March 25, 2011

Little Hooves Tapping Away

1 Kirstie Alley Complains About Lopez Pig Joke

Kirstie Alley, a contestant on Dancing with the Stars and former Jenny Craig spokesperson, is striking back at comedian George Lopez, who compared her to a pig during his Lopez Tonight show on Wednesday. Speaking of Alley's dance performance, Lopez said that she "did a nice job, her little hooves tapping away." He continued the joke by saying that Alley went to the market, had roast beef and now is "going all the way home!" CNN reports that Lopez tweeted an apology saying that he "misjudged the joke." While Lopez contends that "no malice was intended," Alley isn't buying it. She Tweeted to Lopez that she wanted his donated kidney on behalf of his former wife who donated it and all the women he insulted.

More at CNN | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Kirstie Alley Hopes Dancing Will Aid Weight Loss

Tags: Dancing with the Stars, Tacky Fat Jokes, George Lopez Tacky Jokes, Lopez Insults Kirstie Alley, Lopez Tonight

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Protuberance of Flesh

2 Muffin Top Is Added to Oxford English Dictionary

An entry for "muffin top" has made its way into the Oxford English Dictionary, and it's not just about baking. The dictionary defines muffin top as well, the top of a muffin, or "a protuberance of flesh above the waistband of a tight pair of trousers." With the inclusion of muffin top in the Oxford English Dictionary, the question now remains if doctors will dare tell patients to get rid of their muffin tops. Other new words added to the Oxford English Dictionary are LOL (laugh out loud) and OMG (oh my god). Plus, a symbol also found a place in the esteemed dictionary: the heart. NPR reports that the heart symbol is the "first of its kind to make the book."

More at NPR | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Muffin Top, Oxford English Dictionary, New Words in Dictionary, Oxford English Dictionary Adds OMG, LOL in Dictionary, Defining Muffin Top, Words That Mean Fat, Heart Symbol

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Live Average Four Months Longer

3 First Melanoma Drug That Prolongs Life Approved

Yervoy has become the first drug that extends life for patients with late-stage or metastatic melanoma, reports MSNBC. The FDA recently approved the drug from Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. While there are two other drugs for patients with late-stage melanoma, neither have been proven to significantly extend life. Yervoy (ipilimumab) has been shown to extend life by an average of four months, but it may cause several side effects related to the immune system, including swelling of the colon. Experts say that melanoma, the fastest growing cancer in terms of diagnoses, is becoming more common due to increased use of indoor tanning beds and longer life expectancies. Melanoma is the most deadly form of skin cancer.

More at MSNBC | Hat tip to Bristol-Myers Squibb | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Low Vitamin D Common in Skin Cancer Patients

Tags: Indoor Tanning Beds Dangerous, Ipilimumab, Metastatic Melanoma, New Drug for Melanoma Patients, Yervoy, Swelling of the Colon

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Association, Not Cause

4 Religious Activity Linked with Obesity

"It's time for another Bible rewrite. Thou shall not eat unhealthy foods. Thou shall exercise."
- Scott in the comments

Participating in religious activities is linked with obesity by middle age, say researchers who followed 2,433 men and women for 18 years. The study findings were presented at a meeting of the American Heart Association. All of the participants were normal weight when the study started. By the time the young adults reached middle age, those who regularly participated in religious activities were 50 percent more likely to have become obese, reports MSNBC. The reason behind the obesity is unknown. Researchers say that they didn't look at the "potluck factor." In an article at Los Angeles Times, writer Mary Forgione says, "So until more research is done about why going to church is linked to obesity, it's safe to keep the faith. And to keep questioning what studies really mean."

More at MSNBC | Hat tip to Los Angeles Times | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Religion Linked Obesity, Association Obesity Church, Religious Activity Linked Obesity, Potlucks Dangerous

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Poor Diet, Age, BMI and Smoking

5 Anemia Linked to Poor Diet in Postmenopausal Women

Older women who eat less protein, folate, vitamin B12, iron, vitamin C and red meat are more likely to develop persistent anemia. Of the 72,833 women whose information was analyzed, being deficient in one nutrient increased the risk by 21 percent while being deficient in three raised it to 44 percent. Hispanic women had the highest frequency of inadequate nutrient intake at 16.3 percent while white women had the lowest at 7.4 percent. Taking multivitamins or mineral supplements did not decrease the risk. The three factors most strongly linked to anemia were age, body mass index (BMI) and smoking. Anemia is a major factor in health issues related to an aging population. But based on this information, researchers believe that lifestyle changes focused on improving nutrition would help.

More at Yahoo! HealthDay | Posted 6 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Tags: Anemia, Diet, Folate, Iron, Red Meat, Vitamin B12, Vitamin C, Inadequate Nutrition, Persistent Anemia

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