June 27, 2012

Bottom Line Trumps Health?

1 Investors Praise McDonald’s, Coke and Nestle

Barron's magazine has released the results of its annual survey of business investors asking which companies they most respect. Apple and IBM topped the Ten Most Highly Respected Corporations list, but three giants in the snack food, fast food and soft drink industry also made the top ten: McDonald's, the world leader in hamburger and french fry sales at #3, Coca-Cola, world leader in sugary beverage sales at #8, and Nestle, maker of Dreyer’s ice cream, candy bars (Butterfinger, Kit Kat, Crunch), chocolate, cocoa, breakfast cereals (Trix, Koko Krunch), and Stauffer's Lean Quisine at #9. Investors ranked the companies based on their business strategies, ethical strategies, and competitive edge. Contribution to the general public health was evidently not one of the criteria.

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

Tags: Coca-Cola, McDonald's, Nestle, Barron's, Most Respected Companies, Investor Survey, Investors Rate Companies

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Task Force Says: Get Proactive

2 MDs Urged to Offer Aid to the Overweight

A task force on preventive health measures recommends that doctors screen all their adult patients for obesity, inform them of their weight status -- normal, overweight, or obese -- and either offer them a comprehensive weight-control program or refer them to such a program elsewhere. The task force reviewed almost 60 weight-loss studies and concluded that moderate to high-intensity behavioral weight-loss programs that include 12 to 26 support sessions in the first year can produce a six percent reduction in patients' weights, equalling 9 to 15 pounds, enough to reduce the risk of heart disease. Doctors are urged to educate patients regarding the association between excess weight and serious health risks, and to offer help in reducing to those who would benefit.

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

Tags: U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, Doctors Should Screen Fat Patients, Doctors As "Gateway" to Weight-Loss

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Add an Hour and a Half for Fear

3 Women Who Fear Childbirth Labor Longer

Women who fear childbirth have labors that last about one hour and 32 minutes longer than women without fear, finds a study of 2206 women with a singleton pregnancy who intended to deliver vaginally. 165 women, assessed via a questionnaire, qualified as having a fear of childbirth. The average age of all the women was 30.9 years, half of whom were first time mothers. Average labor duration was 8 hours for women with fear compared with 6.46 hours for women without fear. The study found that fearful women were more likely to need obstetric intervention. “"Fear of childbirth seems to be an increasingly important issue in obstetric care,” say researchers who also note that many fearful women were able to deliver vaginally and “elective caesarean delivery should not be routinely recommended."

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

Previously: Inducing Labor Increases Risk of C-Section

Tags: C-Section, Delivery, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Labor, Gestation, Longer Labors, Fear of Childbirth

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For Chronic Weight Problems

4 FDA Approves Belviq for Obesity

Belviq (lorcaserin hydrochloride) was approved today by the FDA for treating chronic weight problems along with exercise and a reduce-calorie diet. The FDA says that Belviq is approved for obese or overweight adults with a medical problem brought on by their weight, including type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol or high blood pressure. Belviq activates a receptor in the brain to help patients eat less while still feeling full. CNN reports that in trials of Belviq, 38 percent of patients with type 2 diabetes lost at least 5 percent of their body weight after taking the drug. Drug manufacturer Arena Pharmaceuticals will be required to conduct further studies, to include a long-term cardiovascular trial to determine the risk of heart attack and stroke.

More at CNN | Posted 5 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: New Weight Loss Help, Obesity Drugs, Belviq, Lorcaserin Hydrochloride, Arena Pharmaceuticals, Side Effects Belviq

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