March 17, 2011

How Does Your State Rank

1 CDC Ranks Binge Drinking in the US

Binge drinking accounts for about 79,000 US deaths annually and rates of binge drinking vary by state, finds data analyzed by the Centers for Disease Control. How does your state stack up? Missouri ranks at no. 14 with 17.2% of adults reporting binge drinking in 2009, the year the data was collected, preceded by Montana, Nevada, Massachusetts and Illinois at no. 10. Alaska and Nebraska tie for the 9th spot with 17.9% of adults reporting binge drinking, preceded by Rhode Island. Delaware and Iowa are tied in 7th place, preceded by Connecticut, So. Dakota and Washington, DC, which scores no. 4. Minnesota and No. Dakota take third and second place, respectively - and the drunkest state in the union? That dubious honor goes to Wisconsin with 23.9% of adults reporting binge drinking.

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

Tags: Binge Drinking, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Drinking, Binge Drinking by State, Worst States for Binge Drinking, Drunkest States

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Higher Safety Standards Proposed

2 Children's Sports Athletic Equipment Safety Act

Sports are the second leading cause of traumatic brain injury for people who are 15 to 24 years old, and Congress wants to do something about it. A new bill, the Children's Sports Athletic Equipment Safety Act, would require new standards for new and reconditioned sports helmets. According to U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, “Helmet standards haven't been changed in 30 years. It is very important our students are protected with the best headgear possible.” In addition to higher standards, the bill would also increase penalties for using false claims to sell helmets and other sports equipment. “New football helmets would have to be four times better (stronger) in order to protect against concussions,” U.S. Senator Tom Udall says, “We need to make this change to protect our youth.”

More at CNN Health | Posted 7 years ago by Marty Shaw

Previously: Former Player Wants NFL to Research His Brain

Tags: Children, Football Injuries, Head Injury, Kids, Sports, Legislation

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A French Favorite

3 The Dukan Diet Is Coming to America

The Dukan diet, which is a huge success in France, is coming to America. Inspired by both the Atkins diet and Weight Watchers, Pierre Dukan created a diet which he believes is better since it doesn't involve counting calories like Weight Watchers and also doesn't allow an unlimited consumption of fat like Atkins. Dukan told New York Times that Atkins was a legend in his time, but now, "Atkins is dead." The Dukan diet involves four phases called attack (protein-rich foods only), cruise (add veggies), consolidation (add bread, cheese, fruit, with dessert twice) and stabilization (one day of strict protein and six days of anything). Americans will be able to get their hands on the book, The Dukan Diet in April. The book's cover proclaims the diet as "The Real Reason the French Stay Thin."

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

Tags: The Dukan Diet, PIERRE DUKAN, French Diet America, Diet Without Counting Calories, New Diet Books

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Checking Twice

4 Obama Orders Review of U.S. Nuclear Plants

While U.S. nuclear power plants have already undergone extensive study, President Obama wants the nation to learn from the nuclear disaster in Japan and has ordered the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission to perform a comprehensive review to ensure safety, reports CBS News. Speaking from the White House today, Obama said that nuclear power remains an important part of the future of the country's energy portfolio. Addressing radiation concerns from Japan's nuclear situation, Obama said, "I want to be very clear, we do not expect harmful levels of radiation to reach the United States, whether it's the west coast, Hawaii, Alaska, or U.S. territories in the Pacific." He also mentioned that the CDC doesn't recommend that people in the U.S. take precautionary measures to protect themselves.

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

Previously: Meltdown Possible at Nuclear Plants in Japan

Tags: Nuclear Attack Chances, Nuclear Meltdown After Earthquake, Nuclear Meltdown Effects on U.S., Nuclear Plants Japan

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Life Satisfaction Found Outside

5 Compelling Health Reasons to Start Gardening

Gardening may contribute to greater life satisfaction, higher energy levels and increased daily physical activity in Americans aged 50 and older, say researchers from Texas A&M and Texas State. The study, published in HortTechnology, found that gardeners reaped many benefits when compared with nongardeners. Only 57.3 percent of nongardeners disagreed with the statement "I feel old and somewhat tired," compared with 70.9 percent of gardeners. Among nongardeners, 19.6 percent considered themselves to be "very active," compared with 38 percent of gardeners. Seventy-five percent of gardeners rated their health as "very good" or "excellent." Gardeners also received higher mean scores on the Life Satisfaction Inventory A (LSIA) and were more likely to make plans for the future.

More at Eurekalert | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Lawn and Garden Calorie Counter

Tags: Reasons to Garden, Gardening for Exercise, Gardening for Happiness, Life Satisfaction Inventory, Aime Sommerfeld, Jayne Zajicek, Tina Waliczek, American Society for Horticultural Science, Texas A&M, Texas State University, HortTechnology, Life Satisfaction Inventory A

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Possibly World's Oldest Cyclist

6 Daily Cycling in Long Beach at 103 Years Old

Octavio Orduño, 103, rides his tricycle each day through downtown Long Beach, reports Los Angeles Times. Orduño's wife had insisted that her husband give up his two-wheeled bike when he was 100 years old, but she often has no luck convincing her husband to put on his glasses before riding. Los Angeles Times says that Orduño has perfected his cycling ritual over the last 40 years. He travels to the park, beach and farmer's market on his red Torker tricycle. Orduño, a model for active living, resides just half a block from the beach in a third-floor condo.

More at Los Angeles Times | Hat tip to TreeHugger | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Oldest Cyclist, Octavio Orduño, Long Beach Tricycle, Active Elderly, Charles Gandy, Torker Tricycle

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First Case Due to Living Donor

7 Patient in NY Contracts HIV from Donor Kidney

Between a clear screening and engaging in risk behavior days before donating a kidney, a person has infected a man in NY with HIV, the first case in the U.S. where a living donor has spread the virus. The screening was done correctly and showed the donor to be HIV-negative and based on these results doctors went ahead and performed the operation. The recipient has tested positive and now the Health Department in New York recommends that donors have another round of blood tests, using the nucleic acid test so the virus can be detected sooner, two weeks prior to the operation. Health Department spokeswoman Claudia Hutton said "We are also strongly advising that donors have to be cautioned to not engage in risky behaviors." Any identifying information in this case is being kept confidential.

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

Previously: Hospital Not at Fault in Male Uterine Cancer Death

Tags: HIV, Kidney Transplant, Organ Donation, Living Organ Donor

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Covers More Strains, Last Longer

8 Norwegian Company Developing New Flu Vaccine

By trying to develop a vaccine to prevent HIV, Bionor Pharma, a pharmaceutical company in Norway is developing a flu vaccine that works by destroying cells that get infected by the virus, preventing its spread. When the virus infects cells, protein fragments called peptides are expressed on the cell’s surface. Most strains of influenza have peptides with similar regions. Theoretically, this would allow for a vaccine to be developed that teaches the immune system to recognize and destroy these peptides, regardless of the influenza strain which can mutate. This may also make the yearly flu vaccine that is developed based on what the predicted strain might be obsolete. The company has many years of research and clinical trials before such a vaccine could be approved and put on the market.

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

Previously: Universal Influenza Antibodies Discovered

Tags: Flu Vaccine, Influenza, Bionor Pharma, Universal Flu Vaccine

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Minding Menopause

9 Meditation and Exercises Relieve Hot Flashes

Half of a group of 110 women with at least 5 bothersome hot flashes a day had a two and a half hour mindfulness class in which they meditated, stretched and focused on body awareness and got CDs they could take home. The other half was put on a waiting list for the same class but never took it. All the women were asked about their hot flashes, sleeping and issues with anxiety and stress before and after the study. After eight weeks, those in the class reported that their anxiety and stress levels decreased and they slept better. Although they had the same number of hot flashes at the end of the study, they found they were not as bothered by them. Researchers believe this would allow women to handle hot flashes better instead of using hormone replacement therapy to get rid of them.

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

Previously: Hot Flashes May Be a Good Sign

Tags: Hormone Replacement Therapy, Hot Flashes, Meditation, Menopause, Stretching, Mindfulness, Body Awareness

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Decreases Damage, Ups Function

10 Small Trial Shows Stem Cells Repair Heart Damage

Eight men with an average age of 57 years old with chronically enlarged, low-functioning hearts and had a procedure that involved harvesting their bone marrow and putting it in their hearts saw their heart size and scar tissue decrease while contractility increased. Some of the patients who saw improvement had damage that occurred 11 years prior to the experimental treatment. Two different types of bone marrow stem cells, mononuclear and mesenchymal cell, were used. The study was too small to tell if one type worked better compared to the other but there were no side effects from the procedure. Lead researcher Joshua M. Hare, M.D. concluded that this procedure may improve a heart patient’s quality of life and plan more clinical trials to support the results of this study.

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

Previously: Bone Marrow Stem Cells Treat Heart Failure

Tags: Bone Marrow Stem Cells, Enlarged Heart, Heart Damage, Mononuclear Cells, Mesenchymal Cells, Bone Marrow Cell Therapy

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