March 10, 2011

Former "Fat Actress"

1 Kirstie Alley Hopes Dancing Will Aid Weight Loss

"I've lost 60 pounds, and I have 30 or 40 more to go," Kirstie Alley, a contestant on this season’s Dancing with the Stars, told US magazine. "And I think with this strenuous, rigorous dance schedule, I think it's going to work." Alley, who lost 75 pounds on the Jenny Craig weight loss system and who became a spokesperson for the company, gained back the weight, reaching 228 pounds. Her recent weight loss is due to her own diet plan, Organic Liaison. She hopes that DWTS will help her reach her ultimate weight loss goal. Could be. We’ve watched as other stars danced their way to buffness. The American Cancer Society indicates that one hour of dancing burns 370 calories. With the rigorous schedules the show demands, Kirstie’s Alley’s weight loss goals are a distinct possibility.

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

Tags: American Cancer Society, Kirstie Alley, Obesity, Overweight, Weight Loss, Dancing with the Stars, Organic Liaison, Will Dancing Help Kirstie Alley Lose Weight, Overweight Celebrities, Fat Actress, Kirstie Alley on Dancing with the Stars

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Let's Go for a Walk!

2 Dog Walkers Likely to Meet Physical Activity Goals

Dog owners who walked their dogs were 34 percent more likely to reach federal benchmarks on getting enough physical activity, find researchers from Michigan State University. Epidemiologist Mathew Reeves believes that promoting dog ownership could help many Americans reach recommended activity levels. Currently, fewer than half of Americans meet federal benchmarks for physical activity. Researchers found that people who walked their dogs also had higher overall levels of vigorous and moderate physical activities. "There appears to be a strong link between owning and walking a dog and achieving higher levels of physical activity, even after accounting for the actual dog walking," Reeves notes. The research was published in the Journal of Physical Activity and Health.

More at Eurekalert | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Michigan State University, Dog Walkers, Benefits of Having a Dog, Reasons to Get a Dog, Dog Owners More Healthy, Dog Owners Exercise More, Journal of Physical Activity and Health, Federal Benchmarks on Physical Activity

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Benlysta Offers Hope for Pain

3 FDA Approves First New Lupus Drug Since 1955

The FDA has approved Benlysta, the first new drug to treat lupus in 56 years. Experts say the approval could prompt development of other drugs that may be more effective for treating the disorder. The new injectable lupus drug is designed to help relieve pain and flare-ups. MSNBC reports that Human Genome Sciences Inc. spent 15 years developing the drug, which will be co-marketed with GlaxoSmithKline PLC. The drug companies believe that around 200,000 lupus patients in the U.S. could benefit from Benlysta. Lupus is a potentially fatal immune system disorder in which the body attacks its own organs and tissue.

More at MSNBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: New Lupus Drug Awaits FDA Approval

Tags: Benlysta, New Lupus Drug, First New Lupus Drug, Lupus Treatment, New Treatment for Lupus, Injectable Lupus Drug, Human Genome Sciences, GlaxoSmithKline PLC

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Don't Give Up the Joe

4 Coffee May Lower Stroke Risk for Women

One or more cups of coffee a day could reduce the risk of stroke for women, say researchers. The study, reported in Stroke, revealed that compared with women who had less coffee, women who had one or more cups a day were up to 25 percent less likely to have a stroke. Findings from the 10-year study show that drinking coffee lowered risk for total strokes, ischemic strokes and subarachnoid hemorrhages. Since medical reports have been mixed on coffee's heart benefits, WebMD cautions everyone shouldn't start consuming the beverage to lower stroke risk. Recent studies found a modest increase in stroke risk during the hour after coffee is consumed due to increased blood pressure and heart rate. Yet, some experts say that giving up coffee isn't good for your health.

More at WebMD | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Women Who Sleep Too Much Have Higher Stroke Risk

Tags: Total Strokes, Ischemic Strokes, Subarachnoid Hemorrhages, Lower Stroke Risk, Health Benefits Coffee, Lower Stroke Risk Women

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Consent Decree in Effect

5 Government Takes over Three Tylenol Plants

McNeil PPC is in so much trouble with the FDA that they've lost control of three Tylenol plants. McNeil is a division of Johnson & Johnson that's been troubled by a slew of drug recalls, as well as a criminal investigation into safety issues. CNN reports that McNeil has agreed to put the three plants under FDA supervision with an agreement known as a consent decree that requires the company to adhere to a "strict timetable to bring those facilities into compliance." If the decree is violated, the FDA could order McNeil to stop production and recall products, as well as levy large fines. Two of the plants involved with the decree are located in Pennsylvania, while the other plant is in Las Piedras, Puerto Rico.

More at CNN | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Tylenol May Double Asthma Risk

Tags: McNeil Consumer Healthcare, Tylenol Recalls, Government Takeover Tylenol, Safety Issues Tylenol, Consent Decree

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Better Detection and Treatment

6 Twelve Million Cancer Survivors in the U.S.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Cancer Institute released data showing that cancer survival rates in the U.S. have almost quadrupled over four decades due to better detection and treatments. From 1971 to 2001, the number of cancer survivors more than tripled, from 3 million to 9.8 million; in 2007, it was 11.7 million. These numbers reflect a growing elderly population who are at an increased risk of developing cancer. Fifty-four percent are women; 22 percent of the total number of survivors battled breast cancer. Men who survived prostate cancer were 19 percent of total cancer survivors, and 10 percent had colorectal cancer. Studies show that survivors have chronic health problems; therefore, it is important for survivors to receive medical care.

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

Previously: Cancer Is World's Most Costly Disease

Tags: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Cancer Institute, Side Effects of Cancer Treatment, Cancer Survivors

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A Universal Red Blood Cell

7 Blood Might Not Have to Be Typed for Transfusions

Researchers in Canada have developed a technique that could make typing blood before a transfusion a thing of the past. They have created a polymer shell that would envelope the red blood cells (RBCs), hiding the antibodies so it can get past the donor’s immune system. Oxygen would be able to get through the polymer shell so the donated RBCs could still transport oxygen throughout the body. There are 29 different RBC types in humans and it is necessary to ensure there is a match between the donor and the recipient to prevent life-threatening reactions by the immune system which can cause organ failure and death. If this technology is successful, it would avoid the cost of typing and relying on people with specific blood types to donate.

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

Previously: Time to Kill the Ban on Gay Men Giving Blood

Tags: Blood Transfusion, Red Blood Cells, RBCs, Polymer Shell, Universal Blood Product, Blood Types

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No Smoking Around Pregnant Women

8 Second-Hand Smoke Risk for Pregnant Women

Studies have shown that smoking while pregnant increases the risk of health problems for the unborn child and new research indicates that second-hand smoke increases the risk of still births and birth defects. Looking at data from 19 previous studies show a 23 percent increase in still births and 13 percent increase in birth defects linked to pregnant women exposed to second hand smoke by partners and colleagues. An increased risk of miscarriage was not observed and no one particular congenital defect occurred more often than any other defects. Researchers hope this study conveys to expectant fathers why it is very important to not smoke around their pregnant partners and that women need to be aware of the dangers of second-hand smoke before and during pregnancy.

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

Previously: Fetal Exposure to Smoking May Cause Psych Problems

Tags: Birth Defects, Second Hand Smoke, Smoking During Pregnancy, Still Births

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One Factor Ups Risk and Benefit

9 Aspirin Reduces Risk of Colorectal Cancer in Some

New research has found that people with higher level s of soluble tumor necrosis factor receptor-2 (sTNFR-2) benefit the most by taking aspirin or another non-steroid anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). This inflammatory factor present in the blood could be used as a biomarker to determine if taking aspirin or another NSAID would help a person lower his or her risk of cancer. A study looking at three inflammatory factors and the risk of colorectal cancer found that people who had higher baseline sTNFR-2 levels had a 60 percent increased risk of it cancer and taking NSAIDs was more likely to reduce that risk compared to others with lower baseline levels. This study also suggests that each inflammatory pathway plays a different role in the risk of developing cancer.

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

Previously: Aspirin May Reduce Breast Cancer Risk

Tags: Aspirin, Colon Cancer, Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs, Rectal Cancer, Soluble Tumor Necrosis Factor Receptor-2, Inflammatory Factors

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Home Java Addicts Rejoice

10 Starbucks K-Cups Coming to Keurig Coffee Machines

This morning, Green Mountain announced that it will sell Starbucks K-Cups for Keurig coffee machines. The single-serve coffee machine is the highest-selling in North America, according to Forbes, and Starbucks is arguably the most recognizable brand in the Keurig lineup, which includes Tazo tea, Dunkin' Donuts, Newman's Own, Timothy's and Tully's. "We are looking forward to working with our colleagues at GMCR to further accelerate growth in single-serve coffee," said Starbucks Global Consumer Products Group president Jeff Hansberry. Last year, single-cup coffee sales in the U.S. were almost $2 billion. The Starbucks K-Cups will be available later this year.

More at Forbes | Posted 7 years ago by Marissa Brassfield

Tags: Coffee, Coffee Consumption, Starbucks, Keurig, Coffee Machine

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Familiar Faces in High Places

11 Slim, Gates and Buffett Top Forbes List of Rich

The Forbes list of the most wealthy people in the world is out for your reading (dis)pleasure. You'll find familiar names and faces back in the mix, as well as some surprising shake-ups inside the list of the world's financial elite. There were 199 new billionaires this year, which brings the grand total to 1,210. Collectively, those 1,210 billionaires claim $4.5 trillion of the world's wealth. America is home to 413 billionaire citizens and a total of $1.5 trillion in collective wealth. Carlos Slim of Mexico takes the top spot as the richest man in the world, and is followed by Americans Bill Gates and Warren Buffet. Mark Zuckerberg, Dustin Moskovitz and Sean Parker of Facebook fame also made impressive moves on the this year's Forbes list.

More at Carlos Slim, Bill Gates and Warren Buffett Top Forbes's Most Rich List | Posted 7 years ago by Brian Randles

Tags: Forbes List, Carlos Slim, Sean Parker, Mark Zuckerberg, Warren Buffet, Richest Man in the World

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No Longer Wants Formal Authority

12 Dalai Lama to Step Down from Political Role

The stage is set for the Dalai Lama to step down from his post as political leader. Although he will likely keep his status as the Tibetan Buddhist spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama has asked the Tibetan parliament in exile to make arrangements for a new political leader to be elected. A new Kalon Tripa, or prime minister, could be in power as soon as next week. The Dalai Lama made the announcement in the Indian town of Dharamasala. Quickly responding was Jiang Yu, China's foreign ministry spokeswoman, who said the Dalai Lama was playing "tricks to deceive the international community." The current Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, has repeatedly said that Tibet needs a freely-elected leader. He feels that now is the time to pass power to that leader and hopes to live out his days as a monk.

More at Dalaii Lama to Retire from Political Life | Posted 7 years ago by Brian Randles

Previously: Scientists Study Healthy Minds

Tags: Dalai Lama, Tibetan Parliament, Tibet, Kalon Tripa

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Marathoner Defies Dietary Logic

13 Man Running a Marathon on McDonald's Diet

The story of a 36-year-old Chicago man running a marathon on a McDonald's diet is making waves today. Calling himself "The McRunner," Joe D'Amico is raising money for the Ronald McDonald House Charities, but has no official connection to the giant hamburger chain. D'Amico will be trying to beat his best time of two hours and 36 minutes at the Los Angeles Marathon. He claims that his wife calls him crazy, but says that he "love(s) McDonald’s and (loves) running, and this was a great way to combine the two.” No word from McDonald's HQ on D'Amico's use of the famous "Mc"in his name, but hopefully they will let this play out as good publicity after their turn as dietary devil in the movie Super Size Me. If anything, they should be trying to turn "The McRunner" into the next Jared Fogle.

More at Man Trains for Marathon While Eating McDonald's-Only Diet | Posted 7 years ago by Brian Randles

Tags: Running a Marathon, Los Angeles Marathon, Mcrunner, Jared Fogle

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No Hiding from March Madness

14 1 in 5 Workers Participate in NCAA Basketball Pool

March has once again arrived to set a hard-hitting screen on office productivity in America, and a new study by CareerBuilder has the numbers to back it up. The study concludes that 20 percent of office employees have participated in a NCAA basketball pool at work: 28 percent of men have participated in March Madness, while only 11 percent of women say they take part in the activity. March Madness is most popular in the Midwest, where 27 percent of office workers participate in filling out a bracket or participating in an office pool. The region is known for having a huge NCAA basketball following thanks to states like Indiana, Kansas and Kentucky. The participants in the Midwest outnumber those of the Northeast (20 percent), the West (16 percent) and the South (17 percent).

More at One-in-Five Workers Participate in March Madness Pools at the Office, Finds Annual CareerBuilder Survey | Posted 7 years ago by Brian Randles

Previously: BYU Dismisses Star Player for Having Sex

Tags: March Madness, Ncaa Basketball

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REHABBING ATHLETES REJOICE

15 Progress-Reporting Knee Bandage

Researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA in Stuttgart, Germany have developed a progress-reporting knee bandage designed to track the healing of injuries. The bandage is equipped with special sensors designed to track and record vital stats like the joint's range of movement and the forces acting upon it. The progress-reporting knee bandage lets doctors continuously monitor the healing process and adjust treatment if necessary. The sensors of the progress-reporting knee bandage have been seamlessly integrated into the bandage itself, ensuring free and easy movement for the wearer. Frauhofer researcher Bernhard Kleiner said the bandage also has an added psychological benefit for patients, letting them monitor their progress daily.

More at Fraunhofer | Hat tip to Gizmag | Posted 7 years ago by Michael Hines

Previously: Telerehab Works After Knee Surgery

Tags: Knee Surgery, Knee Injury, Health Monitoring, Injury Recovery, Fraunhofer, Sports Injury

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