March 4, 2011

Connection to Obesity

1 Heart Attack Grill Spokesman Dead from Pneumonia

Blair River, 29-year-old spokesman for the Phoenix-area restaurant Heart Attack Grill, has died, possibly of pneumonia, but there may be a link between his death and obesity. River, who weighed almost 600 pounds, died on Tuesday. According to Los Angeles Times, there's a potential link between obesity and pneumonia. They call our attention to a study published in the European Respiratory Journal last year that found that moderately obese men (with a BMI between 30 and 34.9) may have a 40 percent increased risk of pneumonia compared with men of normal weight.

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

Tags: Heart Attack Grill, Obesity and Pneumonia Link, Heart Attack Grill Spokesperson, Unhealthy Restaurants, Blair River, Obese Spokeperson, Dangers of Obesity, European Respiratory Journal, Moderately Obese Men

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Facebook Is Fave

2 People Turn to Facebook, YouTube for Health Info

Patients are looking to social networking sites like YouTube, Twitter, Facebook and MySpace for health information, finds a survey conducted by the National Research Corporation. The survey of almost 23,000 people in the U.S. revealed that 41 percent use social media as a means of obtaining health care information. CNN reports that 94 percent said that Facebook was their "site of choice," with YouTube in second place with 32 percent. Other survey respondents said they turn to MySpace and Twitter for health care information. One in four indicated that the information gained from the social media sites was either "likely" or "very likely" to influence their health decisions.

More at CNN | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Twitter Benefits, Twitter for Health Info, Twitter Health News, Facebook Health News, Facebook for Health Questions, Facebook Habits, Why We Use Facebook, Why We Use Twitter, Twitter Habits, National Research Corporation, MySpace Health Source, Twitter Health Source, Facebook Health Source, Health News on Twitter

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Brain Volume Reduction Observed

3 Criminal Minds Are Different on Brain Scans

The brains of certain criminals aren't the same as those of the rest of the population, reveals recent neuroscience research. In a study of 21 people with antisocial personality disorder, the brain scans of antisocial people were compared with a control group of people without mental disorders, reports MSNBC. The research showed that people with antisocial personality disorder had an 18 percent reduction in volume in the brain's middle frontal gyrus, as well as a 9 percent reduction in volume in the orbital frontal gyrus. Both sections with decreased volume are in the brain's frontal lobe. Antisocial personality disorder is often present in many convicted criminals who break the law and have little regard for the rights of others.

More at MSNBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Marijuana May Hasten Development of Mental Illness

Tags: Criminal Minds, Brain Scans Criminals, Criminal Brains, Difference in Criminal Brains, Antisocial Personality Disorder, How Criminal Brains Are Different, What's Wrong with Criminal Brains, Differences in Brain Scans, Findings of Brain Scans, Neuroscience Research, Middle Frontal Gyrus, Orbital Frontal Gyrus

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Stop Glamorizing Babies

4 Huckabee Criticizes Natalie Portman for Pregnancy

Mike Huckabee, a conservative prospective Republican presidential candidate, has criticized Academy Award winning actress Natalie Portman for glamorizing pregnancy outside of wedlock, reports CBS News. Huckabee said that most single mothers are very poor and uneducated, unlike Portman who makes millions. Huckabee said that most single mothers can't afford to hire nannies or nurses, and their "kids would be starving to death and never have health care" without government assistance. Huckabee's remarks were made on a conservative talk radio show, and he has since clarified that he's glad that Portman will marry the father of her baby. Huckabee insists he was trying to point out the reality that most single moms are poor, and not "slam" Portman or hardworking single mothers.

More at CBS News | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Natalie Portman, Natalie Portman Pregnancy, Pregnancy Out of Wedlock, Mike Huckabee on Marriage, Defending Marriage, Most Unmarried Mothers Poor, Distorted Single Mother Image, Benjamin Millepied, Academy Award Best Actress, Most Single Mothers Poor, Huckabee on Portman, Prospective 2012 Republican Presidential Candidate

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No Sex of Any Kind for 28%

5 Fewer Teens and Young Adults Are Having Sex

Among people ages 15 to 24 years old, 28 percent say they've never had oral, vaginal or anal sex, finds a new study released earlier this week by the CDC. Those figures mean that the number of young people who say they're virgins is up to 28 percent from 22 percent in the last 10 years. The research is considered the most reliable and largest study on sexuality. The survey was based on interviews with around 5,300 teens and young adults, reports New York Times. According to the study, 29 percent of young men and 27 percent of young women report having had no sexual contact at all.

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

Previously: Sex That Makes You Blind

Tags: Rates of Teen Sex, How Many Teens Having Sex, Young Adult Sex, How Many Young People Have Sex, Survey on Sexual Habits of Young, Teen Sex Down, Rates of Teen Sex Decrease, Anjani Chandra

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Your Next Best Friend

6 Making Computers That Understand Your Feelings

Researchers from Binghamton University want to create smarter computers that understand human emotions and feelings. Computer scientist Lijun Yin says that talking to a computer should feel like you're talking to a friend. His team has developed ways to provide data to the computer based on gestures or speech and where a user is looking. It's called "computer vision." Yin aims to enable computers to recognize a user's emotional state, but it's challenging work. The technology could have applications in health care, as well as in the justice system to figure out if someone is lying.

More at Eurekalert | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Love Is Addictive

Tags: Computer Language, Research Computers, Computers Understanding People, Making Computers Smarter, Computer Technology Advances, Binghamton University, Lijun Yin, Graphics and Image Computing Laboratory

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Risk Increased Almost 20 Fold

7 Migraine Drug Increases Risk of Birth Defects

A drug used to treat epilepsy that prevents migraines has been linked to an increase in cleft palate or cleft lip. These conditions results when the mouth is not completely formed, leaving a hole in the roof of the mouth. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration looked at data on pregnant women taking Topamax and found the risk of developing these birth defects are about 20 times higher compared to women not using the drug. The defects happen in the first trimester, sometimes before a woman knows she is pregnant, so doctors need to explain the risks to women of childbearing age and suggest other medications. Although both conditions can be corrected with several surgeries, it can result in developmental problems because infants affected by these defects cannot get sufficient nutrition.

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

Previously: Mother's High Fat Diet Increases Birth Defect Risk

Tags: Cleft Palate, Food and Drug Administration, Migraines, Cleft Lip, Oral Birth Defects, Topamax

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Changes in Its Arrangement

8 Collagen in Breast Cancer May Be a Prognostic Tool

How collagen arranges itself in breast cancer tumors may help better diagnose and treat the disease according to a new study conducted at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health. Collagen makes up the majority of connective tissue which supports tissues and organs and sends signals to cells on how to act. It normally looks like strands going in all different directions, but in 200 samples of breast cancer tumors the collagen was straightening out as the tumors progressed. Researchers believed this was due to the cancer cells pulling on the collagen which also allowed them to migrate. Researchers plan to conduct additional studies to determine if this would be a reliable tool in predicting treatment and outcomes for women with breast cancer.

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

Previously: Whole Body MRI Best at Detecting Spread of Cancer

Tags: Breast Cancer, Breast Cancer Research, Collagen, University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public He

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