February 25, 2014

Merely Our #1 Cause of Death

1 Most Americans Clueless About Heart Disease

Based on a new report by the Cleveland Clinic, one reason that heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S. might be the public's ignorance on the subject. A nationwide survey found that one-third of Americans underestimate the percentage of heart disease deaths that are caused by smoking, and one-half are unaware that regular exercise can reduce one's chances of dying of heart disease by anywhere from 30 to 50 percent. Only one in three are aware that jaw pain and sleep disturbances can be symptoms of heart disease, while 61 percent believe that taking vitamin or mineral supplements can improve heart health, which according to the American Heart Association is not true. And although heart disease is our #1 killer, only 25 percent of us worry about dying from it.

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

Previously: Asthma Linked to Heart Disease Risk

Tags: Causes of Heart Disease, Cleveland Clinic, Heart Disease Statistics, Heart Disease Symptoms, Heart Disease Ignorance

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Maybe, Maybe Not

2 Are Selfies Spreading Head Lice among Teens?

The story that taking selfies is helping to spread head lice in teens went viral on the internet, but is it true? Marcy McQuillan, a California woman who offers lice removal services reported seeing a “huge increase of lice in teens this year” because they’re putting their heads together to take “selfie” photos. Dr. Richard J. Pollack, Harvard School of Public Health, disagrees calling McQuillan’s statement a “marketing ploy.” There was no evidence of an increase in head lice in the U.S., he said and added that teens almost never have head lice which are most common in children, ages 4-8. Pollack said that lice are often spread through “direct and prolonged head-to-head contact.” He said the bigger problem is over-treating kids with pesticides when there’s no reason to do so.

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

Previously: Air Passengers Fear Disease from TSA Gloves

Tags: Harvard School of Public Health, Head Lice, Selfies, Selfies and Head Lice, Marcy McQuillan, Dr. Richard J. Pollack

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Daring Cat Escapes Capture

3 Big Cat on Loose Injures 7 in India

A leopard ran around the northern Indian city of Meerut, evading capture and causing injures. CNN reports that the big cat injured seven people, including a police officer. On Sunday, the leopard reportedly leapt across rooftops, and even entered a hospital! Since there were no sightings of the big cat on Monday, it's possible the animal returned to the forest on its own. Big cats are coming closer than ever to human habitats in India. Conservation experts believe that the cats are being forced out of their habitats to look for food that's in short supply due to habitat loss.

More at CNN | Posted 4 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Big Cat Loose, India Leopard Attacks, Indian City of Meerut, Sushant Sharma

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Milk Life Is for Everyone

4 Got Milk Tagline Replaced with Milk Life

"Got Milk," an extremely memorable tagline that's been floating around for 20 years now, is retiring. The replacement for "Got Milk" is "Milk Life." The new tagline is meant to convey the message that we all drink milk. The ads, which made their debut today, show ordinary people going about their lives. The "Milk Life" campaign also touts milk as a rich source of protein. The ads, commissioned by the Milk Processor Education Program (MilkPEP), were conceptualized by Lowe Campbell Ewald, the same agency that came up with "Got Milk." The new campaign comes after milk sales have declined 1 percent each year for the last two years.

More at CNN | Posted 4 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Susan Sarandon Has Got Milk, Do You?

Tags: Got Milk, Milk Ads, Milk Life, Milk Mustache, Protein Milk, Got Milk Replaced, Milk Processor Education Program

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But Parents Think Otherwise

5 Baby Media Products May Not Help Babies Read

While parents believed that a baby media product helped babies learn new words, researchers found that exposure did nothing to help babies learn to read. Published in Journal of Educational Psychology, the new research from NYU shows that baby media products don't really instill reading skills in infants. The research involved 117 babies ages nine to 18 months. Infants in the treatment group received a baby product that included word and picture flashcards, flip books and DVDs to be used for seven months. The control group received no baby products. After seven months, researchers used eye-tracking technology to test whether babies had acquired early reading skills. There was no difference between the groups, other than parents' beliefs that babies were learning new words.

More at EurekAlert | Posted 4 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Babies of Older Mothers at Greater Risk for Autism

Tags: Baby Media Products, New York University's Steinhardt School, Journal of Educational Psychology, Can Babies Learn to Read

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