April 17, 2011

10 Pm to 6 Am Tough Shift

1 Air Traffic Controllers Get More Time to Rest

Hoping to eliminate sleeping on the job for air traffic controllers, the U.S. government is giving controllers an extra hour off work between shifts. However, sleep experts say that air traffic controllers should be allowed to take naps. CBS News reports that experts believe that controllers, like firefighters and trauma doctors, should be allowed to take naps during work hours. Someone else would be watching the traffic, of course! CBS News says that controllers sleeping on the job has been an "open secret" dating back to the early 1990s. Since the body naturally craves sleep at night, midnight shifts, starting at 10 p.m. and ending around 6 a.m., are said to be the toughest for controllers trying to stay awake.

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

Previously: Weird Work Schedules Wreak Havoc on Health

Tags: Job Performance, Job Stress, Job Napping, Sleeping on Job, Air Traffic Controllers Sleeping

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Sane Mike Credits Vegan Diet

2 Vegan Mike Tyson Feels Great on Diet

Mike Tyson, a vegan for two years, said he feels mentally "incredible" on his diet, which helped him lose 130 pounds. That great feeling was what motivated Tyson to stay with the vegan diet. In an interview with Greta Van Susteren, Tyson said, "I wonder why I was crazy all those years." His answer: the "garbage" he was eating! Plus, the drugs didn't help, as he noted. Tyson said that while his wife prepares his vegan meals, she's not a vegan herself. However, Tyson's wife originally inspired him to become a vegan. These days Tyson isn't really into boxing. He's focusing on life with his wife and kids. And being sane.

More at Fox News | Hat tip to TreeHugger | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Processed Foods, Famous Vegans, Mike Tyson Weight Loss, Mike Tyson Vegan, Greta Van Susteren

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Roughly One-Third Higher Risk

3 Diabetes Linked with Parkinson's Risk

Patients with diabetes could be more likely to develop Parkinson's disease, suggest researchers from Denmark. The findings, published in the journal Diabetes Care, reveal that the link between diabetes and Parkinson's disease is even stronger for younger patients. Researchers found that 6.5 percent of Parkinson's disease patients had diabetes for at least two years before being diagnosed with Parkinson's. The findings suggest that having diabetes is linked with about a one-third higher risk of developing Parkinson's disease.

More at MSNBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Diet Soda Doesn't Raise Diabetes Risk

Tags: Parkinson's Disease Risk, Diabetes Linked Parkinson's Risk, Journal Diabetes Care, Link Between Diabetes and Parkinson's Disease

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Anti-Bullying Policies Help

4 Social Support for Suicide Prevention LGB Youth

Lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) youth are less likely to attempt suicide when living in supportive environments, say researchers. "When communities support their gay young people, and schools adopt anti-bullying and anti-discrimination policies that specifically protect lesbian, gay, and bisexual youth, the risk of attempted suicide by all young people drops, especially for LGB youth," says Mark L. Hatzenbuehler of Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health. The study findings, published in Pediatrics, reveal that LGB youth were 25 percent less likely to commit suicide when living in a social environment that's supportive of gays and lesbians, compared to environments that are less supportive.

More at Eurekalert | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Severe Acne Increases Suicide Risk

Tags: Suicidal Thoughts, LGB Youth, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society, Mark L. Hatzenbuehler, Mailman School of Public Health, Oregon Healthy Teens Survey, Suicide Attempts among Gay Teens, Suicide among Lesbians, Bisexual Youth

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Heart Help with High Risk

5 Heart Device Carries High Risk of Thrombosis

HVAD, a device manufactured by HeartWare to assist the heart in those waiting for a heart transplant may increase the risk of thrombosis, the formation of life-threatening blood clots. Of the 250 patient who had the device implanted that totaled 174 years, 16 developed clots which is a 9.2 percent risk. Although smaller and quicker to put in than its competitor the HeartMate II, concerns about blood clots have had a negative impact. Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center in Milwaukee, WI has not implanted a device since a patient was treated for a clot that stopped it from working. HeartWare is changing its product in hopes of reducing thrombosis and some doctors feel that drug management may be a factor in what most cardiac experts acknowledge is a high rate of thrombosis.

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

Previously: Women Underrepresented in Heart Device Studies

Tags: Heart Devices, HeartWare, HeartMate II, Thrombosis, Clot Formation, Aurora St. Luke's Medical Center

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Reduces Cholesterol Absorption

6 Daily Dose of Apples Lowers Cholesterol in Women

A study out of Florida State University involving 160 women who either ate 2.7 ounces of dried apples or prunes found that those in the apple group reduced their LDL (bad cholesterol) by 23 percent and their HDL (good cholesterol) increased by four percent. A protein that indicates inflammation and increases the risk for heart disease, C-reactive protein dropped by 32 percent in women who ate apples every day. Those in the prune group did not have significant reductions in any of these risk factors. Women who ate apples lost an average of 3.3 pounds despite the fact that 240 calories was added to their diet. Apples contain a soluble fiber called pectin prevents the gut from absorbing cholesterol and tells the body to use it. Researchers also noted that all colors provide the same benefits.

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

Previously: The Secret to a Long Life? Eating Apples

Tags: Apples, C-Reactive Protein, Cholesterol, HDL, Heart Disease Risk Factors, LDL, Apples Lower Cholesterol, Apples and Weight Loss, Pectin

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Come in and Shoot Up

7 Unconventional Drug Clinic Reduces Overdose Deaths

A facility called Insite in Vancouver that serves drug addicts in the downtown Eastside neighborhood by allowing them to come in and shoot up has reduced deaths due to overdose by 35 percent. They go into a room under the supervision of a nurse and inject heroin or cocaine with a clean needle that is given to them. The results from a study published in the Lancet suggest to researchers that other cities should adopt this model but the Canadian federal government is trying to shut it down because they believe it encourages illicit drug use. But police and health officials want the clinic to remain open and a lawsuit has been filed against the federal government to do so. Two courts have ruled to keep it open but Ottawa is taking the case to the Supreme Court which will hear it in May.

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

Previously: Prescribing Heroin Decreases Use of Street Drug

Tags: Drug Addiction, Drug Clinic, Canadian Drug Clinic, Deaths Due to Drug Overdose, Clinic Allows Illegal Drug Use, Shooting Up Drugs, Clean Needles, Insite Facility

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