October 31, 2010

$2.3 Million Verdict

1 Kimkins Diet Founder Loses Class Action Lawsuit

Southern California class action law firm Tiedt & Hurd prevailed over Kimkins Diet promoter Heidi Diaz in their class action lawsuit over the diet. Ms. Diaz anonymously promoted the diet on the the claim that she had lost 198 pounds, and when Kimkins hit the big time with a Woman's World cover story, Diaz quickly developed a website that included fake before-and-after photographs and endorsements, charging $40 for a lifetime membership. A class action lawsuit involves a lawyer organizing a small number of plaintiffs and convincing the court that they represent a larger group of people, in this case about 40,000 paid-up members of Ms. Diaz's Kimkins site. In addition to a $2.3 million verdict the law firm was awarded attorneys fees for their three-year prosecution of the lawsuit.

More at Say No to Kimkins | Posted 7 years ago by Mark

Tags: Kimkins, Heidi Diaz, Tiedt & Hurd, John E. Tiedt

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Nearly 100 Patients under Knife

2 Surgeons Guilty of Running Clinic of Horror

Three surgeons in Italy have been found guilty of performing unnecessary operations for financial or professional gain in what the media in Italy is calling a "clinic of horrors." The chief surgeon of the Santa Rita clinic in Milan, Pier Paolo Brega Massone, was sentenced to 15.5 years in jail, reports MSNBC. Two other surgeons who had formally worked at the clinic were sentenced to six and 10 years in jail. Eighty-three patients, some terminally ill, received unnecessary operations, including amputations. One woman received breast cancer surgery for inflammation. It's believed that the doctors performed the surgeries in order to receive big reimbursements from the state health system.

More at MSNBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Terminally Ill, Clinic of Horror, Santa Rita Clinic, Unnecessary Operations, Unnecessary Surgeries, State Health System, Breast Cancer Surgery

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Fuss Now, Anxiety Later?

3 Fussy Babies Likely to Have Mental Problems Later

Infants who are fussy during their first weeks of life are more likely than other children to experience mental health problems later in life, say researchers presenting at the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry's Annual Meeting. According to the new study, babies who act temperamental around four weeks old may be more likely to have mood or behavior problems down the road, including attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or anxiety. MSNBC reports that University of Iowa professor Beth Troutman said that infant fussiness can be a very good predictor of problems. For the study, mothers filled out questionnaires on their infants, rating how intensely babies cried and how often they got upset, as well as other questions. Kids were also evaluated at ages 8 to 11.

More at MSNBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Who Makes More Babies

Tags: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, University of Iowa, Beth Troutman, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry's Annual Mee, Infants Who Are Fussy, Infant Fussiness

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Alcohol More Devastating

4 Alcohol More Dangerous Than Crack

Alcohol is more deadly than illegal drugs like heroin and crack cocaine, claim researchers in Britain. Experts in Britain ranked substances based on how destructive they are to society and to individuals. Substances evaluated include ecstasy, alcohol, cocaine, heroin and marijuana. In addition to rating how the substances affect the human body, researchers also rated effects on the family, environment, health care, prison and social services. The experts believe that alcohol ranked so highly because of its widespread use and the devastating consequences for people involved with drinkers. Findings are available in the journal the Lancet. Research was funded by Britain's Centre for Crime and Justice Studies.

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

Previously: Beer Calorie Counter

Tags: Alcohol, Cocaine, Environment, Health Care, Heroin, Lancet, Marijuana Use, Marijuana Danger, Marijuana Deadly, Ecstasy, Prison for Drugs, Effects of Alcohol on Family, Britain's Centre for Crime and Justice Studies

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Candy Makes Mouth Acidic

5 Frequency of Candy Eating Raises Cavity Risk

It's the frequency of eating candy, not the amount, that can raise cavity risk, says Temple University dentist Mark Helpin. He says that eating candy changes the acid environment in the mouth. When the pH of the mouth becomes more acidic, cavities are more likely. The increased risk for cavities lasts for up to an hour after consuming candy. However, eating more candy at once does not make the mouth more acidic. That's why Helpin advises against munching on candy throughout the day, rather than just once or twice. Helpin says that it's a good idea to eat your dessert with meals since the production of saliva increases, helping to wash away the acid in the mouth. If brushing isn't possible after consuming candy, Helpin suggests rinsing a few times to reduce the acid levels in the mouth.

More at Science Daily | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Temple University Dentist, Raise Cavity Risk, Lower Cavity Risk, Mark Helpin, Acid Levels in Mouth, When to Eat Candy, Candy Causes Cavity, How Candy Rots Teeth

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More Women in Caregiver Role

6 New Alzheimer's Disease Poll Released

Sixty percent of Alzheimer's caregivers are women, as revealed in a new poll on Alzheimer's, part of The Shriver Report: A Woman's Nation Takes on Alzheimer's. The poll of 3,118 adults nationwide also found that four of 10 caregivers said they had no choice about their new role as a caregiver for someone suffering from Alzheimer's, reports WebMD. Nearly 70 percent of female Alzheimer's caregivers say they have emotional stress from their role, and they rate their stress as five on a scale of one to five. According to the poll, more than half of Alzheimer's caregivers admit that they fear developing the disease themselves.

More at WebMD | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: New Alzheimer's Vaccine Elicits Immune Response

Tags: Alzheimer's Caregivers, The Shriver Report, A Woman's Nation Takes on Alzheimer's, Maria Shriver's Dad, Alzheimer's Poll, Emotional Stress

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