February 2, 2012

"Diet" Doesn't Equal "Healthy"

1 Diet Soda Linked to Heart Attack and Stroke

Persons who drink diet sodas on a daily basis as a healthier, low-calorie alternative to sugary beverages are advised to limit themselves to fewer than one per day, lest they boost their chances of serious vascular illness. Medical researchers at the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine and the Columbia Medical Center ran an analysis of data from 2,564 participants in a National Institute of Health study of stroke incidence and risk factors. They found that those who drink at least one diet soda per day run a 43 percent higher risk of such vascular events as heart attack and stroke compared to persons who consume from zero to six per week. Ironically, persons who drink regular, non-diet sodas ran no increased risk of such vascular events.

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

Tags: Diet Soda Dangers, Diet Soda Studies, Diet Soda and Stroke, Daily Diet Soda, Diet Soda and Vascular Events, Causes of Stroke and Heart Attack

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USDA Approved Filler

2 McDonald's to Phase Out Pink Slime in Burgers

McDonald’s will stop using “pink slime” in their burgers due to pressure from the public incited by celebrity chef Jamie Oliver on his TV show Food Revolution. Pink slime, a term coined by Oliver, is a filler that’s a mix of beef trimmings washed in ammonium hydroxide to kill bacteria. Oliver says "fatty trimmings would typically be used for dog food but instead are being recycled for humans." Until recently, pink slime was found in 70% of US burgers and received USDA approval in 2007 "even though the ammoniated beef comes from parts of the cow most likely to harbor pathogens.” McDonald’s says the decision wasn’t due to consumer pressure and hasn’t announced a date to implement the change. Burger King and Taco Bell have removed the offending substance from their products.

More at Http://new.yahoo.com | Posted 6 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Ban on Happy Meals Closer in San Francisco

Tags: Burger King, Food Revolution, Jamie Oliver, McDonald's, Taco Bell, United States Department of Agriculture, Pink Slime, Ammonium Hydroxide, Beef Filler

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Cholesterol May Not Be Key

3 Triglyceride Levels Predict Strokes

For postmenopausal women, triglyceride levels may be a more important risk factor than cholesterol for predicting strokes. Researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center found that cholesterol levels aren't as accurate at predicting stroke risk in postmenopausal women as doctors previously thought. They found that women in the highest quarter of baseline triglyceride levels were almost twice as likely to have had an ischemic stroke compared to women in the lowest quarter during the study. Researchers, who published their work in the journal Stroke, suggest that doctors refocus their attention on triglyceride levels to figure out which women are at greatest risk for stroke.

More at Eurekalert | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Ischemic Stroke Risk, NYU Langone Medical Center, Stroke Risk Factors, Predicting Stroke Postmenopausal Women, High Triglycerides Dangerous, Risk Factors Triglyceride Levels

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Teen and Preteen Boys and Girls

4 ACIP Recommends Routine HPV Vaccine

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) has updated its schedule of Recommended Adult Immunizations for 2012. Included in the change is the recommendation for males aged 11 to 12 years to receive routine HPV vaccinations to prevent the spread of human papillomavirus which is linked to health issues such as anal and penile cancer in men and cervical cancer in women. Males aged 13 to 21 who have not already received the vaccine should “catch-up” during their next physician visit. Other changes include the recommendation for adults younger than 60 who have diabetes to receive the Hepatitis B vaccine and the schedule for when mothers should receive tetanus, diphtheria and acellular pertussis (Tdap).

More at Medical News Net | Posted 6 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Gardasil Approved for Preventing Anal Cancer, Rise in Oral Cancers Linked to HPV

Tags: Cancer, CDC, Cervical Cancer, Diabetes, Hepatitis, HPV, Human Papillomavirus, Oral Cancer, ACIP, Vaccinations, Immunizations

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