June 30, 2011

Colorado Still Slimmest

1 Mississippi 6-Peats As Fattest State for 2011

For 2011 Mississippi has been named the fattest U.S. for the sixth consecutive year, according to a new analysis by CalorieLab, Inc. (that's us!). Every year CalorieLab digs into the latest obesity data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and ranks the states by obesity. The rankings are derived by averaging out the obesity percentages for each state for the most recent three years. Rounding out the top five fattest states are Alabama, West Virginia, Tennessee, and (tied for 5th) Kentucky and Louisiana. The geographical trends are clear, although their reasons are not: Southern and Rust Belt states are the most obese, while the West and New England are the least obese. Colorado is the slimmest state, yet its obesity rate has gone up every year, rising 0.7 percent this year.

More at CalorieLab | Posted 6 years ago by Mark

Tags: Colorado Slimmest State, Fattest American States, Fattest States, Mississippi Fattest State, Obesity Statistics, State Obesity, Mississippi Obesity

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Ballsy Food

2 World Testicle Cooking Championship Coming Up

The World Testicle and Aphrodisiacs Cooking Championship will take place on September 2, 2011 at the resort Ovcar Banja in Serbia. It's believed that testicles, which contain testosterone, are a powerful aphrodisiac. The event's website features an invite to the new British royal couple, William and Kate, so they can "experience a wild honeymoon." The first testicle cooking championship took place in 2004, and now the tradition continues with testicles from several animals, including wild boar, stallion, shark, ostrich, kangaroo, donkey, rooster, turkey, goat, reindeer, elk, buck, deer and bear. The championship testicles, from animals that have been castrated, are purchased from a butcher.

More at Ball Cup | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Testicle Festival Held in Serbia

Tags: World Testicle Cooking Championship, World Testicle and Aphrodisiac Cooking Championship, Ovcar Banja Spa, Ovcar Banja, Strong Aphrodisiac

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Will Not Cover off-Label Use

3 Medicare Confirms Coverage of Provenge

Medicare will definitely cover the $93,000 price tag for Provenge, a therapy that teaches the patient’s immune system to attack advanced prostate cancer in men who have not responded to other treatment. Developed by Dendreon Co., the patient’s immune system cells are collected and trained to attack a protein commonly found on prostate cancer cells, making it a highly personalized therapy. The manufacturers defend the high price tag by pointing out that one billion dollars was poured into research that led to its creation and studies that show it doubles survival time in patients compared to chemotherapy. Medicare had previously stated it would be covered under the government-run program since most cancer patients are over 65 but they will not cover its off-label use.

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

Previously: Medicare Will Cover Pricey Prostate Cancer Therapy

Tags: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Dendreon Co., Medicare, Prostate Cancer, Prostate Cancer Vaccine, Provenge, Targeted Therapy for Prostate Cancer

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