September 29, 2012

#1 Ritz Actually the Lowest

1 Top 10 US Snack Brands All Pack Calories

A nationwide survey of 5,000 people by YouGov BrandIndex has identified America's ten favorite snack brands, and a modest serving of all but one of them carries well over 100 calories and varying amounts of fat. Here are the top 10, with servings, calories, and grams of fat. Ritz crackers (6 crackers, 100, 5.5), Lay's potato chips (1 oz., 150, 10), Doritos (1 oz., 140, 8), Fritos (1 oz., 160, 10), Orville Redenbacher popcorn (1 cup, 130, 2.5), Wheat Thins (15 pieces, 130, 3.5), Tostitos (1 oz., 140, 8), Cheetos (1 oz., 160, 10), Pringles potato chips (1 oz., 160, 11), and Triscuits (6 crackers, 120, 4.5). The survey noted that the hottest rising snack is Kettle Brand potato chips, which boast of their low fat and calories but still deliver 120 cal. and 3 g. fat in a 1 ounce serving.

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

Tags: Doritos, Calories in Snack Foods, Favorite US Snack Foods, Most Popular Snack Food Brands, Ritz Crackers, Fritos, Lay's, Wheat Thins, Triscuit, Pringles

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Inviting to Eye-Eating Amoeba

2 Dirty Contact Lenses Can Lead to Blindness

Contact lens users are being warned about a single-celled parasite called Acanthamoeba, found in tap water, swimming pools and even sea water, which feeds on the bacteria on dirty contact lenses and can scar the eyeball and cornea, possibly causing blindness. Symptoms are itchy and watery eyes, blurry vision, light sensitivity, pain, and swelling in the upper eyelid, and should be addressed promptly since vision can be permanently harmed inside a week. Infections are rare, but treatment can be prolonged and painful, involves hospitalization and eyedrops every 20 minutes, and may not work. Experts urge preventive care: keeping lenses and lens cases scrupulously clean, replacing them regularly, removing them or wearing goggles when swimming, and keeping eyes closed while showering.

More at Dailymail.co.uk | Posted 5 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Few Contact Lens Wearers Follow Safe Use

Tags: Contact Lenses, Eye Infections, Eye-Eating Amoeba, Acanthamoeba, Causes of Blindness, Contact Lens Dangers, Contact Lens Problems

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Stroke Too

3 Early Menopause Ups Heart Attack Risk

Early menopause exposes women to a greater risk of heart attack and stroke, says researcher Dr. Melissa Wellons who looked at 2,509 women enrolled in the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis with 693 reporting menopause before age 46. Wellons found that early menopause in European, African-American, Hispanic and Asian women doubled the risk for CV disease. She cautions that her study is observational and definitive conclusions can’t be drawn, “but our findings do support the use of age at menopause as a marker of future heart and vascular disease risk” and says clinicians should ask about menopause when collecting a female patient's medical history." Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death among US women. Lifestyle and medical strategies are known to reduce that risk.

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

Previously: Future Genetic Tests May Predict Early Menopause

Tags: Cardiovascular Disease, Early Menopause, Heart Attack, Heart Attack Risk, Menopause, Stroke, Dr. Melissa Wellons

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Fake, Expired and Toxic

4 Online Pharmacies Likely Selling Fake Drugs

Most internet pharmacies are fraudulent, according to a warning recently issued by the Food and Drug Administration which has launched the BeSafeRx national campaign to inform people of the dangers of purchasing drugs online. The risks include buying expired drugs, drugs that do not have the active ingredient or the wrong one. Some even contain toxins such as arsenic. Online pharmacies in the U.S. have a licensed pharmacist available to answer questions and require a prescription. The fraudulent ones sites say a prescription is not necessary and claim to be based in Canada, offering drugs at amazingly low prices which should be a red flag. A recent study involving over 6,000 adults found that 25 percent bought drugs online but 30 percent said they could not be sure they were safe.

More at Yahoo! AP | Posted 5 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Prescription Drug Pamphlets Not Uniform

Tags: Counterfeit Drugs, Food and Drug Administration, Online Pharmacies, Internet Pharmacies, BeSafeRx Campaign

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