June 22, 2011

Potential Adverse Consequences

1 AMA Blasts Practice of Competitive Eating

July 4 is around the corner - and that means it’s time for competitive eating contests, where contestants try to down as many hotdogs in a specific period of time as is humanly possible. Recently, delegates to the American Medical Assn. approved a resolution that recognizes “competitive speed eating as an unhealthy eating practice with potential adverse consequences.” Background info supplied to AMA voters said that competitive speed eating “condones excessive consumption, junk food consumption and a waste of resources that could be used to fight hunger.” To date, there’s been no response from Major League Eating, the organization that “oversees all professional eating contests,” including the upcoming Nathan's Famous July 4 Int’l. Hot Dog Eating Contest at Coney Island.

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

Previously: Kobayashi Still a Possibility in Nathan's Eat Fest

Tags: American Medical Association, Competitive Eating, Nathan's Famous Hotdog Eating Contest, July 4, Speed Eating, Competitive Speed Eating

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Medical Errors from New Interns

2 Study Finds July Spike in Hospital Deaths

Getting sick in July may prove to be more deadly than usual as a recent study found a 10 percent spike in deaths at teaching hospitals because of medical errors. CNN reports that the death spike from medical errors is referred to as "The July Effect," attributed to the influx of new residents and interns that month. Since medical students typically graduate in June, there may be plenty of fresh faces on the job in July, and that apparently raises the death risk for patients at teaching hospitals. The new research was published recently in the Journal of General Internal Medicine.

More at CNN | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Increase in Hospital Deaths, Journal of General Internal Medicine, July Effect, Medical Errors July, Teaching Hospital Death Spikes

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Diabetes Risk Up, CV Risk Down

3 Statins Taken in High Doses Tied to Diabetes

A new study suggest given in high doses to reduce the low-dense lipoproteins in people and ultimately the risk of cardiovascular disease that leads to heart attack and stroke may also increase the risk of developing diabetes. Five clinical trials involving a total of 32,752 participants taking statins such as Crestor, Lipitor and Pravachol at high or moderate doses looked at whether or not they developed diabetes during follow-up. Researchers found that 149 more people in the high dose group developed diabetes but had 416 fewer serious cardiovascular problems. These results point up that while intensive statin therapy reduces the risk of cardiovascular problems, patients undergoing treatment need to be closely monitored and screened for diabetes.

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

Previously: Cholesterol Drug Increases Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

Tags: Crestor, Lipitor, Statins, High Dose Statins and the Risk of Diabetes, Diabetes Risk Factors, Intensive Statin Therapy, Pravachol, Low-Dense Lipoproteins

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