October 9, 2012

It’s like a 100% fat surtax

1 Severely Obese Face Outsize Health Costs

A recent RAND Corporation analysis of obesity, which found the severest form to be dramatically on the rise, especially among lower income populations, also noted that gross overweight sent health costs soaring for the obese, and stunningly so for the severely obese. Severe obesity, up from 3.9 percent of U.S. adults in 2000 to 6.6 percent today, is defined as having a body mass index or 40 or more, roughly equal to being at least 100 pounds overweight. According to the study's lead author, even moderate obesity -- a BMI of 30 or more -- boosts a person's health care costs by 20 to 30 percent, but for the severely obese, those costs more than double. The highest rates of severe obesity occur among women and African Americans, groups less likely to have employee health benefits.

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

Previously: Population of Severely Obese Increasing

Tags: Severe Obesity, RAND Corp on Obesity, Rising Obesity Rates, Cost of Obesity, Health Care and Severe Obesity, Roland Sturm

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Cocktail Served in Bar

2 Girl Drinks Liquid Nitrogen; Loses Stomach

While celebrating her 18th birthday at a bar in Lancaster, England, Gaby Scanlon drank a champagne-based cocktail made with liquid nitrogen. Shortly thereafter, she developed severe stomach pains and was rushed to the hospital where surgeons removed her stomach in order to save her life. Liquid nitrogen is used to fast-freeze food and drinks. It is also used to create a steaming effect in drinks such as the one consumed by Scanlon. Since the incident, the bar, named Oscar’s, has stopped selling all liquid nitrogen drinks, say police who are investigating. While the bar is thought to have properly prepared the drink, experts say liquid nitrogen must be fully evaporated before being served in food or drinks. If ingested, it can cause serious damage, including perforations.

More at Www.telegraph.co.uk | Posted 5 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: New Freezing Method Allows Sperm to Survive Longer

Tags: Liquid Nitrogen, Stomach Perforation, Gaby Scanlon, Oscar's Bar

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Prevents Brittle Bones Too

3 Vitamin C Helps Protect Against Bone Loss

Vitamin C actively protects against bone loss which can lead to osteoporosis in elderly adults finds a new study from researchers at Mount Sinai School of Medicine which showed that when mice were given large doses of vitamin C, bone formation in the skeleton was activated. Researchers have known for some time that a deficiency in vitamin C led to brittle bones, but his is the first study to indicate that the vitamin plays a role in stimulating bone cells. "Further research may discover that dietary supplements may help prevent osteoporosis in humans," said Dr. Mone Zaidi, professor of medicine and lead researcher for the study. "If so, the findings could be ultimately useful to developing nations where osteoporosis is prevalent and standard medications are sparse and expensive."

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

Previously: Dietary Vitamin C Linked to Cataract Risk

Tags: Nutrition, Osteoporosis, Vitamin C

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