December 14, 2010

May Cause Severe Lung Damage

1 Some Asthmatics Have Mold in Lungs

University of Leicester scientists, investigating allergic reactions towards A. fumigatus, a common mold, found that some asthmatics had the mold growing in their lungs. "Asthma is a common condition where the breathing tubes can go into spasm making it difficult to breathe. Around a fifth of adults with severe asthma, which they have had for a long time, get permanent narrowing of their bronchi. It is known that A. fumigatus can grow in the lungs of some people with asthma and mold allergy, which can cause severe lung damage,” said Prof. Andy Wardlaw who added that “... six out of 10 people with asthma who were allergic to A. fumigatus grew the mold from their sputum.” Researchers hope that treating patients with antibiotics may prevent narrowing of their airways.

More at Eurekalert.org | Posted 7 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Bacteria Linked to Asthma Attacks in Kids

Tags: Allergies, Asthma, Mold, University of Leicester, A. Fumigatus, Professor Andy Wardlaw, Breathing Tubes, Sputum, Mold Growing in Lungs

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For Nutritious School Food

2 Prez Signs Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act into Law

Yesterday, President Obama signed the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 into law. The bill’s intention is to “provide children with healthier and more nutritious food options, educate children about making healthy food choices and teach children healthy habits that can last a lifetime.” The bill gives the USDA authority to set nutritional standards for foods sold in schools, provides additional funding to schools that meet updated nutritional standards for federally-subsidized lunches and requires schools to make nutritional information available. The bill addresses childhood obesity, a cause championed by Michelle Obama. "I think that our parents have a right to expect that their kids will be served fresh, healthy food that meets high nutritional standards,” she said.

More at Www.WhiteHouse.gov | Hat tip to Cleveland.com | Posted 7 years ago by Melody Lesser

Tags: Childhood Obesity, School Lunches, USDA, President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010

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Toddler See, Toddler Do

3 Mothers Have Most Influence on Kids’ Food Choices

A mother’s eating habits have a tremendous impact on the food choices her child makes, says a study by Prof Mildred Horodynski, Michigan State U. The research indicates that toddlers are less likely to eat fruits and vegetables if their mothers don’t eat them. But, a mother’s influence is more far-reaching than that. Toddlers who are perceived as “picky eaters” by their mothers are also less likely to consume fruits and vegetables. "Perceptions of a toddler as a picky eater may be related to parenting style or culture," Horodynski said. "Mothers who viewed their children as picky eaters may be more lax in encouraging the consumption of fruits and vegetables." The bottom line? If you want your child to eat more fruits and vegetables, eat more of them yourself.

More at Eurekalert.org | Posted 7 years ago by Melody Lesser

Tags: Fruits and Vegetables, Healthy Eating, Michigan State University, Picky Eaters, Professor Mildred Horodynski

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It Makes No Diff

4 Fecal Transplant: New Cure for Intestinal Virus?

A fecal transplant is a new medical treatment being tried by a growing number of doctors to control severe cases of C-diff, a virus that attacks the intestines. The theory behind the procedure is to transplant a healthy person’s stool, which is rife with good bacteria, into a C-diff patient’s colon. Reports of several dozen fecal transplants indicate that long-suffering patients improve rapidly with this procedure. "This is the ultimate probiotic," says Dr. Lawrence Brandt, Montefiore Med Ctr, NYC, who’s performed 17 fecal transplants. But not everyone is convinced. Says Dr. Lawrence Schiller, Baylor Health Care, Dallas, "There's very good reason to think this fecal transplantation, or bacteriotherapy, might work, but it needs to be proven before everybody starts to do it."

More at CBSNews.com | Posted 7 years ago by Melody Lesser

Tags: Intestines, Fecal Transplant, C-Diff, Virus, Dr. Lawrence Schiller, Baylor Health Care, Dr. Lawrence Brandt, Montefiore Medical Center, Stool, Feces

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Houses Could Be Safer

5 Apartment Kids Get More Secondhand Smoke

Children living in apartment complexes have greater secondhand smoke exposure than children living in houses, finds new research. Researchers used national survey data to compare blood levels of cotinine in more than 5,000 kids ages 6 to 18. Cotinine is formed by the breakdown of nicotine, and is used to test for tobacco exposure. In all, 73 percent of kids in either detached houses or apartments had secondhand smoke exposure, but researchers found that cotinine levels were 45 percent higher in kids who live in apartments. Researchers aren't sure of the cause of increased exposure among apartment-dwelling kids, but they suspect that smoke creeping along ventilation systems or migrating through walls may be to blame. They note that some of the exposure could have occurred outside the home.

More at MSNBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Secondhand Smoke Affects Mental Health

Tags: Cotinine Levels, Disadvantages of Apartment Complexes, Apartment Complexes Not As Good As Houses for Kids, More Secondhand Smoke Exposure in Apartments, Benefits of Houses, Test for Tobacco Exposure

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Birthdays Play a Role in Obesity

6 Starting School Earlier Equals Trimmer Girls

Girls who start school at a younger age have lower body mass indexes (BMI), found researchers who studied nearly 6,000 teenage girls in the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth. Researchers from the University of Rochester School of Medicine focused on kids with birthdays just before the cut-off date, making them younger than other kids in the same grade, particularly those with birthdays just after the cut-off date for starting school. Fox News reports that after comparing the two groups of girls, researchers discovered that those with birthdays within a month of the cut-off date were more likely to be normal weight, and girls who started school late for their age were more likely to be overweight or obese.

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

Tags: Body Mass Index of Teen Girls, School Start Date Affects Weight, Age of Starting School Matters, Birthday Relationship to Weight, National Longitudinal Survey of Youth

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Activity Helps, but Not Enough

7 Exercise Not Enough Against Middle Age

Daily exercise for 20 years isn't enough to completely cancel out the effects of a slowing metabolism in middle age. According to a new study, daily exercise for 20 years does help to significantly reduce weight gain in middle age, but some middle-age bulge will remain. The 20-year study revealed that women had more success than men in keeping away excess weight during middle age. On average, women with the highest levels of activity gained 13 pounds less than others. Men with higher activity levels gained an average of 6 pounds less weight than others, but researchers believe men tend to overestimate activity levels. Basketball, brisk walking, running, exercise class and housework counted as high activity. Findings are published in Journal of the American Medical Association.

More at MSNBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Middle Age Brings Happiness and Contentment

Tags: Activity Levels, Journal of the American Medical Association, Slowing Metabolism in Middle Age, Why We Gain Weight in Middle Age, Reasons for Weight Gain, Exercise Throughout Life Matters

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Teens See Marijuana As Safe

8 Pot More Popular with Teens Than Cigarettes

More teens are smoking marijuana than cigarettes, reports CBS News. A new study by the University of Michigan revealed that pot is more popular with high school seniors than tobacco. This year, 21.4 percent of high school seniors reported using pot within the last 30 days, and only 19.2 percent reported smoking cigarettes. According to the study authors, marijuana use may be on the rise among teens because they don't view it as a dangerous drug. The study also found that teen use of the drug Ecstasy increased, possibly due to declining concerns over safety of the drug. The good news is that teenage use of alcohol has declined. Use of alcohol among high school seniors is at its lowest rate since the start of the annual study in 1975. Binge drinking is at its lowest since 1999.

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

Previously: Binge Drinking Dangerous for Men with High BP

Tags: Binge Drinking Rates, Teen Drinking Rates, Fewer Teens Drinking, Fewer Teens Smoking Cigarettes Than Pot, Number of Teens Smoking Pot, How Many Teenagers Use Marijuana, More High School Seniors Using Marijuana, Teen Use of the Drug Ecstasy

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Mourning Frosty

9 Bus Driver Quits After Killing Snowman

Why did the Champaign-Urbana bus driver quit after deliberately running over a snowman while on duty? The college prank, which placed frosty in the middle of the snowy Illinois road, was filmed. After viewing the YouTube video, transit authority supervisors must have talked with the driver who veered toward the ill-fated snowman on the campus of the University of Illinois. However, it's unclear whether the bus driver was asked to resign. According to Chicago Breaking News Center, Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District spokeswoman Jan Kijowski refused to discuss the driver's resignation or to offer an identity.

More at Chicago Breaking News Center | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District Spokeswoman Jan Kijowski, Bus Driver Who Killed Snowman, Bus Hits Snowman, University of Illinois Prank, Bus Driver Quits over Prank

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State of Emergency Says Gov

10 Winter Chill Threatens Florida Crops

Florida’s annual citrus crop is worth billions of dollars annually. Unusual freezing temperatures over the last few days threaten many of those, as well as other produce like green beans and sweet corn. Florida is also one of the leading winter producers of corn, valued at $229 million in 2009. . Governor Charlie Crist declared a state of emergency Sunday because of the crop damage threat. When Florida crops are damaged, shoppers pay more for produce because replacement product is imported from outside the US. Farmers are trying different strategies to save the crops, such as hiring $2500 per hour helicopters to push warm air down toward the plants to prevent frost from settling. They are also trying a method that uses a layer of ice to protect the plant from freezing temperatures.

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

Previously: Adults and Children Not Eating Enough Produce

Tags: Fruits, Fruits and Vegetables, Produce, Vegetables, Florida Citrus

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Creates Drug Resistant Bacteria

11 FDA: 29M Lbs of Antibiotics Used in Meat

The US Food and Drug Administration has, for the first time, estimated the amount of antibiotics sold for use in domestic food animal production. The agency concludes that in 2009, just shy of 29 million pounds were sold for use in animal agriculture in an attempt to ward off disease and promote growth. In June, the FDA drafted guidance on the judicious use of such drugs in animal agriculture in which they say “misuse and overuse of antimicrobial drugs creates a…process that enables antimicrobial resistant bacteria to increase in numbers more rapidly…and thus increases the opportunity for individuals to become infected by resistant bacteria.” The agency states that unnecessary or inappropriate use should be avoided by farm animal production facilities.

More at Food Safety News | Hat tip to The Daily Green | Posted 7 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Resistance to Antibiotics Can Last Up to a Year

Tags: Antibiotic Resistance, Antibiotics, Bacteria, Farm Animals, Food and Drug Administration, Meat

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Local and Seasonal Food Top List

12 Time Presents Top Ten Food Trends of 2010

Time Magazine has published fifty different lists of the best and worst of the past twelve months, including the top ten food trends to hit the US in 2010. Over the past year, restaurant chefs are moving toward a more local food movement, including seasonal cooking and preparing heritage breeds of produce. Green markets, food from small farms, gardens, and raw unpasteurized milk are becoming more popular as well. Food writers are gaining readership across the nation. At home, cooking machines typically used by chefs are becoming popular, such as a vacuum-simmering system called sous vide. On the negative side of the scale, Americans are still eating a lot of fast food and television shows that spotlight oversized portions such as Man Versus Food are popular.

More at Time Magazine | Posted 7 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Small Slaughterhouses Support Local Food Trend, Taste-Testing KFC’s Double Down

Tags: Fast Food, Food Trends, Local Food, Television, Popular Food Trends, Green Marketings, Restaurants

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