October 29, 2012

Quaking with Fear As Exercise

1 The Blair Witch Diet: Scare the Pounds Off

A University of Westminster study has found that watching a hair-raising, heart-pounding horror movie can burn enough extra calories to equal a thirty-minute walk or offset a Hershey bar. By recording the heart rate, oxygen intake and carbon dioxide output of movie viewers, they determined that scary films boost the person's calorie burn rate by one-third, on average, while watching. The top calorie-burners were “The Shining” at 184, “Jaws” at 161, and “The Exorcist” at 158. This effect is attributed to fear-generated adrenaline rushes, which not only boost the basal metabolic rate to burn more energy but also kill the appetite -- especially, one would think, in the case of zombie flicks. This only works, of course, if the viewer avoids the snack bar or fridge. Happy Halloween.

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

Previously: Stress Can Be Good for You

Tags: Horror Movies, Stress Burns Calories, Fear Burns Calories, Emotions and Calories, University of Westminister, The Shining, Jaws

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Fourth Most Common Cancer

2 Flavonoids May Protect Against Stomach Cancer

Eating more plant-based foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grain cereals, nuts and legumes may protect women against lower stomach cancers. A European study conducted at the Catalan Institute of Oncology in Spain and published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that women with the highest intake of flavonoids, plant nutrients that have anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties, were at least half as likely to develop stomach cancer as those women who had the smallest intake. Stomach cancer is the fourth most common cancer, but the second most deadly. Overall, a diet rich in plant foods and low in red and processed meat has been found to be the best for lowering the risk of many types of cancer, including stomach cancer.

More at Today Health | Posted 5 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Flavonoid Supplement Carries Liver Risks

Tags: Cancer, Flavonoids, Nutrition, Women's Health, Plant-Based Diet, Stomach Cancer

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Prior Violations Never Corrected

3 Florida Compounding Pharmacy Stops Production

On the heels of a third compounding pharmacy being shut down in Massachusetts after one shipped out contaminated steroids that led to fungal infections in 338 people and 25 deaths so far, inspectors from The Florida Department of Health halted production in one of their own. Rejuvi Pharmaceuticals claims to make “bio identical hormones” and other injectable drugs, including ones given through the intestines. The October inspection found that rules and statutes related to "cleanliness of the prescription department, the dispensing of medications, the compounding of medications, and record keeping" were violated. Problems were discovered on previous inspections and made known to the company. State agencies regulate compound pharmacies, but some think the FDA needs more authority over them.

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

Previously: Third Massachusetts Pharmacy Shut Down, More Problems Found at Massachusetts Pharmacy

Tags: Compounding Pharmacies, FDA, Florida Department of Health, Sterilizing Drugs, Rejuvi Pharmaceuticals, Drug Contamination

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