May 24, 2012

Retired Brass Up in Arms

1 Fat U.S. Youth Threaten Military Strength

A group of over one hundred retired U.S. Army generals and Navy admirals, including Generals John Shalikashvili and Wesley Clark, have issued a report, titled "Too Fat To Fight," which warns that 75 percent of young Americans ages 17 to 24 are disqualified from serving in the military, with the leading medical reason being overweight or obesity. Declaring that this alarming development threatens the future strength of the U.S. armed forces, they explicitly cite poor childhood nutrition as the primary cause, and call upon Congress to reauthorize the Child Nutrition Act, and specifically to remove high-calorie, low-nutrition "junk food" food from U.S. schools, to increase the quality of student meals, and to provide educational and exercise programs promoting fitness.

More at Missionreadiness.org | Posted 5 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: American Kids Starving Themselves Fat

Tags: Childhood Obesity, U.S. Military, School Meals, Military Strength, too Fat to Fit, Americans Unfit for Military Service

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Potential Salmonella Lurking

2 Taylor Farms Recalls Organic Baby Spinach

Taylor Farms Retail, Inc. has recalled their organic baby spinach sold under brand names Private Selections Organic and Marketside Organic. The baby spinach is potentially contaminated with Salmonella. Taylor Farms issued the voluntary recall after a random sampling by the USDA was positive for Salmonella. The recalled spinach was distributed in 19 states between May 9 and 10, and has a best-by date of May 25. More information about this recall is available from Taylor Farms at 866-508-7048.

More at WebMD | Posted 5 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Sushi Has Sickened 316 in 26 States

Tags: Taylor Farms Organic Spinach Recall, Salmonella Spinach, Private Selections Organic Baby Spinach Recall, Marketside Baby Spinach Organic Recall

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Getting Calcium from Food Wiser

3 Unhealthy Ritual: Calcium Pill, Heart Attack

Calcium supplements have been linked with heart attacks, and this isn't the first time. The new study, published in Heart, found that people who said they regularly took calcium pills were more than twice as likely to experience a heart attack compared with those who didn't use calcium supplements. However, overall calcium intake wasn't associated with an increased risk of heart attack. Researchers say that people who consumed more calcium from foods like dairy typically had a lower risk for heart attacks. CNN reports that the new study adds to preliminary yet growing evidence that calcium supplements can be harmful to the heart.

More at CNN | Posted 5 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Calcium Supplements Increase Heart Attack Risk

Tags: Heart Attack Risk Factors, Cause Heart Attack, Problems Calcium Supplements, Calcium Supplements Linked Heart Attacks, Why Better Get Calcium from Food

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But They're Explaining Things

4 Doctors Still Rushing Exams, Say Patients

Many patients think doctors are rushing exams, but they're explaining things well nevertheless, finds a new poll. The survey was conducted by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, NPR and the Harvard School of Public Health. The poll contained the same questions asked by another survey conducted in 1983. The results show that patients think doctors are still rushing exams. Three out of five patients believe their exams are rushed, and that's the same number from 1983! Yet, 64 percent said doctors explained things well, compared to just 48 percent who thought that in 1983. Patients today are also more likely to think that physicians are trying to keep down medical costs.

More at NPR | Posted 5 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Pelvic Exams Not Necessary for Birth Control Pills

Tags: Harvard School of Public Health, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Doctors Rush Exams, Reimbursement Rates for a Primary Care Visit, Why Doctors Rush

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Good Alternative to Warfarin

5 Aspirin Lowers Risk of Subsequent Blood Clots

Results from a study showed that aspirin can reduce the risk of a subsequent venous thromboembolism, which includes pulmonary embolisms in the lung and deep vein thrombosis (DVT) which happens in the legs. Four hundred and two low-risk individuals who had been on anticoagulant therapy for 6 to 18 months due to a venous thromboembolism were given aspirin or a placebo. Participants were followed for two years and only 28 percent in the aspirin group had a subsequent episode compared to 43 percent in the placebo group. Two people, one from each group, had an episode of bleeding. Most people who have a venous thromboembolism are treated with the blood thinner warfarin to reduce the risk of another clot which is one in five, but chronic use of the drug can increase the likelihood of bleeding.

More at Yahoo! HealthDay | Posted 5 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Yasmin Poses Higher Venous Thromboembolism Risk, Greater Deadly Blood Clot Risk for Tall, Obese Men

Tags: Aspirin, Blood Clots, Deep Vein Thrombosis, DVT, Pulmonary Embolism, Venous Thromboembolism, Blood Thinner, Anticoagulant, Warfarin

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