May 31, 2013

But Don’t Get Old in Ol’ Miss

1 Minnesota the Healthiest State for Seniors

The state with the healthiest residents aged 65 or older is Minnesota, followed by Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Iowa. The least healthy states for seniors are Arkansas, West Virginia, Louisiana, Oklahoma and last place Mississippi. This is according to America's Health Rankings Senior Report, a rating system devised by the United Health Foundation and based on 34 different measures of seniors' health, including elders' rates of obesity, financial hardship, physical activity, flu vaccination, prescription drug coverage and hospital re-admissions. Senior obesity rates range from about 17.5 percent in Hawaii and Nevada to some 30 percent in Alaska and Michigan. States with the most active seniors are Colorado and California. The least active: West Virginia and Tennessee.

More at Www.coloradoan.com | Posted 4 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Home Cooking Best for Seniors' Health

Tags: Senior Citizens' Health, Healthiest States for Seniors, Elder Health Care, Best Places to Live for the Elderly, America's Health Rankings

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Unapproved for Commercial Use

2 Genetically Modified Wheat Found in Oregon

Unapproved, genetically modified wheat was found in Oregon when a farmer tried to clear his field with Monsanto’s Roundup and found that the wheat could not be killed. Monsanto developed the strain of wheat to be resistant to its weed killer. The altered seed was tested in a dozen states, including Oregon, between 1994 and 2005 but it was never approved for commercial use. How it ended up in a field in Oregon remains a mystery but Japan, the largest marketer for US wheat exports, suspended imports of US wheat and just canceled a major purchase. The European Union is following the developing story to “ensure EU zero-tolerance policy is implemented.” China is also opposed to genetically modified wheat seed. Monsanto, despite public protests, defends its other genetically modified products.

More at Www.washingtonpost.com | Posted 4 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: French Science Groups Blast Cancer Corn Study

Tags: Genetically Modified, Monsanto, Genetically Modified Wheat, European Union, Round Up, Insecticide-Proof Wheat

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Multi-State Outbreak

3 Frozen Berry Blend Linked to Hepatitis A

Townsend Farms Organic Antioxidant Blend is linked to a five-state outbreak of acute hepatitis A. At least 30 people, ranging from 25 to 71 years old, have been sickened. The illness in Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico and Nevada were reported between April 29 and May 17. The CDC reports that 11 of the victims who provided information on their purchases bought the frozen berry and pomegranate seed blend at Costco. Tests indicate that the strain in the outbreak is hepatitis A genotype 1B, which is typically seen in North Africa and the Middle East. Symptoms may include nausea, vomiting and fatigue. Costco is notifying customers who purchased the potentially contaminated product.

More at CDC | Hat tip to MSNBC | Posted 4 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: More Kids Eating Marijuana-Laced Foods

Tags: Costco Recall, Hepatitis a Virus, Hepatitis a Treatment, Townsend Farms Organic Anti-Oxidant Blend, Pomegranate Seed Blend

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Get Your Pony On

4 Yes, Prancercise Lady Is for Real

A new (but really old) pony-inspired exercise sensation is rocking the Internet: "Prancercise: A Fitness Workout." Watch the Prancercise video on YouTube. Joanna Rohrback's Prancercise routine was filmed in the late 80s, but uploaded to YouTube last December. It wasn't until this week that Prancercise gained attention. The funny video, featuring a lady wearing very tight white pants and a salmon-colored cardigan, has gained more than 2 million views. However, it's unclear whether people are actually practicing the exercise routine!

More at Today | Posted 4 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Mom's Weight-Loss Surgery Helps Future Kids

Tags: Joanna Rohrback, Prancercise: a Fitness Workout, Prancercise Video on YouTube

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