May 7, 2012

Fat Becomes Forgetfulness

1 Cut Calories, Stay Mentally Sharp

If you're planning on living into your seventies and would like to enjoy them to their fullest when you get there, start limiting your daily caloric intake to 2,143 or less. Not only will this increase the odds that your heart will be healthy enough to get you that far, but also the odds that your brain and intellectual functions will be equally fit. A study of the eating habits and the mental acuity of a thousand people aged at least seventy conducted by the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona found that individuals who consumed more than that number of daily calories literally doubled their risk of memory loss and mild cognitive impairment. The results were reported at this year's American Academy of Neurology meeting.

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

Previously: Health News About Memory Loss

Tags: Calorie Intake and Cognition, Calorie Intake over Age 70, Calorie Intake and Memory Loss, Calories and Cognitive Impairment, Calorie Intake among the Elderly, Calories and the Brain, Calories and Mental Function

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Still Feel All Peppy?

2 Sports & Energy Drinks Erode Tooth Enamel

In a study published in the Academy of General Dentistry, researchers exposed human tooth enamel to 13 popular sports drinks and nine energy drinks in an experiment designed to duplicate the effect of drinking several of the beverages a day. While acidity varied greatly, even within brands, the acid levels ranged so high that some of the drinks caused permanent tooth damage in as little as five days, with the energy drinks generally causing twice as much erosion of enamel as the sports drinks. To the 20 to 30 percent of U.S. teens who drink at least one sport or energy drink a day, the study authors advise chewing sugarless gum or rinsing with water each time afterwards, not brushing their teeth right away (which spreads the acids), and being prepared to develop cavities down the road.

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

Previously: Do Energy Drinks Turn Kids into Zombies?

Tags: Sports and Energy Drinks, Sports Drinks and Dentistry, Energy Drinks and Dentistry, Sports Drink Acidity, Energy Drink Acidity, Unhealthy Sports Drinks, Unhealthy Energy Drinks, Tooth Decay and Beverages

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Soylent Green Revisited

3 Chinese Pills Made from Dead Infants Seized

A health supplement made in China from the dried flesh of dead infants and believed to enhance sexual performance and improve health, according to Chinese folklore, have been found in tourists’ luggage, say S. Korean authorities who confiscated nearly 17,500 of the pills since last summer. The pills, while “gross” and “creepy,” may also pose a health hazard says Dr. William Schaffner, Vanderbilt U. Med. Ctr. and a consultant for the Ctrs for Disease Control. "We have no idea how this material is processed and under what circumstances," he says. "If it's not done in a hygienic fashion to make assurances infections are excluded, it could contain viruses as well as bacteria." S. Korea is increasing efforts to stop the smuggling. It’s uncertain as to whether the pills have shown up in the US.

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

Previously: Fruta Planta Weight Loss Products May Be Deadly

Tags: Centers for Disease Control, Supplements, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Chinese Pills Confiscated, Pills Made from Dead Babies, Chinese Folklore, Health Supplements, Performance Enhancing Pills, William Schaffner

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Zinc Oxide’s the Culprit

4 Sunscreen Ingredient May Up Skin Cancer Risk

Zinc oxide, an ingredient in sunscreen, may increase the risk of skin cancer finds research from Missouri U of Science and Technology. When exposed to sunlight, zinc oxide undergoes a chemical reaction that releases free radicals that can damage DNA in cells and promote the incidence of skin cancer. Researcher Dr. Yinfa Ma bathed human lung cells to a solution of zinc oxide and exposed them to various types of light over a period of time. A control group, minus zinc oxide, was exposed to the same conditions. The zinc oxide-exposed cells deteriorated more rapidly than those in the control group. The research is in the early stages and Ma cautions against drawing conclusions from his study. He also advises people to wear sunscreen stating that it’s “better than no protection at all.”

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

Previously: Beach Umbrellas Only Offer Some Sun Protection

Tags: Skin Cancer, Sunscreen, Suntan Lotion, Zinc Oxide, Missouri University of Science and Technology, Dr. Yinfa Ma

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FBI: Not a Threat to Public

5 CIA Stops New Underwear Bomber

CIA has foiled a new plot by an al-Qaida affiliate in Yemen to blow up a U.S. jetliner using an updated underwear bomb, reports NPR. The underwear bomb, more refined than the one which failed to go off in the 2009 attempt, didn't contain metal. It may have passed through metal detectors, but it's unclear whether airport body scanners would have found the new underwear bomb. The suicide bomber was based in Yemen, and had not yet purchased plane tickets when the CIA seized the bomb. NPR reports that it's not clear what has happened to the would-be bomber. The FBI has said that the device never posed a threat to public safety, and the government is working with international partners to address concerns.

More at NPR | Posted 5 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Aiport Body Scanners Declared Extremely Safe

Tags: New Underwear Bomb, Yemen Suicide Bomber, Failed Bomb U.S. Jetliner, Al-Qaida Bomb Plot Stopped by CIA

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Cause It's Fun!

6 Why We Still Want Dessert After Dinner

After a big meal you may still have room for dessert because your body's reward system may override the body's signal that you've eaten enough, suggest researchers. Published in Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, the research helps explain why when you eat for pleasure you're more likely to choose sweets over vegetables. Researchers found that blood levels of two chemicals, 2-arachidonoylglycerlo (2-AG) and ghrelin, increased when participants had their favorite foods, but not when they consumed less palatable foods. The chemicals are involved in the the body's reward system, and their release when eating for pleasure may lead to overeating, and contribute to the obesity epidemic.

More at MSNBC | Posted 5 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Why We Eat Dessert, Dessert Cravings, Always Room Dessert, Psychology Dessert, Dessert Freaks, Body Reward System

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Overdose on Valium and Alcohol

7 Thomas Kinkade Died from Accidental Overdose

Thomas Kinkade, who described himself as the "Painter of Light," died from an accidental overdose after combining the prescription tranquilizer Valium and alcohol, reports CBS News. The painter, 54, died in his Northern California home on April 6. Thomas Kinkade's art has been widely available in a chain of galleries across the United States. He was known for producing sentimental paintings of pastoral landscapes and country gardens. The painter's brother says that Kinkade suffered from alcoholism and relapsed before his death.

More at CBS News | Posted 5 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Thomas Kinkade's Death, Cause of Death Thomas Kinkade, Prescription Tranquilizer Overdose, Mixing Alcohol Prescription Tranquilizer, Valium Alcohol Deadly Mix

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