January 31, 2011

Unconstitutional Reform

1 Florida Judge Rules Against Individual Mandate

The individual mandate, part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act requiring individuals to purchase health insurance by 2014, is unconstitutional, ruled a federal judge in Florida. Twenty-five other states have filed similar lawsuits over the health care reform, reports CNN. In his ruling Judge Vinson wrote, "I must reluctantly conclude that Congress exceeded the bounds of its authority in passing the Act with the individual mandate." He added that his decision was difficult and will have "indeterminable implications." Justice Department spokeswoman Tracy Schmaler has said that the ruling will be appealed.

More at CNN | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Opposition to Health Care Reform Weakens

Tags: Health Reform, Unconstitutional Health Care Reform, Unconstitutional Individual Mandate, Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Judge Vinson, Tracy Schmaler

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It's in the Nose

2 Dogs Can Sniff Out Bowel Cancer

Sniffing breath and stool samples, a specially trained Labrador retriever detected bowel cancer, including early stage, with 95 percent accuracy. The research is published in the journal Gut. Breath and stool samples used in the study came from 48 people with confirmed bowel cancer, as well as 258 volunteers free of bowel cancer. In 33 out of 36 breath tests and 37 out of 38 stool tests, the Labrador retriever successfully identified which samples were cancerous. The highest detection rates were among cases of early bowel cancer. Interpreting the findings, study authors suggest that chemical compounds for certain cancers may circulate throughout the body, making it possible to develop tests that detect cancer earlier.

More at Eurekalert | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Milk May Lower Risk of Bowel Cancer

Tags: Colonoscopy, Bowel Cancer Stool Samples, Dogs Sniff Bowel Cancer, Dogs Detect Bowel Cancer, Finding Early Stage Bowel Cancer

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President Denies Endorsement

3 Chick-fil-A Accused of Being Anti-Gay

Some question whether the popular chicken chain known as Chick-fil-A is anti-gay after a Pennsylvania outlet sponsored a marriage seminar conducted by one of the state’s most outspoken groups against homosexuality, reports New York Times. Chick-fil-A's president, Dan T. Cathy, responded to the anti-gay accusations in a video posted on the company's Facebook page. He said that providing brownies and sandwiches for a seminar isn't an endorsement. However, gay rights groups and students at some universities are very upset over the sponsorship. Chick-fil-A was founded by S. Truett Cathy, a very religious man who insisted that his restaurant stay closed on Sundays. New York Times notes that secular fans refer to the food as “Jesus chicken.”

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

Previously: Chick-Fil-a Calorie Counter

Tags: Dan T. Cathy, If You’re Eating Chick-Fil-a You’re Eating Anti-Gay, Jesus Chicken, Chick-Fil-a accused of Being Anti-Gay

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Surgery Cures Seizures

4 Toddler Has Right Half of Brain Removed

Katie Verdecchia, 2, had a hemispherectomy to remove the right side of her brain after suffering from up to 50 seizures a day, reports Today. Katie has Aicardi Syndrome, a rare disease diagnosed when the two sides of the brain don't connect. Before surgery, doctors predicted that Katie would only live to be 8 years old. The rare hemispherectomy surgery Katie underwent is performed worldwide around 200 times a year. While Katie is seizure-free after surgery, it's not known whether she'll be able to speak. People who suffer from Aicardi Syndrome typically can't speak. The disease continues to affect Katie's vision. Katie's parents told Today that they "try to just enjoy," and not place expectations on Katie.

More at Today | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Aicardi Syndrome, Rare Hemispherectomy Surgery, Brains Not Connected, Two Sides of Brain Not Connected, Katie Verdecchia, Rare Brain Surgery

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Few Follow Up

5 Gestational Diabetes May Be Red Flag for Mom

Gestational diabetes, which occurs during pregnancy and goes away at birth, is an often overlooked warning sign of future health problems for the mother, say researchers. About half of the mothers who experience gestational diabetes will develop Type 2 diabetes later on. New research by Quest Diagnostics reveals that fewer than a fifth of women who experience gestational diabetes follow up with a diabetes test within six months of delivery. Experts recommend that these women have checkups to protect against diabetes returning. MSNBC reports that the American Diabetes Association will recommend changing how pregnant women are tested to identify even milder cases of gestational diabetes.

More at MSNBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: American Diabetes Association, Gestational Diabetes, Quest Diagnostics, Dangers of Type 2 Diabetes, Predicting Type 2 Diabetes, Health Risks of Diabetes, At Risk for Diabetes, Mothers Who Have Diabetes, Diabetes During Pregnancy

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One Half to One Teaspoon a Day

6 Americans Need to Cut Back on Salt Intake

The new dietary guidelines have been released by the USDA and the Department of Health and Human Services and one of the primary recommendations is that at least half of the population need to drastically reduce their sodium consumption. The guidelines state that people who are 51 and older, all African Americans and anyone suffering from hypertension ,diabetes or chronic kidney disease should reduce sodium intake to just a little more than one-half of a teaspoon or about 1500 milligrams per day. For everyone else, the recommendation continues to be 2300 milligrams per day, still about one-third less than the average person usually consumes. The best way to decrease sodium in the diet is to fewer processed and canned foods and to spend less time at fast food restaurants.

More at Raleigh News and Observer | Posted 7 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Cutting Salt Reduces CV Deaths

Tags: Dietary Guidelines, Salt, Salt Consumption, Salt in Food, Salt Intake, Sodium

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Are You Always Happy?

7 Facebook Is Depressing to Some

On Facebook, you are most likely to put your best foot (or face) forward by only posting flattering pictures and showing “likes” but not dislikes. A recent scientific study published in the January issue of Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin finds that by helping people appear happy all the time, Facebook and other social networking sites may actually be making some of us depressed. People often misconstrue and overestimate other people’s happiness, states author and Stanford psychologist Alex Jordan, which can lead to inappropriately drawing conclusions and making comparisons to our own lives and well-being. Women, because they are more active on Facebook and post more personal information, may be at greater risk for this phenomenon.

More at Slate | Hat tip to All Facebook | Posted 7 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Facebook Blamed for Asthma Attacks

Tags: Depression, Facebook, Psychology

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Isothiocyanate Is Key Nutrient

8 Broccoli Can Help in Cancer Prevention

Broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables have long been thought of as cancer fighting foods and researchers from the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center at Georgetown University have found a specific compound that appears to stop the growth of cancer by encouraging cell death – a process known as apoptosis. Isothiocyanates, also found in cauliflower and watercress, may work by assisting a tumor suppressor gene known as p53 which helps prevent cancer growth as long as it is not mutated. Isothiocyanates will selectively bind with the mutated p53 genes to induce apoptosis, but will leave the normal version of the gene alone. Mutant p53 depletion may be an important target for cancer prevention and therapy, state the authors in the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry.

More at UPI | Posted 7 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: New Study Assesses Broccoli Benefits in Osteoarthritis

Tags: Broccoli, Cancer, Cancer Fighting Foods, Cancer Prevention, Vegetables, Cruciferous Vegetables

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Organic Moms Exercised Too

9 One in Ten Expecting Moms Eat Organic

During pregnancy, women are often most concerned about the foods they eat and the effects they could have on their unborn child. A Norwegian study that questioned over 65,000 women found that approximately 10 percent, or one in ten, expecting mothers report being more likely to eat organic food. Most often, the women chose vegetables and eggs more carefully, selecting those not produced with pesticides or other chemical ingredients. Women who consumed organic food during gestation also tended to exercise an average of three times a week and more often had normal or low body weight. Unfortunately, eating organic food did not always translate into healthier pregnancy habits. A significant number of those women also drank alcohol and smoked while pregnant.

More at Better Health Research | Posted 7 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: The Dangers of Obesity During Pregnancy, Fetal Exposure to Smoking May Cause Psychiatric Problems

Tags: Organic, Organic Foods, Pregnancy, Pregnancy Nutrition

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