July 27, 2011

Eat Your Veggies!

1 Veg Diet May Protect Bowels from Disease

Vegetarians are a third less likely to get diverticular disease, says a new study. Diverticular disease is characterized by abdominal cramps, diarrhea, constipation and bloating. The long-term study, based on 47,033 health conscious British adults of whom 15,459 are vegetarians, found that participants with a high consumption of dietary fiber had a much lower risk of being hospitalized or dying from diverticular disease compared with those who consumed less fiber. Say researchers, "Overall the opportunity for preventing ... diverticular disease and other conditions, such as colorectal cancer, probably lies in the modification of diet, at either a population or an individual level." More evidence is needed before making dietary recommendations to the general public, they add.

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

Previously: Vegetarians at Lower Risk for Metabolic Disease

Tags: Constipation, Diarrhea, Vegetarianism, Vegetarian Diet, Fiber in Diet, Diverticular Disease, Bloating, Abdominal Cramps

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Splash Country Has Dress Code

2 Dollywood Asks Woman to Reverse Gay Shirt

A Dollywood employee asked a woman to turn her "marriage is so gay" T-shirt inside-out to keep from offending other theme park visitors, reports CBS News. The lesbian couple, Olivier Odom and Jennifer Tipton, are now calling for changes at the Tennessee theme park. While Odom did comply with the park's request to reverse her shirt, she believes that Dollywood should be more inclusive of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender families. The incident occurred at Dollywood Splash Country, which is located next to Pigeon Forge amusement park. A Dollywood spokesperson, Pete Owens, said that Dollywood is open to all families, but they do ask people to cover up or remove clothing or tattoos that may be considered offensive to others.

More at CBS News | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Chick-Fil-a accused of Being anti-Gay

Tags: Anti-Gay Rules, Dollywood Offensive Shirts, Gay Marriage, Marriage Is So Gay, Gay T-ShirT, Dollywood Theme Park, Dollywood Splash Country

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Reduces Hospital Stays

3 Medicare Part D Saves Money

An three-year study looking at Medicare spending not related to drugs found that the drug plan, Medicare Part D, saves approximately 12 billion dollars annually by keeping individuals out of nursing homes and hospitals since it began in 2006. Its cost-effectiveness is also due to covering treatments done on an outpatient basis instead of requiring hospitalization. The results demonstrate that adequate drug coverage keeps seniors healthier and out of the hospital due to poorly managed chronic conditions. Previous research has shown that seniors who were covered increased their use of drugs to treat diabetes, depression, high blood pressure and infections. Health policy experts hope politicians see the value in this program as they try to find ways to make cuts.

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

Previously: Medicare Confirms Coverage of Provenge

Tags: Medicare, Medicare Part D, Drug Plan, Senior Drug Coverage Prevents Hospitalization, Seniors

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