September 14, 2012

Thin in the City

1 Obesity More Common in Rural vs Urban Areas

Obesity is more common among Americans who live in rural areas than in cities, finds a study from the U of Kansas which analyzed data collected by the National Center for Health Statistics. Researcher Christie Befort, Ph.D, points to two main reasons for the disparity: cultural diet and physical isolation. The study found that rural residents consume more fat in their diets and also have restricted access to fitness centers, health care and lifestyle activities. The study also showed a greater rural-urban disparity among young people, ages 20-39. Befort says this may be due to increased mechanization of previously labor-intensive jobs. “Living in a rural area isn't always recognized as a category for obesity-related health disparities but, according to our study, it should be," she says

More at Eurekalert.org | Posted 5 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Obesity Caused by Calories, Not Inactivity

Tags: National Center for Health Statistics, Obesity, Urban Living, City Living, Lifestyles of Urban Dwellers, University of Kansas, Christine Befort

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Vitamin C and Beta Carotene

2 Diet May Play Role in Alzheimer’s Disease

Vitamin C and beta-carotene may play a role in the development of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) say researchers at the University of Ulm. For the study, researchers examined 74 AD patients and 158 controls who underwent neuropsychological testing, answered questions about their lifestyle and had BMI and blood tests. Researchers found that the serum concentration of vitamin C and beta-carotene was much lower in dementia patients although there was no difference for the other antioxidants (vitamin E, lycopene, coenzyme Q10). Findings were adjusted to account for potential confounding factors such as education and alcohol and tobacco consumption. Researchers say it may be possible to influence a person’s risk of developing AD through diet and supplementation although further studies are needed.

More at Eurekalert.org | Posted 5 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Eat Heart Healthy Foods for a Healthy Brain

Tags: Alzheimer's Disease, Alzheimer's Disease and Diet, Antioxidants, Lycopene, Supplements, Beta Carotene, Vitamin C. University of Ulm

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Aka Lean, Finely Textured Beef

3 ABC Sued for Using Term "Pink Slime”

ABC News, Inc. been sued for defamation - to the tune of $1.2 billion - by Beef Products, Inc., manufacturers of what has been widely dubbed as “pink slime.” The company claims the defamatory nickname for their product, which is actually “lean, finely textured beef” “caused consumers to believe that our lean beef is not beef at all — that it's an unhealthy pink slime, unsafe for public consumption, and that somehow it got hidden in the meat," according to a company announcement. The lawsuit also names USDA microbiologist Gerald Zirnstein, who nicknamed the product. "The lawsuit is without merit," says ABC SVP Jeffrey W. Schneider. "We will contest it vigorously." Consumer groups laud the network for bringing what they believe is an unhealthy product to the public’s attention.

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

Previously: Pink Slime Plants Are Suspending Operations

Tags: ABC News, Pink Slime, Beef Products Inc., Gerald Zirnstein, Jeffrey W. Schneider

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Leaders Have Fearless Dominance

4 Psychopathic Trait Makes a Good President

Successful U.S. presidents have a psychopathic personality trait in common: fearless dominance, say researchers from Emory University. Fearless dominance is a combination of social and physical fearlessness. The study found that presidents from George Washington to George W. Bush tended to be more like psychopaths compared to the general population when it comes to fearless dominance. Researchers say that the most successful presidents had high levels of fearless dominance, regardless of party affiliation. Presidents with the most fearless dominance included Teddy Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, FDR, Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton. To determine success and personality traits, researchers relied on presidential performance ratings and personality assessments by historians and biographers.

More at CNN | Posted 5 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Even President Obama Scoops Dog Poop

Tags: Personality Traits, Best U.S. Presidents, Psychopathic Traits Presidents, Fearless Dominance

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When Pain Relief Hurts

5 Topical Pain Relievers Can Cause Burns

Safety surveillance conducted by the Food and Drug Administration found 43 cases of burns resulting from over-the-counter joint and muscle pain relieving topical creams, ointments, lotions and patches from 1996 to 2011. Most contained the active ingredients menthol and methyl salicylate at concentrations over 3 and 10 percent, respectively and some of the cases involved capsaicin. Consumers know these products as Bengay, Capzasin, Flexall, Icy Hot and Mentholatum. In many cases, it only took one application to cause burning or blistering within a day. Burns ranged from mild to severe enough to require hospitalization. To reduce the risk of burn the FDA says to not apply topicals to damaged skin, place a bandage over it, use heating pads and discontinue if signs of irritation occur.

More at ABC News | Posted 5 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Chili Pepper Ingredient May Promote Cancer

Tags: Capsaicin, Menthol, Topical Pain Relievers, Chemical Burns, Bengay, Capzasin, Flexall, Icy Hot, Mentholatum, Methyl Salicylate

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