March 21, 2012

Gun in Your Hand, in Your Head

1 Holding Gun Leads to Thinking Others Have Gun

Holding a gun can increase an individual's bias to see a gun in the hands of other people, suggest researchers from the University of Notre Dame and Perdue University. The study will appear in Journal of Experimental Psychology: Perception and Performance. After conducting five experiments involving people holding a gun or neutral object like a foam ball, researchers found that when subjects had a gun they were more likely to report "gun present" in images of people on a computer. They were also more likely to raise a firearm to shoot or engage in other threat-induced behavior. "Beliefs, expectations, and emotions can all influence an observer's ability to detect and to categorize objects as guns," says Notre Dame Associate Professor of Psychology James Brockmole.

More at Eurekalert | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Man Fires Gun over Taco Bell Menu Change

Tags: Gun Control, Stand Your Ground Laws, Florida Teenager Shooting, Gun Owner Perceptions, James Brockmole, Journal of Experimental Psychology: Perception and Performance

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Great Burger Upset

2 Wendy's Is Proud to Be Number Two Burger

Wendy's took the number two spot among hamburger chains in the U.S. last year, reports CNN Money. They knocked Burger King down from the number two spot it had enjoyed since at least 1972. The industry research firm Technomic says that Wendy's edged out Burger King with sales of $8.5 billion last year, compared to Burger King's sales of $8.4 billion. McDonald's left both burger chains in the dust with $34 billion in sales and 14,098 U.S. locations. Burger King has 7,200 locations, while Wendy's has just 5,900 restaurants. Five Guys Burgers and Fries was ranked as the fastest-growing chain in the U.S. last year with Chipotle Mexican Grill and Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwich Shops following them as fast-growing chains.

More at CNN Money | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Wendys Burgers, Number Two Burger Country, Second Most Popular Burger Joint, Wendys Takes Number Two Spot, Burger King No Longer Second Place, No 2 Burger Chain, Five Guys Burgers and Fries, mcdonalds sales

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Fame Hard on Sanity

3 Director of Kony 2012 Has Reactive Psychosis

"Kony 2012" documentary director Jason Russell has been diagnosed with reactive psychosis, which was brought on by stress, dehydration and extreme exhaustion. CNN reports that Russell will need several weeks to recover from the acute condition. Russell, who became suddenly famous after his film went viral, was found last Thursday in San Diego running around and screaming in the street in his underwear. According to his doctors, Russell, 33, is having a "common experience" given the extreme emotional, mental and physical shock of the worldwide attention he gained in the last few weeks. Jason Russell is a co-founder of Invisible Children, a group of activists who use media to try to end armed conflict in Africa.

More at CNN | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Domestic Violence Affects 1 in 4 Children

Tags: Kony 2012, Kony 2012 Director, Reactive Psychosis Symptoms, Jason Russell Acting Strangely, Ugandan Warlord

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When Being Different Is Deadly

4 BP Change Between Arms Suggest Heart Problems

Researchers in England who took the blood pressure (BP) in the left and right arm of 230 patients found that individuals who have greater variation between them are at an increased risk of dying due to heart disease. For every one millimeter of mercury (mm Hg) difference, the mortality risk was 9 percent higher over the next decade. The age and gender of the participants was also accounted for. These results support an earlier retrospective analysis of data from 28 separate studies showing that a variation of at least 15mm Hg between each arm elevated the risk of peripheral vascular disease, when arteries of the legs become narrow or hardened. Based on these results, researchers conclude that blood pressure in both arms should be measured regularly for people with high BP.

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

Previously: Being Lightheaded May Signal Heart Problems

Tags: Blood Pressure, Heart Disease, Blood Pressure Changes Between the Arms, Cardiovascular Deaths, Peripheral Vascular Disease

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Aspirin Aspirin…and More Aspirin

5 Studies Highlight Aspirin As Cancer Fighter

Three separate retrospective analyses conducted in England show that long term aspirin use reduces the risk of cancer and metastasis. Data from 51 clinic trials showing that taking low-dose aspirin daily reduced the risk of cancer by 25 percent and 37 percent when taken for over three years and at least five years, respectively. Another looking at five clinical trials found that low-dose aspirin reduced advanced metastasis by 36 percent compared to the placebo group and decreased the likelihood of cancer having spread at the time of diagnoses was reduced by 31 percent. Continuing the daily regimen after diagnosis lowered the risk of metastasis by 69 percent. The third examined observational studies and found a lower risk of developing colon cancer as well as several other types of cancers.

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

Previously: Aspirin Can Halve Cancer Risk, Aspirin Linked to Lower Risk of Pancreatic Cancer, Low-Dose Aspirin Prevents Cancer Deaths, Aspirin May Reduce Breast Cancer Risk, Aspirin Reduces Risk of Colorectal Cancer in Some, Aspirin May Help Beat Breast Cancer

Tags: Aspirin, Cancer, Cancer Treatment, Low Dose Aspirin, Metastasis, Aspirin Lowers Cancer Risk

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Almost Double the Risk

6 Children Exposed to Smoke at Higher COPD Risk

Results from a new study out of Norway appears to demonstrate the long-term consequences of secondhand smoke for children, suggesting that may have almost double the risk of developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) which encompasses diseases such as chronic bronchitis and emphysema that make breathing difficult and progresses over time. The study involved 325 healthy adult controls and 433 with COPD and found women exposed to secondhand smoke as kids has a 1.9 times greater risk of developing the condition compared to women who were not while Men had a 1.5 to 1.7 times higher COPD risk. Researchers conclude that secondhand smoke exposure in children is likely a risk factor and believe the results illustrate that early lung development early is important later in life.

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

Previously: Gum Disease May Raise Risk for Respiratory Disease

Tags: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, COPD, Secondhand Smoke, Early Lung Development, Healthy Children

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Smoke Likely Triggers Problems

7 Smoke Increases Asthma and Wheezing in Kids

Seventy studies that were conducted between 1997 and 2011 show that secondhand smoke increases the odds that kids will wheeze or develop asthma, most obvious in infants and toddlers who were exposed in utero or as newborns. The chance of wheezing in kids was increased by 28 to 52 percent in moms who smoked during pregnancy. Infants and toddlers exposed secondhand smoke in utero had an 85 percent increased risk of developing asthma. One hypothesis is that fetal lungs are weakened by exposure and ultimately reduce the effectiveness of asthma drugs that would be used in these kids. The effects of dad smoking were less conclusive and while these results do not show cause-and-affect, researchers conclude that the effects of secondhand smoke on young lungs are likely underestimated.

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

Previously: Children Exposed to Smoke at Higher COPD Risk

Tags: Asthma, Healthy Pregnancy, Secondhand Smoke, Wheezing, Respiratory Problems in Infants and Children

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