March 3, 2011

Weight Discrimination Rampant

1 Discrimination Against Obese Affects Their Health

One-third of severely obese people have experienced discrimination, say researchers at Purdue U. "Obesity is a physiological issue, but when people have negative interactions in their social world ... it can make matters worse and contribute to a person's declining physical health," said lead researcher Markus H. Schafer who explained that when people internalize prejudice it contributes to stress which ultimately affects their health. "We've seen considerable progress to address racial and gender discrimination in the US, but the iceberg of weight discrimination still receives relatively little attention," said researcher Kenneth F. Ferraro. "Public health campaigns for weight control are needed, but the stigma that many obese persons experience also exacts a toll on health."

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

Previously: People Support Obesity Anti-Discrimination Laws

Tags: Discrimination Against Overweight, Obesity, Obesity Discrimination, Purdue University, Markus H. Schafer, Kenneth F. Ferraro

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Docs Being Too Nice

2 Obese Need to Hear It from the Doctor

One in three obese patients have never heard they're "obese" from their physicians, finds a study released this week in the Archives of Internal Medicine. Among those with a body mass index (BMI) in the "overweight" category, 55 percent said they'd never been told by a doctor that their weight was above healthy standards, find the researchers. According to Los Angeles Times, physicians can better serve overweight or obese patients by setting aside the "social nicety" of not telling someone they're fat.

More at Los Angeles Times | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Obese Adults, Obese Men, Obese Patients, Obesity Epidemic, Doctors Don't Tell Patients They're Fat, Doctors Being Too Nice About Fatness

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Weight Watchers Weighs In

3 Men Enjoy Exercise More, but Dislike Dieting

A high percentage of men surveyed believe that exercise is adequate for slimming down without diet too, but they also tend to enjoy exercise more than women, finds Weight Watchers. The company didn't release exact figures from their proprietary research. Weight Watchers found that men and women have very different views on exercise and dieting. It's likely not a surprise to Weight Watchers that men don't like dieting. Men make up only 10 percent of Weight Watchers' membership. The research also found that women tend to make small steps toward a goal as men are more likely to make sweeping changes. Lynda Espada, fitness director of the D.C. Jewish Community Center told Washington Post that from her observations women "never want to push it," while men "want to push it too much."

More at The Washington Post | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Weight Watchers Points Plus

Tags: Exercise Habits Between Men and WoMen, Why Men Lift Weights, Why Women Stick with Cardio, Women Afraid Lift Weights, Weight Watchers Research, Lynda Espada

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Fire Danger from Spider Webs

4 Spider Invasion Causes Mazda6 Recall

Yellow sac spiders have a thing for the Mazda6, but it's bad news for drivers who own the more than 50,000 recalled model year 2009 to 2010 Mazda6 cars in the U.S., as well as another 15,000 in Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico. The problem stems from the yellow sac spider's love affair with the Mazda6. Huffington Post says that it's unclear why the spiders prefer crawling into the Mazda6 rather than other cars, but spider webs from the invasions are a fire hazard. According to Mazda, spiders can weave a web inside a vent that's connected to the fuel tank system, which could clog up the ventilation for the tank. Pressure on the fuel tank might lead to a crack, which would cause fuel leakage and the risk of fire.

More at Huffington Post | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Georgia Woman Loses Breast to Spider Bite

Tags: Strange Car Recall, Spider Causes Car Recall, Mazda Recall, Mazda6 Models Recalled, Yellow sac spiders, fuel tank system problems mazda6

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Honor Code Violation

5 BYU Dismisses Star Player for Having Sex

Brigham Young University star basketball player Brandon Davies was dismissed from the team after admitting to having premarital sex with his girlfriend, a violation of the school's honor code, reports Slate. BYU students may also violate the school's honor code by having alcohol, tobacco, coffee or tea. Under the honor code, women aren't allowed to wear backless, sleeveless, strapless or revealing clothing, plus men aren't allowed to have beards. Yet, male students may obtain a "beard exception" for medical reasons. And, of course, students can't visit opposite-sex dorms very late at night. BYU, established in 1875, says that each year, about about 1.5 to 3.5 percent of students are contacted about potential violations of the school's honor code.

More at Slate | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Study Says Delaying Sex Leads to Better Marriage

Tags: Brigham Young University, Brandon Davies, Violate the School's Honor Code, Beard Exception, BYU Students Can't Drink Coffee or Tea

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Victim Slept Through Ordeal

6 Dog Chews off Diabetic Man's Toes, Part of Foot

In what may turn out to be another story of a dog saving a diabetic man's life, a southwestern Oregon man with diabetes awoke Wednesday to discover that his dog had eaten part of his foot and three toes. The man, who had no feeling in this foot, didn't notice that the dog, described as small and tan, was performing a surgery of types. The 61-year-old victim called police around 3 a.m., saying he was missing three toes and part of his foot, reports MSNBC. The dog's owner was taken by ambulance to Mercy Medical Center in Roseburg, located about 164 miles south of Portland.

More at MSNBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Dog Chews off Man's Toe, Saves Life

Tags: Roseburg, Portland, Oregon Towns, Dog Eats Toes, Dog Eats Foot, Diabetic Man Saved by Dog, Southwestern Oregon Man, Mercy Medical Center, No Feeling in Foot

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Sack Your Old Lunch

7 Steelers Linebacker Promotes Healthy School Lunch

Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker LaMarr Woodley has partnered with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) to promote healthy school lunches to help fight obesity and prevent such diseases as diabetes and hypertension in children and teens. More than 70 percent of school lunch menus are currently too high in saturated fat and cholesterol and low in vegetables, whole grains and legumes. The public service announcement, called “Sack Your Old Lunch!” promotes low-fat, cholesterol-free lunches with essential good nutrition for optimum health and physical and mental performance. PCRM also promotes more vegetable dishes and fresh or dried fruits. Woodley’s PSA can be found at PCRM.org.

More at Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine | Posted 7 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: USDA Approves Self-Serve School Salad Bars, Military Calls Obesity National Security Threat

Tags: Childhood Obesity, School Lunch, School Lunches

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Bronchial Tissue Regenerating

8 World's First Airway Transplant a Success

A 78 year old man in France suffering from bronchial cancer, the two tubes that connect the trachea and both lungs, had the diseased portion replaced with a small metal stent and aortal tissue from a cadaver. Normally in these cases the bronchus and a lung are removed but 25 percent of patients die within 3 months of the operation. So doctors tried this new technique to save the lung that had never been done. The aortal donor tissue will not be rejected by the recipient, eliminating the need for someone whose immune system is already weakened to take powerful immunosuppressant drugs. Doctors say the man is doing very well for an 80 year old man that smoked. He can move around and the bronchial tissue is regenerating and incorporating the donor’s aortal tissue.

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

Previously: The 10 Most Deadly Cancers

Tags: Lungs, Bronchial Cancer, Airway Transplant, Aortal Tissue

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Diagnostic Tool and Drug Target

9 Protein in Blood Could Diagnose Lung Cancer Early

Researchers have found that a protein called serum amyloid A (SAA) is found in the blood at higher levels in lung adenocarcinoma patients compared to healthy people and plays a role in metastasis. Researchers are excited about this because lung cancer is hard to diagnose in its early stages. It is also very likely to spread to other sites like the liver and the brain which is why the mortality rate is so high. One in three cases of lung cancer is adenocarcinoma and its incidence is increasing among women. With this discovery, researchers hope to use SAA levels as a diagnostic tool to catch lung cancer early and develop drugs that can stop it from spreading.

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

Previously: Eating Variety of Fruit Reduces Lung Cancer Risk

Tags: Lung Adenocarcinoma, Serum amyloid a Protein, SAA, Diagnosing Lung Cancer, Metastasis

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The Origins of Alzheimer's

10 Amyloid Plaques in Alzheimer’s May Begin in Liver

Researchers found three genes in the liver that altered beta amyloid accumulation in the brains of mice. One of them, Presenilin2, plays a role in producing toxic beta amyloid protein the brain that is a hallmark of Alzheimer’s, was found to be expressed in the liver and not in the brain. Based on this, researchers wanted to determine if plaques form in the liver and travel in the blood to the brain. They gave mice the anticancer drug Gleevec which decreases beta amyloid in cells and cannot get into the brain so only plaque production outside of the brain was measured. After twice daily injections for a week, the levels of beta amyloid levels were reduced in the blood and brain tissue, supporting the researchers’ hypothesis and hopefully prompting further research and drug development.

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

Previously: New Alzheimer's Vaccine Elicits Immune Response

Tags: Alzheimer’s, Beta-Amyloid Plaques, Gleevec, Presenilin2

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