November 12, 2012

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1 Helmets Save Lives During Winter Sports

Debunking beliefs that helmets promote risky behavior among skiers and snowboarders, a Johns Hopkins study found that helmet use decreases the risk and severity of head injuries. Each year, about 10 million Americans ski or snowboard with about 600,000 injuries reported annually, 20% of which are head injuries. There are no laws mandating the use of helmets among recreational skiers in the US. However, perhaps in part due to the high-profile death in 2009 of actress Natasha Richardson who was not wearing a helmet when she was critically injured on the ski slopes, the use of protective head gear is on the rise. Researchers found that helmets save lives and, as a result of this study, the Eastern Assn. for the Surgery of Trauma recommends all skiers and snowboarders wear helmets.

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

Previously: Children's Sports Athletic Equipment Safety Act

Tags: Johns Hopkins University, Skiers, Head Injuries, Snowboarders, Protective Headgear, Helmets During Winter Sports, Helmets, Eastern Association for Surgery of Trauma, Skiing Accidents, Winter Sports Accidents, Snowboarding Accidents

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Morally Sensitive

2 OCD Patients Worry More Than Others

Patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder, characterized by repetitive behaviors and persistent thoughts, worry more than the general public, especially when faced with moral issues says a new study. Researchers used MRIs to study the brain activity of 73 OCD patients and 73 healthy people who were asked to choose between two negative outcomes to moral dilemmas. MRI results showed that during difficult moral situations, OCD patients’ brains displayed higher activation in the medial part of the orbitofrontal cortex, which is linked to decision making and the development of moral sentiment. "The data allows us for the first time to objectify the existence of cerebral dysfunctions related to alterations in complex cognitions, such as experiencing morality," says researcher Carles Soriano.

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

Previously: Early DiagnosIs of OCD in Kids Is Important

Tags: Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, OCD, Moral Sensitivity, OCD and Morality, Carles Soriano

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French Toast & Sausage Sandwich

3 Jimmy Dean Announces Voluntary Partial Recall

Jimmy Dean has issued a voluntary partial recall of their French Toast and Sausage Sandwiches as a precautionary measure as they may contain undisclosed egg and soy that may cause a severe allergic reaction to people with sensitivities. The recall affects 1,100 pounds of product with the UPC CODE 5450051434 and the code 12292P1, which can be found on the back of the packaging. The product was sold in IA, ME, MD, MI, MN, MO, NY, OH, PA and VA. No other Jimmy Dean products are affected and to date, the company has not received any reports of illness associated with the product. Consumers may return affected product to the store where it was purchased for a full refund or may call the consumer line at 1.888.914.1247 with questions.

More at Fda.gov | Posted 5 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Egg Allergic Kids Can Safely Get Flu Shot

Tags: Egg Allergy, Recall, Jimmy Dean French Toast and Sausage Sandwich Recall, Soy Allergy

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Fiber Blocks Fat and Cholesterol

4 Pepsi Launching Fat-Blocking Soda in Japan

Japan will soon have a new soft drink product that claims it has the ability to block fat. Pepsi Special contains dextrin, an indigestible dietary fiber which can block the absorption of fat and may help to lower cholesterol levels. Spokespeople claim the product will remain tasty, with an aftertaste that is crisp, refreshing and unique. So far, there is no word as to when Pepsi Special might be available in the United States. Dextrin has not been conclusively shown to work in humans although that hasn't stopped the Japanese from marketing other such products, such as Kirin Mets Cola, another beverage that contains the fiber. Dietary fiber is suggested for those who wish to lose weight as well as it can help one feel full longer.

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

Previously: Added Sugar Leads to Higher Cholesterol Levels, Obese Kids and Vending Foods Linked

Tags: Cholesterol, Fat, Fiber, Obesity, Soda, Soft Drinks

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