July 28, 2013

1/3 of Americans Evidently Are

1 Are You Too Fat to Live in New Zealand?

If American political gridlock has you so exasperated that you're thinking of moving to New Zealand, you'd better not be packing too much poundage. Albert Buitenhuis, a South African who has been living there on a work visa since 2007, has been told he must leave the country because he weighs too much: 285 pounds. And this despite the fact that he weighed 350 pounds, he claims, when he first arrived. Nevertheless, NZ immigration spokesmen have decided that he fails to meet "an acceptable standard of health" and is at "significant risk" of developing such health problems as heart disease and diabetes, which would be covered by the national health plan. It probably doesn't help that he's a chef. Roughly 22 percent of NZ adults are obese, compared to nearly 36 percent of US adults.

More at Cnews.canoe.ca | Posted 4 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Tags: New Zealand, Obesity and New Zealand, Deported Because of Weight

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Science Proves a Long-Held Myth

2 Blame the Full Moon for Lack of Sleep

Between 2000 and 2003, Dr. Christian Cajochen, University of Basel, conducted a study to measure sleep patterns. For the original study, thirty-three volunteers were divided into two groups of older and younger adults and then sent to a sleep lab where their brain waves, eye movements and vital signs were measured. Recently, researchers revisited the data and measured it against the lunar calendar to learn if a full moon impacts sleep patterns. Participants had lower levels of melatonin, a sleep-regulating hormone and also reported poorer sleep when the moon was full even though they were isolated in a sleep lab and were unable to see the moon. Researchers say this is the first reliable evidence that proves the myth that lunar rhythms can alter sleep structure in humans.

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

Previously: Adequate Sleep Correlates with Vegetable Consumption

Tags: Melatonin, Sleep, Sleep Patterns, Sleep and the Full Moon, Dr. Christian Cajochen, University of Basel, Lunar Rhythms

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Sign of the Times

3 Sick? It’s OK to Surf the Net Say Docs

According to a recent study, about 72% of internet users in the US searched for medical information in the past year - and doctors are ok with it. Perhaps that’s because online symptom checkers are more accurate. Or, perhaps it’s because doctors are using the web more frequently and are more familiar with the information that’s available to patients. CBS News contributor Dr. Holly Phillips said, "... [the internet is] the first place I turn if I have a tough diagnosis. I think we're all using it and we're all getting used to that idea.” But, she cautioned that searching the web does not replace a doctor’s diagnosis. She also recommends that people avoid commercial sites and look at sites from established institutions like those from the National Institutes of Health and the Mayo Clinic.

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

Previously: Medication Information Not So Easy to Read

Tags: Diagnosing Illness, Mayo Clinic, National Institutes of Health, Medical Websites, Online Symptom Checkers, Physicians and the Internet, Dr. Holly Phillips

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The Naked Truth Comes Out

4 Naked Juices Are No Longer Called Natural

PepsiCo is paying $9 million to settle a lawsuit over the words "all natural." The lawsuit alleges that Naked juices contain synthetic vitamins, including a fiber manufactured by Archer Daniels Midland. PepsiCo hasn't commented on whether synthetic fibers are used in the juices, but they will no longer call them "all natural." USA Today reports that PepsiCo will stop using the word "natural" until they have more regulatory guidance on the use of the word.

More at USA Today | Posted 4 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: PepsiCo, Naked Juice Drinks, Naked Juice Not Natural, Naked Drink Not All Natural

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To Be Petted or Not to Be Petted

5 Cat Cafe May Open in Paris

If cat lover Margaux Gandelon gets her way, Paris will see its first cat cafe. A cat cafe is a place where poor, cat-less souls (or just the cat crazy) may pay to sip coffee while also petting a willing cat. Even if cafe cats don't want to be petted, there's still apparently joy to be had just watching them. At Gandelon's proposed cafe, the cat must agree to be petted. While cat cafes are popular in Taiwan and Japan, activists in France dislike the idea of a cat being reduced to a teddy bear. Gandelon, 26, hopes to open her cafe in the Marais area in September, but opponents argue perhaps the cats won't like being petted. Some opponents also voice concerns over what will happen to the cats during closed hours. However, supporters say that cats help fight stress and lower blood pressure.

More at The Local | Posted 4 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Typhoid Adware May Lurk in Cafes

Tags: Japan Cat Cafes, Paris Cat Cafe, Cats Teddy Bears, Coffee Cats, Relieving Stress

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