November 30, 2010

Man Loses 98 Pounds

1 Google Street View As Weight Loss Tool?

Bob Mewse, 56, was surfing the net, searching for a way to lose weight when he saw a Google Street View image of himself that horrified him into shedding 98 pounds, according to the British paper, The Daily Mail. “I'd been thinking about losing weight for some time but after seeing that picture, I knew that I actually had to do something about it," he said. "I was in such bad condition that I was unable to walk and talk at the same time." Mewse trimmed down to 196 pounds the tried and true way. He joined a gym, hired a personal trainer and cut out fatty and sugar-laden foods from his diet. Mewse, who says his blood pressure is finally under control added, "If I can do this, anybody can. I'm just an ordinary bloke. I feel much healthier now."

More at CBSNews.com | Hat tip to DailyMail.co.uk | Posted 7 years ago by Melody Lesser

Tags: Diet, Fitness, Obesity, Weight Loss, Bob Mewse, Google Street View, Man Loses 98 Pounds. Fat Loss

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Deep Fat Is the Bad One

2 Belly Fat Can Make Bones Weaker

While doctors have suggested that excess body fat could help protect against osteoporosis, new research reveals that belly fat may actually weaken bones and contribute to osteoporosis, reports CNN. Scientists presenting at the Radiological Society of North America say that visceral fat (deep belly fat around organs) is associated with lower bone mineral density. However, superficial belly fat located just under the skin may offer protection against heart disease or diabetes when distributed around the hips. The new research, conducted at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital, included 50 premenopausal women who had their fat analyzed using computerized tomography (CT).

More at CNN | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Diabetes Risk, Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital, Superficial Belly Fat, Advantages of Superficial Belly Fat, Dangers of Visceral Fat, Deep Belly Fat Around Organs, Premenopausal Women, Heart Disease Risks, Bone Disease, Protect Against Osteoporosis, Computerized Tomography, Lower Bone Mineral Density

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Feel Less Pain

3 Acupuncture Changes How Brain Processes Pain

Acupuncture's effect on the perception and processing of pain has been controversial, but the procedure has now been shown to alter how the brain processes pain, say researchers. The researchers discovered that activation in areas of the brain involved with pain perception was greatly reduced or modulated under acupuncture. Lead researcher Dr. Nina Theysohn of University Hospital in Germany says that the study results indicate that acupuncture can help relieve pain. For the research, 18 healthy study participants volunteered to undergo fMRI with an electrical pain stimulus on the left ankle. "Functional MRI gives us the opportunity to directly observe areas of the brain that are activated during pain perception and see the variances that occur with acupuncture," says Dr. Theysohn.

More at EureakAlert | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Acupuncture in America

Tags: Dr. Nina Theysohn, University Hospital in Germany, Functional MRI, FMRI, Electrical Pain Stimulus, Benefits of Acupuncture, Studies on Acupuncture, Acupuncture Effect on Pain Perception, Relieve Pain

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Risk of Forgetting Pandemic

4 Not Much Media Coverage of HIV/AIDS

Developed countries are at risk for forgetting about the HIV/AIDS pandemic, suggest an international team of researchers from the University of Leeds and other groups. Research findings reveal that HIV/AIDS media coverage in developed countries fell by more than 70 percent in the last 20 years. Newspapers based in France and U.S. had the most dramatic decline in coverage of HIV/AIDS. Since most research on HIV/AIDS happens in the developed world, scientists think that lack of interest could hamper the advancement of solutions to the pandemic that's spreading in Sub-Saharan Africa and other developing countries. Researchers also believe that attention to climate change, international terrorism and the global recession may be factors in the declining news coverage of the HIV/AIDS pandemic.

More at EureakAlert | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Peptide Treatment of HIV

Tags: HIV Pandemic, AIDS Pandemic, Media Covering HIV, AIDS in News, Forgetting AIDS in Developed World, Institute for Futures Studies and Technology Assessment, Decline in Coverage of HIV AIDS, Climate Change, International Terrorism, Global Recession

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Cheating Without Guilt

5 Narcissistic Students More Likely to Cheat

Narcissistic college students are more likely to cheat on assignments and exams, and they don't feel guilty about it. Researchers from Ohio State University at Newark and Howard University say that their study results suggest that narcissistic students were motivated to cheat because getting good grades is an opportunity to show off. "Narcissists feel the need to maintain a positive self-image and they will sometimes set aside ethical concerns to get what they want," says Amy Brunell, lead author of the study. She also notes that narcissistic students tend to feel less guilt when they cheat on college work. The study which involved 199 college students is available online in the journal Personality and Individual Differences.

More at EureakAlert | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Personality Disorders Taken Away

Tags: Ohio State University, Howard University, Personality and Individual Differences, Narcissistic College Students, Amy Brunell, Who Cheats in College, Why Narcissists Cheat

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Not a Good Sign

6 Sex That Makes You Blind

Going temporarily blind in one eye after sex happens, but it's not a good sign, reports MSNBC. Doctors in Denmark said that a 66-year-old male patient always went blind in one eye for a few minutes each time he had sex, which was about three times a week. And he's not the only one having blinding sex. Another case was a 48-year-old woman in Texas who went blind in one eye for 30 minutes after sex. According to MSNBC, such blindness is called “transient monocular vision loss,” and the culprits could be atherosclerosis and heart disease. A trigger like climax could cause a piece of fatty plaque to break off of the carotid artery and travel to the eye’s retinal artery, restricting blood supply to the eye. Cases may be treated with statins, blood thinners or even surgery.

More at MSNBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Blind Woman Guide Horse

Tags: Atherosclerosis, Statins, Blinding Sex, Going Blind After Sex, Blind in One Eye After Sex, Weird Health Stories, Strange Symptoms of Heart Disease, Blood Thinners, Transient Monocular Vision Loss

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Potatoes with a Side of Potatoes

7 Potato Diet Update: Man Loses 21 Pounds

"It's not the potato. It's the stuff ON the potato."
- Barabara in the comments

After a 60-day diet of nothing but potatoes, the first thing that Chris Voigt wanted to eat was tacos, fajitas, and fruit. Voigt is the head of the Washington State Potato Commission who went on the highly-publicized diet to draw attention to the fact that the potato is the only vegetable not allowed for purchase under the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) federal food assistance program. The government also is calling for a limit in the amount of potatoes allowed in the USDA school lunch program. Voigt was also successful in dispelling the myth that potatoes are unhealthy and cause weight gain, as he lost 21 pounds on the diet and his cholesterol level fell 67 points. “It’s been great that…it’s drawn some attention to the nutritional value of potatoes,” Voigt said.

More at Fox News | Posted 7 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Man Bored with Sixty Day All Potato Diet

Tags: Cholesterol, Diet, Potatoes, WIC, School Lunch

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House Must Now Reconcile

8 Senate Passes Food Safety Legislation

The US Senate approved the S.510 Food Safety Modernization Act that will increase the ability of the US Food and Drug Administration to recall contaminated foods, increase inspections, and require accountability of food producers across the country. The bill passed with a vote of 73 to 25, after an amendment was made to exempt small farmers who make less than $500,000 a year in sales. While the FDA is responsible for 80 percent of the nation’s food supply, the bill does not rule on meat and poultry processing plants which are under the jurisdiction of the US Department of Agriculture. A similar House bill passed last year, and now the two must be reconciled before being presented to the President to sign into law.

More at NY Times | Posted 7 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Small Farms Exempt from Food Safety Bill, Meat Linked to More Illnesses Than Other Foods

Tags: Food and Drug Administration, Food Safety, Food Safety Law

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Fruits and Veggies Are Free

9 Weight Watchers New PointsPlus System

"In the past I have always tried to keep my choices to the lowest point values available. But now I see that in order to eat 29 points I need to eat better protein. Kudos to WW."
- Barbara Gershenoff in the comments

Weight Watchers International has launched its first major overhaul of its popular Points system formula in over a decade. The newest PointsPlus formula not only takes into consideration calories, but also factors in protein, carbohydrate, fat, and fiber encouraging people to make healthy food choices based on nutrition and not calorie levels alone. The biggest change to the formula is the provision of fresh fruit as a “free” or Zero Point food. Previously, only non-starchy vegetables were considered zero points. The new program also encourages more fresh, natural foods low in fat and sugar and avoidance of highly processed foods. Weight Watchers Points Plus has been used in Europe for the past year after years of clinical testing at the Medical University of South Carolina.

More at USA Today | Posted 7 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Weight Watchers Makes Changes in UK

Tags: Dieting, Diets, Nutrition, Obesity, Weight Loss, Weight Watchers, PointsPlus

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Higher to Prevent Deficiency

10 IOM Sets Recommendations for Vitamin D and Calcium

The Institute of Medicine has set new specific recommendations for vitamin D and calcium intake for all Americans. The amounts are higher than the guidelines set 13 years ago, particularly for vitamin D, which health experts have suggested were previously too low. The latest guidelines state that both children and adults under the age of 71 need 600 IUs of vitamin D daily. Calcium requirements are based on both age and gender, with most adults between the ages of 19 and 50 needing 1,000 milligrams a day. Older men and women require slightly more, 1200 milligrams, for preservation of bone density. Vitamin D deficiency has additionally been linked to cardiovascular health problems, diabetes and certain cancers.

More at USA Today | Posted 7 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Vitamin D Deficiency Widespread

Tags: Bone Health, Calcium, Dietary Adequacy, Dietary Guidelines, Vitamin D, Vitamin D Deficiency

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