August 3, 2012

Psychology vs Drugs

1 Behavioral Scientists Tackle Obesity

The focus of this year’s Am. Psychological Assn’s Convention was how behavioral treatments - vs meds - could combat the obesity epidemic. Highlights: In a Diabetes Prevention Program study of 3000 overweight people with impaired glucose tolerance, participants learned to track food intake, remove unhealthy food from their homes and increase physical activity. The study showed that even a modest weight loss of 14 lbs reduces the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes by 58%. Another study focused on food policy and presented research that found, through brain imaging studies, that sugary foods act on the brain in ways that create signs of addiction. It raised the question of whether lawmakers should set limits on addictive foods and curtail advertising of these foods, especially to children.

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

Previously: Obesity Journal Becomes Childhood Obesity Journal

Tags: American Psychological Association, Childhood Obesity, Obesity, Type 2 Diabetes, Public Policy on Obesity, Behavioral Treatments and Obesity

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CDC Urges Precautions

2 2012 Worst Since 2004 for West Nile Virus

2012 is the worst year for West Nile virus since 2004 with 241 human cases and 4 deaths says The Centers for Disease Control. While 80% of infected people will exhibit no symptoms, 1 in 150 people will develop severe ones which can include high fever, coma, muscle weakness and paralysis. There are currently no medications to treat or prevent the virus which is transmitted through infected mosquitos and, rarely, through blood transfusions, organ transplants and breastfeeding. Older people and those with cancer, diabetes and certain other medical conditions are at greatest risk if they get the virus. The CDC recommends using insect repellants, wearing long sleeves and pants at dawn and dusk, repairing window and door screens and emptying standing water outside your home.

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

Previously: are You a Mosquito Magnet?

Tags: Centers for Disease Control, West Nile Virus, Mosquito, Insect Bites

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Listeria Contamination Redux

3 Garden Fresh Recalls 7 Tons of Packaged Foods

Wisconsin-based Garden Fresh Foods, manufacturer of packaged pasta salads and chicken salads, is recalling 13,600 pounds of product because it may contain onions that are the subject of a separate recall. The onions, from Oxnard, CA-based Gills Onions LLC, were the subject of a recall last month. Garden Fresh Foods’ products are sold nationwide. The recalled products have the establishment number "P-17256" or "Est. 17256" inside the U.S. Department of Agriculture mark of inspection. A full list of recalled products is available on the USDA website. Listeria may cause severe illness and even death in young children, frail or elderly people and others with weakened immune systems. To date, no illnesses have been reported in association with this recall.

More at MSNBC.com | Hat tip to www.fda.gov | Posted 5 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Diced Red Onions Recalled for Listeria

Tags: Food Safety, Gills Onions Recall, Listeria, Recall, Garden Fresh Foods

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The Bright Side of Sneezing

4 Allergies Signal Reduced Risk of Brain Tumor

Having allergies may be linked to a reduced risk of a serious cancer that begins growing in the brain. New research adds to a growing body of evidence supporting the link between allergies and reduced risk for brain tumors called glioma. Women seem to be more protected from the cancer than men with allergies, but men with certain allergy profiles also have a lower risk. Published in Journal of the National Cancer Institute, the study found that men and women with blood samples containing allergy-related antibodies had nearly a 50 percent reduced risk of developing the tumor 20 years later. "Absence of allergy is the strongest risk factor identified so far for this brain tumor, and there is still more to understand about how this association works," notes lead author Judith Schwartzbaum.

More at Eurekalert | Posted 5 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: New Electric Brain Cancer Treatment Approved

Tags: Glioblastoma, Glioma, Journal of the National Cancer Institute, Reduced Risk Brain Tumor, Benefit Having Allergies, Ohio State's Comprehensive Cancer Center

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