March 29, 2011

Had Been in It for Two Years

1 Obese Man Found Fused to Chair

An obese man who’s skin became fused to a chair he’d been stuck in for two years, was rescued from his Ohio home. Rescuers found the 43-year old man sitting in his own feces and urine after paramedics were called to his aid by a girlfriend who found him unconscious over the weekend. She said she’d been feeding him my hand after he got too large to get up. Said City health official Jim Chase, “The living room where the man lives in his chair was very filthy, very deplorable. It’s unbelievable that somebody lives in conditions like that.” An officer described the scene as the worst thing he’d ever responded to. The man’s landlord said her tenant, who used to be active, hid under a blanket whenever she stopped by and she hadn’t realized his condition.

More at Http://www.thesun.co.uk | Posted 6 years ago by Melody Lesser

Tags: Obesity, Obese Man Fused to Chair, Jim Chase

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Watch for Flying Rays

2 Eagle Ray Lands on Woman in Florida Keys

An eagle ray, weighing about 300 pounds, made a surprise landing on top of a very scared woman in a chartered boat in the Florida Keys last week, reports CNN. The eagle ray's crash landing made Jenny Hausch fall down inside the boat. She was pinned beneath the marine animal as it tried to swim away from the boat. Hausch managed to free herself from the eagle ray, which measured 8 feet across with a 10-foot tail. Amazingly, Hausch wasn't injured by the eagle ray, which has venomous spines on its tail. Hausch and her family had been taking photos of the rays shortly before the incident. Eagle rays can weigh up to 500 pounds. CNN reports that in 2008, a woman in the Keys died when a ray jumped out of the water and hit her. Experts believe that the rays jump during mating season.

More at CNN | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Eagle Ray, Unusual Boating Dangers, Florida Keys Vacation, How Much Rays Weigh, Ray Lands in Boat, Jenny Hausch, Venomous Spines

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Overall Decline in Death Rates

3 Death Rates Higher for Young Adults Than Kids

Death rates have fallen overall, but teens and young adults are now more likely to experience premature death than children, reports BBC. The new findings are published in The Lancet. Young men in all regions and young women from rich and eastern European countries are now more likely to die from violence, road accidents or suicide. Researchers say that men aged 15 to 24 are now up to three times more likely to die prematurely than boys aged 1 to 4. Researchers analyzed data from 50 countries covering a 50-year period on rich, poor and middle-income people. Thanks to fewer deaths from infectious diseases, premature death for kids aged 1 to 9 fell between 80 and 93 percent. Young men aged 15 to 24 also experienced a decline in death rates due to success in fighting diseases.

More at BBC | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: The Lancet, Premature Death Rates Kids, Premature Death Teens, Causes of Teenager Deaths, Causes of Young Adult Deaths, Reasons for Premature Death

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Bad Coping Mechanism

4 Dissecting Fat Talk among Women

College women who talk negatively about their body shape and size experience greater dissatisfaction with their bodies and are more likely to have an internalized ultra-thin body ideal than women who use fat talk less often, say researchers. Those findings from the University of Wisconsin and Northwestern University probably surprise few people, but another another finding from the study was that more than half of the women in the study believe that fat talk makes them feel better about their bodies. Researchers say that it's concerning that some women feel that fat talk is a helpful coping mechanism. They believe that fat talk actually makes body image disturbance worse. The study findings were published in Psychology of Women Quarterly.

More at Eurekalert | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: University of Wisconsin, Fat Talk, Internalized Body Ideal, Women Talking Bad About Bodies, Women Who Hate Their Bodies, Fat Talk Coping Mechanism, Psychology of Women Quarterly, Northwestern University

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I Feel So Fat. You Are NOT Fat.

5 Most College Women Engage in Fat Talk

More than 90 percent of college women studied said they engage in fat talk. Researchers, reporting in Psychology of Women Quarterly, found that many fat talk conversations revolved around one woman denying a friend is fat while claiming to be fat herself. The conversation would go back and forth between two healthy weight peers each denying the other is fat. Researchers say that they found no association between a woman's body size and the frequency of how often the woman complained of her body size with peers. Their findings enforce the idea that fat talk isn't really about being fat, but about feeling fat. The research article, “If You’re Fat, Then I’m Humongous!” is available free online.

More at Psychology of Women Quarterly | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Dissecting Fat Talk among Women

Tags: Body Image, Fat Talk, Psychology of Women Quarterly, Talking Badly About Body, Telling Friend She's Not Fat

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Tacky Paramedic Posted Pic

6 Facebook Sued for Showing Murder Victim Photo

The family of murder victim Caroline Wimmer is suing Facebook for disrespecting the dead after a paramedic posted a cell phone photo of the crime scene. The parents, Martha and Ronald Wimmer, are outraged that a photo of their daughter's corpse was posted on Facebook. In March 2009, Caroline Wimmer, who was 26 years old, was strangled with an electric cord, reports CBS News. Her killer, Calvin Lawson, received 25 years to life in prison. The paramedic who posted the photo, Mark Musarella, lost his job and pleaded guilty to official misconduct.

More at CBS News | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Calorie Commando TV Host in Murder-for-Hire Scheme

Tags: Facebook Sued, Murder Victims, Crime Scene Photos, Dead Body Photo Facebook, Disrespecting Dead, Caroline Wimmer

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Study Supports Smoking As Risk

7 Smoking Ups Risk of Throat and Stomach Cancers

A retrospective study of 33 previous studies shows that smoking may increase the risk of esophageal and gastric cardia adenocarcinomas. The cardia joins the esophagus to the stomach. Compared to people who never smoked, current smokers had double the risk and former smokers had a 62 percent increased risk with the increased risk of esophageal cancer lasting for as long as 30 years after quitting. Although relatively rare in industrialized nations, their rates have increased over the last few decades which it thought to be linked an increase in obesity. Researchers have thought that smoking was a risk factor for both cancers. Senior researcher Dr. Eva Negri said these results “offer ‘a better quantification’ of the risks”. They hope it encourages people to never start.

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

Previously: GERD? You Don't Need Throat Cancer Screening

Tags: Cigarettes, Esophageal Cancer, Smoking, Gastric Cardia Cancer, Esophagus, Gastric Cardia, Former Smokers, Adenocarcinoma

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Hope for Better Daytime Function

8 Study Will Look at Melatonin to Manage Alzheimer's

CPS Research, a company in Glascow, Scotland, is going to begin recruiting 50 people who suffer from Alzheimer’s for a clinical trial to determine if the drug Circadin which is melatonin, alleviates the difficulties they have during the day. It has been demonstrated that people with Alzheimer’s have abnormal levels of melatonin and preliminary studies have shown that taking it helps them function in the daytime. Researchers believe that it helps their sleep pattern. Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia is very hard on the patients, families and friends. Researchers hope that Circadin improve their quality of life and be a powerful tool in managing dementia.

More at BBC | Posted 6 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Second Language May Protect Against Alzheimer's

Tags: Alzheimer’s, Dementia, Melatonin, Circadin, CPS Research, Protecting Against Alzheimer’s Disease

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POSSIBLE BIOPSY SUBSTITUTE

9 Scientists Develop Skin Cancer-Detecting Laser

A skin cancer-detecting laser designed to find malignant melanomas sooner has been developed by scientists at Duke University. The laser works by firing two low-energy beams at suspected moles and measuring the energy distribution and pigment for increased levels of eumelanin, a cancer indicator. Out of 42 samples of skin the laser correctly identified all 11 that had melanoma. The laser will undergo more trials using thousands of skin samples to test its accuracy and to see if it can identify moles that eventually became cancerous. Currently the laser only works on tissue slides, but the good news is that it is already available and can be retrofitted onto microscopes for $100,000. The Duke University study first appeared in the February 23rd edition of Science Translational Medicine.

More at Science Translational Medicine | Hat tip to Gizmag | Posted 6 years ago by Michael Hines

Previously: Rheumatoid Arthritis Drug May Fight Melanoma

Tags: Duke University, Melanoma, Melanoma Diagnosis, Skin Cancer, Skin Cancer Diagnosis

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