September 27, 2012

Redefines Term "Bottoms Up”

1 Alcohol Enemas, the New High?

News of a student at the University of Tennessee who was hospitalized after allegedly using alcohol enemas has shed new light on this practice that involves inserting alcohol directly into the colon where it’s quickly absorbed into the bloodstream. It’s extremely dangerous, “ says gastroenterologist Dr. Preston Stewart who explains that the lower GI tract doesn’t have an enzyme that’s present in our stomachs and livers that breaks down ethanol to make it less toxic. Experts note an increase in risky behavior in young adults over the past year citing the use of bath salt drugs and vodka tampons. Robert Pfeifer, founder of the rehab center Sober College, explains that abusers need to seek out faster and stronger ways to get high as their bodies develop a tolerance for toxic substances.

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

Previously: Vodka Tampons Destroy the Vagina

Tags: Alcohol Abuse, Bath Salts, University of Tennessee, Vodka Tampons, Alcohol Enemas, Dangerous Practices, Sober College, Robert Pfeifer, Dr. Preston Stewart

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Get Em Early

2 CDC Urges Everyone to Get Flu Shot

Flu season begins in October and the Centers for Disease Control urges everyone, 6 months and up, to get their flu shots now. It takes 2 weeks for protective antibodies to build up in the body and therein lies the urgency. Last year 46% of the population got flu shots; only 47% of pregnant women, who are at increased risk for hospitalization if they get the flu, got shots. Several vaccination options are available including an intradermal shot that uses a short, thin needle and a nasal spray vaccine that’s recommended for healthy people ages 2-49. The latter is not recommended for pregnant women. The vaccine is only about 60% effective; getting it does not guarantee you’ll be flu-free. However, it’s be best way to protect against the flu and lessens symptoms should you contract the virus.

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

Previously: FDA Approves Flu Vaccine for 2012/2013

Tags: Centers for Disease Control, Flu, Flu Vaccine, Influenza, Vaccinations, Pregnancy and the Flu

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Nanny State Redux?

3 Mayor May Ban Junk Food in NYC Hospitals

NY's Mayor Bloomberg wants to ban junk food from being sold in the city’s public and private hospitals. His Healthy Hospital Food Initiative follows fast on the heels of his ban of super-sized sugary drinks and, although it’s voluntary, critics accuse him of running a nanny state. To date, 16 private hospitals have opted in. The initiative would require that healthy food options, including leafy green salads, be made available. It would ban deep fryers and allow only healthy snacks to be stocked near cash registers and cafeteria entrances. "If there's any place that should not allow smoking or try to make you eat healthy, you would think it'd be the hospitals," Bloomberg said. "We're doing what we should do and you'll see, I think, most of the private hospitals go along with it."

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

Previously: NYC Mayor Seeks Ban on Supersized Soda

Tags: Cafeteria Food, Fried Foods, Hospital Food, Junk Food, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Healthy Hospital Food Initiative

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Safer Roads, Sadder People

4 Doctor Warning Not to Drive Creates Problem

Doctors in Ontario warn and report patients deemed unfit to drive, resulting in a decrease in subsequent injuries from road crashes, but an increase in mood disorders. New England Journal of Medicine reports that while medical warnings not to drive were associated with fewer road crashes for the patient, they were also associated with an uptick in emergency room visits for depression, plus a decrease in return visits to the reporting physician. NPR reports that doctors in Ontario are paid $36.25 each time they report patients to the provincial transportation department as unfit to drive. Common conditions for which doctors warn patients that they're unfit to drive include uncontrolled narcolepsy, dementia, alcohol dependence and seizures.

More at New England Journal of Medicine | Hat tip to NPR | Posted 5 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Dementia, Depression Risk Factors, New England Journal of Medicine, Seniors Who Need Stop Driving, Seniors Not Driving Become Depressed, Reasons Elderly Depression, Uncontrolled Narcolepsy, Alcohol Dependence

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Devices Disappear After Work

5 New: Electronics That Melt in Your Body

Scientists in the U.S. have created electronic devices that "melt away" after doing their job. The components are made of silicon and magnesium oxide, wrapped in a layer of silk. The research, published in Science, describes the devices as "polar opposite" of traditional electronics, which are long-lasting and stable. These new transient electronics were developed by researchers who also developed electronic tattoos (sensors that stretch with the skin), reports BBC. The device may be useful for several medical purposes, including helping wounds to heal after surgery. It's also possible the new melting electronic devices may serve a purpose in a 64-pixel digital camera, solar cells or temperature sensors.

More at BBC | Posted 5 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Electronic Skin, Melt in Body Electronics, Silicon Electronics, Electronic Tattoos, Magnesium Oxide, Journal Science

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You'll Eat More of a Medium

6 Size Label Affects Portion Eaten

Size labels impact the amount of food we eat at restaurants, with people who order a "medium" possibly eating more those who order a "large." According to research from the University of Michigan, when a different size label is attached to the same amount of food, people may eat more thinking they haven't eaten that much. In an experiment, researchers labeled same-size cookies as either "medium" or "large." People consumed more cookies when they were called "medium" instead of "large," indicating that we may trust labels more than our stomachs to tell us we're full. NPR points out that the findings are important since fast food restaurants have such variances in their drink label systems. A 32-ounce drink at McDonald's is called a "large," but the same size is a "medium" at Wendy's.

More at NPR | Posted 5 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Portion Control Ideas, Size Labels Affect Appetite, How Eat Less, Clothing Sizes, Ordering Small Menu Items, Fast Food Drink Sizes, Fast Food Marketing, Medium Versus Large Sizes

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Olifactory Politics of Smoking

7 Singapore Researchers Find That Smokers Stink

"Smoking in the city is a sensorially transgressive practice that leads to the generation of sensuous effluent." Thus reports a recent jargon-filled study published in the journal Urban Studies. According to the apparently non-native English speaking researcher from the University of Singapore, "stigmatizing sensory impressions of moral defilement" are ascribed to "socio-spatial stratifications of odorous bodies" who fashion "more palatable moral and olfactory presentation of the self." Nate Berg at the Atlantic did a deep dive into the impenetrable jargon of the paper and attempted to translate it into regular English. According to Berg, the paper finds that non-smokers try to avoid smokers in public places because they stink, while smokers are self-conscious about their smell. O.K.

More at Urban Studies | Hat tip to The Atlantic | Posted 5 years ago by James Anderson

Previously: 2009 Tax Hike Means Fewer 2012 Smokers

Tags: Smoking, Smoking in Public Spaces, University of Singapore, Qian Hui Tan, Urban Studies

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