February 19, 2012

No Pain When Fried Like Spain

1 Fried Foods Without Heart Attack Risk

A study of 40,000 people in Spain over some 15 years indicates that the amount of fried food that people eat has no correlation with their risk of suffering coronary heart disease, but this holds only if they eat like Spaniards: frying food in healthier oils such as olive and sunflower, eating mostly fish, and preparing most fried foods at home. Americans, by comparison, tend to fry foods in higher calorie corn and palm oils or lard, to eat mostly meat, which is higher in fats and sodium, and to take many more meals away from home, at restaurants or fast-food franchises. We also routinely deep fry foods that Spaniards pan fry. The study, which was published in the British Medical Journal, also cautions that fried foods in general are fattier and less healthy than non-fried versions.

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

Tags: British Medical Journal, Fish, Fried Foods, Mediterranean Diet, Olive Oil, Fried Foods and Heart Attack, Safe Fried Foods, Healthy Fried Foods, Spanish Diet, Sunflower Oil

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Can’t Quit? Switch!

2 Smokeless Tobacco Products Save Lives

Smokers can reduce health risks by substituting cigarettes and other smoking products with e-cigarettes or smokeless tobacco, finds controversial new research. “Quit or die: That's been the brutal message delivered to 45 million American smokers, and it has helped contribute to 443,000 deaths per year, according to statistics” [from the CDC], says researcher Brad Rodu, who says nicotine can be used safely. "The truth, however, is that total nicotine and tobacco abstinence is unattainable and unnecessary for many smokers." Rodu refers to Swedish men who, with Europe’s highest per capita use of smokeless products, have the lowest rate of lung cancer than men in any other European country. While his advocacy of smokeless tobacco products is controversial, Rodu says they save lives.

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

Previously: Smokeless Tobacco Increases Heart Risks

Tags: Centers for Disease Control, Smokeless Tobacco Products, Smoking, Tobacco, Brad Rodu, Reduce Health Risks with Smokeless Tobacco Products

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Inhale Your Coffee in Seconds

3 FDA to Study Inhalable Caffeine

FDA officials are going to investigate AeroShot inhalable caffeine sold in New York and Massachusetts. It's also available in France. MSNBC reports that the FDA wants to determine if the lipstick-sized AeroShot is safe for users and whether its makers were correct to market it as a dietary supplement. The FDA doesn't require review of dietary supplements before they're sold to consumers. AeroShot canisters contain B vitamins and 100 milligrams of caffeine powder, the rough equivalent of a large cup of coffee. The product was invented by David Edwards, a Harvard biomedical engineering professor. He claims that the product is safe and doesn't contain common additives used to enhance the caffeine effect of energy drinks.

More at MSNBC | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: When Caffeine Kills

Tags: Caffeine Addiction, Caffeine Overdose, Inhaling Caffeine, Inhalable Caffeine, AeroShot Safety Investigated, FDA Investigates AeroShot, David Edwards

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No Shots, No Service

4 Pediatricians Firing Anti-Vaccine Families

Parents who choose not to vaccinate their kids may find themselves looking for another pediatrician. Studies throughout the U.S. showed that 21 to 30 percent of pediatricians “fired” families that refused to vaccinate their kids. A pediatric clinic in Michigan starting firing families because they were worried about unvaccinated children with other kids who had not received them yet in the waiting room together. Vaccines are seen as a primary way of preventing diseases, but parents worry about overloading their child’s immune system with many vaccines, and fear of the now-discredited link to autism still exists. Most parents do not change their minds after talking to the doctor, but there is concern that parents may go to practices that do not meet the standard of care.

More at The Wall Street Journal | Posted 6 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Some Vaccines May Lower Leukemia Risk in Kids, Vaccinating Kids Helps All of Us

Tags: Childhood Vaccinations, Immunizations, Vaccines, Pediatricians

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