August 23, 2012

Her: More; Him: Less

1 Marriage and Drinking -- the Sexes Differ

University of Cincinnati researchers report that marriage and divorce effect the drinking habits of middle-aged men and women far differently. A study of 5,300 people in their mid-50s found that getting married causes women to drink more, while it's divorce that leads men to increase their alcoholic intake. Single and divorced women both drink less than their married peers, while divorced men outdrink both single guys and husbands. As explanations, researchers suggest that women increase their drinking after marrying because their husbands are drinkers, while newly divorced men drink more because they are more often in the company of other unmarried men, and because they treat stress with alcohol, whereas newly divorced women draw on family or food for solace.

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

Previously: Alcohol Linked to Dementia in Seniors

Tags: Alcohol Use, Drinking and Marital Status, Male and Female Drinking Patterns, Marriage and Alcohol, Divorce and Alcohol

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Wasteful Society

2 Americans Throw Away Nearly Half Their Food

About 40% of Americans’ food gets thrown out every day, amounting to $165 billion worth of wasted food per year, says a study by the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC). That cost doesn’t include water used to grow the food, the cost to transport the food or the manpower used to stock grocers’ shelves. The study says that some foods are lost before they even make it to consumers’ kitchen such as edible fruits and vegetables that aren’t “pretty” enough to sell and foods used by grocers to create an “illusion of abundance” but that can’t possibly be sold fast enough before they rot and are discarded. Restaurants, too, are guilty of selling portions larger than many of us can consume. The NRDC says that if we reduced waste by 15%, we could feed 25 million people for a year.

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

Previously: Worldwide, Megatons of Food Go to Waste

Tags: Wasted Food, Discarded Food, National Resources Defense Council, Americans and Wasted Food

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That’ll Clear Your Sinuses

3 FDA Warns Against Improper Use of Neti Pots

The US Food and Drug Administration is concerned with the proper use of neti pots, plastic or ceramic pots that are used to rinse sinuses. While these and other nasal rinsing devices are generally safe, they must be used and cleaned properly. The FDA warns against the use of “tap water that is not filtered, treated, or processed in specific ways” as it may contain bacteria which, although they’re safe to ingest because stomach acids kill them, may stay alive in nasal passages and cause infections. The FDA says that the improper use of neti pots may have caused rare brain infections that resulted in the deaths of two Louisiana residents in 2011. The deaths were the subject of a CalorieLab item here in December.

More at Www.fda.gov | Posted 5 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Neti Pots Suspected in Deaths from Amoebas

Tags: FDA, US Food and Drug Administration, Neti Pots, Brain Infection, Improper Use of Neti Pots, Nasal Rinsing, Sinuses

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Watch Out for NTM

4 FDA Warns of Tattoo Ink Health Risks

A family of bacteria known as nontuberculous Mycobacteria (NTM) is blamed for an outbreak of illnesses associated with tattoo inks that are contaminated. The recent outbreak has prompted a warning by the FDA. They caution that M. chelonae, part of the NTM species, may cause eye problems, lung disease, other organ infections and joint infection. The infections caused by M. chelonae may be difficult to diagnose, warns the FDA, adding that treatment may last for six months or more. The contaminated ink has brought about serious infections in four states since late 2011 and early 2012. Tattoo inks may go bad for a variety of reasons, including the use of non-sterile water to dilute inks or unhygienic practices that contaminate the ink bottles. Infections should be reported at MedWatch.

More at FDA | Posted 5 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Hepatitis C Risk Increases with Tattooing

Tags: Health Risks Tattoos, Fda Warning Tattoo Ink, Nontuberculous Mycobacteria, Diseases from Tattoos, NTM, Contaminated Tattoo Inks

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