October 28, 2013

Promotions, Career at Stake

1 US Troops Get Liposuction to Pass Fat Test

A growing number of military personnel are undergoing liposuction to pass the Pentagon's body fat test, a "tape test" that estimates overall body fat by measuring the waistline and neck. Cosmetic surgeons near major naval bases report that such procedures are up by as much as 30 percent since 2011. Some fitness experts and doctors contend that the Pentagon's weight tables, used to assess fitness, are obsolete and fail to recognize that the bulky can be fit, but military brass say very few of those who fail the test perform well on fitness tests, and studies have linked waist size to endurance. In any case, failing just one test can delay or even kill a promotion, and three failures can result in discharge from the service for overweight, as happened to 1,815 Army soldiers last year.

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

Previously: Military Says Obesity Is National Security Threat

Tags: Military and Obesity, Fat US Soldiers, Pentagon Fat Test, Pentagon "Tape Test, Overweightht in the Military

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Possible Listeria

2 Packaged Broccoli Salad Recalled

Taylor Farms has recalled 5,000+ pounds of its broccoli salad. The salad is sold with packets of bacon dressing which may be contaminated with listeria, says the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The packaged salad was sold in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and Vermont and is labeled “Taylor Farms Broccoli Crunch with Bacon and Dressing.” The products bear the establishment number EST. 34522 within the USDA inspection mark and the case codes 310151 or 310153. To date, there have been no reports of illness. Symptoms of listeria, which typically affects older adults, pregnant women, infants and adults with weakened immune systems include muscle aches, fever and gastrointestinal problems. The disease is treated with antibiotics.

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

Previously: Listeria Infections from Cantaloupe Kill 15

Tags: Fever, Listeria, Weakened Immune System, Taylor Farms, Broccoli Salad Recall, Muscle Ache

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How About Introducing Yourself

3 Young Doctors Are Rude

Doctors just out of medical school need to learn some compassion, say researchers from John Hopkins University. According to the study, young doctors are unlikely to introduce themselves to hospitalized patients during their first year out of medical school. They are also not likely to engage in a sit down, eye-to-eye conversation with patients. Researchers note that this lack of compassion is concerning given that previous research has indicated that a good bedside manner can improve patient recovery. The study involved 29 internal medicine interns who were observed at work for three weeks at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and the University of Maryland Medical Center. The research is published in Journal of Hospital Medicine.

More at CNN | Posted 4 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Seniors Should See Doctor After Falling

Tags: Young Doctors, Rude Doctors, Doctors Don't Introduce Themselves, Doctors Without Compassion

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FM/a Could Legitimize Diagnosis

4 Blood Test May Diagnose Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia can be difficult to diagnose, but a new blood test could change that. Research for the new test was presented earlier this week at the meeting of the American College of Rheumatology in San Diego. The fibromyalgia blood test, FM/a, was developed by EpicGenetics of Santa Monica. WebMD reports that the price tag for the test is $74. Fibromyalgia causes stiffness in muscles and connective tissues, as well as tenderness and pain. While there's no known cause for the condition, around 6 million people in the U.S. are believed to have it. Fibromyalgia is currently diagnosed by symptoms and excluding other diseases. Some doctors are skeptical that the disease is real, and the test developers think that FM/a will legitimize the diagnosis.

More at WebMD | Posted 4 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Thirteen Conditions Mimicking Fibromyalgia

Tags: Blood Test Fibromyalgia, American College of Rheumatology, EpicGenetics, Difficult Diseases Test, Diagnose Fibromyalgia

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No Internet in Bedroom

5 Limit Kids to One to Two Hours of Screen Time

Kids should have only one to two hours of screen time each day, suggests a policy statement of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). The AAP also believes that parents should keep TVs and Internet access out of their children's bedrooms. In addition, the APP suggests that parents monitor online activities, and view TV and movies with their children. The AAP also says that there's no benefit to be had from kids under 2 years old watching TV or other types of screens. The study was published online today in Pediatrics. The new policy statement from the AAP was presented today at the AAP National Conference and Exhibition, held in Orlando, Florida.

More at Reuters | Posted 4 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: American Academy of Pediatrics, Too Much Screen Time, Limit Kids Screen Time, Limiting TV watching Kids, What Age Kids Start Watching TV, Guidelines Screen Time Kids

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