December 23, 2010

Should Doc Pay for College?

1 Suing for Cost of Raising Kid When Vasectomy Fails

A doctor in Eugene, Ore. is being sued for the cost of raising a child, including the college expenses, after a botched vasectomy, reports MSNBC. Scott and Donnita Bassinger believe that Dr. Stephen Schepergerdes and Oregon Medical Group are liable for costs associated with the Cesarean delivery, as well as other expenses of raising a kid to equal $650,000. The Schepergerdes say that the doctor failed to tell them that he encountered complications during the 2007 vasectomy. The doctor allegedly noted in his records that Scott's tubes were thin and difficult to dissect. MSNBC says that Dr. Stephen Schepergerdes and Oregon Medical Group didn't respond to a request for comments.

More at MSNBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Pregnant Women Should Avoid Tuna

Tags: Stephen Schepergerdes, Oregon Medical Group, Scott and Donnita Bassinger, Sue Doctor for Cost of Raising a Child, Cesarean Delivery, Botched Vasectomy

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Bacteria to the Rescue

2 Designer Probiotic That Fights Obesity

One day, obesity-fighting probiotics could be a reality, as scientists in Ireland have taken a step in that direction with a specially engineered strain of Lactobacillus. The engineered bacterial strain produced a version of a molecule called conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), which may be associated with decreased body fat in humans. When fed to mice, Lactobacillus altered the composition of fat tissue. The findings revealed that it's possible that eating live bacteria may influence metabolism. "We need to further investigate the effects of CLA-producing bacteria on human metabolism, but our work so far certainly opens up new possibilities for the use of probiotics for improvement of human health," says Dr. Catherine Stanton, who led the study.

More at EureakAlert | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre (APC), University College Cork, Teagasc, Obesity-Fighting Probiotics, Dr. Catherine Stanton, Obesity Solutions, Bacteria Fights Fat, Conjugated Linoleic Acid

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Stay Away from US Airways Food

3 Looking for Healthy Airline Food? Fly United

While meal offerings on airlines have recently become quite scarce, if you are traveling this holiday season (or beyond), nutritionist Charles Stuart Platkin suggests flying United Airlines if you are hoping for healthy food. The assistant professor at CUNY School of Public Health contacted 8 US airlines, analyzed their menus for coach passengers on domestic flights, and gave each a score between one and five, with five stars indicating the most number of healthy offerings, including fruits and vegetables. United was given 4 stars for their snack boxes, which include tapas, tuna, or a turkey sandwich. JetBlue Airways came in second at 3 and one-fourth stars, particularly for their “Shape Up” meal box. American Airlines was a close third.

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

Previously: Obese Passengers Get Flab Roll Search

Tags: Air Travel, Airlines, Healthy Food, Nutrition

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Worry Linked to Chest Pain

4 Family Worries & Demands Linked to Heart Risks

Dealing with family worries and demands can increase a person’s risk of developing angina, chest pain or discomfort that occurs when the heart does not get enough blood. In a Danish study of 4,500 men and women in their 40s and 50s, the participants who were less affluent and depressed were more likely to report symptoms of angina, a symptom of coronary heart disease. Disagreements within close personal relationships such as with a partner or child had the greatest impact, increasing the risk of symptoms by more than 3.5 times and two times, respectively. Excessive demands from other family members also increased the risk by nearly double. Conflicts or concerns with friends or neighbors appeared to have little effect.

More at MSN Health | Posted 7 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Cardiologist Warns of Holiday Heart Syndrome

Tags: Angina, Depression, Family, Heart Disease, Heart Disease Risks, Stress, Chest Pain

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