June 23, 2014

Sugars, Fats, Caffeine, Etc.

1 “Smart Cup” Reveals What You’re Drinking

In what may presage a new era in food containers, Mark One in Silicon Valley has revealed a high-tech cup called Vessyl which comes with a display that not only identifies any beverage poured into it by brand and type, from Glacier Freeze to Crush orange soda, but measures and displays the amount of sugar, calories, fat, protein, and caffeine it contains. The cup can also track and display the user's daily intake of those variables as well as ongoing hydration levels. One Valley blogger describes the sleek-looking Vessyl as "a 13-ounce, Bluetooth-enabled, smartphone-syncing, battery-powered supercup." The product, almost certainly destined to be known as the Smart Cup, will sell for $199 when it begins shipping sometime next year, but can be pre-ordered, if you believe, for $99.

More at Newser.com | Posted 3 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Direct Link: Sugary Beverages, Added Weight

Tags: Diet Aids, Weight-Loss Technology, Vessyl, Super Cup, Smart Cup, Food Technology, Beverages and Weight-Loss

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Med Use Down; Suicides Up

2 Antidepressant Warnings May Have Backfired

A widely-disseminated 2004 FDA warning that antidepressants could increase the risk of suicides may have backfired, especially in teens, finds a Harvard University study. In fact, the study found that in the two years after the warning was issued, attempted suicides increased 21.7% and antidepressant prescriptions declined 31%. Attempted suicides among teens 18-29 rose by 33.7%. But not everyone is convinced there’s a correlation. “They’re describing a very strange phenomenon in society that’s supposedly being held back by antidepressant use,” said Marc Stone, FDA senior medical reviewer. “It doesn’t stand up to what we know about the mental health situation in the United States.” The warnings do not say not to treat depression but to monitor the patient.

More at Www.bloomberg.com | Posted 3 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Antidepressants Use May Lead to Birth Defects

Tags: FDA, Suicide Attempts, Antidepressant Use, Black Box Warnings, Marc Stone, Antidepressants and Suicide

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Down in Older Adults

3 Strokes May Be Increasing in Younger Adults

Strokes, which are declining in older adults, are on the rise in younger people. Recent studies indicate that nearly 10% of about 800,000 strokes suffered in the U.S. each year occur in people under 50. Since there is no national registry to track stroke, researchers relied on trends in regional studies and health and hospital surveys to determine their findings. The stats: the stroke rate for women 35-54 years old tripled from 1988-2004. Hospitalizations for ischemic stroke rose more than a third in 15-44 year olds between 1994 and 2008. A 2012 review of hospital records found a 44% increase in stroke from 1993-2005 in people younger than 55. Health experts say many of the young stroke victims had high blood pressure that, had it been treated, might have prevented stroke.

More at Wpost.com | Posted 3 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Women Who Walk for Exercise Have Lower Stroke Risk

Tags: High Blood Pressure, Ischemic Stroke, Preventing Stroke, Stroke, Stroke on Rise in Younger Adults

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