April 10, 2012

Amazing, the Crap They Think Up

1 Mummified Feces Proposed As Obesity Cure

Links have been discovered between having a thriving and diverse population of bacteria in the human gut and enjoying a healthy weight and metabolism. Some researchers now suggest that our current overweight and obesity epidemic may be due in part to the fact that modern antibiotics and chlorinated water have wiped out many strains of intestinal flora that once helped regulate humans’ weight and metabolic activity. Compared to the populations of gut bacteria found in the intestines of centuries-old mummies, modern homo sapiens' seem to be less numerous and robust. One possible corrective measure, proposed by scientists at the University of Oklahoma, would be to repopulate the modern gut with a mix of intestinal microbes based, essentially, on the contents of mummy poop.

More at Mnn.com | Posted 5 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Health News About Antibiotics

Tags: Antibiotics, Intestinal Bacteria, Gut Bacteria, Intestinal Flora, Antibiotics and Obesity, Digestion and Obesity, Mummies

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They're Actually Unhappy Meals

2 Fast Food and Baked Goods Tied to Depression

A study of almost 9,000 people by two Spanish universities has found that persons who regularly eat fast food are 51 percent more likely to develop clinical depression than those who consume little or none, and that the likelihood of becoming depressed rises along with the intake of fast food. A similar pattern was observed in persons who consume commercial baked goods such as cakes and doughnuts, with even small amounts being associated with the onset of depression. None of the subjects had been diagnosed as depressed prior to the start of the study. The key could involve a shortage of certain nutrients known to help prevent depression, but the study also found that fast food and baked goods eaters were more often single and worked long hours, which could in itself be depressing.

More at Psychcentral.com | Posted 5 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Tags: Depression, Fast Foods, Fast Foods and Emotions, Eating Habits and Depression, Diet and Depression, Fast Food Lifestyle

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Lowest Since 1946

3 US Teen Birth Rate at Record Low

The US teen birth rate has fallen to the lowest levels in 70 years, according to a report from the National Center for Health Statistics. Rates dropped across all racial and ethnic groups and the national level of 34.3 teenage births/1000 women ages 15-19, is the lowest since 1946. In 2010, 367,752 babies were born to teens, ages 15 to 19 compared with 409, 802 the preceding year. While the report doesn’t specify why the teenage birth rate has decreased, experts credit the use of contraception or delaying sex for the record lows. They also credit public policy programs directed at addressing teen pregnancy and TV shows such as MTV’s “Teen Mom” and “16 and Pregnant.” While these shows are thought to glamorize teen pregnancy, a national survey indicates the opposite to be true.

More at CNN.com | Posted 5 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Teens Use Rhythm Method to Avoid Pregnancy

Tags: Abstinence, Contraception, National Center for Health Statistics, Sex Education, Teen Pregnancy, MTV's Teen Mom, 16 and Pregnant

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Cool Down with Edamame

4 Soy May Knock Out Hot Flashes

Taking soy supplements may help women with hot flashes, find researchers who reviewed 19 studies on soy's ability to relieve hot flashes. WebMD reports that some women see soy as a safer alternative to hormone replacement therapy (HRT) since HRT has been associated with an increased breast cancer risk. Published in Menopause: The Journal of The North American Menopause Society, the research found that soy supplements with higher amounts of genistein, an isoflavone, were more than twice as effective at reducing the number of hot flashes experienced compared with supplements with low amounts. However, researchers also suggest that it's good to get your soy from food. Co-author Melissa Melby recommends two servings a day of soy foods like edamame, tofu or soy milk.

More at WebMD | Posted 5 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Hot Flashes Are the Heart's Friend

Tags: Soy Benefits, Why Eat Soy, How Cool Hot Flashes, Treatment Hot Flashes, HRT Alternatives, the Journal of the North American Menopause Society, Genistein

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Clinical Guidelines May Change

5 We're Closer to Aspirin for Cancer Prevention

Aspirin may soon be included in clinical guidelines for cancer prevention, suggest researchers. The report, published in Nature Reviews Clinical Oncology, looked at recent studies on aspirin and cancer prevention. Researchers found that daily aspirin doses of 75 mg or more may lower overall cancer incidence plus overall cancer mortality. Researchers found that participants taking aspirin each day had around a 20 percent reduction in cancer in three to five years. After five years, the reduction was 30 percent. It's thought that the chemopreventive effects of aspirin occur at low doses of between 75 and 160 milligrams. Higher doses aren't thought to provide greater protection. The downside of aspirin is that it can raise the risk of gastrointestinal bleeding.

More at CNN | Posted 5 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Cancer Prevention, Uses Aspirin, Aspirin Miracle Drug, Aspirin Cancer Prevention, Journal Nature Reviews Clinical Oncology, Chemopreventive Effects, Risk of Gastrointestinal Bleeding

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Death and Taxes Team Up

6 Watch Out: More Fatal Car Crashes on Tax Day

Americans face a 6 percent higher risk of fatal car crashes on income tax day, say Canadian researchers, who found that more people die in car accidents in the U.S. on income tax day than on other comparable days. The research, conducted by Sunnybrook Research Institute, involved traffic fatality data from 1980 to 2009. The Internal Revenue Service tax deadline for 2012 is April 17, and around 20 percent of taxpayers wait until the last minute to file. The combination of pressure and procrastination may account for the increased risk of dying on the road on tax day, reports MSNBC. Drivers, passengers and even pedestrians all face a greater risk of dying by car on tax day. Does this mean that taxes are literally a killer?

More at MSNBC | Posted 5 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Tax Day, April 15, More Fatal Crashes Tax Day, Deadly Tax Day, Internal Revenue Service Tax Deadline, Tax Deadline for 2012, Traffic Fatality Data, Sunnybrook Research Institute

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