February 5, 2013

Not the Healthiest Generation

1 Baby Boomers Report Aging Poorly

Baby Boomers, those born between 1946 and 1964, are less likely to say they’re in excellent health compared to what people born between 1922 and 1943 reported when they were the same age, finds research from West Virginia School of Medicine. High cholesterol has more than doubled for this generation and many report needing a cane or walker. Lead author Dr. Dana E. King says the data may be a wake-up call for boomers to change their lifestyles to try to delay the diseases and disability that seem to be coming at a higher rate than it did in previous generations. While boomers are living longer than previous generations, 13% reported being in excellent health compared with 32% from previous generations with 39% of boomers being obese as compared to 29% of the previous generation

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

Previously: Friends with Benefits Common in Middle Age

Tags: Aging, Baby Boomers, Cholesterol, Lifestyle, Obesity, West Virginia University School of Medicine, Dr. Dana E. King

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Eat Your Greens Clean

2 Veggies to Blame for Most Foodborne Illnesses

Fruits and vegetables accounted for the bulk of food-borne illnesses in the US from 1998-2008, says a new CDC report. Each year, food sickens 1 in 6 Americans with symptoms that include vomiting and diarrhea. Leafy greens tainted with norovirus from water contaminated by fecal matter are the major culprit. Greens accounted for 46% of nearly 4,600 outbreaks of food illness, say researchers who estimated the number of cases to be attributable to 17 different food categories. Contaminated meat and poultry led to the fewest illnesses but were linked to the most deaths (19%) from salmonella and listeria. The CDC says not to avoid eating fruits and veggies but to properly clean, cook and store them to limit contamination. Health officials hope the report will lead to changes in food handling.

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

Previously: Salmonella in Your Nesquik

Tags: CDC, Centers for Disease Control, Contaminated Food, Foodborne Illness, Fruits and Vegetables, Leafy Green Vegetables, Norovirus, Tainted Food

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Reduces Aggression

3 The Scent of Freshly Cut Grass Eases Stress

Pleasant scents, such as that of freshly cut grass, ease stress and reduces aggression, finds a new study led by neuroscientist Dr. Judith Reinhard, Queensland Brain Institute. Researchers found that aggression in honey bees was reduced when they were exposed to the smell of freshly cut grass. "Honey bees are an excellent model because just like humans, they are extremely social and prone to stress, which makes them aggressive," says Reinhard who is working to uncover the molecular mechanisms behind aromatherapy, which is often used to calm nerves. As for the bees, they actually show altered gene expression levels in their brains when exposed to pleasant scents. The study may eventually impact the way mental illness is treated.

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

Previously: Hug a Tree for Stress Relief

Tags: Aggression, Queensland Brain Institute, Stress Relief, Dr. Judith Reinhard, Pleasant Scents and Stress

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Less Means More

4 Diet Drinks Up Breath Alcohol Concentration

Mixing alcohol with diet soft drinks may result in an increased breath alcohol concentration (BrAC) compared to mixing alcohol with a sugar-sweetened drink, find researchers. The difference could pose a risk for driving under the influence, say researchers who warn people are unaware of the potential effect of diet soft drinks with alcohol. To be published in Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, the study found that artificial sweeteners caused a higher BrAC than sugar-sweetened drinks, even when mixed with the same amount of alcohol. Researcher Cecile A. Marczinski says, "... while mixing alcohol with a diet beverage mixer may limit the amount of calories being consumed, higher BrACs are a much more significant health risk than a few extra calories."

More at EurekAlert | Posted 5 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Supertasters

Tags: Alcoholism Clinical and Experimental Research, Breath Alcohol Concentration, BrAC Diet Soda, Diet Soft Drinks Raise Breath Alcohol

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Too Much TV Equals Less Sperm

5 TV Is Damaging to Sperm Production

Spending too much time watching television can have an impact on sperm count and concentration, finds Harvard researcher Audrey Gaskins. Gaskin's observational study analyzed young men's exercise and TV habits, and compared that information to their semen quality. Semen from men who watched more than 20 hours of TV each week contained almost half the sperm concentration as men who watched no TV. However, sperm size, shape and motility weren't affect by TV viewing habits. Also, men who did 15 or more hours of moderate to vigorous exercise each week had a significantly higher sperm concentration compared with men who worked out less than five hours weekly. The study was published in British Journal of Sports Medicine.

More at CNN | Posted 5 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Jealousy Affects Vision

Tags: TV Viewing Habits, Television Sperm Connection, Risks Low Sperm Count, British Journal of Sports Medicine

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