December 5, 2010

Triple Bypass?

1 Top Ten Hints Santa Might Be Obese

Everybody loves Santa, but Canadian cartoonist Erik Sansom thinks he could stand to lose a little weight. In his "Top Ten Hints That Santa Might be Overweight," Sansom starts off by pointing out that Santa has hired two new reindeer: Husky and Bruiser. From there it gets worse and worse, as Santa has problems fitting into chimneys, even while wearing Mrs. Claus's corset. Will the Eat Like an Elf Diet help? Perhaps, but until then department stores are apparently experience a shortage of padding for their Santas, despite the fact that applicants are already starting out as obese.

More at CalorieLab | Posted 7 years ago by Mark

Previously: Recycled Christmas Tree for Bicycle Lovers

Tags: Christmas, Santa Claus, Obese Santa, Comics, Cartoons, Erik Sansom

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Contrave Could Pass

2 New Diet Pill Works with Risks

A diet pill under review for FDA approval works, but not impressively, and it carries risks. According to New York Times, Contrave by Orexigen Therapeutics narrowly meets effectiveness requirements and may present cardiovascular risks. The FDA has noted that patients taking Contrave lost 4.2 percentage points more weight than patients receiving a placebo. While this figure is short of the expected 5 percentage points, Contrave is considered effective, since around twice as many Contrave patients lost 5 percent of their weight as those on placebo. However, patients taking the drug experienced a small, yet statistically significant increase in heart rate and blood pressure. Two other diet pills, lorcaserin and Qnexa, failed to gain approval this year due to safety concerns.

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

Previously: Weight Watcher's PointsPlus Formula Unveiled

Tags: Lorcaserin, Qnexa, Weight Loss Supplements, New Diet Pill, Weight Pill under Review, Orexigen Therapeutics, Contrave Approval, New Pills for Weight Loss, Increase in Heart Rate, Side Effects Diet Pills

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Why Are Sharks Biting

3 Sharks Attacking Tourists in Egypt

"Not everything is caused by ecological problems. This is simply sharks knowing where the easy pickings are."
- Fionnula in the comments

Sharks have attacked several tourists in Egypt, killing one elderly woman. The Telegraph reports that the attacks took place in the popular Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh in the Sinai peninsula. Today, security and diving officials claim that a shark tore off an elderly German woman's arm, killing her almost immediately. Days before the German woman was killed, sharks "badly mauled" four other tourists in the same waters, reports The Telegraph. Oceanic white tip sharks are blamed for mauling a Ukrainian tourist and three Russians last week. The sharks reportedly bit off an elderly woman's hand and detached another woman's leg. Environmentalists believe the attacks may be a result of a declining ecosystem in the Red Sea.

More at The Telegraph | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Full Body Scan Risks Compared to Shark

Tags: Shark Attacks, Sharks in Egypt, Egyptian Red Sea Resort, Sharm El-Sheikh, Sinai Peninsula, Oceanic White Tip Sharks

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Don't Eat the Plastic Chunks

4 Bumble Bee Chicken Salad Recalled

Your lunch could be contaminated: Bumble Bee Lunch on the Run Chicken Salad Complete Lunch Kit (8.2 ounces) and Bumble Bee Chicken Salad with Crackers (3.5 ounces), both sold nationwide, are being recalled after consumers found plastic inside the canned chicken. CNN reports that the recalled products, made by Suter Company, haven't been connected with any reported injuries or illnesses. The lunch kit has a best by August 2011 date, and the cracker package has a best by February 2012 date. The Food Safety and Inspection Service designated the Suter Company's recall as a Class II, meaning there's a "remote probability of adverse health consequences."

More at CNN | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Food Safety

Tags: Run Chicken Salad Complete Lunch Kit, Bumble Bee Lunch on the Run, Bumble Bee Chicken Salad with Crackers, Suter Company, Food Safety and Inspection Service

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How Small Is That Small?

5 Small Food Labels Making Us Fatter

Size labels may distort a consumer's perception of food eaten, potentially resulting in overindulgence, a new study finds. Eating behavior may be affected by "small" food labels when someone eats more thinking that they're not consuming a "large" amount of food. Research findings, to be published in the Journal of Consumer Research, suggest that size labels are contributing to the obesity epidemic. According to MSNBC, the study involved one real-life experiment and four experiments conducted in a lab. In the real-life experiment, executives in a meeting consumed an average of 0.4 ounces or 12 grams more cookies from a plate labeled "medium" than cookies from a "large" plate. Yet, both plates contained the same amount (2.8 ounces or 80 grams) of cookies.

More at MSNBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Journal of Consumer Research, Confusing Food Labels, Size Distortion in Food, Food Size Problems, Making a Food Size Standard, Fighting Obesity, Factors in Obesity, Small Sizes Trick Us

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Flu Victims Killed by Own Body

6 H1N1 Kills via an Over-reactive Immune Response

The H1N1 flu pandemic in 2009 may have killed a disproportionate number of young and middle aged adults because of an over-reactive immune system response, suggest researchers from Vanderbilt University. It's not unusual for a flu pandemic to claim a disproportionate number of younger adults, but researchers haven't been sure why that's so. Studying the H1N1 cases from last year, as well as the 1957 Hong Kong flu pandemic, researchers found that adults who died had high levels of C4d in lung tissues, which suggests they were killed by their own immune systems. C4d is effective at protecting humans from organisms, but it can cause an inflammatory cascade, resulting in massive tissue damage, claim the researchers. The best protection is getting the flu vaccine.

More at EureakAlert | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Tamiflu BenefitsTransplant Patients with H1N1

Tags: Flu Pandemic, H1N1, Swine Flu, How H1N1 Kills Young, Why H1N1 Kills Young Adults, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

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Merck-Sponsored Muppets?

7 Sesame Street Introduces the "Superfoods"

On December 7, Sesame Street will roll out its latest Muppets, the "Superfoods." These affable puppets in the image of a banana, broccoli stalk, wedge of cheese and a hamburger bun aim to teach kids about healthy snacks. They're a part of an outreach initiative called "Food for Thought: Eating Well on a Budget." Curiously, as Mike Adams of NaturalNews.com points out, the superfood muppets oddly resemble the U.S. Department of Agriculture food pyramid. What's perhaps more peculiar is that Sesame Street's nonprofit organization Sesame Workshop partnered with pharmaceutical behemoth The Merck Company Foundation and UnitedHealthcare for the "Food for Thought" initiative.

More at NaturalNews.com | Posted 7 years ago by Marissa Brassfield

Tags: Child, Children, Sesame Street, Superfoods

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Don't Fear the Reaper

8 University Graduates Fear Death Less

Individuals who don't have university degrees are more likely to be afraid of death more than graduates, according to a University of Granada study. Researchers found that well-educated adults were less likely to assign negative attitudes to death, such as fear, than people who had a lower level of literacy. Parents who fear death are far more likely to have children who also fear death: 76 percent of kids who admitted being afraid of death had mothers who avoided discussing death.

More at Medical News Today | Posted 7 years ago by Marissa Brassfield

Previously: Fear of Falling Linked to Real Falls in Elderly

Tags: Death, Research, Mortality, Fear

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