April 13, 2012

Keeping Up Appearances

1 Texas Hospital Won't Hire the Overweight

The Citizens Medical Center in Victoria, Texas is taking heat for its hiring policy, which is to refuse to consider anyone with a body mass index of 35 or more, a number that, for example, equates physiologically with about 200 pounds on a person five-feet-five-inches tall. An MD screens all job applicants for "fitness for work,” but what kindles the harshest criticism is the frank admission by the hospital's CEO that the ban on overweight applicants is not for health or insurance reasons, but pure appearances. In the words of David Brown, "The majority of our patients...have expectations that cannot be ignored in terms of personal appearance." Fat acceptance activists call this "discrimination plain and simple," but hiring discrimination based on weight is perfectly legal in Texas.

More at Dailymail.co.uk | Posted 6 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Tags: Weight Discrimination, Weightism, Fat Acceptance, Citizens Medical Center, Anti-Fat Discrimination, Obesity and Discrimination

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Where's the Label?

2 Recall Raises Tenderized Meat Label Questions

A recent recall of potentially contaminated ground and texturized beef from Town and Country Foods has renewed concerns over beef labeling. MSNBC reports that Connecticut Rep. Rosa L. DeLauro said that the recall underscores the reasons that consumers need to be told if their meat has been mechanically pierced by blades or needles. Currently, there's no requirement to label mechanically tenderized meat. Mechanical tenderization is used to inject marinade or to break down muscle fibers in tough cuts of pork or beef. Advocates warn that mechanically tenderized meat may increase risk for food borne illnesses since the needles might allow bacteria deep into the meat.

More at MSNBC | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Tyson Recalls Ground Beef After Illnesses

Tags: E Coli Poisoning, Beef Recall, Dangers Mechanical Tenderizing Beef, Beef Labeling Questions, Beef Safety, Town and Country Foods

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Trading Baldness for Less Desire

3 Propecia and Proscar Have New Sexual Warnings

Propecia, a drug for baldness, and Proscar, a drug for enlarged prostate, now carry new sexual warnings, including loss of sexual desire. While both drugs can cause erectile dysfunction in some men, the drugs now have added warnings related to sexual problems. Propecia and Proscar will now carry warnings about the possibility of male infertility or poor semen quality that goes away when the drugs are stopped. Both drugs may also cause a loss of sexual desire that may continue for some time after the drug is stopped. Propecia may also cause inability to ejaculate and reach orgasm, side effects that may continue for some time after the drug is discontinued. WebMD reports that while there's no proof the drugs cause the sexual problems, the FDA has received enough reports to cause concern.

More at WebMD | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Prostate Enlargement Drugs Up Cancer Risk

Tags: Baldness Drug Propecia, BPH Drug Proscar, Sexual Dysfunction Drug Warnings, New Sexual Dysfunction Warning Propecia, New Sexual Dysfunction Warning Proscar, Causes Less Sexual Desire

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But It May Not Make You Sick

4 Grocery Store Chicken May Contain Feces

Fecal contamination is common in chicken available in grocery stores, suggests the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM). Scientists with PCRM tested 120 chicken products from 15 grocery store chains in 10 cities in the U.S. While the sample size was small, the scientists found that E. coli was present in 48 percent of the chicken products tested. The scientists used E. coli as an indicator of fecal contamination. The highest percentage of fecal contamination was found in chicken purchased at Kroger in Dallas, Texas. Food safety specialists say the type of E. coli found in the chicken isn't the type that causes illnesses. The National Chicken Council accuses PCRM of trying to advance a vegan society.

More at PCRM | Hat tip to New York Times | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: What Happens If You Only Eat Chicken Nuggets

Tags: E Coli Bacteria, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, E Coli Chicken, Grocery Store Chicken Safety, National Chicken Council

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Link Seen with Modest Increase

5 Phthalates Increase Diabetes Risk in Seniors

Results from a study involving more than 1,000 seventy year old men and women found that elevated levels of phthalates, found in cosmetics and plastics that people are exposed to everyday, increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Fasting blood samples were screened for glucose and a variety of environmental toxins and a direct link between phthalates and diabetes was observed even when factors such as obesity, physical activity, fats in the blood and smoking were taken into account. The increase in levels did not have to be dramatic to double the risk of developing diabetes. Certain types of phthalates appeared to interfere with the pancreas’ ability to produce insulin. More studies will have to be conducted to confirm this link and to understand the underlying biology behind it.

More at WebMD | Posted 6 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Car Pollution May Be Risk Factor in Diabetes, Study Shows Diabetes Linked to Pollution, Weight Loss Increases Pollutant Levels in Blood

Tags: Phthalates, Pollutants, Type 2 Diabetes, Plastics

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