October 1, 2013

Wine Color & Glass Are Factors

1 Why We Drink More Wine Than We Realize

Just as the size and the color of the plate effect how much food we eat, so does the shape of the glass and the color of the vintage influence how much wine we drink. Iowa State University researchers found in a study of wine drinking that because people tend to measure liquid vertically and not horizontally, we pour twelve percent more wine into a wide-mouth wineglass than we do into a standard-sized one. For reasons unknown, we also pour nine percent more wine when the vintage is white than when it's red, given a clear glass, and we pour nine to twelve percent more when the glass is in our hand than when it’s on a table. The three factors together can result in the equivalent of an entire extra serving of wine consumed for every two poured, according to the researchers.

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

Tags: Alcohol Abuse, Wine Drinking, Drinking to Excess, Wine Drinking Patterns, Wine Drinking Influences

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But Severity Is Down

2 Kids' Sports-Related Brain Injuries on Rise

There was a 92% increase in pediatric visits to emergency rooms for sports-related brain injuries from 2002-2011, finds a study from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. However, the overall severity of these cases has been declining and fewer kids were admitted to the hospital for additional care. Not surprisingly, football was cited as the sport most likely to cause a traumatic brain injury. The CDC recommends that, if a child is injured on the field, parents should remove the child from play right away; take the child to the ER if loss of consciousness occurs or if the child experiences seizures, persistent vomiting, worsening headaches, a change in behavior or a decrease in alertness. It’s also recommended that parents not allow children to return to play without a physician’s approval.

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

Previously: Serious Cheerleading Injuries on the Rise

Tags: Centers for Disease Control, Headache, Loss of Consciousness, Seizures, Sports Injuries, Vomiting, Kids and Sports Injuries, Cincinnati Children's Hospital

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Feds Apologize for Glitches

3 ACA Marketplace Opens Despite Govt Shutdown

Obamacare is up and running despite a government shutdown with today marking the first day of a six-month enrollment period when uninsured Americans can begin to sign up for health insurance as part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Uninsured Americans have a choice of purchasing insurance from the federal exchange or state exchanges in the 14 states that are running their own marketplaces. There were glitches, however. Several state websites as well as the federal website crashed with more than one million users visiting the latter before 7 a.m. “There were five times more users than have ever been on medicare.gov at one time. That gives you a sense of how important this is to Americans around the country," President Obama said today in a televised address to the American people.

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

Previously: SCOTUS Upholds Health Care Act

Tags: Affordable Care Act, Health Insurance, Obamacare, President Obama, ACA, Health Insurance Marketplaces

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4 More Babies are Sharing Parents’ Beds

More infants are sleeping in their parents’ beds or with another child despite public health messages linking bed-sharing with sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). About 14% of adults surveyed in 2010 said their infants did not sleep in their own crib most of the time. That number indicated a 7% increase from 1993 statistics. The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development study also reports that bed-sharing is most common among blacks. "That's a concern because we know that blacks are at increased risk for SIDS," said study co-author Marian Willinger. Health experts recommend that babies sleep near their parents’ bed to make breast feeding more convenient. They also recommend that babies sleep on their backs on a firm mattress to prevent SIDS.

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

Previously: SIDS Rate Increases on New Year's Day

Tags: Breastfeeding, SIDS, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, Bed-Sharing, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Marian Willinger

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