December 17, 2010

Binge Drinking Bad for Heart

1 How You Drink Alcohol Affects Heart

How and when you drink alcohol can be more important to heart health than how much alcohol you drink overall, suggest French scientists reporting in BMJ. According to the 10-year study involving thousands of Irish and French men, French men drank more, but they had fewer cardiac problems. French men didn't engage in as much binge drinking as Irish men. French men are also more likely to drink alcohol with food. New York Times says that compared with regular drinkers, binge drinkers and teetotalers were nearly twice as likely to experience a heart problem. Study authors found that 75 percent of French men drank each day, compared with only 12 percent of Irish men. French men also drank more. They consumed an average of 1.2 ounces each day, compared with about .75 of an ounce for Irish men.

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

Previously: Binge Drinking Dangerous for Men with High BP

Tags: Dangers of Binge Drinking, How Binge Drinking Affects Health, Irish Drinking Study, French Drinking Study, Irish Versus French Drinking, Cardiac Risks of Alcohol

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Oh, No Christmas Tree

2 Christmas Can Be a Downer for Non-Christians

Symbols of Christmas like holiday trees in public places can make non-Christians feel kind of bummed, even if they don't sense these feelings are occurring. Researchers at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada claim that Christmas may cause some religious minorities to feel less self-assurance. University students filling out surveys didn't know that the study they were participating in was about Christmas, but when they answered questions in the same room as a 12-inch Christmas tree, their answers indicated they felt less included in the university as a whole. In two similar studies, non-celebrating students reported fewer positive feelings when answering questions in the Christmas room. Even celebrators felt more guilt when they were in the room with the tree.

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

Previously: Poinsettia Myth Busted

Tags: Christmas Tree, Holiday Trees in Public Places, Should Holiday Trees Be in Schools, Christmas for Non-Christians, Simon Fraser University, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology

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They Also Lower LDL

3 Almonds May Reduce Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

"I don't think anyone will mind eating almonds."
- Evelyn in the comments

Adding almonds to your diet may help treat or perhaps prevent type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease, suggest scientists from Loma Linda University who conducted a study at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. For 16 weeks, 65 adults with pre-diabetes ate diets conforming to American Diabetes Association (ADA) recommendations, but one of the groups had an almond-enriched diet. The study, funded by the Almond Board of California, revealed that participants consuming an almond-enriched diet experienced clinically significant reductions in LDL-cholesterol and greater improvements in insulin sensitivity compared to the nut-free group. Study findings are published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition.

More at Diabetes Health | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Almond Skins May Defend Against Infection

Tags: Loma Linda University, Prevent Type 2 Diabetes, Almond Board of California, Almond-Enriched Diet, Benefits of Almonds, Why Add Almonds to Diet, Lower Ldl Cholesterol Naturally, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey

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It's Healthy

4 Even President Obama Scoops Dog Poop

President Obama scoops first dog Bo's feces off the lawn when he takes him out for walks at night on the White House South Lawn. While speaking with children today at an elementary school, the President admitted he scoops dog poop just like anyone else, reports CBS News. When the kids replied with an "Eeewww," Obama reminded them that dogs must be walked, and that involves cleaning up too. Indeed, cleaning up dog feces rather than just leaving it on the ground is the healthy thing to do. According to the Doctors Foster and Smith website, many health threats to humans and other pets are contained within dog feces. These include giardia, roundworms, salmonella, parvovirus and Ecoli. Dog feces can also contaminate waterways.

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

Tags: Salmonella, Giardia, Roundworms, Parvovirus, Diseases from Dogs, Dog Feces Diseases, How Humans Get Giardia, Obama Walks Dog, First Dog Bo, White House South Lawn

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