March 10, 2011
Former "Fat Actress"
"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.
Let's Go for a Walk!
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.
Benlysta Offers Hope for Pain
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.
Don't Give Up the Joe
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.
Consent Decree in Effect
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.
Better Detection and Treatment
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.
A Universal Red Blood Cell
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.
No Smoking Around 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.
One Factor Ups Risk and Benefit
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.
Home Java Addicts Rejoice
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.
Familiar Faces in High Places
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.
No Longer Wants Formal Authority
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.
Marathoner Defies Dietary Logic
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.
No Hiding from March Madness
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).
REHABBING ATHLETES REJOICE
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.
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