April 5, 2011

No Fries, No Cake, No Fair?

1 NYC’s Mayor Defends Health Dept. Food Policy

Mayor Michael Bloomberg defended NYC Health Department’s new guidelines to ban fried and sugary foods and caloric beverages from their offices prior to moving from Manhattan to new Queens digs, reports local news station CBS2. Besides the food ban, restrictions include ringing cell phones, heavy perfumes and objectionable personal items. “They’ve got to put out some guidelines — how much they’re followed, I don’t know. But there is nothing wrong with them and if they didn’t do it, you’d be criticizing them,” Bloomberg told reporters. Many Health Department workers declined to speak with CBS2 about the restrictions, uh, guidelines. However, one employee who did said staffers were “fine with them” and that “it’s all for our good health.”

More at Www.newyork.CBSlocal.com | Posted 6 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: NYC Health Dept Imposes New Diet for Workers

Tags: High Calorie Foods, New York City Health Department, Sugary Beverages, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Fried Foods, Food Restrictions Imposed, Perfume, Restriction on Personal Items

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Bye, Bye Office Cake

2 NY Health Dept Imposes New Diet for Workers

Cake is just one of the items that's been taken off the menu at agency lunches for the nearly 3,000 employees of the New York Health Department. The new health mandate was outlined in a brochure, “Life in the Cubicle Village,” issued to employees. Cookies, beverages more than 25 calories per ounce and deep-fried foods have been banned, reports NBC New York. Tap water is now required when food or drinks are served. Suggestions for work events include cutting bagels or muffins into halves or quarters to reduce caloric intake and serving thinly sliced whole-grain bread. The brochure doesn't just cover food though. Employees are advised to adopt good personal and office hygiene habits, including avoiding wearing smelly products, eavesdropping or displaying potentially offensive signs!

More at NBC New York | Hat tip to Infowars | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: New York Health Department Agency Lunch, Life in the Cubicle Village, Employee Lunch Guidelines, Serving Tap Water, Cut Muffins in Half, Reduce Calorie Intake, Eavesdropping, Cubicle Habits, Banning Junk Food, Banning Cake, Banning Soda, wearing smelly products

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Republicans: Change Medicare

3 Proposed Big Cuts to Medicare and Medicaid

As a government shutdown looms over the current budget, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, a Republican from Wisconsin, unveiled a federal budget plan for 2012 that involves dramatic cuts to Medicare and Medicaid. Ryan's proposal would cut $389 billion in Medicare expenses and $735 billion in Medicaid expenses over the next decade. The proposal involves turning Medicare into a program that would provide health care vouchers, which would go directly to insurers. The changes wouldn't take effect until 2022, but given the popularity of Medicare and Medicaid, it's a bit unlikely such extreme cuts will be made. Democrats complain that the plan gives continued tax breaks to the rich, while taking health care from seniors and the poor.

More at CBS News | Hat tip to MSNBC | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Medicare Will Cover Pricey Prostate Cancer Therapy

Tags: House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, Medicare Expenses, Popularity of Medicare and Medicaid, Republicans Propose Cuts to Medicare

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Tenn. Tweeting Happy

4 Twitter Reveals Who in the World is Happy

The Twitter World Happiness Map, created by graduate student Alex Davies, ranks regions by happiness based on words like "nice" and "best" Tweeted by users in those areas. On the Twitter map, red states are happier. Tennessee was ranked as the happiest state, but Gawker has their doubts. They remind us of the state's high unemployment rate. Other happy states are Colorado in second, North Carolina in third, Georgia in fourth and Florida coming in fifth. The happiest states, with the exception of Colorado, clustered around the Southeast. The happiest country? According to the Twitter World Happiness Map, that would be Germany. So, are you happy with the Twitter happiness map?

More at Twitter World Happiness Map, Alex Davies | Hat tip to Gawker | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Aflac to Give Its Duck a New Voice

Tags: Twitter World Happiness Map, Gawker, Alex Davies, Grad Student Studies Twitter, How Twitter Names Happy States

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Some Would Trade 21 Years

5 To Be Thin: Women Willing to Give Up Years

Nearly a third of young British undergraduates studied would be willing to trade at least one year of life for the perfect body, finds a small study from researchers at the University of the West of England. Some women were willing to give up even more if it meant they'd have the ideal body. The study, published in the journal Sex Roles, found that 10 percent of young women surveyed would give up two to five years for the ideal body. MSNBC reports that two percent of the young women studied would trade 10 years of life for a great body, and one percent would give up 21 years or more! Study participants included 320 women from university campuses around the UK. Their average age was 25.

More at MSNBC | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Eating Disorders, Ideal Female Proportion, Perfect Body, Ideal Body Type, Women Want Perfect Body, Unrealistic Body, Journal Sex Roles, University of the West of England

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Follow Me on Twitter, Says House

6 Stick Ads on House for Free Mortgage

More than 1,000 people have applied to have their houses turned into giant billboards in exchange for mortgage payments from startup Adzookie, an indicator of a poor economy and stressed out homeowners. Adzookie CEO Romeo Mendoza told CNN that one application even came from a church. While no homes have yet been painted, a digital mockup at the Adzookie website lets homeowners know what to expect, including painted social media icons. Under the agreement, houses would remain painted for at least three months, but the contracts could be extended for up to a year. Yet, it wouldn't be surprising if homeowner associations everywhere were scrambling to keep the ads out of their neighborhoods.

More at CNN | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Adzookie, Facebook Ads, Twitter Ads, Social Media Icons, Free Mortgage Payments, Desperate Homeowners, Ads Painted on Houses, Adzookie CEO Romeo Mendoza

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Worked to Death

7 Long Hours on the Job Linked to Heart Disease

An 11 year study involving 7,095 British workers found that working long days increase the risk of developing heart disease. Over time, 192 individuals had a heart attack and it was determined that a workday of at least 11 hours a increased their risk by 67 percent. Previous research supports these results and researchers want people to understand that many factors come into play when looking at the risk of heart disease. They want people who work long hours to pay attention to eating healthily, exercising and control their cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar levels. Cardiovascular diseases kill more people around the world than any other disease with about 17.1 million deaths annually.

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

Previously: Rudeness May Impact Work Performance

Tags: Heart Attacks, Heart Disease, Work-Related Stress, Working Long Hours, Working Overtime, Job-Related Stress

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Cheap, Safe and Easy to Give

8 Treating Pneumonia with Statins Lower Deaths

People currently taking a statin such a Crestor or Lipitor to reduce LDL, also known as “bad cholesterol,” appear to be protected from dying due to pneumonia according to a new study. Previous research demonstrated that people who develop bacterial infections do better when given a statin so researchers looked at 847 people initially prescribed a statin between 1995 and 2006 with 2,927 people who do not use statins who had pneumonia. During the six month follow up researchers found that 13 percent of statin users and 20 percent of non-statin users died. Previous research has also shown that lowering cholesterol boost the immune system’s ability to fight infections. Future studies will determine if giving a statin when diagnosed with pneumonia will reduce the risk of death.

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

Previously: Statins May Help Fight Infections

Tags: Cholesterol, Crestor, LDL, Lipitor, Pneumonia, Statins, Cholesterol Fighting Infections

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Detect at Earlier Stage

9 Women at Risk for Breast Cancer Should Get MRI

A new study out of the Women's College Research Institute in Toronto that women at an increased risk of breast cancer should get MRI scans as part of their regular screenings because it increases the odds it will be detected at an earlier stage according to, a key to a successful outcome in many cancers. Researchers had 1275 women with BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutations, 445 had MRIs, mammograms and physical breast exams while 830 had mammograms and breast exams. Of the women who got breast cancer, 14 out of 100 women in the MRI group were diagnosed early compared to 7 out of 100 in the other group, translating into a 70 percent decrease in being diagnosed stage 2 to stage 4 with MRI. Further studies will determine if detecting breast cancer with MRI will lower death rates due to the disease.

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

Previously: Whole Body MRI Best at Detecting Spread of Cancer

Tags: BRCA1, Breast Cancer, Breast Cancer Risk Factors, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, MRI, Breast Cancer Screening, BRCA2, Early Detection of Breast Cancer

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Less Than One Percent

10 Preemies May Have Slightly Higher Risk of Diabetes

A Swedish study involving 630,000 people born between 1973 and 1979, 28,000 that were born prematurely, found that those born early increased the risk of diabetes by less than one percent. Fifteen out o f 1000 children born prematurely developed diabetes by the time they got into their twenties compared to 12 out of 1000 full-term babies. Their prescriptions indicated that type 1 diabetes was the most common type. Researchers hypothesize that poor nutrition in utero and after birth affects metabolism and hormones which alters how glucose is processed. People born prematurely should focus on avoiding risk factors for diabetes such as being overweight, lack of exercise and hypertension. Three out of 25 babies are born prematurely in the U.S. according to the CDC.

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

Previously: Very Premature Babies at Risk for Asthma As Adults

Tags: CDC, Diabetes, Preemies, Premature Birth, Type 1 Diabetes, Health Problems in Preemies, Diabetes in Preemies, Preterm Health

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Lowest Amount for Shortest Time

11 Side Effects of Estrogen Decrease When Stopped

The side effects of estrogen, which are recommended for women who had a hysterectomy to manage the symptoms of menopause, wane once women stop taking them according to the first long term follow-up. Over 10,000 women taking estrogen for about six years and were examined 4 years after they stopped. The slightly higher risk of side effects such as stroke and blood clots while on the pill became non-existent once treatment is stopped but risked hip fractures went back up because estrogen strengthens bones. Also, women who started the drug earlier did better once they stopped taking it compared to women who started treatment later. These results reinforce the standard approach of giving the lowest amount of estrogen for the lowest amount of time to manage menopause symptoms.

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

Previously: Estrogen Protects Some from Breast Cancer

Tags: Estrogen Only Pills, Menopause, Menopause Treatment, Menopause in Women Who Had Hysterectomy, Side Effects of Estrogen

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Mind Makes Better

12 Meditation Reduces Pain

Fifteen people who never meditated had some skin on their right leg exposed to a device that was 120° Fahrenheit which would be painful to many for five minutes. During this time they were being monitored by arterial spin labeling magnetic resonance imaging (ASL MRI) which measures brain activity in people doing functions that take more time to do. The primary somatosensory cortex, an area of the brain that senses pain intensity was very active. Afterwards, they did an exercise called focused attention and were exposed to the heat again. The ASL MRI showed that meditation blocked brain activity and reduced the intensity of their pain by 40 percent and the unpleasantness by 57 percent. Morphine and other drugs that manage pain generally reduce pain by approximately 25 percent.

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

Previously: A Thicker Brain Helps People Tolerate Pain

Tags: Meditation, Pain, Focused Attention, Mind over Body, Painful Stimuli, Pain Intensity, Primary Somatosensory Cortex, Arterial Spin Labeling Magnetic Resonance Imaging, ASL MRI

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LOW-TECH INCUBATOR

13 The Embrace Infant Warmer Keeps Preemies Warm

The Infant Warmer is a heating blanket designed by San Francisco-based Embrace to keep premature babies in developing countries safe from hypothermia. Preemies are typically kept warm using incubators which can cost up to $20,000 each and require a steady flow of electricity to power. The Infant Warmer is priced at $100 and requires no electricity to use. The Infant Warmer is shaped like a sleeping bag and features a pouch which holds a packet of wax. The wax is heated up using an included non-electric heating unit and sealed in the pouch where it maintains a temperature of 98.6 for four hours, regulating heat by absorbing it when its too hot and releasing it when its too cold. As of now no release dates have been set but Embrace is planning a pilot project to launch in India.

More at Embrace | Hat tip to Gizmag | Posted 6 years ago by Michael Hines

Previously: Very Premature Babies at Risk for Asthma As Adults

Tags: Hypothermia, Premature Baby, Embrace, Infant Warmer, Newborn

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