March 16, 2012

More Reason to Drink, Maybe

1 Northerners Harder Drinkers Than Sunbelters

Does alcohol consumption vary by climate? More specifically, do warm weather residents drink less than persons in chillier climes? A survey of singles' drinking habits conducted by HowAboutWe.com suggests just that. All but three of the ten lightest drinking cities are in the sun belt: Tampa, Phoenix, Miami, Atlanta, Dallas, L.A. and Las Vegas. The exceptions are Detroit, Cleveland and Sacramento. By contrast, only Austin, Texas among the 10 heaviest drinkers is in the south, the others being New York City, Chicago, Boston, Denver, S.F., Portland, Philadelphia and St. Louis. Most surprising result: Las Vegas is the lightest drinking city. Least surprising: Washington D.C. is the heaviest, which may explain some decisions and statements made there.

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

Previously: Health News About "Alcohol"

Tags: Singles and Alcohol, Singles Drinking, Heaviest Drinking Cities, Alcoholic Cities, Alcohol and Washington D.C.

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Dark Path for Ballet Dream

2 Miss America 2008 Talks About Anorexia

Kirsten Haglund, crowned Miss America when she was 19 in 2008, suffered from anorexia nervosa at the age of 12 as she struggled to fulfill her dream of becoming a ballerina. CNN reports that Haglund, one of the youngest women to win the crown, practiced ballet from age 3. She left home at 12 to study at the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet School. Feeling pressure to be thin and losing self-esteem over worries of not doing well enough in ballet, Haglund developed anorexia as a way of gaining control in her life. CNN says that Haglund was living off Diet Coke, coffee and gum, plus the occasional vegetables, fruit or spoonful of peanut butter. After getting outpatient help for her condition, Haglund scaled back on dancing and started entering beauty pageants when she was 17.

More at CNN | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Kirsten Haglund, Miss America 2008, Eating Disorders Ballerinas, Prime Age for Eating Disorder, Who Develops Eating Disorder, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet School

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Men More Vulnerable

3 Obese Face Death Risk on Sleeping Pills

Obesity may significantly increase death risk tied to sleeping pills, and interaction with sleep apnea may be a possible cause for the increased risk. Researchers say that the death risk is almost doubled for obese patients taking sleeping pills. The risk remains even for those prescribed 18 or fewer pills a year, and for patients as young as 18. Men taking sleeping pills were nearly twice as likely to die as women on the medications, even after researchers accounted for other factors. Overall, the use of sleeping pills in obese patients was associated with nearly one extra death yearly for each 100 people with prescriptions. The research was presented Friday at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions in San Diego.

More at Eurekalert | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Dangers Obesity, Health Risks Obesity, Sleeping Pill Risks, Obesity Increase Sleeping Pill Deaths, Morbidity Sleeping Pills, Death Tied to Sleeping Pills

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Flavonoids Fight Diabetes

4 Apples and Blueberries Lower Risk of Diabetes

A 24 year study involving about 200,000 men and women who were healthy at the beginning of the study found that those who reported eating more blueberries and apples were less likely to be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes which results when the body’s tissues do not take up insulin like they can breakdown glucose. The reduced diabetes risk in people who ate two or more servings (1 serving = half a cup) blueberries or five servings of apples a week was 23 percent compared to individuals who did not eat them. Factors that increase the risk of type 2 diabetes such as smoking, weight and a family history were taken into account in this study. Previous research supports these results and scientists hypothesize that flavonoids in the fruits play a significant role in reducing the risk.

More at Yahoo! Reuters | Posted 6 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: White Rice Increases Type 2 Diabetes Risk

Tags: Apples, Blueberries, Type 2 Diabetes, Reducing the Risk of Diabetes, Diet and Diabetes

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May Need More Frequent Training

5 MD Life Support Training Dies off with Time

Advanced life support skills that doctors are trained in such as CPR compression, giving medications, opening up the airways and defibrillation are lost within six month to one year after training if not used frequently, according to an analysis of 11 studies. They are very important in reviving people who suffer from cardiac arrest. Normally, re-training for these critical skills occurs every two years and for many in the field, this is an issue they have been aware of for some time. Medical centers are making sure their doctors’ skills are fresh such as practicing techniques on mannequins and drills that get doctors and nurses into a room as in a real emergency. The retraining guidelines will not change for now and researchers want to focus on the best training and retraining methods.

More at Yahoo! Reuters | Posted 6 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Teachers Save Young Girl Whose Heart Stopped

Tags: Advanced Life Support Skills, MD Training, Medical Training, Continuing Education for Doctors, Emergency Medicine

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Would You Know When to Call?

6 Approximately Half of Stroke Victims Call 911

A study conducted from 1997 to 2008 has found that the number of stroke victims who call 911 has not really changed, hovering a little over 50 percent which means that approximately 50 percent of people do not. Information from the National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey found that in over 1600 stroke cases, only 51 percent came to the hospital via ambulance. This is likely because many people do not recognize the symptoms and set up an appointment with their primary care doctor. Strokes should be treated medically as soon as possible to minimize and reverse potential brain damage. More education is needed on stroke symptoms which come on suddenly and include numbness in the face, limb or one side of the body, confusion, trouble speaking, seeing and walking and severe headaches.

More at Yahoo! HealthDay | Posted 6 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Silent Stokes May Result in Memory Loss, Anemic Kids May Have Silent Strokes, Damage from TIAs May Be Long Lasting

Tags: Stroke, National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, Stoke, 911, Emergencies, Symptoms of a Stroke

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