March 19, 2012

From Salads to Brownie Binges

1 Apple Monologist Mike Daisey's Diet Travails

Monologist Mike Daisey has more than attacks on his credibility to worry about. Daisey is the creator of "The Agony and ecstasy of Steve Jobs," which takes Apple to task for conditions in its Chinese factories, recently outed by NPR as a largely fabricated production. According to Daisey's wife, theater director Jean-Michele Gregory, the morbidly obese Daisey wants to lose weight and starts low-fat, low-calorie diets every eight months or so. His weight-loss diets are based on boneless chicken breasts and dressing-free salads, but before long Daisey starts to slip and eats "diet" ice cream bars, first one, then a six pack all at once. Then he'll down an entire jar of peanut butter in the morning. At that point the diet goes out the window, and he'll binge on brownies and real ice cream.

More at Brevity 25 | Posted 6 years ago by Mark

Previously: Michael Moore Checks into Weight Loss Camp

Tags: Binge Eating, Binging, Mike Daisey, Celebrity Diets

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PepsiCo FlipsyFlops on Sin Taxes

2 Pepsi Dodged Sin Taxes, Now Imposes One

Members of the PepsiCo truck drivers and bottlers union in New York are rebelling against the company's plan to initiate a $50 per month surcharge on the employee wellness plan premiums, to be levied on those members who smoke or have medical problems related to obesity, such as high blood pressure or diabetes. Calling it a "sin tax," Teamsters union representatives have filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board, and have accused PepsiCo of hampering their attempt to switch to another health plan. Ironically, beginning in 2009 some thirty state legislatures proposed bills designed to place added surtaxes on sugary sodas. PepsiCo, denouncing them as “sin taxes,” spent more than $17 million over three years lobbying against the bills, and killed every one.

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

Tags: PepsiCo, Soda Tax, Soft Drink Tax, Pepsi Cola, PepsiCo Protest, PepsiCo and Teamsters, PepsiCo Health Plan, PepsiCo Health Tax

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WHO Convenes Special Meeting

3 Tuberculosis Cases Are on the Rise

Cases of antibiotic-resistant tuberculosis (TB) are rising rapidly and what was once considered a disease of the impoverished is now affecting some of the wealthiest cities in the world. 8.8 million people had TB in 2010 and the World Health Org. (WHO) predicts that by 2015, more than 2 million will get TB that’s transmitted through the air when a patient coughs. TB is traditionally treated with 6 months of antibiotics but this new strain is resistant to meds. WHO has convened a meeting to discuss the problem and how to treat it. WHO spokespeople say the new strain is totally man-made. “It came about because patients were treated badly, either with poor quality drugs, or not enough drugs, or with insufficient observation so the patient didn't finish the treatment course.”

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

Previously: Tuberculosis Now More Prevalent Than Ever

Tags: Lung Disease, Tuberculosis, Tuberculosis Rates, World Health Organization, WHO, Antibiotic Resistant Tuberculosis

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Tune in Starting Monday

4 Supreme Court Takes Up Obama Health Care Law

Starting Monday, March 26, the Supreme Court will hear arguments on the Obama health care law, passed in 2010. Although penalties stemming from the individual mandate would not start until 2014, 26 states, some individuals and a business group say that the law is unconstitutional. New York Times reports that one question that will be taken up in the case is whether it's too early to challenge the law since the penalties from not obtaining health insurance would not begin until 2014. The Supreme Court may decide that the law can't be challenged until April 15, 2015, the day that the first penalties would be due. If they go ahead with the case, the Supreme Court would decide whether the individual mandate is constitutional. If it's struck down, the rest of Obama's health law could fall too.

More at New York Times | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Warning on Obamacare Scams, Opposition to Health Care Reform Weakens

Tags: Obama Healthcare, Problems Obamacare, Challenging Obama Health Care Law, Supreme Court Challenges Obamacare, Supreme Court Challenge Obama Health Care Law

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Preventing Bone Loss Got Cheaper

5 Boniva, Ibandronate, Is Going Generic

The bone-loss drug Boniva (ibandronate) will soon be available in generic from three drugmakers. On Monday, the FDA ruled that Mylan Pharmaceuticals Inc., Apotex Inc. and Orchid Healthcare could sell generic versions of Boniva, a pill taken only once a month for the prevention or treatment of bone loss from osteoporosis. WebMD reports that while the FDA has only approved Boniva for postmenopausal women, doctors frequently prescribe the drug to men. Boniva, part of a drug class called bisphosphonates, has side effects that include bone, joint or muscle pain, as well as severe jawbone problems, unusual thigh bone fractures, low calcium levels in blood and esophagus problems.

More at WebMD | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: One Bone Loss Drug Treats Side Effects of Another

Tags: Bisphosphonates, Ibandronate Generic, Ibandronate Boniva, Cheap Boniva, FDA Approves Generic Boniva, Orchid Healthcare, Apotex, Mylan Pharmaceuticals Inc, Boniva Side Effects, Osteoporosis Treatment, Severe Jawbone Problems, Unusual Thigh Bone Fractures, Low Calcium Levels in Blood

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Kick K2 Before ER

6 Synthetic Marijuana Has Serious Side Effects

Synthetic marijuana, also called spice or K2, may carry serious side effects, including inability to speak. In a new case report, researchers highlight three cases of teens who were admitted to the emergency room. Doctors suspected the teens, who displayed unexpected behaviors, were using synthetic marijuana. Some of the noted side effects include agitation, increased sweating, hallucinations and inability to speak, reports MSNBC. K2, a blend of plants and herbs, is sprayed with an active ingredient like JWH-018, which is a synthetic cannabinoid. Experts caution that using the drug is especially dangerous for teens since their brains are still developing. Problems may include memory loss or psychosis. The case report was published in Pediatrics.

More at MSNBC | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Fake Pot, Fake Mary Jane, Side Effects Synthetic Marijuana, Serious Effects Spice, K2 Side Effects, Synthetic Cannabinoid

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Actually Shows Cause-and-Effect

7 Statins Appear to Lower Pneumonia Risk

A study involving 18,000 adults found that statins may reduce the risk of pneumonia. Those who took the cholesterol-lowering Crestor had a 17 percent reduced risk of developing it over a period of time compared to those given a placebo. Researchers are not suggesting that all people take statins for prevention but rather giving it to individuals with serious infections for whom pneumonia is a common complication. Previous research supports the results but this study stands out because it is based on a clinical trial and not from pulling information from medical records which prevents them from proving cause-and-effect and controlling for other factors that may explain the differences. While the benefits are not dramatic, researchers think it may help those at higher risk for pneumonia.

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

Previously: Treating Pneumonia with Statins Lower Deaths, Statins May Help Fight Infections

Tags: Crestor, Pneumonia, Statins, Statins Reduce Risk of Pneumonia

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