February 4, 2011

Smaller Calf Muscles Blamed

1 Peripheral Artery Disease Is Harder on Women

Due to smaller calf muscles, women with peripheral artery disease (PAD) experience problems walking sooner than men with the disease, suggest researchers from Northwestern University. "After four years, women with PAD were more likely to become unable to walk for six minutes continuously and more likely to develop a mobility disability compared to men with the disease," says lead author Mary McDermott, M.D. Research findings, published in Journal of the American College of Cardiology, reveal that men in the study had a greater loss of calf muscle each year than the women. Yet, the greater lower extremity muscle reserve in men may have protected them from the rapid functional decline experienced by women.

More at Eurekalert | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: PAD Risk

Tags: Journal of the American College of Cardiology, Northwestern Medicine, PAD Risk, Peripheral Artery Disease, Small Calf Muscles, Leg Strength, Calf Muscles of People with PAD, Unable to Walk, Women with PAD Have More Trouble Walking, Mobility Disability, Lower Extremity Muscle Reserve

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Drug Removed from Market

2 Fruta Planta Weight Loss Products May Be Deadly

The FDA is urging consumers to stop using Fruta Planta and Reduce Weight Fruta Planta (the same product marketed under two names), both of which contain sibutramine, a drug that's been taken off the market for safety reasons. According to the FDA, sibutramine can increase both blood pressure and pulse rate, posing a danger to people with a history of stroke, coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure or arrhythmias. The FDA is aware of several cardiac events and one death associated with the use of Fruta Planta weight loss products. PRock Marketing LLC, of Kissimmee, Florida has recalled all lots of the drug. The FDA says that the product should be disposed of in a sealed container or returned to the manufacturer.

More at FDA | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Weight Loss Drug Denied FDA Approval

Tags: Congestive Heart Failure, Coronary Artery Disease, Sibutramine, Stroke, Fruta Planta, Reduce Weight Fruta Planta, Deadly Weight Loss Pill, Recalled Weight Loss Drug, FDA Recalls Chinese Drug, PRock Marketing LLC, Arrhythmias

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Hot Doesn't Always Equal Safe

3 Slow Cooker Safety for the Super Bowl

There probably isn’t a statistic for exactly how much party food will be consumed this Sunday before, during, and after the Super Bowl, but it is safe to say that with any large gathering that involves the preparation of food, there is a greater likelihood of developing a food borne illness if the proper precautions aren’t followed. Many savvy party food makers use a slow cooker or Crock Pot to keep foods such as hot dips and meatballs hot. But just because the food seems hot, do not automatically assume it is safe. The USDA offers answers to slow cooker safety questions on foodsafety.gov that include safe temperatures for foods such as meatballs and chili, a discussion of the food “Danger Zone”, and whether or not it is safe to thaw meats in a slow cooker.

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

Previously: Super Bowl Loss Associated with Cardiac Death, Meat Linked to More Illnesses Than Other Foods

Tags: Food Safety, Meat, Super Bowl, Slow Cooker, Party Food

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Poor Diet and Sedentary Kids

4 Kids Gain Weight When Mom Works Too Much

There have been several studies to suggest that when moms work, their children are at greater risk for poor diets and more sedentary lifestyles, so they therefore have a greater tendency toward childhood obesity. Another study conducted at American University has found that third grade children experience approximately a one pound gain in excess weight for every six months their mother works. The link became stronger as children matured into fifth and sixth grades. The implication is not that moms leave the workforce, stresses author Taryn Morrissey, but that there should be more policies in place to protect families of working mothers such as greater access to child care, healthier foods in schools and more flexible work schedules.

More at CNN | Posted 7 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Moms Emotional Abuse Damaging to Children

Tags: Childhood Obesity, Mothers, Weight Gain, Working Mothers

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Decreases Heart Size

5 Weight Loss Surgery May Repair Stressed Heart

Obesity is a risk factor for many types of heart problems, including atrial fibrillation, and cardiovascular disease leading to heart attack or stroke. Obese people often have signs of structural changes to the heart, including excess muscle mass in the left ventricle and enlargement of the right ventricular cavity – both conditions linked to heart failure. A new study which followed 400 patients after gastric bypass surgery finds that, with weight loss, the heart appeared to “remodel” itself, reducing the excess mass and decreasing the size of the ventricular cavity, thus decreasing the stress on the heart. The participants also had lowered blood pressure and heart rate and improved cholesterol levels, also decreasing the risk of a cardiovascular issue.

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

Previously: Bariatric Surgery Lowers Risk of Pregnancy Diabetes, Weight Loss Surgery Carries Unexpected Costs

Tags: Bariatric Surgery, Gastric Surgery, Heart, Heart Failure, Weight Loss, Gastric Bypass

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