February 20, 2012

Big Bottoms' Big Bottom Line

1 Obesity Costs Headed for $66 Billion a Year

If current statistical trends continue, increased obesity in the United States will add as much as $66 billion anually to America's health-care expenses by the year 2030, an amount equal to 2.6 cents for every dollar spent on health care. The figures, published in the medical journal Lancet by Columbia University researchers, assume that another 65 million Americans will become obese, joining the nearly 100 million who currently are based on body mass index. They also assume the continued growth in Americans' "passive overconsumption" of the kinds of cheap, processed, heavily advertised and widely available food items that health experts target as responsible for obesity in the U.S. and for a global sea change in food supplies and diet that began in the 1970s.

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

Tags: Columbia University, Health Care Costs, Mailman School of Public Health, Obesity Costs, $66 Billion, $66 Billion in Health Care Costs, $66 Billion in Obesity Costs, $66 Billion by 2030, Health Care Costs in 2030, Y. Claire Wang, Obesity in 2030, 65 Million Obese Americans

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Brain Connectivity Plays Role

2 Brain Scans Show Autism at 6 Months

Brain scans of children as young as 6 months can show signs of autism, find researchers who used a special type of MRI scan called diffusion tensor imaging. Published in American Journal of Psychiatry, the new research suggests that brain connectivity plays a big role in autism. The 6-month brain scans of babies later diagnosed with autism show that white matter pathways grew faster or were more dense than those for children who didn't develop autism. However, the growth slows down at 12 months with both groups having similar development of pathways. At 24 months, the children who developed autism had brain connections that were less dense than normally developing children. CNN reports that researchers say autism may be a "whole brain-phenomenon," instead of a specific brain region issue.

More at CNN | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Autism Risk Higher Than Thought for Siblings

Tags: Autism Risk Factors, Diffusion Tensor Imaging, Autism 6 Months, Autism Brain Scans Infants, American Journal of Psychiatry, Autism Research, Brain Connectivity

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Would You Buy It?

3 Test Tube Meat Coming This Fall

At a meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Dutch scientist Mark Post, of Maastricht University, presented his latest project – “test tube” hamburger meat made from a cow’s stem cells. He notes that the ingredients for the meat are still in the laboratory phase but by the fall, his team will “make a couple thousand of small tissues, and then assemble them into a hamburger.” He hopes consumers will consider this alternative meat source as a way to care for the environment. Other speakers at the conference note that conventional meat and dairy production require more land, water and disposal of waste products than almost all other human foods. Demand for meat is expected to rise by 60 percent by 2050, resulting in “ongoing global catastrophe.”

More at Fox News | Posted 6 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: FDA: 29M Lbs of Antibiotics Used in Meat

Tags: Meat, Hamburger, Meat Alternatives, Environmental Concerns

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