May 1, 2012

Healthy Adulthood? Fat Chance.

1 Type 2 Diabetes Hits Kids Faster and Harder

As a result of the soaring rate of childhood obesity, Type 2 diabetes, which was almost unheard of in young people thirty years ago, now afflicts children and teenagers at a rate of more than 3,600 cases a year. Even worse, it develops much more quickly and resists treatment more stubbornly in young victims than in adults. A new study of Type 2 diabetics aged 10 to 17 found that nearly half were unable to maintain stable blood sugar after four years of treatment that usually succeeds in older patients, with 20 percent experiencing severe complications. Researchers suspect that children and teens may be more vulnerable because of natural hormonal changes. If uncontrolled, diabetes raises the risk of major health problems ranging from heart disease to nerve damage to kidney failure.

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

Previously: Apples and Blueberries Lower Risk of Diabetes

Tags: Type 2 Diabetes, Diabetes in Children, Childhood Obesity and Diabetes, Diabetes Increase in Children, Diabete

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Share Your Donor Status!

2 Facebook Adds Organ Donation to Timeline

Facebook is encouraging users to add their organ donor status to their Timeline, where it may be made public or private. For those who aren't already registered as organ donors, Facebook provides a link to the registry. Mashable reports that Facebook added the organ donor status option to help increase awareness about the average of 18 people who die each day waiting for an organ. To designate yourself as an organ donor on Facebook, you'd go to your Timeline, click on "Life Events," followed by "Health and Wellness." You should see the option for "Organ Donor," where you can add your personal story, and include details on when and where you registered.

More at Mashable | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: China Wants to Reward Organ Donors Financially

Tags: Facebook Health News, Facebook Timeline Changes, Facebook Adds Organ Donation Status, Designate Organ Donation Status Facebook, How Many Die Waiting Organs

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Not Let SMA Take My Smile Away

3 Avery, Baby Girl with Bucket List, Dies

Avery Lynn Canahuati, born in November 2011 with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) type 1, became well known after her parents started an online "bucket list" for her since she wasn't expected to live longer than two years. The Bucket List website, averycan.blogspot.com, was written as if Avery were the author. Despite the good checkup baby girl Avery received just three days ago, she died Monday of pulmonary complications related to her disorder. Avery's father, Mike Canahuati, has said that her quick passing came as a complete shock. Some of the things on Avery's bucket list included "Eat a cupcake and a Blow Pop" and "Talk to Mommy and Daddy." Monday, before her death, she scratched another thing off her list: "Not Let SMA take my smile away."

More at CNN | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: ADHD May Be Genetic

Tags: Bucket List Baby Girl Dies, Avery Lynn Canahuati, Spinal Muscular Atrophy Type 1, SMA

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The Risk of Avoiding Risk

4 Parkinson's a Disease of the Risk Averse

A new study involving 89 people with Parkinson’s and 99 healthy controls shows that people who have a higher risk of developing the disease tend not to take risks, confirming research that goes back to the early 1900s. Previous research based on personality assessments that asked about risk taking in people’s youth found that people who more likely to develop the disease which results when dopamine-producing cells in the brain die off were also usually punctual, industrious and cautious. Neuroticism, a trait in which people feel more negative emotions like anxiety, was also found to be higher in those with Parkinson’s. These cells die off long before a person is diagnosed and it is hypothesized that lower levels of dopamine, a chemical that signals reward, may lead people to avoid risks.

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

Previously: Sleep Disorder May Be a Sign of Impending Dementia

Tags: Personality Traits, Risk Avoidance, Risky Behavior, ParkinSon’, Neuroticism

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