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Study Shows Antibiotics Have Less Effect On Childhood Obesity

According to a new study, antibiotics, although previously suspected, are not the cause of an increased risk in childhood obesity.

On average, about four-fifths of Americans each year are prescribed antibiotics. For years, many have assumed that the increased use of antibiotics directly relates to a higher risk of childhood obesity. The Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology study believes otherwise.

According to the Hindustan Times, children who had no antibiotic use and were diagnosed with an infection during their first few months were roughly 25% more likely to have obesity issues.

“In previous studies, antibiotics used to treat intact infections have been associated with weight gain,” said De-Kun Li, lead researcher and epidemiologist at the Kaiser Permanente in California. “However, we separated the two factors and found that antibiotics do not, themselves, appear to be associated with childhood obesity.”

The study reviewed over 260,000 births over a 16-year period, from 1997 to 2013. Infections and the use of antibiotics have shown influences regarding the composition of micro-organisms inside the intestine.

“Our study is one of the largest analyses of the interplay among infections, antibiotic use, and childhood obesity,” added Li, “and adds important evidence on how the micro biome, or guy bacteria, may be affecting children’s development.”

The Los Angeles Times reports that once children are a little older (after six years of age) the fight against childhood obesity should continue inside of doctors’ offices with regular weight screening.

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force is urging pediatricians to examine the body mass index (BMI) of children to better identify kids who are more susceptible to obesity problems, and to begin “comprehensive, intensive, and behavioral” weight counseling programs.

Children who suffer from obesity issues, whether they’re in their first few years or later in life, can suffer from serious health issues like asthma, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, as well as psychological and mental health problems.

Before “Movember,” Men Grew Beards To Prove They Were Old Enough To Vote

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*If one of the previously clean shaven men in your life is suddenly sporting a beard, chances are he’s joined the “Movember” movement.  Those of us who’ve got it like that grow out our beards each November to show our support for a variety of men’s health causes.

Get it?  “Men” + “November” = Movember.

But over a hundred years ago, men stopped shaving in November for a different reason: to prove they were old enough to vote!  

According to a new book, The Virgin Vote: How Young Americans Made Democracy Social, Politics Personal, and Voting Popular in the Nineteenth Century, men grew their “facial foliage” to prove they were adults and not “beardless boys.” Continue reading

Salmonella Outbreak Sickens At Least 77 Wedding Guests in Alabama

wedding-foodA foodborne illness outbreak in Colbert County, Alabama landed at least 12 people in the hospital last weekend. The Alabama Department of Public Health announced that 77 people may have developed Salmonella gastroenteritis after eating food at a wedding reception at the Radisson Inn in Sheffield.

The wedding was catered by Indelible Catering, a company unassociated with the Radisson hotel. According to patients who attended the event, the catering company served chicken, green beans, and mashed potatoes.

Public health officials are still investigating and testing samples of the food to determine the cause of the outbreak. It is notable, however, that 19 people became sick with Salmonella and E.coli after attending an event catered by the same company in 2014.

According to a health department statement, Indelible is fully cooperating with the investigation and has ceased all food preparations.

“The health department’s priorities are the health of the patients, a thorough investigation and preventing any additional illness,” said assistant state health officer Dr. Karen Landers. “This was a private event with exposure to the food over a specific time period. Therefore, there is no threat to the general public.”

People develop Salmonella gastroenteritis from eating food that has been contaminated with the bacteria Salmonella. It can occur during the food handling process, though some animals carry the bacteria while they are alive as well. Foods like beef, poultry, eggs, and milk are most commonly infected, but vegetables can also become contaminated.

Symptoms of Salmonella gastroenteritis typically include fever, abdominal cramps, and diarrhea. Although the illness usually clears up on its own within one week, some patients can experience severe dehydration and diarrhea that would require hospitalization.

7805812_20151108_2703099As many as 2.4 million people get married every year, but a whopping 48 million Americans get sick from foodborne diseases — though not always at wedding receptions.

Fortunately, scientists from the University of California, Irvine and MIT have developed a brand new method for treating Salmonella and similar illnesses. Their treatment involves enabling the body to create new antibodies for attacking invasive microbes. This method, they say, will provide an alternative to antibiotics.

Who’s Old? 80-Year-Old Man Struts Runway Like Nobody’s Business! (Watch)

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*No need to hate. Congratulate!  Known as “China’s hottest grandpa,” Wang Deshun is far from your average paw-paw. He just turned 80, and had a bangin’ birthday party, where he also served as DJ. The photo above shows him in action last year as he strutted for China Fashion Week in Beijing.

We hear he cranked up the techno music at his party last September, and looked good in a crisp white shirt and black jeans. Laughingly he told his guests, “I should wear a long robe, with the word ‘longevity’ embroidered on the front. Two young maidens should help me into an old-style wooden chair,” he said as he pretended to need assistance walking.

Obviously, Mr. Wang doesn’t spend his time sitting around in some rocking chair on the porch. As a  actor, model and artist he also exercises daily and is hoping to change China’s view of what it means to be a “senior.” Continue reading

Neuroscience Claims ‘This Song’ Will Cure Your Anxiety (Listen)

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*Wow! It seems science of the brain has come up with the perfect song to calm us down. Those of us who suffer from anxiety, that is. I didn’t always know exactly what anxiety was. Until I realized I have it. At least sometimes. In a nutshell, it’s when you are always on edge. In my case, thinking you should be doing something more. Better. Now. But since there is only one me, and being a woman, I multitask ALL the time, I still can’t possibly do all the things my mind stimulates me to do.

The dictionary says it’s a feeling of nervousness, worry and unease. I suppose that’s true too.  Anyway, now there may be a cure; especially if you’re like me, and don’t like to take meds for everything.

Sorry pharmacists. Actually, no I’m not! Continue reading

How Much Halloween Candy Can You Eat Before You OD?

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*If you’re like me, you’re in the middle of a serious Halloween candy detox.  As I got ready to head to the gym today to TRY to undo some of the damage done to my cardiovascular system, I wondered (as I deftly opened yet ANOTHER Milky Way Dark) just how many of those “Fun Size” puppies would I have to eat before I wound up in that great candy shop in the sky.

The American Chemical Society has come through with the digits.

Based on what’s called the “LD50” for sucrose, or the amount that when consumed would kill at least half of a sample of test animals, the data show that the average 180 pound human would have to gorge on over 5.4 pounds of sugar to have a 50/50 chance of croaking.

That’s the equivalent of 262 “Fun Size” candy bars, or 1,627 individual pieces of candy corn.   Continue reading

Church Apologizes For Banning Fat People

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*My late father never cared much for people’s feelings when it came to speaking his truth.

He once told me that, in his opinion, “church folk” only knew how to do two things: eat fried chicken and wait for Jesus to come back.

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Dad would have had a field day with this story!

A non-denominational Christian church in suburban Portland, Oregon is apologizing for banning overweight and obese people from its worship team.

“Weight is something that many people have to deal with,” the guidelines read.  “Make sure that you are taking care of your temple, exercising and eating properly.”

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The church later apologized, writing on its website “Forgive us if we offended anyone. That certainly was not our intention.  These guidelines have never been used to discriminate against anyone and have never been enforced.”

Why have guidelines if they’re not enforced?  Questions that make you go “hmmmmm.”

And there’s no such thing as a fat man or woman of the cloth, right?

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Playboy Model’s Death Shows Why You Can’t Trust ‘Just Any’ Chiropractor

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*This pains me deeply. Until I found a chiropractor who proved himself to me, I was against all of them. I had visited a chiropractor in Studio City, California once. The office he worked out of had a huge display on Cahuenga Blvd. I went in one day, and I swear, I left out in more pain than when I entered. Because of this, it took years before I had the courage to visit another; and only after I saw the excellent results of someone I knew, following her visit to the new guy.

So when I hear that someone, in this case a woman who happened to be a Playboy model, losing her life, following a visit to a chiropractor, it breaks my heart.

I want to let you know that not every chiropractor is worthy of the license. It’s best if you get a referral from someone you trust. Continue reading