January 19, 2011

Thanks Gestational Carrier

1 Star Couple Announces Birth of Baby Girl

Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban announced the birth of their second daughter, Faith Margaret, who was brought into the world via a “gestational carrier,” a woman who carried the couple’s fertilized embryo to term. This is unlike surrogacy where the surrogate mother’s egg is used. Among the reasons a couple may choose a gestational carrier are that some women are born without a uterus but have healthy eggs; others may have a medical condition that could make pregnancy dangerous, says Dr. Alan Penzias, a fertility specialist in Boston who did not consult on the famous couple’s pregnancy. The process requires extensive genetic testing to ensure that the baby will be healthy and psychological testing to ensure that all parties can withstand the stresses of the unique situation.

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

Tags: Fertility, Pregnancy, Nicole Kidman, Keith Urban, Gestational Carrier, Surrogate Mother, Dr. Alan Penzias, Fertilized Embryo

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Making Monkeys of Us

2 Birth Control Pills Don’t Cause Weight Gain

The belief that oral contraceptives cause weight gain is false, finds new research. "Issues surrounding weight are hard to study in humans,” says lead author Alison Edelman, M.D., who used rhesus monkeys’ since their reproductive systems are nearly identical to humans. The monkeys, half of which were obese and half of which were of normal weight, were given oral contraceptives and researchers tracked weight, food intake, muscle mass, body fat and activity levels. At the end of the study, the normal weight group remained stable but the obese group lost weight. Scientists admit that “research in nonhuman primates cannot entirely dismiss the connection between contraceptives and weight gain in humans, but it strongly suggests that women should not be as worried as they were."

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

Previously: Pelvic Exams Not Necessary for Birth Control Pills

Tags: Birth Control Pills, Oral Contraceptives, Rhesus Monkeys, Alison Edelman

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Skip the Lipitor?

3 Little Support for Statins for Low-Risk Patients

While Cochrane researchers found that statins do reduce the risk of fatal and non-fatal strokes and heart attacks, people without heart or circulatory disease history who are considered low risk may not need the drugs. For this group, doctors should prescribe statins "with caution," say researchers writing in The Cochrane Library journal. Even though statins like Lipitor are among the world's best selling drugs, scientists say there's not enough evidence to support their widespread use. Thirteen of the 14 trials reviewed in the study were sponsored by the drug industry. Researchers believe that since so many of the trials supporting statin use are industry-sponsored, the overall results may be biased.

More at MSNBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Statin Use Doesn't Increase Cancer Risk

Tags: The Cochrane Library, Reducing Statin Use, Too Many People Take Statins, Low Risk May Not Need Statin, Risk of CVD, Who Needs Statins, Who Should Take Statins, Statin Studies Sponsored by Drug Companies

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Britain Says No to Ads

4 Vitaminwater: Too Much Sugar to Be Nutritious

Coca-Cola's Vitaminwater contains too much sugar to be called "nutritious" in ads, says the Advertising Standards Authority in the UK. Coca-Cola will not be allowed to continue with the ads that were used in Britain last summer, reports Chicago Tribune. The ads described Vitaminwater as “delicious and nutritious.” Britain’s ad regulator says that shoppers wouldn't expect a drink called "nutritious" to contain between four and five teaspoons of added sugar. Coca-Cola won't face any disciplinary action as long as the ads aren't used again. Meanwhile, health advocates in the U.S. are also concerned that Coca-Cola is using deceptive labeling to market Vitaminwater.

More at Chicago Tribune | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Vitaminwater Claims, Drinks Making Health Claims, Add Sugar Content in Soft Drinks, Health Drinks, Advertising Standards AuthorityCola-Cola Ad Claims

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What's Inside Your Drink?

5 Alcoholic Drinks May Get Nutrition Labels

A proposed bill from the Federal Tax and Trade Bureau that would require nutrition labels on alcoholic beverages like wine has the support of Diageo, a leading distributor of beer, wine and spirits. Yet, Delish reports that the wine industry in particular is having a hard time with the proposed bill. Many wine producers would like to avoid the headache of having to test each vintage of every varietal. Instead, the Wine Institute would like for producers to be able to generalize calorie and carb counts. They'd also prefer to have a thin strip-type label rather than a typical, boxy nutritional label. Delish writes, "A prettier label may make you forget just how many calories you're drinking, right?"

More at Delish | Hat tip to MSNBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Menu Nutrition Labels May Not Help

Tags: Nutritional Labels, Alcohol Calories, Carbs in Alcohol, Nutrition Labels for Beer, Diageo, Wine Institute

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Rehab from Home

6 Telerehab Works After Knee Surgery

Telerehabilitation, an Internet-based post-op rehab program that can be conducted in the patient's home, provides results comparable to traditional rehab for patients recovering from knee replacement surgery, say researchers from Australia. The findings, published in Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, show that patients participating in telerehab using the Internet achieved better results in the area of reducing joint stiffness. The study involved 65 patients who had total knee arthroplasty (TKA), also known as total knee replacement. Patients in the telerehab group received real-time interaction with a physical therapist with video and audio. However, the sessions were completed in a hospital room which was designed to replicate a home environment.

More at Eurekalert | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Weight Gain Common After Knee Replacement

Tags: Rehab After Knee Surgery, Knee Rehab, Recovering from Knee Surgery, University of Queensland, Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Trevor Russell, Post-Op Rehab Program, Rehab Through Internet, Total Knee Arthroplasty

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Bears Should Hide

7 New Taser Designed for Use on Wildlife

"This whole bear thing is a ruse by the Taser marketing department to allow them to sell to civilians for personal protection"
- Mark in the comments

"Ouch," goes Mr. Bear! Unfortunately for wild critters, a new Taser is coming to market, and it's aimed right at them. However, the Taser is billed as a more humane form of protection against wildlife. The Taser is capable of firing multiple shots, more easily stopping large animals like a bear or a moose. According to TreeHugger, being armed with a new wildlife Taser may make it "difficult to avoid being a bit more cavalier" since you have a "weapon that puts wildlife in 'sleep mode' for a while." In other words, folks with Tasers could become a bit too brave and adventurous in some instances.

More at TreeHugger | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Taser Safety with Meth Users

Tags: Taser, New Taser, Wildlife Protection

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Celebrity Endorses Light Milk

8 Susan Sarandon Has Got Milk, Do You?

Susan Sarandon, 64, is the latest celebrity to be featured in the “Got Milk?” ad campaign by the California Milk Processor Board (CMPB), originally launched in 1993 to promote the consumption of milk. The Oscar-winner, sporting the trademark milk mustache, promotes “light milk” which is likely referring to a low fat version of the dairy beverage. “9 out of 10 Americans aren’t getting essential nutrients we need,” reads the ad. “That’s a serious gap, but just one more serving of nutrient-rich milk a day for you and your family can help fill it.” Milk provides bone building nutrients such as calcium and vitamin D, as well as potassium and protein. In 2011, the organization launched “Get Fit With Got Milk” which also promotes fitness.

More at NY Daily News | Posted 7 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Milk Drinkers Lose More Weight, Milk May Help Decrease Heart Disease Risk, Milk May Lower Risk of Bowel Cancer

Tags: Calcium, Milk, Vitamin D, Low-Fat Milk

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