June 13, 2011

Supersize Me

1 Products Adapt for Overweight Americans

More than 2/3 of Americans are overweight and 1/3 are considered obese, says the Centers for Disease Control. Overweight is the new norm; manufacturers are adapting. To wit: many scales can now accommodate 400 or 500 lbs., up from 300 lbs. With 19 % of Americans too large for car seat belts (according to the Nat’l. Hwy. Traffic Safety Admin.) some car makers include belts that are 20 in. longer than the standard, set in 1960 and required to fit a 215 lb. man with 47 in. hips. Some movie theater chains have replaced 20 in. wide seats with those that are 26 in. wide. Toilets, to accommodate the widening bottoms of Americans, now come in 19 in. seats vs. 14 in. ones. And finally, some coffins can be had in 54 in. widths. The standard is 24 in., which can hold up to 700 lbs.

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

Previously: Boston Retrofits Ambulance for Obese Patients

Tags: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Obesity, Overweight, Manufacturers Accommodate Overweight and Obese

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Sleep Now or Forever Hold Peace

2 Marriage Suffers When Wife Can't Sleep

When a wife has trouble sleeping, the quality of her marriage could suffer as a result, but the same isn't true when men have trouble sleeping, claim researchers from the University of Pittsburgh. CNN reports that the study found that the longer it took for wives to fall asleep, the more likely both husbands and wives would report negative spousal interactions the following day. Negative interactions could include being criticized or feeling ignored. Researchers found no such relationship on next-day interactions when men had trouble falling asleep. Researchers think that perhaps sleep-troubled men may be less likely than women to express frustration or irritability.

More at CNN | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Sleep Clinic, Sleep Deprivation, Sleep Disturbances, Sleeping Habits Married Couples, Problems in Marriage Sleeping

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Controlling Disease Lowers Risk

3 Diabetics at Greater Risk for Second Stroke

Having diabetes is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease, and a new study has confirmed this link. Researchers from Duke University Medical Center have found that diabetics who suffer a first stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA) - sometimes called a mini-stroke - are at a greater risk of having another cardiovascular event. The findings come from data on over 4,700 stroke patients enrolled in the SPARCL Trial. Compared with non-diabetics, stroke patients with the disease were more likely to have another stroke, TIA or heart attack and were more likely to need an angioplasty to open blocked arteries. Lowering cholesterol using statin drugs and properly controlling blood sugar and blood pressure reduced the risk of a second stroke.

More at MSN Health News | Posted 6 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: More Bran Leads to Longer Life for Diabetics

Tags: Cardiovascular Disease, Cholesterol, Diabetes, Diabetes Risk, Heart Attack, Stroke

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Breastfeeding Saves Lives

4 Study Shows Breastfeeding Reduces SIDS Risk

A retrospective study that analyzed questionnaires asking mothers about breastfeeding from 18 previous ones found that breastfeeding reduces risk of their infant dying from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) by 60 percent. Exclusively breastfeeding for any length of time further reduced the risk. There are no clear causes of SIDS but black infants and males are at an increased risk and it now well-known that placing a sleeping infant on their back and keeping them cool reduces it. One hypothesis for these results is that breastfeeding protects infants from infections that have been associated with an elevated risk of SIDS. Future studies want to compare longer and shorter time periods of breastfeeding to determine its effects on the risk.

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

Previously: Sleep Positioners Unsafe to Use, SIDS Rate Increases on New Year's Day

Tags: Benefits of Breastfeeding, Breastfeeding, Cot Death, SIDS, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, SIDS Risk Factors, Breastfeeding and SIDS, Crib Death

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