June 7, 2011

Revamp Public Attitudes

1 Decriminalize Sex Work, Says New Report

Decriminalize sex work and protect sex workers under the law, says a report co-authored by researchers at Concordia U and U of Windsor, Canada. Using data from 450+ interviews with sex workers as well as intelligence from law enforcement officials, researchers proposed sweeping changes to Canadian federal laws and to public attitudes about sex work. "The public needs to be educated on this industry. Canadians generally don't know much about sex workers and that's created unwarranted fears," says lead author Frances Shaver who explains that what the public knows about the sex industry is from media reports on crises in the industry. “The reality is only a small number are in crisis.” The vast majority, say researchers, are consenting adults who are just trying to make ends meet.

More at Eurekalert.org | Posted 6 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Men Think About Food As Much As Sex

Tags: Sex, Sex Workers. Prostitution. Legalize Prostitution, Canadian Report Advocates Legalization of Prostitution. Work Env, Safe Working Conditions

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Researchers Rank Best Diets

2 Best Diets: Weight Watchers and DASH

Researchers ranked the best diets according to personal goals with DASH diet named the best overall diet, and Weight Watchers named the best diet for shedding extra weight, reports MSNBC. DASH diet, or Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension, won over 19 other diets to be crowned best overall. The Mediterranean Diet came in second. Competition included Atkins, Jenny Craig and Slim-Fast. For dropping extra weight, Jenny Craig and the Raw Food Diet came in second and third after Weight Watchers. To arrive at their rankings, researchers compiled profiles of 20 diets, which were analyzed by 22 experts in diabetes, heart disease, and nutrition and diet.

More at MSNBC | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: DASH Diet May Help Lower Risk of Colon Cancer

Tags: DASH Diet, Diet Research, Jenny Craig, Mediterranean Diet, Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension, Diet Rankings, Raw Food Diet

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Signals in Gut and Brain Reduced

3 Anti-Obesity Vaccine Effective in Mice

A vaccine in which a viral vector carries ghrelin and induces antibody production against the hormone which tells the gut it is hungry successfully reduced the appetite of mice for two months. Mice with a normal weight and those who were obese because of overeating were given three vaccinations. There was also a control group that was injected with saline. One day after receiving the first vaccination, the obese mice consumed 82 percent of their diet compared to the control group and only 50 percent after the third one. The vaccine worked for two months in the mice which translates to approximately four years in humans. The vaccine also reduced hunger signals in the brain based on the fact that the expression of neuropeptide Y in the central nervous system was reduced.

More at Science Daily | Posted 6 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Tags: Ghrelin, Obesity Prevention, Obesity Vaccine, Anti-Obesity Vaccine, Anti-Ghrelin Antibodies, Obesity Treatment, Neuropeptide Y

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