December 8, 2010

U.S. Near Top of List

1 21 Fattest Countries on Earth Named by WHO

A new list compiled by the World Health Organization (WHO) names the 21 fattest places on earth, reports CBS News. While about 67 percent of Americans are overweight, the U.S. certainly isn't the only country with a weight problem. The top five overweight nations and their percentages overweight include Panama (67.4), Saudi Arabia (73), French Polynesia (74), Kiribati (82) and American Samoa (94). Other countries on WHO's fat list include Canada, Chile, the Indian Ocean nation of Seychelle, Barbados, Macedonia, the United Kingdom, Bahrain, Croatia, Israel, Malta, New Zealand, Bosnia and Herzegovinia, Kuwait and Egypt. Germany has one of the higher overweight rates at 66.5 percent, and the U.S. is next on the list with 66.9 percent.

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

Tags: New Zealand, Fattest Countries, Barbados, Macedonia, The United Kingdom, Bahrain, Croatia, Israel, Malta, Bosnia and Herzegovinia, American Samoa Fattest Country, Fattest Places on Earth, French Polynesia, Kiribati

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Biological Clock in Trouble

2 Winter Birthday Affects Mood

People born in the winter could suffer from disruptions to the body's biological clock, which regulates mood, claim researchers who studied mice born and weaned in a winter light cycle. The new research could help explain why an individual with a winter birthday faces a higher risk of mental health disorders like seasonal affective disorder (SAD), bipolar depression and schizophrenia, reports MSNBC. Researchers used mice genetically engineered with biological clock neurons that glowed green when active. They found that winter-born mice didn't react as well to changing seasons as summer-born mice. Researchers say that the winter-born mice experienced an exaggerated response to season change that was very similar to that seen in SAD, a mood disorder experienced in humans, often in winter.

More at MSNBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Schizophrenia, Effect Winter Birthday, SAD, Bipolar Depression, Seasonal Affective Disorder Causes, Risk of Seasonal Affective Disorder, Why Winter Birthday Affects Mood

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Medical First

3 Doctors Capture Live Birth Using Open MRI

For the first time ever, a live human birth was captured on an open MRI, reports The Local, Germany's news in English. MRI images from the birth, which took place at Berlin’s Charité Hospital, will allow researchers to study how babies move through the mom's pelvis and down the birthing canal. MSNBC reports that the captured images reveal bone movement and how the baby's head changes shape during birth. The live birth caught on the special open MRI was the culmination of a two-year project by the researchers who hope that the images will help explain why some births stall or don't progress normally. According to The Local, around 15 percent of women need a Caesarian section because the baby doesn't move properly down the birth canal.

More at The Local | Hat tip to MSNBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Birth Caught on MRI, Open MRI Captures Birth, How Human Birth Works, Seeing Baby Pass Down Birth Canal, The Local, German News in English, Why Births Stall, Why Caesarian Section Necessary, Berlin’s Charite Hospital

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Burger Bar CPR

4 Elvis Saves a Runner at Marathon in Las Vegas

On his wedding day, an anesthesiologist dressed as Elvis saved a runner who passed out at a burger joint. Sounds like a joke, but it happened in Las Vegas. Claudio Palma, 36, was dressed for the Las Vegas Rock 'n' Roll half-marathon on Sunday. A fellow runner passed out after the race at the Burger Bar at Mandalay Place. Dr. Palma, complete with sideburns and jumpsuit, performed CPR, reviving the woman. When she came to, the woman "didn't know why Elvis was kissing her," reports MSNBC. "She was giving me a weird look and telling me she was okay," Dr. Palma told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. That same day, Dr. Palma married his wife Rhanee at the run-thru chapel at mile two of the race.

More at MSNBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Chocolate Elvis

Tags: Las Vegas Rock 'n' Roll Half-Marathon, Elvis, Dressed As Elvis for Wedding, Marrying in Vegas, Las Vegas Weddings, Vegas Stories, Doctor Saves Woman in Vegas, Elvis Doctor Saves Woman, Marathon Runner Faints, Claudio Palma

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Getting Your Hands Dirty

5 BPA Found on Money

Bisphenol A (BPA), which can be absorbed through the skin, is really everywhere: Researchers have even found the chemical on money. BPA is a hormone-disrupting chemical found in many everyday items, including some plastic products and cash register receipts. The new report about BPA on money was published by Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families and the Washington Toxics Coalition (WTC). The report, called "On The Money: BPA on Dollar Bills and Receipts," contains findings of tests of dollar bills and thermal register receipts. CNN reports that researchers tested the first 22 receipts they collected from 10 states and DC, finding BPA on half of them. They also tested 22 $1 bills, discovering BPA on all 22 bills. Researchers believe that BPA from register receipts transfers onto money.

More at CNN | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: BPA on Register Receipts

Tags: Bisphenol a, BPA Banned in Baby Bottles, BPA Effects, BPA on Money, Germs on Money, What's on Money, Tests of Germs on Money, Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families, Washington Toxics Coalition, WTC, Thermal Register Receipts

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