January 13, 2011

Welfare States Skinnier

1 Is a Free Market Bad for Your Waistline?

British researchers have suggested that people living in "free market" economies are more likely to be obese! The Oxford University researchers reason that it's the stress of living in a "competitive social system without a strong welfare state" that could make people overeat, reports Reuters via canada.com. For the study, researchers compared four "market-liberal" countries where English is spoken (Britain, the U.S., Australia and Canada) with seven wealthy European countries that typically offer stronger social protection (Norway, Spain, Sweden, Italy, Finland, Germany and France). Researchers found that greater levels of income security were linked with lower obesity levels. Findings are published in Economics and Human Biology.

More at Canada.com/Reuters | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Canada Obesity, Norway Obesity, Spain Social System, Sweden Obesity Rates, Italy Slim People, Finland, Germany Obesity, Free Market Affects Weight, Economics and Human Biology

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Based on Morning Banana Diet

2 Dole Launches Go Bananas 2-a-Day Challenge

Dole has taken note of Japan's Morning Banana Diet craze, and they're hoping dieters will "go bananas" for their version of the weight-loss plan. The "Go Bananas 2-A-Day Challenge" by Dole is billed as a healthier version of the diet created by a Japanese pharmacist, reports fruitnet.com. According to Dole's website, their diet challenge "substitutes well-balanced meals and nutritious recipes for the 'all you can eat' approach of the Japanese plan." Dieters following Dole's plan will begin the day with two bananas and 8 ounces or more of water. For lunch and dinner, Dole offers meal plans online. According to Dole, the resistant starch contained in bananas works to block conversion of some carbs. Dole also notes that bananas help you feel full longer.

More at Fruit Net | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Japan's Morning Banana Diet, Weight-Loss Plan, Go Bananas 2-a-Day Challenge, Dole's Banana Diet, Dieting with Bananas, How to Lose Weight Eating Bananas

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Solids Before Six Months

3 Experts Question Breast-Only Advice

Child health experts writing in BMJ questioned the UK recommendation to exclusively breast-feed baby for the first six months. Led by Dr. Mary Fewtrell of the UCL Institute of Child Health in London, the authors examined the evidence backing the current breast-only recommendation, and they said it's time to rethink the advice. The authors believe that babies who are exclusively breast-fed for the first six months may face greater risks of iron deficiency anemia and higher incidence of celiac disease and food allergies. The author fear that waiting to introduce solid foods may cause babies to miss out on an important window for introducing new tastes, like a bitter taste that authors say may be important for later acceptance of green leafy vegetables.

More at Eurekalert | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: HIV Transmitted by Breast Milk

Tags: Celiac Disease, Dr. Mary Fewtrell, UCL Institute of Child Health in London, Iron Deficiency Anemia Cause, Causes of Food Allergies, How Long to Breast Feed

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GM Chicks May Protect Humans

4 Modified Chickens Won't Spread Bird Flu

Scientists have created genetically modified (GM) chickens that are incapable of spreading the bird flu virus. Although chickens infected with H5N1 bird flu still died, they didn't transmit the virus to other chickens, reports MSNBC. Scientists from Cambridge and Edinburgh universities introduced into the chickens a new gene that mimics a control element of bird flu. They think that the GM chickens could possibly cut the risk of bird flu causing deadly epidemics in people. Bird flu rarely affects people, but it can be very deadly to humans when it strikes. World Health Organization (WHO) has documented 516 cases of bird flu in humans since 2003. Of the 516 people infected, 306 died.

More at MSNBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Genetically Modified Chickens, Spreading Bird Flu Virus, H5N1 Bird Flu, Preventing Bird Flu in Humans, Deadly Bird Flu Epidemics, Edinburgh University

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Officials Say It's in His Head

5 Judge: Inmate May Sue for Rodent Bite to Penis

Peter Solomon, who was jailed at the Nassau County Correctional Center near New York City, may sue county officials over a rodent bite to his penis, ruled a judge. Solomon, a Vietnam veteran who claims he's been treated for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), says that his jailers knew that they were placing him in an area infested with rodents. He says that a rat or other rodent emerged from a hole in his mattress and bit him, drawing blood and forcing him to endure rabies shots. However, BBC reports that officials dispute the extent of Solomon's injuries, claiming that they were merely psychological and that his wound didn't require stitches.

More at BBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Rat Bite, Rodent Bite, Mouse Bite, Inmate Bitten by Mouse, Rat Bite to Penis, Penis Injury, When to Get Rabies Shot, Inmate Sues over Rat Bite, Nassau County Correctional Center

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Wheat Free Buns

6 Subway Testing Gluten-Free Sandwich Bread

Subway is testing a wheat-free bun especially for customers with gluten sensitivity at 700 outlets in Dallas and East Texas. The bread is made of egg whites, corn starch, and tapioca starch. The product arrives at the store pre-packaged and employees are instructed to cut the buns with a one-time use knife to prevent cross-contamination. “Being able to have the option to go into a quick service restaurant gives people (with celiac disease) more options,” says Les Winograd, a Subway spokesperson. Celiac disease is a common genetic disorder that affects about 1 in 133 people. Patients must abstain from wheat and other flours that contain a protein called gluten. Other restaurants adding gluten-free products to their menus include Outback Steakhouse and PF Chang’s.

More at CNN | Posted 7 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Celiac Disease Can Worsen with Age

Tags: Celiac Disease, Food Allergies, Food Allergy, Gluten, Gluten-Free, Wheat

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Prescription Only

7 FDA Limits Acetaminophen Dose in Pain Relievers

The FDA has asked drug manufacturers to limit the strength of acetaminophen in prescription drug products to 325 mg per tablet, capsule, or other dosage unit, making the product safer for patients. The action only applies to pain medications available by prescription such as Vicodin, Lortab, and Tylox. It does not apply to over-the-counter drugs such as Tylenol at this time, but the FDA is evaluating safety recommendations for these products as well. Healthcare professionals are also reminded to advise patients not to exceed the acetaminophen maximum total daily dose of 4 grams per day. The agency says that these actions will help to reduce the risk of severe liver injury and allergic reactions associated with acetaminophen, one of the most commonly used drugs in the United States.

More at US Food and Drug Administration | Posted 7 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Sea Snail Saliva May Treat Severe Pain

Tags: Pain, Pain Relief, Pain Relievers and Fever Reducers, Painkiller Prescription

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