January 28, 2012

Grossness in a Good Cause?

1 Concerned Physicians' Anti-Cheese Billboards

The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, alarmed that the average American now eats more than 33 pounds of cheese a year, up from just 7.7 pounds in the 1950s, has initiated an anti-cheese billboard campaign in New York, a leading dairy state, using graphic depictions of grossly flabby thighs, and an enormously swollen belly with the headline, "Your Abs on Cheese." The PCRM singled out cheese because it is typically 70 percent fat, the number one source of saturated fat in the average diet, a major contributor to rising obesity rates, and a risk factor for diabetes and heart disease. Cheese is also high in sodium and cholesterol. The billboards are located in Albany County, which currently has a rate of overweight and obesity among adults of almost 63 percent.

More at Pcrm.org | Posted 6 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Tags: Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, PCRM Billboards, Anti-Cheese Billboards, Anti-Cheese Campaign, PCRM and Cheese, Billboards in Albany County

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Sweetie and Sunshine Feeling Bad

2 First Giant Pandas in UK in Years Have Colic

Tian Tian (Sweetie), the female giant panda, and Yang Guang (Sunshine), the male giant panda, have arrived at the Edinburgh Zoo, but to the dismay of visitors, both pandas have been ill with colic. The giant pandas, on a 10-year loan from China, are the first in the UK in 17 years, reports The Telegraph. Tian Tian has a milder form of colic, but Yang Guang was taken from the enclosure two weeks ago to recover from a more serious form of colic. Officials say that Yang Guang will be back on display on Monday with Tian Tian following soon. The pandas arrived in Edinburgh in December. They were living at the Ya'an reserve in Chengdu, China. It's hoped that the pair will produce cubs during their stay in the UK, but they're kept apart behind bulletproof glass except for mating time.

More at The Telegraph | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Chinesee Moms Are Better

Tags: Edinburgh Zoo, Giant Pandas in UK, Colic in Pandas, Tian Tian, Yang Guang, Ya'an Reserve

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Isabella Has Trisomy 18

3 Santorum's Daughter Hospitalized

GOP Presidential candidate Rick Santorum cancelled some upcoming campaign events after his daughter Isabella, who suffers from Trisomy 18, was admitted to the hospital in Philadelphia on Saturday. Isabella, 3, has a chromosomal condition that's similar to Down's syndrome. Trisomy 18, which is more common in girls, occurs when there's extra material from chromosome 18. Many patients with Trisomy 18 don't survive beyond their first week, and those who do survive face medical and developmental challenges. CNN reports that while Santorum will not appear on the political show "Meet the Press" on Sunday, he is expected to resume campaigning in Florida as soon as possible.

More at CNN | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Dementia in Alzheimer's and Down Syndrome Linked

Tags: Trisomy 18, Rick Santorum Daughter, Isabella Hospitalized Trisomy 18, Santorum Cancels Meet the Press Appearance, Santorum Daughter Ill

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