at EureakAlert | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Genes Linked to Breast and Ovarian Cancer

Tags: Bipolar Disease, Partners of Breast Cancer Patients, Serious Mood Disorders, Institute of Cancer Epidemiology, Breast Cancer Patients, Affective Disorder, Helping Partners of Cancer Patients, Help for Spouses of Breast Cancer Patients, Depressive Symptoms

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Stem Cells for Spine and Brain

7 Gene Related to CNS Stem Cell Development Found

The gene that in embryos which convert neuroepithelial cells into neural stem cells that differentiate into brain or spinal tissue has been discovered. Researchers in Britain found Sox9 creates master stem cells, insight that may allow researchers to develop treatments for people who suffer from stroke, Alzheimer's disease or brain tumors. Neuroepithelial cells are the building blocks on which the central nervous system develops. Even in adults, the gene is necessary for the self-renewal and differentiation of stem cells into different types of nerve cells and supporting cells. Neural cells were produced by adding Sox9 to neuroepithelial cells of mouse embryos and mice with a genetic defect in the gene were impaired in their ability to renew damaged neurons at a later time.

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

Previously: Nose Drops to Treat Brain Cancer on Horizon

Tags: Alzheimer’s, Stroke, Sox9, Neuroepithelial Cells, Neural Stem Cells, Brain Tumors

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