July 21, 2012

Hairspray from Hell?

1 Cosmetics May Double Users’ Diabetes Risk

Women who test positively for high concentrations of certain phthalates -- chemicals found in a broad array of personal care products, such as soaps, shampoos, cosmetics, hairspray and nail polish -- run a higher risk of developing diabetes than those with low concentrations. A study of 2,350 women aged 20 to 80 found that those with the highest concentrations of mono-benzyl phthalate and mono-isobutyl phthalate in their urine were twice as likely to be diabetic as low-phthalate women, and that even those with moderately high levels were 70 percent more likely. Phthalates, which one unrelated study found present in as many as seven out of ten top selling cosmetic items, are also considered to be obesogens, or possible contributors to obesity.

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

Tags: Phthalates, Phthalates and Diabetes, Causes of Diabetes, Cosmetics and Diabetes, Phthalates and Cosmetics, Obesogens, Chemicals in Cosmetics

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No see-Worthy” Jokes, Please

2 Bounty Mutiny Descendants' Amazing Eyesight

If there is a genetic cure for myopia, or nearsightedness, it’s discovery may lie with the descendants of the sailors who led the mutiny on the Bounty in 1789, and who now have one of the lowest rates of the eye affliction on earth. Whereas the rate of myopia worldwide is roughly 25 percent, and in the U.S. slightly higher, the Bounty descendants, who now live in relative isolation on Norfolk Island, a tiny spot of land in the South Pacific between New Zealand and New Caledonia, enjoy a rate of nearsightedness that barely exceeds eight percent, less than one-quarter of the global average. Researchers from Australia's Lions Eye Institute who are studying the islanders have already confirmed earlier findings that, genetics aside, spending more time outdoors lowers one's risk of myopia.

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

Previously: Gene Linked to Myopia Discovered

Tags: Causes of Myopia, Myopia, Genetics and Myopia, Nearsightedness and Genes, Nearsightedness Causes

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Not in My Town, Says One Mayor

3 Chick-fil-A Gay Marriage Comment Bad for Biz

Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino vows to ban Chick-fil-A from his city after the chain’s president said gay marriage is “inviting God’s judgment on our nation.” Says Menino, “You can’t have a business in the city of Boston that discriminates against a population. We’re an open city, we’re a city that’s at the forefront of inclusion.” Chick-fil-A responded in a statement saying it doesn’t discriminate and has a history of applying “biblically-based principles” to its business. They are reportedly scouting a location across from Boston’s City Hall. “If they need licenses in the city, it will be very difficult — unless they open up their policies,” says Menino who adds, “It doesn’t send the right message to the country. We’re a leader when it comes to social justice and opportunities for all.”

More at BostonHerald.com | Hat tip to Yahoo.com | Posted 5 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Chick-Fil-a Is Opposed to Gay Marriage

Tags: Chick-Fil-A, Chick-Fil-a Gay Marriage, Gay Marriage, Mayor Thomas M. Menino, Gay Marriage and Business Practices

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In Utero and During Breasfeeding

4 Three HIV Drugs Taken by Mom Get to Baby

Researchers have demonstrated that fetuses are exposed to the HIV drugs lopinavir and ritonavir when women infected with the virus take them during their pregnancy and are exposed to efavirenz both in utero and during breastfeeding. Blood samples were obtained from three month old infants in Uganda who did not contract HIV from their infected mothers so they could measure recent drug exposure and levels were tested in hair samples to determine exposure over the course of a month and before birth. The purpose of the study was to look at new strategies for preventing HIV infection in utero and determine how to prevent resistance to HIV drugs in infants, which affects the class of drugs that include efavirenz.

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

Previously: Babies Who Evade Mom's HIV Still at Risk of Death

Tags: Healthy Pregnancy, HIV, Lopinavir, Ritonavir, Efavirenz, In Utero HIV Transmission, Pediatric HIV

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Drink Only When You're Thirsty

5 Claim: Sports Drink Researchers Compromised

Funding over decades from sports drink makers, including Gatorade, for body hydration studies has influenced researchers and compromised the integrity of scientific literature on the topic. According to an investigation by editor Deborah Cohen at the British Medical Journal a number of scientifically questionable assertions have been accepted as true by athletes, ordinary people, and even by medical personnel, including: (1) athletes and active people should "prehydrate" before activities, (2) thirst is not a reliable indicator of your need for fluids and you should drink before you feel thirsty, and (3) you should train your gut to accommodate more liquid than would normally be comfortable. Ms. Cohen blames not only Gatorade but also the U.S. military for the spread of these beliefs.

More at The British Medical Journal | Hat tip to The Atlantic | Posted 5 years ago by James Anderson

Previously: 8 Glasses of Water a Day Myth a Diet Urban Legend, You May Not Need As Much Water As You Think, Test-Driving the 8×8 Water Theory, Sports & Energy Drinks Erode Tooth Enamel

Tags: Gatorade, Sports Drinks, Water, Thirst

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New Zealanders Are Also Lazy

6 Most Slothful Country Is Malta

Of 119 countries ranked by the physical inactivity of their citizens in a recent study published in the medical journal The Lancet Malta tops the list and Bangladesh rates as most active. But what you're really interested in is how us "major countries" rank, right? Here it is: The UK, Japan, and Italy are lazy at #7, #11, and #17, respectively. The United States is not as bad as we might have feared at #46 (less lazy than New Zealanders at #28). France and Germany are #66 and #73. Russia comes in at #91. Greece is sweating at #106. There doesn't seem to be a hard and fast relationship to wealth or development, but there is a slight tendency for less developed countries to be more active. How accurate is this data? Who knows. It can't be easy to collect comparable data like this worldwide.

More at The Atlantic | Posted 5 years ago by James Anderson

Tags: Inactivity, Lazy Countries, National Inactivity

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