August 27, 2013

Cirrhosis, Falls, Fights, Etc.

1 Boozing Costs U.S. $223 Billion a Year

A new CDC report adds up and breaks down the annual cost of heavy drinking in America due to factors ranging from health problems to accidents and violence, and puts the total at $223.5 billion annually. Binge drinking alone is responsible for some 70 percent or $171 billion of that. Binge drinking -- over five drinks for men or four for women in two hours -- is acknowledged by some 18 percent of adults, which works out to about 38 million Americans. Also significant was underage drinking, responsible for almost $25 billion or 11 percent of all heavy drinking costs. Based on states’ own estimates, North Dakota had the lowest total costs overall and California the highest, but in per capita terms, Washington D.C. was highest at $1,662 per person per year and Iowa last at just $622.

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

Previously: Binge Drinking Dangerous for Men with Hypertension

Tags: Cost of Alcoholism, Social Costs of Alcohol, Economic Cost of Binge Drinking, States Pay Price for Drinkers, Heavy Drinking and Health Costs

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Winter Blues

2 SAD Less Common Than Thought

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is less common than thought, say researchers from Oregon State U. They analyzed data from 762 participants who completed self-assessment surveys of their depressive symptoms multiple times during the year over a period of several years. Researchers then compared this data against local weather conditions to determine the effect of the seasons on depressive symptoms. This was “much more modest than would be expected if seasonal depression were as common as many people think it is," said study co-author Jeff Shaman. Researchers say the reasons people think they have SAD may include awareness of the disorder and the high incidence of depression in general and add that cognitive behavior therapy, medication and light box therapy can help depression and SAD.

More at ScienceDaily | Posted 4 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Winter Birthday Affects Mood

Tags: Depression, Depressive Symptoms, Oregon State University, SAD, Seasonal Affective Disorder, Jeff Shaman

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Who You Calling an Idiot, Fatso!

3 New York Daily News Calls Christie Fatso

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has been called "fatso" on the cover of the New York Daily News! Apparently, the publication didn't take it well when Christie called their sports writer Manish Mehta an "idiot" during an interview Tuesday on the radio station WFAN-AM. So, what's all this fuss about, anyhow? Football! The governor of New Jersey is all upset about something or other related to a decision regarding a football game. While Christie's use of the term "idiot" to describe a sports writer was very harsh, one might have expected just a little bit more professionalism from the New York Daily News. Just a little, maybe....

More at NFL | Posted 4 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Gov. Chris Christie: Healthiest Fat Guy

Tags: Chris Christie Fat Jokes, Chris Christie Normal Cholesterol, New York Daily News Calls Christie Fatso

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Taking Care of Their Own

4 Starbucks Won't Cut Benefits for Obamacare

Starbucks, a company that offers health insurance even for part-time employees, says that the company's benefits will continue, despite possible increases in insurance costs. Insurance for Starbucks employees includes dental and vision. While many companies have reduced staff or cut benefits to offset impending changes from Obamacare, Starbucks sees no need to make changes. CNN reports that Starbucks says that it's not about the law, but rather about responsibility for Starbucks employees. In 2010, Starbucks paid more for employee benefits than they spent on buying coffee!

More at CNN | Posted 4 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Warning on Obamacare Scams

Tags: Starbucks Employee Benefits, Starbucks Healthcare, Obamacare Cuts, Employer Cuts Obamacare, Starbucks Obamacare

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