January 5, 2012

Dessert Makes Room for Itself

1 Sugary Desserts Expand Stomachs

Norwegian researchers have found the explanation for the "room for dessert" phenomenon, wherein one can finish an enormous meal and consider oneself full, yet when dessert is served, find that one not only has room for it, but does not feel any further stuffed after consuming it. In a paper published in this month's Journal of the Norweigian Medical Association, Doctors Arnold Berstad and Jorgen Valeur report that sugar stimulates the vagus nerve, which controls digestion, to loosen the stomach muscles and thereby allow already consumed food to settle and create space for additional food. The result is a stomach that feels less full than it actually is, and a tendency to eat more dessert than one might have intended to.

More at News.com.au | Posted 6 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Tags: Desserts, Stomach Expansion, Sugar Effects on Body, Norwegian Medical Association

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Many Go Untreated

2 ADHD Meds in Short Supply

Medications that treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder), such as Ritalin and Adderall, are in such short supply in the US that patients have complained that they can’t find pharmacies to fill their prescriptions. The NY Times reports that "the shortages are a result of a troubled partnership between drug manufacturers and the Drug Enforcement Administration, with companies trying to maximize their profits and drug enforcement agents trying to minimize abuse by people." The FDA reports that they’ve “reached out to the DEA ... but the quota issues are outside of our area of responsibility.” A spokesperson for the DEA says, “We believe there is plenty of supply.” Many physicians and patient advocacy organizations say patients are going untreated due to the shortages.

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

Previously: PFC Exposure Linked to Attention Deficit Disorder

Tags: ADD, Adderall, ADHD, Attention Deficit Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, DEA, FDA, Food and Drug Administration, Ritalin, Drug Enforcement Agency

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76 Percent Increase in Twins

3 Big Rise in Twin Birth Rates in Last 30 Years

The twin birth rate has risen 76 percent over the last three decades, finds the National Center for Health Statistics. One of 53 babies born in 1980 was a twin. In 2009, the twin birth rate was one in 30 babies. CNN reports that the twin birth rates rose at least 50 percent in 43 states and the District of Columbia. Five states (Connecticut, Hawaii, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Rhode Island) experienced more than a 100 percent increase in twins born. Around one-third of the twin birth rate may be explained by the increased number of women in their 30s and 40s having children. Older women are more likely to have twins. The rest of the increase is attributed to a rise in the use of infertility treatments.

More at CNN | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Parents of Conjoined Cameroon Twins Seek Help

Tags: National Center for Health Statistics, Twin Birth Rate, Increase in Twins Born, How Many Twins and Triplets, Number of Twins Born, Rise in the Use of Infertility Treatments

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