April 23, 2011

Surprise - It's a Fake.

1 Teen Fakes Pregnancy for Six Months

As part of a senior year project on stereotyping, 17-year-old Gaby Rodriguez faked her pregnancy for six months. Only her boyfriend, mother and the school principal were in on the social experiment, reports AOL News. Rodriguez, who has a 3.8 GPA, shocked classmates when she took off her fake belly during a school assembly. Just before revealing her secret, Rodriguez had others read stereotypical quotes that were made about her during her fake pregnancy. The honors student decided on the experiment in part because Hispanic teens are more likely to become pregnant. In the fall, Rodriguez plans on studying social work at Columbia Basin College.

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

Previously: Fetal Exposure to Smoking May Cause Psych Problems

Tags: Fake Pregnancy, Teen Fakes Pregnancy, Gaby Rodriguez, Fighting Stereotypes, Hispanic Pregnancies, Columbia Basin College

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26 States Now Ban Smoking

2 CDC Predicts Smoking Bans in All States by 2020

The CDC predicts that by the year 2020 each state in the U.S. will have banned smoking inside bars, restaurants and workplaces. Based on the pace of new anti-smoking laws, federal health officials think that indoor America is becoming more smoke free. MSNBC reports that no states had comprehensive indoor smoking bans in 2000, but 26 states had passed anti-smoking laws by 2010. However, many other states have partial bans on smoking. Just seven states have no indoor smoking restrictions: Texas, West Virginia, Wyoming, Kentucky, Indiana and Mississippi.

More at MSNBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: 600,000 Killed by Secondhand Smoke

Tags: Bans on Smoking in Restaurants, Smoking Ban in Workplace, Smoking Bans, Anti-Smoking Laws, More States Ban Smoking, Smoking Bans by State

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21 Weeks, 5 Days in the Womb

3 German Baby Matches Surviving Preemie World Record

When Frieda was born in Germany on November 7 she weighed one pound and was only 11 inches long. She was discharged on Wednesday April 20 because she was born only after 21 weeks and five days in utero becoming the second world record holder for a surviving preemie. She was a twin but her brother did not survive. Babies born before 22 weeks usually do not survive because major organs such as the lungs, heart and brains are not fully developed and entering the world at less than 32 weeks put them at an increased risk for problems regarding development. Doctors do not believe that Frieda will have any problems right now and was 7.7 pounds when she was released from the hospital. The first baby to survive being born as premature as Frieda was born in Ottawa in 1987.

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

Previously: The Smallest Premature Babies Counted

Tags: Premature Babies, Premature Birth, Premature Infants, Premature Twins, Preterm Birth, Preemie, World Record Surviving Premature Infant

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Depression Lowers Compliance

4 Treating Depression in Diabetics Helps Manage Both

A new study shows that treating depression in type 2 diabetics not only improves their mental well-being but their physical health as well. A group of 145 type 2 diabetics with depression got 12 weeks of cognitive behavioral therapy via telephone and nine booster sessions once a month and also walked regularly. A group of 146 diabetics with depression only treated for diabetes was used as a control. Treating diabetics with depression reduced those symptoms by 58 percent compared to 39 percent in the control group, lowered blood pressure and regular walking improved quality of life. A1C levels which measures blood sugar control was similar between both groups. Depression is common in diabetics, often leading to less compliance in regards to taking diabetes medications and exercise.

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

Previously: Depression and Diabetes Make Greater Heart Risk

Tags: Depression, Diabetes, Type 2 Diabetes, Diabetes and Depression, Depression and Managing Diabetes, Depression Intervention for Diabetics

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Malaria-Fighting Mosquitoes

5 Genetically Modified Mosquitoes to the Rescue

Scientists in London and Seattle are using genetically modified mosquitoes to help rid the world of malaria. The scientists have started inserting a gene called I-Scel into test mosquitoes that makes an enzyme which cuts the cell's DNA in two and then causes its repair machinery to use the gene as a template when repairing the cut. The gene also gets passed on through the sperm of the mosquitoes and therefore to new generations. The idea is to get other genes (ones potentially capable of stopping malaria from multiplying in the insect or produce all male offspring which do not transmit the disease) to be able to spread in the same way. Although very promising, the breakthrough did occur in a laboratory setting and therefore more tests are needed to ensure the consistency of the results.

More at BBC Health | Posted 7 years ago by Brian Randles

Previously: Http://calorielab.com/labnotes/tags/illnesses-from-Mosquitoes/

Tags: Genetically Modified Mosquitoes

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