February 23, 2011

Shock Parents, Docs

1 YouTube Self-Mutilation Vids Get Millions of Hits

YouTube videos of kids engaging in self-mutilation, known as cutting, are getting millions of views, concerning parents and doctors, says a new study which analyzed the top most 100 viewed videos showing self injury. The top vids, which often showed live enactments or bloody photos, had been viewed more than 2.3 million times, often to favorable viewer ratings and comments, say study authors. Sixty-four percent of the vids showed cutting; the rest showed other types of self-mutilation. Few videos discourage self-mutilation and many glamorize it, say study authors who add that the vids may attract young self-mutilators and trigger the behavior. Between 14 and 24 percent of teens and young adults have engaged in self-injury at least once, says study co-author Stephen Lewis, U of Guelph.

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

Tags: YouTube, Cutting, Self-Mutilation, Stephen Lewis, University of Guelph

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Have It Your Way? Maybe Not.

2 Cheeseburger Bill Bans Fast Food Health Lawsuits

Minnesota’s Civil Law Committee approved the Personal Responsibility in Food Consumption Act that would effectively block people from suing fast-food chains and other food companies for their weight problems. The “cheeseburger bill,” as it’s been dubbed, was sponsored by Republican Rep. Dean Urdahl who’s been pushing the legislation since 2004 and says it will prevent frivolous lawsuits, banning people from suing the food industry for obesity, weight gain and health problems associated with the consumption of fattening foods and non-alcoholic drinks. In related news, in 2009, the only two places in the US where obesity was below 20 percent were Colorado and Washington, D.C.

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

Tags: Cheeseburger Bill, Personal Responsibility in Food Consumption Act, Minnesota Cheeseburger Bill, Dean Urdahl

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Diagnosis Confusion

3 Alzheimer's Cases Often Misdiagnosed

It's possible that about half of Alzheimer's disease cases are misdiagnosed, say researchers who performed brain autopsies on more than 400 elderly Japanese-American men. CNN reports that the new research highlights the difficulties of distinguishing Alzheimer's disease from other forms of dementia while the patient is still alive. Autopsies revealed that only half of the patients diagnosed with Alzheimer's actually had the brain plaques that characterize the disease. Misdiagnosed patients had dementia caused by cell damage, abnormal protein deposits, stroke-related tissue death or some combination of causes. Another 400 autopsies yielded similar results, but all of the research findings are still preliminary. Findings will be presented at American Academy of Neurology meeting in April.

More at CNN | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: The Eyes Reflect Evidence of Alzheimer’s Disease

Tags: American Academy of Neurology, Cell Damage, Abnormal Protein Deposits, Lewy Bodies, Stroke-Related Tissue Death, Microinfarcts, Dementia Misdiagnosed, Alzheimer's Disease Misdiagnosed

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Call Me Dr. Watson

4 Watson Supercomputer Could Be Used in Health Care

Supercomputer Watson, a recent contestant on the TV show "Jeopardy," may have a future in the medical field. IBM is working with Nuance Communications, a speech-recognition software developer, on the project that may allow Watson to help with electronic health records and decision-support applications, reports eWeek, a website featuring health care IT news. Nuance plans to feed their Clinical Language Understanding (CLU) applications into IBM's hardware for Watson. IBM will also use their own Deep Question Answering (QA) capabilities to make Watson brighter for the medical field. The souped-up supercomputer may be ready for business in as little as 18 to 24 months.

More at Health Care IT - EWeek | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Detecting Melanoma Without Cutting

Tags: Watson Supercomputer, Computer Diagnosing Patients, Watson on Jeopardy, Nuance Communications, Supercomputer Watson, Speech-Recognition Software Developer, Clinical Language Understanding, IBM, Natural Language Processing and Machine Learning Capabilities

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Large Pepperoni Was Good Habit

5 Pizza Delivery Driver Saves Customer's Life

Susan Guy, a Domino's delivery driver in Memphis, Tenn., saved an elderly woman's life after checking up on her when she didn't turn in her usual order for three days. Jean Wilson, an elderly Memphis resident, had ordered a large pepperoni pizza nearly every day for the last three years, reports Action News 5 in Memphis. Guy went above and beyond her pizza delivery duties when she made a visit to Wilson's house, but there was no answer. Guy questioned neighbors and decided to call 911. When emergency workers responded to Guy's call, they found Wilson lying on the floor, where she'd been unable to move for three days after falling. Wilson is such a regular customer that Domino's usually makes her pizza even before she calls, and it appears that her loyalty has been richly rewarded.

More at Action News 5 | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Elderly Fall Risk, Dominio's Pizza, Susan Guy, Jean Wilson, Action News Memphis, Regular Pizza Delivery Saved Life

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Shows Cause and Effect

6 Vitamin D Regulates Blood Sugar in Diabetics

A study involving 90 people with type 2 diabetes demonstrated that vitamin D lowered blood sugar levels. Three groups of 30 either drank yogurt 150 containing milligrams (mg) of calcium, yogurt with 150 mg of calcium plus 500 international units (IU) of vitamin D or yogurt with 250 mg of calcium plus 500 IU of vitamin D twice a day for three months. Both vitamin D groups saw their averages blood sugar drop from 184 to 172 milligrams/deciliter, had a decreased hemoglobin A1C and lost two to five pounds. These results are exciting because past studies have not shown that vitamin D effects blood sugar. Researchers hypothesize that it increases the tissues' sensitivity to insulin, which is lacking in type 2 diabetics, and may increase insulin production by the pancreas.

More at Yahoo! Reuters | Posted 7 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: A Short Group Immune to Diabetes and Cancer

Tags: Type 2 Diabetes, Vitamin D, Hemoglobin A1C, Vitamin D and Insulin

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