January 30, 2014

Bad News for Guys over 65

1 Testosterone May Boost Heart Attack Risk

Middle-aged men are increasingly taking testosterone therapy in the expectation of various health benefits, but a new study by UCLA researchers concludes that doing so doubles the risk of heart attack among men older than 65, and nearly triples that risk for men, even younger, with a history of heart trouble. Previous studies have determined that testosterone therapy can enhance bone density, muscle mass, physical strength and sexual function as well as lowering cholesterol, but other studies have also linked it to heart attacks, and one Mayo Clinic cardiologist calls it "equivalent to smoking one or two packs of cigarettes a day." But manufacturers have been promoting it as a treatment for low energy and flagging sex drive, and the number of men taking it has tripled since 2001.

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

Previously: Lack of Sleep Lowers Testosterone in Men

Tags: Testosterone and Heart Health, Dangers of Testosterone, Testosterone Therapy Issues, Downside of Testosterone Therapy

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“National Public Problem"

2 Gun Injuries Send 20 Kids a Day to Hospitals

Gun injuries send 20 children a day to hospitals and often result in severe injuries that require extensive rehabilitation and hospital readmission, finds a new study. This is the first study to highlight non-fatal injuries using data from hospitalizations from gun-related injuries. The stats: 50% of injuries included open wounds; 75% of hospitalizations in children under 10 were due to unintentional injuries; hospitalization rates were highest for children ages 15-19. Co-author Robert Sege, Boston Medical Center, says parents should heed the American Academy of Pediatrics' recommendation that "the safest home for children and teens is one without guns," and if there are guns in the home, they should be "stored unloaded and locked, with the ammunition locked away in a separate place."

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

Previously: Panel Proposes Plan to Reduce Gun Violence

Tags: American Academy of Pediatrics, Gun Violence, Robert Sege, Boston Medical Center, Gun Injuries in Children

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Most Important Meal in Day

3 Bad Breakfasts in Youth, Metabolic Syndrome

Eating a poor breakfast during adolescence could lead to a greater risk for metabolic syndrome years later, find Swedish researchers from Umea University. Published in Public Health Nutrition, the study found that, compared to young people who had more substantial breakfasts, adolescents who consumed a poor breakfast had a higher incidence of metabolic syndrome 27 years in the future. Specifically, young people who skipped breakfast or ate a skimpy breakfast had a 68 percent greater incidence of metabolic syndrome in adulthood. People with metabolic syndrome may experience high blood pressure, high levels of harmful triglycerides, high fasting blood glucose levels, low levels of protective HDL and abdominal obesity.

More at EurekAlert | Posted 4 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: High Blood Pressure, Metabolic Syndrome, High Levels of Harmful Triglycerides, High Fasting Blood Glucose Levels, Low Levels of Protective HDL, Abdominal Obesity, Value Good Breakfast for Kids, Public Health Nutrition, Reasons Eat Good Breakfast, Umea University

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Chubby at 5, Fat at 14

4 Child's Obesity Risk Established by Age 5

A large part of a kid’s risk for obesity is established by the age of 5 years, find researchers. The study analyzed data from nearly 8,000 kids who started kindergarten in 1998. Researchers measured the kids’ weight and height seven times between 1998 and 2007. By the time the kids were aged 14 in the eighth grade, 20.8 percent were obese, and 17 percent were overweight. Half of the kids who were obese at 14 years old were overweight in kindergarten. The largest increase in rates of obesity were observed between first and third grades. Kids who were more than 8.8 pounds at birth had a higher risk of being obese at every age. Researchers also found that children from the wealthiest families were the least likely to be overweight. The study was published in New England Journal of Medicine.

More at CNN | Posted 4 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Childhood Obesity on the Decline

Tags: Childhood Obesity, Childhood Obesity Causes, New England Journal of Medicine, Childhood Obesity Risks, Obesity Risk Age 5

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Feeding Time!

5 Kids Ordered $250 McDonald's Fries in Korea

McDonald’s in Korea kicked out a group of kids for ordering 270,000 won ($250) in fries. After shelling out the wons, the kids arranged their fries on trays and placed them on the table to be shared. The result was a row of tables completely covered in fries. This spectacle is an apparent trend in Japan and Korea. However, one particular McDonald’s worker had had enough, and Rocket News 24 reports that the worker spoke rather harshly to the fry eaters: “Stop causing trouble, you brats! Get out of here!” No word on whether the kids were able to finish their grease feast. The fry parties are perhaps the result of promotions in Japan and Korea that allow for the purchase of a large fry for 150 yen ($1.63).

More at Rocket News 24 | Hat tip to Eater | Posted 4 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Big Chain French Fries Contain More Saturated Fat

Tags: McDonald's Fries, Korea McDonald's Large Fry Order $250

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