September 24, 2012

But Hold the Sugar

1 Drinking Tea May Ward off Chronic Disease

Recent studies in Italy, Scotland, the Netherlands, the US and elsewhere suggest that drinking black or green tea may significantly help to prevent some chronic diseases. Among the findings presented at a recent international symposium on tea and human health: black tea before high-fat meals can prevent the usual rise in fat load and blood pressure and lower the long-term risk of stroke, heart attack or cardiovascular disease; caffeinated green tea can boost the body's energy output and fat oxidation, burning as much as 100 extra calories per day; green tea especially promotes strong bone growth and can delay osteoporosis and reduce fracture risk; tea drinkers do better on alertness and task-performance tests; drinking tea promotes the growth of healthy intestinal bacteria.

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

Previously: Tea May Raise Women's Arthritis Risk

Tags: Tea, Health Benefits of Tea, Tea and Blood Pressure, Tea and Hypertension, Tea and Osteoporosis, Tea Prevents Diseases, Tea Burns Calories

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Possibly Tainted with Salmonella

2 Trader Joe’s Recalls Peanut Butter

Trader Joe’s issued a voluntary recall of Valencia Creamy Salted Peanut Butter that may be the cause of 29 cases of salmonella in Pennsylvania and Massachusetts. The peanut butter, which is also available online, is marked with use by dates of 5/23/2013 and 6/28/2013. Trader Joe’s advises consumers who have it to discard the product. To date, no samples have tested positive for salmonella. To lower the risk of salmonella, the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service recommends that people thoroughly wash their hands in warm soapy water before and after handling food, changing diapers, using the bathroom and handling pets.They also recommend washing utensils used for food prep in warm soapy water and using paper towels versus cloth ones. If the latter are used, they should be washed often.

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

Previously: Remember to Wash Your Green Grocery Bags

Tags: Salmonella, Trader Joe's Recall, Trader Joe's Peanut Butter, USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service, Valencia Creamy Salted Peanut Butter

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Keep on Truckin’

3 Charbroiled Burgers Cause Air Pollution

Commercially charbroiled hamburgers cause more air pollution than diesel trucks, finds a new University of California/Riverside study that focused on cookers found in restaurants. Researchers say charbroiling equipment generates grease, water vapors, smoke and combustion products that emit particulate matter into the air. “For comparison, an 18-wheeler diesel engine truck would have to drive 143 miles on the freeway to put out the same mass of particulates as a single charbroiled hamburger patty,” says Bill Welch, principle engineer. “Our goal is to find something cost-effective and technically feasible to reduce the smoke.” In the meantime, the study recommends eating your burgers grilled as that form of cooking releases fewer particulates into the air.

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

Previously: Los Angeles Most Polluted City; Bismarck Cleanest

Tags: Air Pollution, University of California at Riverside, Air Pollution and Charbroiled Hamburgers, Bill Welch

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Keep Your Cool

4 Rhythmic Breathing May Ease Hot Flashes

The daily practice of rhythmic breathing eased hot flashes in a Mayo Clinic study of symptomatic women. For the study, 92 women learned the meditative technique of rhythmic deep breathing. One group took 6 breaths per minute for 15 minutes twice a day; another took slow breaths for 15 minutes once a day while a third group concentrated on breathing at a normal pace for 10 minutes a day. The women practiced the breathing techniques for 9 weeks and kept diaries of their hot flashes. All of the women reported dramatic decreases in the number and severity of their hot flashes but the group that practiced rhythmic breathing twice a day reported the greatest reduction. Rhythmic breathing has been shown to calm the autonomic nervous system which controls heart rate and sweating.

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

Previously: Estrogen Alternative for Menopause Symptoms

Tags: Hot Flashes, Mayo Clinic, Menopause, Menopause Symptoms, Rhythmic Breathing, Deep Breathing

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Kills One; Leaves One Critical

5 New Respiratory Virus Detected

Officials say they’ve detected a new virus that’s believed to have killed one in Saudi Arabia and left another, who traveled from Qatar to England, in critical condition. The coronavirus is in the same family as the common cold and SARS, which was responsible for almost 800 deaths in 2003. Officials are unclear as to how or whether the virus will spread and haven’t speculated on the ramifications if it does. Gregory Hartl, World Health Org., cautions that the virus is “still (in the) very early days. At the moment, we have two sporadic cases and there are still a lot of holes to be filled in.” Says Michael Osterholm, U of MN, "We don't know if this is going to turn into another SARS or if it will disappear into nothing." In the meantime, all avenues of infection are being investigated.

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

Previously: Disease Causing Bacteria Found in India's Water

Tags: Common Cold, Infectious Disease, Public Health, University of Minnesota, World Health Organization, SARS Virus, Gregory Hartl, Michael Osterholm

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Ride a Bike Instead

6 Trampoline Fun Not Worth Injury Risk

Kids may love trampolines, but they're not worth the injury risk, notes the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). The group says that trampolines may cause serious injuries to kids, and that one-third to one-half of all injuries related to trampolines occur while an adult is supervising. The AAP policy statement notes that there were 97,908 trampoline injuries in 2009, resulting in 3,100 hospitalizations with smaller children being 14 times more likely to get hurt compared to bigger kids. The group also says that around 75 percent of trampoline injuries occur when there are multiple people jumping on the mat. Head and/or neck injuries account for about 17 percent of injuries. According to the AAP, permanent neurologic damage occurs in one of every 200 trampoline-related injuries.

More at WebMD | Posted 5 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Heading in Soccer May Lead to Brain Injury

Tags: American Academy of Pediatrics, Trampoline Dangers, Trampolines Too Dangerous, AAP Avoid Trampolines, Permanent Neurologic Damage, How Many Trampoline Injuries

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Suicide Surpasses Car Crashes

7 Suicide Now Leading Cause Injury Death

Suicide is now the leading cause of injury-related deaths in America, say researchers. Using data from the National Center for Health Statistics, researchers rated the top five leading causes of injury-related deaths from 2000 to 2009. After suicide, the leading causes of injury-related deaths are motor vehicle crashes, poisoning, falls and homicide. Reporting in American Journal of Public Health, West Virginia University researchers and colleagues say that motor vehicle traffic mortality rates have declined, making suicide the leading cause of death from injuries. WebMD also notes that in recent years deaths from unintentional poisoning and falls increased dramatically.

More at WebMD | Posted 5 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Anti-Seizure Medication May Lead to Suicide

Tags: American Journal of Public Health, National Center for Health Statistics, Suicide Rates in America, Suicide Rates in U.S., Suicide Now Leading Injury Death, Leading Causes Death

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Calories from Drinks Matter

8 Direct Link: Sugary Beverages, Added Weight

Removing beverages sweetened with sugar from kids' diets reduces the chances that normal-weight children will become obese, and slows weight gain in heavy teens, find researchers. Published in New England Journal of Medicine, the collection of new studies is the first to show that consumption of sugary drinks is a direct cause of weight gain. Some of the research included two groups of similar children with one group drinking a sugary beverage each day, and the other group consuming an artificially sweetened beverage with no calories. Los Angeles Times reports that the studies also suggest that for adults, regular consumption of high-calorie drinks like soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages could flip on a genetic switch that inclines our bodies to get fat.

More at Los Angeles Times | Posted 5 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Soda Industry Says Bloomberg Opposes Freedom

Tags: Link Sugary Drinks Added Weight, Teen Obesity Causes, Endocrinologist Sonia Caprio, New England Journal of Medicine Obesity Study

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Memory Doesn't Like Mondays

9 No, You Don't Have a Case of the Mondays

No, you probably don't have a "case of the Mondays," says MSNBC, explaining that the famous "Office Space" movie quote may embody what many of us falsely believe about Mondays. New research shows that most of us really don't feel more blue on Mondays compared to Tuesday through Thursday. The research, published in Journal of Positive Psychology, found that while people rated their moods on Monday nearly the same as Tuesday through Thursday, when they were asked about their Mondays later, they recalled them more negatively. The discrepancy between real-time reflection of mood and looking back on it later shows that people don't always judge things in the past very well. The 340,000 study subjects were, of course, happier on Fridays, but happiest on Saturdays and Sundays.

More at MSNBC | Posted 5 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Case of Mondays, Office Space Quotes, No Such Thing Bad Mondays, People Rate Mondays Differently Than Experience, Mondays No So Bad, Journal of Positive Psychology

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Limit High-Mercury Fish

10 Fish Eaters Have Lower Risk of Heart Attack

Fish is a healthful food, with several studies showing that people who eat seafood have a lower risk of cardiovascular diseases than those who eat little or none at all. A key heart-healthy nutrient in fish is omega-3 fatty acid, which may help reduce inflammation leading to heart disease as well as other chronic conditions such as cancer and arthritis. However, some fish contain a significant amount of environmental pollutants which can be harmful to human health, such as mercury, which has been linked to an increased risk of heart attack. To balance out the risks and benefits, the Swedish National Food Agency recommends that people eat fish 2 to 3 times per week, but limit intake those that tend to be high in mercury such as marlin, tilefish, swordfish, mackerel, and tuna.

More at Science Daily | Posted 5 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Sushi Tuna Differs in Mercury Content, Fish Consumption at All-Time High

Tags: Cardiovascular Disease, Fish, Heart Attack, Heart Disease, Mercury, Nutrition, Omega-3 Fatty Acids

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Press Manipulation via Embargo

11 GMO Food Cancer Study Begins to Unravel

Scientists and journalists are piling on in criticizing a recent French study that found high cancer rates in rats fed genetically modified corn. Investigations by Embargo Watch, Ars Technica, New Scientist, numerous scientist bloggers, and Reuters journalist Carl Zimmer have turned up ethical lapses in how the study was released and reported. Journalists were prohibited from contacting other scientists before writing, and scientists have found problems with multiple aspects of how the study was done. Zimmer called the embargo NDA a "rancid, corrupt way to report about science." A UC Davis researcher said "there is very little scientific credibility to this paper." Ars Technica characterized the study as "a tool for political ends." The small journal that published the study has gone mute.

More at Ars Technica | Posted 5 years ago by James Anderson

Tags: Corn, GMO, Genetically Modified Food, Food and Chemical Toxicology

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