February 24, 2011

Pro-Anorexia Movement

1 Internet Support Groups Feed Eating Disorders

A new type of negative social support group whose members embrace anorexia as a choice rather than acknowledging it as an illness has emerged on the web, say researchers from the U of Cincinnati who report on the Online Negative Enabling Support Group in the journal New Media & Society. The ONESG pro-anorexia movement advises members on dieting and dealing with confrontations from family members and friends and fosters intimacy among members who bond over confessions of unhealthy behaviors and self-loathing. Researchers gathered data from public access websites from October 2006 to May 2007. (Many sites are private and inaccessible to non-members.) Researchers say that understanding ONESG may serve as a useful tool to break down obstacles to life-saving therapies.

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

Tags: Anorexia, Eating Disorders, Social Media, Pro-Anorexia, University of Cincinnati, ONESG, Online Negative Enabling Support Group, Internet Support Groups

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Dolphin Splashing Leads to Help

2 Dolphins Save a Dog on Marco Island

A tired dog stuck in a canal on Florida's Marco Island was saved by some persistent dolphins, says 2 RSW Florida news. The 11-year-old Doberman known as Turbo left home late Sunday night after he found that his gate had been left open. Owner Cindy Burnett and sons began searching for him as they drove through the streets calling his name. Meanwhile, Turbo had the protection of dolphins that were splashing around him to get a neighbor's attention a half mile from Turbo's home. Cindy and her neighbor think that the dolphins were persistently splashing around in the swallow water near the dog to call attention to his distress. It's believed that Turbo was in the water for up to 15 hours before being rescued. Cindy's neighbor called 911, then jumped in the water to save the dog.

More at 2 RSW Florida | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Dolphins Save Dog, Dolphin Heroes in Florida, Intelligence Dolphins, Compassion Dolphins, Persistent Dolphins, Doberman Named Turbo, Cindy Burnett

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Rush Fussing over Short Ribs

3 Rush Limbaugh Implies Michelle Obama Is Fat

Rush Limbaugh did everything but use the actual word "fat," when criticizing Michelle Obama during his Monday radio program. Apparently, he thinks that the first lady's campaign to curb childhood obesity means that she can't enjoy food other than berries or nuts, Politics Daily reports. Limbaugh had an issue with Michelle eating ancho chili short ribs during a recent skiing trip. He said, "The problem is, and I dare say this, it doesn't look like Michelle Obama follows her own nutritionary, dietary advice." Limbaugh feels that if Michelle can encourage kids to eat healthy, then he can belittle her on radio for choosing to eat ribs, saying: "I'm trying to say our first lady does not project the image of women that you might see on the cover of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue...."

More at Politics Daily | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Michelle Obama Weight, Rush Limbaugh Calls First Lady Fat, Conservative Right Problem with Michelle Obama, Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, Petty Criticizing by Rush Limbaugh, Campaign to Curb Childhood Obesity, Ancho Chili Short Ribs

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Bedside Reality

4 Ultrasound: the New Stethoscope

Once called the "stethoscope of the future," ultrasound technology as a bedside tool is now a reality, say Yale School of Medicine clinicians writing in the New England Journal of Medicine. "The quality of images available now on inexpensive handheld machines is better than those of systems that cost over $100,000 15 years ago," says Joshua A. Copel, M.D. Over the last 20 years, ultrasound machines have become less expensive, more compact and higher quality, leading to greater use by physicians at the bedside in point-of-care ultrasonography. "Ideally, point-of-care ultrasonography can decrease medical errors, provide more real-time diagnosis, and supplement or replace more advanced imaging in appropriate situations," notes Christopher L. Moore, M.D.

More at Eurekalert | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: New England Journal of Medicine, Stethoscope of the Future, Ultrasound Technology, Christopher L. Moore, Ultrasonography, Bedside Ultrasound

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Necessary Evil

5 Hot Flashes Are the Heart's Friend

Hot flashes and night sweats during menopause may be annoying, but they have a bright side: lower risk for cardiovascular disease, stroke and death. New research published today in the journal Menopause reveals that women who suffer from hot flashes and night sweats at the beginning of menopause had fewer cardiovascular events than women who didn't have hot flashes or those who had hot flashes that started late in menopause. "Our research found that despite previous reports suggesting that menopause symptoms were associated with increased levels of risk markers for heart disease ... the actual outcomes tell a different story," says lead author Emily Szmuilowicz, M.D.

More at Eurekalert | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Hot Flashes May Be a Good Sign

Tags: Benefits of Hot Flashes, Advantages of Having Hot Flashes, Good Side of Hot Flashes, Putting Up with Hot Flashes, Reasons for Hot Flashes, Journal Menopause, Emily Szmuilowicz, Women's Health Initiative Observational Study

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Judge Is Understanding

6 Mother Gave Autistic Son Cannabis

A 48-year-old accountant who was not named for legal reasons was given a 51-week sentence for supplying her autistic son with pot, reports UK's The Telegraph. The woman, who lives in Merseyside in the UK, was allowed to walk free with a suspended sentence. Judge Mark Brown of Liverpool Crown Court said he understood how she was motivated to act as she did. When she learned that her son was hanging around young men who were dealing cannabis, the accountant approached them about an agreement to buy the drugs for her son so she could regulate his habit. Her son had been verbally and physically abusive to her, but she claims that authorities denied her cries for help with the situation. Medical reports reveal that she was under a lot of stress at the time of her decision to give her son pot.

More at The Telegraph | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Marijuana Suppresses Immune System

Tags: Cannabis Use, Cannabis Autism, Mother Gives Autistic Son Pot, Merseyside, Liverpool Crown Court

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Healthful or Germy?

7 FDA Considers Stricter Rules on Raw Milk

The US Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention both strongly warn against drinking raw milk due to the potential health risks from pathogens such as E. coli bacteria which can get into the milk through the animal’s manure. The agencies are considering tighter federal rules on the production and sale of unpasteurized milk products. The FDA is also reviewing the current aging requirements of cheese to ensure they are sufficient to minimize pathogens. Some states, such as Wisconsin, already restrict raw milk sales. Other states restrict the sale of raw milk to local farms only. Enthusiasts prefer raw milk over pasteurized, saying it is sweeter and more nutritious, and are willing to pay extra for its benefits.

More at Reuters | Posted 7 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Raw Milk: the Battle Is Engaged

Tags: CDC, FDA, Food Safety, Foodborne Illness, Pasteurization, Raw Milk

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Life Saver May Save Lives Longer

8 Blood Transfused After Standard Shelf Life OK

A study done at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia has shown that refrigerated whole blood, made up of red blood cells, plasma and platelets, retains its clotting properties beyond the accepted 24 to 48 hours. To test this, researchers looked at the ability of platelets to aggregate and form a clot and observed that aggregation levels were normal for 11 days. Most people who receive a transfusion get one component, but infants undergoing surgery and those with combat injuries benefit more from whole blood. Sometimes the red blood cells are separated and the other components are thrown out after its expiration date. These results may lead to future studies involving people receiving whole blood stored beyond the accepted shelf life to determine if it is safe and effective.

More at Science Daily | Posted 7 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Young Blood Mixed with Old Makes Youthful Changes

Tags: Transfusions, Whole Blood, Platelets, Plasma, Clotting, Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia

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Swinging Grandma and Grandpa

9 STD Testing for Elderly May Be Covered by Medicare

Health officials in the United States are considering allowing Medicare to cover STD testing. The government-sponsored program wants to focus on preventative measures and Americans are living longer and continue to engage in sexually activity. Since 2009, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) officials have been able to increase coverage for tests and procedures that fall under preventative services. The goal is to catch diseases early so treatment can begin as soon as possible and prevent infections, which public health experts will keeps cost down over the long run. Currently Medicare coverage for STD testing is mostly for women, and in particular pregnant women. Medicare covers approximately 39 million people 65 and up and about 7.6 million disabled individuals.

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

Previously: Older Swingers Have High Risk of STIs

Tags: Medicare, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, CMS, STD Testing in Elderly, Preventative Care, Sex and the Elderly

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