June 5, 2013

Ranks Alongside Smoking

1 Joblessness Boosts White Women’s Death Rate

Harvard researchers, hoping to discover why studies have shown that the least educated white women in the U.S. are 66 percent more likely to die in any given year than their better educated peers, have isolated the two factors most strongly associated with their death rates: smoking, and being unemployed. After weighing the influence of over a dozen factors, including age, poverty, marital status, alcohol use, income and even health insurance, those were the only two that effected the death rate. The smoking link was already well established, but the employment link was unexpected and has yet to be fully explained. Researchers speculate that having a job provides emotional health-enhancements such as having defined goals and skills and job-linked social connectedness.

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

Previously: U.S. Women's Lifespans Grow Slowly

Tags: White Women's Lifespans, Education and Longevity, Employment and Longevity, Why Women Die Young, Factors Influencing Lifespans, Women's Death Rates

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Insulin Too

2 Artificial Sweeteners Raise Blood Sugar

Artificial sweeteners, specifically sucralose which was the subject of a Washington U study, raised blood sugar and insulin levels in test subjects, 17 obese non-diabetic people who don’t use artificial sweeteners regularly. Participants were given either water or sucralose to drink before taking a glucose challenge test. Each participant was tested twice, drinking either water or sucralose for each test. It had been thought that artificial sweeteners did not affect metabolism but recent animal studies - and this one - indicate that sucralose does more than just sweeten foods and beverages. Researchers say that further studies are needed to learn more about the mechanism through which sucralose may influence glucose and insulin levels, as well as whether those changes are harmful.

More at Eurekalert.org | Posted 4 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Kids Drinking Artificially Sweetened Drinks

Tags: Artificial Sweeteners, Artificially Sweetened Beverages, Blood Sugar, Diabetes, Insulin, Obesity, Sucralose, Washington University

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You Thought You Had a Bad Day

3 Chinese Man, 66, Learns He’s Really a Woman

A sixty-six year old Chinese man who sought medical treatment for abdominal swelling discovered it was due to a cyst on his ovary - and that he was really a woman. His extremely rare condition was caused by Turner syndrome, a genetic disorder that causes women to lack female features and renders them unable to become pregnant and congenital adrenal hyperplasia which increased his male hormones to make him look more masculine. There have been only six cases of patients with both conditions reported in medical literature. The patient, who like almost all people with Turner syndrome, is short and stands slightly taller than 4 feet. He has a penis but no testes and said he’ll continue to think of himself as a male. He is considering receiving male hormone treatment.

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

Previously: Gene Test Might Spot 3,500 Fetal Disorders

Tags: Pregnancy, Turner Syndrome, Genetic Disorders, Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia, Short Stature, Ovarian Cyst

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