July 3, 2013

You’re Your Own Role Model

1 Your New Personal Trainer: Your Avatar

If you're looking for a role model to emulate in pursuing a fitness or weight-loss program, you might consider a computer-generated version of yourself. In an admittedly small-sample study, George Washington University health researchers found that women who watched avatars created in their image on computer screens were able to adopt effective weight-loss behaviors after they had viewed "themselves" successfully doing so. After watching their avatars once each week for a month as they demonstrated such weight-loss tactics as limiting portion sizes and resisting compulsive snacking urges, the women had lost an average of 3.5 pounds. The study was limited to eight women due to the cost of creating avatars that closely resembled their individual human subjects.

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

Tags: George Washington University, Avatars, Weight-Loss Technology, Computer-Generated Images

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400 Percent Increase

2 More Women Dying from Prescription Drug ODs

The number of women dying from prescription drug overdoses has increased by more than 400% since 1999 find the Centers for Disease Control. That’s almost twice the 265% increase of deaths for men. Dr. Thomas Frieden, CDC director, says that 70% of these deaths were unintentional. According to CDC statistics, a woman is admitted to the ER for prescription drug overdose or misuse every three minutes. Frieden says women are more likely to have chronic pain and are therefore more likely to be prescribed pain killers, often at higher doses than those prescribed for men and often for a longer period of time. Frieden says doctors need to be more cautious about prescribing these drugs and patients need to be more knowledgeable about taking them in order to “turn this epidemic around.”

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

Previously: Pain Med Opiates Kill 15,000 Users Yearly

Tags: Centers for Disease Control, Dr. Thomas Frieden, Opiates, Opioids, Pain Medications, Prescription Drug Abuse, Prescription Drug Overdose

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Perfect Time to Quit Is Now

3 CDC: Declare Freedom from Tobacco Use

Declare your independence from tobacco use this Fourth of July, encourages the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC reminds you that there's no safe cigarette. During the last 50 years, cigarette designs have changed to include filtered, low-tar and light variations, but these changes haven't reduced the overall health risk for smokers. When smokers quit, they give their body an opportunity to heal. One year after quitting smoking, heart attack risk drops sharply. After two to five years of not smoking, stroke risk falls to around the same as a nonsmoker's risk. Ten years after quitting, the risk of dying from lung cancer is cut in half. The CDC offers free smoking cessation help to smokers at 1-800-QUIT-NOW.

More at CDC | Posted 4 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: FDA Launches Crackdown on Youth Smoking

Tags: Tips from Former Smokers, Freedom from Cigarettes, How Long Body Heal Quit Smoking, Cutting Lung Cancer Risk, Reducing Stroke Risk

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Less Ouch When You Fall

4 Swedes Aim to Make Bike Paths Softer, Safer

Swedish Royal Institute of Technology researchers are trying to create a new kind of asphalt that offers plenty of friction to reduce biking accidents, but that is also capable of cushioning falls. To help cushion vibrations during a fall, researchers are hoping to make use of recycled tire rubber. The reused tires from cars would soften up the regular asphalt, which is made from crushed stones and bitumen. The researchers also hope that the special mix will reduce wear and tear on bicycle tires. TreeHugger reports that in Sweden more cyclists are injured each year than car passengers.

More at TreeHugger | Posted 4 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Low Bike Handles May Impair Genital Sensation

Tags: Safer Bike Paths, Bicycle Safety, Softer Asphalt, Uses Recycled Tires, Reducing Bicycle Injuries

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Let Us Work More Than 70 Hours!

5 Truckers Dislike New Rule Offering More Sleep

Truck drivers don't necessarily want additional sleep offered by the new shortened work week. Wall Street Journal reports that the stretched-out battle between truckers and federal regulators is ending in more sleep for truckers. The biggest change in the new rules is a shortened average workweek. Truckers may now only work 70 hours a week, down from the old maximum of 82 hours. Truckers believe that the new rules will greatly alter their schedules and reduce their pay. While fatal traffic accidents involving fatigued truck drivers have decreased over the last 10 years, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration believes that fatigue-related crashed are still too common.

More at Wall Street Journal | Posted 4 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Animal Fat Touted As a Natural Sleep Aid

Tags: Truckers Sleep Rules, 70 Hour Work Limit, Sleeping Rules Truckers, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

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