April 26, 2011

Dietitian Offers Suggestions

1 Tips to Burn Calories Without Trying

On CBS’s The Early Show on Saturday Morning, Cynthia Sass, registered dietitian, explained how to burn calories without trying. Her suggestions: Cut 100 calories a day and lose up to 10 pounds in a year. If you’ll be sitting for prolonged periods of time, cut calories by fidgeting. Tap your toes, move around in your chair and burn up to 800 calories a day. Get a full night’s sleep and burn around 200 calories. Typing on a computer for an hour burns 100 calories. Preparing dinner burns about 150 calories per hour. Doing laundry burns about 72 calories while ironing for 30 minutes burns 70 calories and gives you an upper body workout in the process. Get a massage and burn 230 calories per hour. And, finally, an hour of lovemaking burns about 270 calories.

More at CBSNews.com | Posted 7 years ago by Melody Lesser

Tags: Calories, Sex, Weight Loss, Burn Calories, Cynthia Sass, CBS the Early Show, Sitting, Fidgeting, Calories Burned During Sex

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Cute, but Not Good Pet for Kids

2 Baby Chicks, Ducklings Carry Salmonella

Young children are at risk from illness after touching chicks, goslings, ducklings and baby turkeys, all of which may carry salmonella. Often given as Easter gifts, baby chickens aren't exactly a match made in heaven for young children. According to the CDC, some children become infected with salmonella each spring after receiving a baby bird for Easter. The immune systems of young kids are still developing. Plus, children may be more likely to put their hands in their mouths. The CDC says that young kids may get salmonella from chicks or other young poultry from cuddling, holding or kissing the birds, or by touching cages or food and water bowls.

More at CDC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Organically Raised Chickens Have Less Salmonella

Tags: Salmonella Risk to Kids, Baby Chicks Dangerous, Baby Chickens Carry Salmonella, Ducklings Not Good Pets for Kids, Chicks Bad Pets, Salmonella Risk from Young Poultry

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African-Americans Highest Rate

3 Maternal Deaths Rising in California

The rate of pregnancy-related deaths is on the rise in California, particularly among African-American mothers. According to a new report released today by the California Department of Public Health, African-American mothers are about four times more likely to die from causes related to pregnancy compared to women in any other racial or ethic group. In 1999, the overall rate of maternal mortality was eight per 100,000 live births, but in 2008, the number was 14 deaths from each 100,000 live births. Among African-Americans, the 2008 rate was 36.1 deaths per 100,000 live births, compared with only 9.6 deaths for white mothers and 8.5 for Hispanic women. MSNBC notes a third of the increase in death rates may be attributed to better tracking.

More at MSNBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Alzheimer’s

Tags: Maternal Death Risk, Maternal Mortality, California Death Rates, African-American Mothers

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Will Be Part of a Cocktail

4 Another Hepatitis C Drug on Its Way to Approval

A new hepatitis C drug developed by Vertex Pharmaceuticals is going to be up for review by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) very shortly. The drug, telaprevir is very similar to boceprevir which was develop by Merck & Co. and is also being reviewed by the FDA. Both drugs work by inhibiting the virus’ replication as opposed to the older drugs work by stimulating the immune system to fight the virus and the plan is to use them and boceprevir in combination with telaprevir. Studies show that the current drugs only cure about 46 percent of patients where as 79 percent were cured with telaprevir plus the two older drugs and the time patients were cured was cut in half from one year to six months which also minimized exposure to the drugs, lowering the risk of side effects.

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

Previously: New Hepatitis C Drug Cures Patients Faster

Tags: Boceprevir, FDA, FDA Approval, Food and Drug Administration, Hepatitis C, Telaprevir, Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Merck

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Isolation or an Early Symptom?

5 Seniors Stuck at Home Have Higher Alzheimer’s Risk

A study involving 1,294 seniors suggests that those who do not leave their home environment double the risk of developing Alzheimer’s. None of them had any symptoms of dementia at the beginning of the study but 180 seniors developed the disease. Even not going past one’s own driveway or front yard increased the risk of mild cognitive disorder which can signal Alzheimer’s. Researchers hypothesize that not engaging with others may increase the risk or long before obvious symptoms appear the disease alters their movement through the world. This study focuses on a concept dubbed "life space" which measures mobility in a person’s environment and if it changes from space to space. Researchers hope high risk seniors can be screened high so steps can be taken to delay cognitive decline.

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

Previously: Cognitive Decline Faster with Mental Activity

Tags: Alzheimer's, Alzheimer's Disease, Seniors, Housebound Seniors, Homebound Seniors, Shut-Ins, Alzheimer's Risk Factors, Alzheimer's Prevention, Mild Cognitive Disorder, Isolated Seniors, Isolation and Alzheimer's, Life Space

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Even with Other HF Risk Factors

6 HIV Viral Load May Increase Heart Failure Risk

A new study has found that HIV infection increases risk of developing heart failure (HF) even with no history of cardiovascular disease. Previous research linked antiretroviral therapy, heavy alcohol consumption which is higher in people who are HIV-positive to the increased HF rate in this population. Other factors that increase HF such as an aging populations, hypertension, diabetes and obesity are being seen more and more in people with HIV because they are living longer. In this study, researchers focused on 8,486 patients with HIV and found that even after considering all other factors that could cause HF, people who had baseline HIV-RNA levels of at least 500 copies/milliliter had an increased risk of HF demonstrating the viral load is directly related to the risk.

More at Science Daily | Posted 7 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Alcohol Speeds HIV Disease Progression

Tags: Heart Failure, HIV, Heart Failure Risk Factors, HIV and Heart Failure Risk, HIV-RNA Levels, HIV Viral Load, HIV Viral Load and Heart Failure Risk, Antiretroviral Therapy and Heart Failure Risk in HIV Patients, Heart Failure Risk Factors in HIV-Positive People

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Dark to Light Bad for Heart

7 More Damage from Heart Attacks in the Morning

The time of day a person has a heart attack can actually be affect the amount of damage that is caused. Research from Spain looking at 811 patients who had a heart attack between 2003 and 2009 found that having the 269 who had one between 6:00 am and noon had an infarct that was 21 percent larger than those of individuals who had one from 6:00 pm and midnight. The infarct, the amount dead tissue due the heart’s blood supply being cut off, was measured by looking at blood enzyme levels. This supports previous research that demonstrates the circadian rhythm, the wake-sleep cycle, affects blood pressure, heart rate, cardiac output and the cells that line the heart’s blood vessels. Researchers hope these results help them determine how effective heart disease drugs are.

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

Previously: More Heart Attacks Occur in Cooler Weather

Tags: Circadian Rhythm, Heart Attack Risk Factors, Heart Attacks, Risk of Heart Attack, Wake-Sleep Cycle, Infarcts, Circadian Rhythm and Heart Attack Risk, Heart Tissue Damage, Time of Day and Heart Attack

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