January 10, 2013

Especially Those under 50

1 Americans Dying Younger Than Peer Nations

A study of 17 prosperous developed nations finds that American men have the shortest lifespans while U.S. women rank next to last in longevity. U.S. men, at an average 75.64 years, die 3.7 years earlier than Swiss males, who live the longest, while women, at 80.78 years, live 5.2 years less than Japanese females. Despite spending twice as much on health care as the other countries, the U.S. fares the worst or close to it for infant mortality, homicides, drug-related deaths, HIV and AIDS, obesity, diabetes, heart disease and general disability. Americans also have the highest rates of calorie intake, drug abuse and violent use of firearms. Most disturbingly, two-thirds of the difference between American lifespans and other nations' is attributable to deaths occurring before age 50.

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

Previously: Simple Actions Linked Fro Longevity in Seniors

Tags: Longevity Rates, U.S. Longevity Rates, How U.S. Ranks for Longevity, Americans' Life Spans, Americans Have Shorter Life Spans

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One in Five Participate

2 Binge Drinking among High School Girls

One in 5 high school-aged girls binge drinks, or consumes 4 or more drinks in a sitting, reports the Centers for Disease Control which aims to raise awareness of this problem. Binge drinking accounts for more than half of the estimated 23,000 annual deaths among women and girls, says Dr. Thomas Frieden, CDC. Binge drinking rates have fallen among boys but, for females, have remained steady for 15+ years, with the greatest frequency found among high school-aged girls and women aged 18-34. Parents should play a more active role in preventing their children from drinking and health care providers should discuss female patients’ drinking habits to discourage consumption if they suspect it’s a problem, says Frieden who stressed that pregnant women and underage youth should not drink at all.

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

Previously: Gene Variant Linked to Teen Binge Drinking

Tags: Alcohol Consumption in Teens, Centers for Disease Control, Teen Binge Drinking, Binge Drinking in High School Girls, Thomas Frieden

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No Perf Enhancing Drugs Zone

3 MLB to Test for HGH in 2013

Major league baseball will randomly test for human growth hormone (HGH) during the 2013 regular season. "This agreement addresses critical drug issues and symbolizes Major League Baseball’s continued vigilance against synthetic human growth hormone, testosterone and other performance-enhancing substances," said MLB Commissioner Bud Selig in a written statement. The announcement comes right after baseball writers balked at naming Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa and Roger Clemons, who were suspected of using performance-enhancing drugs, to the Baseball Hall of Fame. No player received the 75% support needed to enter the Hall of Fame; voters blame the sports’ “steroid era” for that. Michael Weiner, the head of the players’ union said the decision not to approve the players was unfair.

More at CNN.com | Hat tip to CNN.com | Posted 5 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: HGH May Benefit Hormonally Deficient Children

Tags: HGH, Human Growth Hormone, Major League Baseball, Random Drug Tests, Testosterone, MLB, Baseball Hall of Fame, Bud Selig, Performance Enhancing Drugs, Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa, Roger Clemons, Michael Weiner

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Two Tablespoons a Day

4 Coconut Oil As a Treatment for Alzheimer's

Two tablespoons of coconut oil a day have been shown in a new case study to reduce the debilitating symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease in some patients. Researchers suspect that coconut oil benefits Alzheimer’s patients by giving the brain an energy boost. The disease depletes brain energy so there is not enough to form new memories. Coconut oil contains medium chain triglycerides, or MCT, which increases the body’s ability to produce ketones that can serve as an alternate energy source for the glucose-deprived Alzheimer brain. Experts warn that there is not enough scientific evidence to support the claim that coconut oil will benefit Alzheimer’s patients and that the fats in coconut oil are potentially damaging to the heart.

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

Previously: Diet May Play Role in Alzheimer’s Disease, Cut Carbs, Sugar to Reduce Alzheimer's Risk

Tags: Alzheimer's Disease, Alzheimer's Disease and Diet, Coconut Oil, Coconut

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