December 22, 2010

Advice Is to Wait for Honeymoon

1 Study Says Delaying Sex Leads to Better Marriage

Delaying sex until marriage builds stronger and longer-lasting relationships says research from Brigham Young U. Researchers examined responses from married individuals who participated in an online marital assessment test which included the question, “When did you become sexual in this relationship?” A statistical analysis showed that couples who delayed sex until after marriage rated relationship stability 22 % higher than those who engaged in premarital sex early in their relationship. They rated relationship and sexual quality higher as well. Couples who had sex prior to marriage but later in their relationship, rated these qualities higher than their counterparts who engaged in sex early on, but only half as high as those who delayed sex until the honeymoon.

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

Previously: Married People Tend to Be Less Physically Fit

Tags: Brigham Young University, Marriage, Sex, Marital Sex, Premarital Sex, Better Marriage, Building a Stronger Marriage

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Can’t Get with the Program

2 Weight Watchers Potentially Dangerous for Kids

Actress Gennifer Goodwin of “Big Love” fame was once a nine-year old member of Weight Watchers. But, the diet company tells TMZ, “under no circumstances whatsoever” can kids under the age of ten join nowadays. Goodwin started Weight Watchers 23 years ago but, in 2003, the company underwent a policy change. The new company line? It’s potentially dangerous for children under 10 to become WW members. Pediatric endocrinologist Dr. Supama Jain told TMZ that the diet giant is “wise not to give its stamp of approval to anyone under 10, because the diet does not provide enough calcium and protein for a growing body.” But, says WW, “Between the 10th and 17th birthday, a doctor’s permission note is needed and the doctor is responsible for recommending a healthy weight goal.”

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

Previously: Weight Watchers' New PointsPlus System

Tags: Calcium, Childhood Obesity, Protein, Weight Watchers, TMZ, Gennifer Goodwin, Dr. Supama Jain, Children's Dietary Needs

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Sarah Picking on Michelle

3 Palin Belittles First Lady's Kid Nutrition Effort

"As a fat kid who lived through the Kennedy fitness years I shudder every time I hear about the national obesity fight. What it does is stigmatize fat kids even more."
- Gramma in the comments

Sarah Palin is using her television show "Sarah Palin's Alaska" to launch verbal shots at First Lady Michelle Obama's focus on childhood nutrition, reports CBS News Senior White House Correspondent Bill Plante during the "The Early Show." On Sunday's episode of Palin's reality show, she said, "Where are the s'mores ingredients? This is in honor of Michelle Obama, who said the other day we should not have dessert." Palin was referring to Michelle Obama's statement made during a talk for her anti-obesity campaign, Let's Move. According to CBS News, Michelle Obama said, "The problem is when things get out of balance, When dessert is practically a food group." What's next? Plante told "The Early Show" viewers: "... don't hold your breath for any response from the first lady."

More at CBS News / the Early Show | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Michelle Obama, Sarah Palin's Alaska, Palin Making Fun of Anti-Obesity Campaign, Let's Move, CBS News Senior White House Correspondent Bill Plante, The Early Show Palin

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Fake Pills with Real Effect

4 Placebo Pills Work Even When Labeled Placebo

Placebo pills, medicine containing only inactive ingredients, have been shown to work for relieving symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) even when patients understand they're taking a placebo! Researchers, reporting in PLoS ONE, prescribed sugar pills twice daily for volunteers with IBS. They even labeled pills as "placebo." Volunteers understood that the pills contained no active ingredients, yet almost double the number of those taking the placebo experienced symptom relief compared to the control group. Amazingly, the symptom reduction experienced by the placebo group was equal to that experienced by people taking the most powerful drugs for IBS. Doctors may be able to use transparent placebos, eliminating ethical concerns of patients thinking they're receiving real drugs.

More at CNN | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Placebo Effect, PLoS ONE, Placebo Pills, Ethical Concerns of Giving Patients Sugar Pills, IBS Drugs, Relieving Symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome

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Dummy Pill May Be Smart

5 Behind the Placebo Effect

Placebo or "dummy" pills could work even when patients taking them know they're taking them, finds a study from Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC). Senior author Anthony Lembo says he felt awkward asking patients to knowingly take dummy pills for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and he was surprised when they worked to relieve symptoms. Why would a placebo pill work even when patients know it shouldn't? Harvard Medical School associate professor of medicine Ted Kaptchuk says that the "findings suggest that rather than mere positive thinking, there may be significant benefit to the very performance of medical ritual." In other words, just the act of popping a pill may have a medicinal effect!

More at EureakAlert | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Weight Loss Drugs

Tags: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Dummy Pills, Behind the Placebo Effect, Why Placebo Pills Work, Doctors Prescribe Dummy Pills, Relieving IBS Symptoms, Anthony Lembo

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Have Chemo, Keep Hair

6 Cap May Help Cancer Patients Keep Their Hair

The experimental DigniCap may help cancer patients receiving chemotherapy keep their hair, reports MSNBC. DigniCap is a tightly fitting cap featuring a circulating cooling gel which chills hair follicles, limiting absorption of chemotherapy. Breast cancer patient Heather Millar, 47, is one of only four people in the U.S. to try the cold cap so far. After three chemo sessions, Millar still has her dark blond hair. The FDA requires a 100-person trial of the DigniCap for safety and effectiveness before approving the Swedish device. At least 65 percent of cancer patients receiving chemo lose their hair, an emotionally and psychologically damaging side effect of treatment. Some cancer patients feel that their hair loss makes social interaction more awkward.

More at MSNBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Experimental DigniCap, Heather Millar, Chemo Sessions, Circulating Cooling Gel, Cool Cap, How to Keep Hair When on Chemo, FDA Trial of DigniCap, Limiting Absorption of Chemotherapy

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Abbott Recalls Strips

7 Glucose Test Strips May Give False Low Reading

Millions of glucose test strips from Abbott Diabetes Care have been voluntarily recalled for giving false low blood glucose readings, the FDA said Wednesday. The FDA has noted that the faulty strips don't absorb enough blood for proper testing. Brand names affected by this recall include Precision Xceed Pro, Precision Xtra, MediSense Optium, Optium, OptiumEZ and ReliOn Ultima. The Abbott blood glucose monitoring systems bearing the same brand names are not involved in the recall. False readings given by the recalled glucose test strips could stand in the way of patients not treating elevated glucose levels, and they may also make patients needlessly attempt to raise their blood sugar levels. Visit Abbot Diabetes Care for recalled lot numbers.

More at CNN | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Sleep Wake Cycle and Glucose

Tags: Precision Xceed Pro, Precision Xtra, MediSense Optium, Optium, OptiumEZ, ReliOn Ultima, Recalled Glucose Test Strips, Diabetes Care Recalls, False Low Blood Glucose Levels, Abbot Diabetes Care Recall

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Moderation Matters

8 Weight Watchers Free Fruit, Good or Bad?

The recent launch of the new PointsPlus System from Weight Watchers has spurred a mild controversy. Should fruit really be considered a free food when it comes to calculating points and calories for an overall healthy weight-loss plan? Karen Miller-Kovach, chief scientific officer of Weight Watchers International, admits she struggled with the decision. While some, such as Joanne Slavin, a food science and nutrition professor, say that fruit isn’t a nutritional bargain, Miller-Kovach cites studies that indicate that people who consume fruit without limits do not take in excess calories. Fruit and vegetables alike contain vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants and Americans do not eat enough, stresses the American Dietetic Association. With everything, though, moderation matters.

More at Washington Post | Posted 7 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Weight Watchers New Points Plus System

Tags: Diet, Dieting Help, Diets, Fruit, Fruits, Weight Loss, Weight Loss Help, Weight Watchers

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Iron and Folic Acid

9 Prenatal Vitamins Affect Kids Educational Future

Ensuring an adequate supply of certain vitamins and minerals during pregnancy not only protects baby from the risk of physical conditions such as spina bifida, but they may also enhance mental skills that can help children become smarter, more organized and have better fine motor skills, positively affecting educational future. Researchers from the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health focused on two important nutrients when studying children born to mothers in rural Nepal. Iron is essential for the development of the central nervous system, they write, and iron deficiency is the most common and widespread nutritional disorder in the world. Folic acid impacts neurocognitive function. Both have a significant impact on intelligence, executive function and motor skills.

More at Reuters | Posted 7 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Mothers High Fat Diet Increases Birth Defect Risk, Breastfeeding Saves Lives and Money

Tags: Brain, Dietary Supplements, Folic Acid, Iron, Pregnancy, Pregnancy Nutrition, Prenatal Vitamins, Central Nervous System

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Can Farming Keep Up with Demand

10 Organic Foods Have a Down Side Too

According to the Organic Trade Association, sales of organic foods increased just over 5 percent in 2009 and now make up about 4 percent of total US food sales. As more consumers become aware of the healthful side of organic produce and benefits to eating locally grown foods, experts project sales to increase as much as 13 percent more each year. But although organic farms are less damaging to the environment and produce food with lower levels of pesticide residue, a Washington State University professor warns that because organic farms typically have a lower yield and are more labor-intensive to grow, “current food production levels will have to increase about 70 percent to meet the demand” if everyone goes totally organic.

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

Previously: Dirty Dozen Produce Has More Pesticides, Underestimating Organic Food Calories

Tags: Organic, Organic Foods, Farming, Food Sales

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Cook Eggs or Use Pasteurized

11 Making Safe Homemade Eggnog

We all remember the Salmonella outbreak this year linked to shell eggs. Now that it is the holiday season, and one favorite is eggnog, FoodSafety.gov is offering tips on how to make it safely to reduce the risk of food-borne illness. Eggs, obviously, are the key ingredient in most recipes, but they are often raw or undercooked, which increases the risk of Salmonella poisoning. The FDA advises starting with a cooked egg base instead, especially if you will be serving the beverage to at-risk populations, such as children, pregnant women or the elderly. You also have the choice of using egg substitute products or pasteurized eggs in place of raw. Just don’t fall for the myth that adding alcohol to the drink will kill the bacteria. It’s not likely to happen, say food safety experts.

More at Food Safety News | Posted 7 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: 228 Million Eggs Recalled Due to Salmonella, House Approves Food Safety Bill

Tags: Egg Recall, Eggs, Food Safety, Holidays, Salmonella, Holiday Recipes

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South Linked to Fatal Strokes

12 Study IDs "Stroke Belt" and "Stroke Buckle" States

Individuals who live in "Stroke Belt" and "Stroke Buckle" states have an increased chance of having a stroke and dying from a stroke than people in other areas, according to a new study out of Emory University. "Stroke Belt" states include Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee, while "Stroke Buckle" areas include the coastal plain regions of Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. Inhabitants of the stroke buckle areas were 11 percent less likely to eat 6 ounces or more of non-fried fish per week than study participants who lived elsewhere; stroke belt inhabitants were 17 percent less likely. Individuals who live in these areas are more likely to consume fried fish, which contains fewer omega-3 fatty acids than non-fried fish.

More at WebMD | Posted 7 years ago by Marissa Brassfield

Previously: Fattest States for 2010 Announced

Tags: Fattest American States, Fattest U.S. States, Obesity

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