ATLANTA - A new study finds American adults have a
significantly higher rate of obesity than their neighbors to the
About 24 percent of Canadians are obese compared to more than 34
percent of Americans. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention made the comparisons from 2007 through 2009 data.
It's the first time the U.S. health agency has compared American
obesity rates with another country. The report adds to a growing
pile of studies that show Americans are less healthy than people in
other developed nations.
The two countries have different racial demographics, and U.S.
blacks and Hispanics have higher obesity rates than whites. But
even looking solely at white people, the American rate was higher.
ATLANTA - A new study finds American adults have a
A small study from the National Institutes of Health finds radio frequency signals from a mobile phone speed up the way brain cells metabolize glucose, a cell's energy source.
Neurologists say that puts those brain cells closest to the phone's antenna under stress.
"Those brain cells may tolerate the stress just fine but it may be that for some that extra stress just pushes those cells over," says Dr. Michael DeGeorgia.
How far those cells can or should be pushed remains a mystery, and studies on whether mobile phone usage leads to brain tumors have been inconclusive.
It's going to take years of additional study to determine the long-term effects, if any.
More than 90-percent of us use a wireless device, especially children and teenagers whose brains are still developing.
"We don't know what the long-term consequences of driving increased activity within those regions of the brain will be when these children become adults," says neurologist Dr. Keith Black.
The lead researcher on this latest study says she won't stop using a cell phone, but she will change the way she uses it.
"I no longer use the cell phone by putting it close to my brain. I use an ear piece," says Dr. Nora Volkow.
Until scientists piece together all the facts any final conclusions are on hold.
SAN FRANCISCO - More and more large corporations, including
Coca-Cola, Campbell Soup and Walt Disney, are covering surgery for
transgender employees as part of their health plans.
The trend follows a concerted push by transgender rights
advocates to get employers and insurers to see sex reassignment the
way the American Medical Association does - as a medically
indicated rather than an optional procedure.
The number is expected to go up dramatically this year, when the
nation's largest gay rights lobbying group adds availability of
surgery-inclusive medical benefits to the criteria in its annual
corporate diversity report card.
Kraft Foods, AT&T, Yahoo!, Eastman Kodak, Sears and State Farm
are among 85 large businesses and law firms that cover the cost of
at least one surgery.
PORTLAND, Maine - A German brewery is putting a new twist
on no-alcohol beer. Erdinger is promoting its alcohol-free beverage
as a sports drink.
The company describes its drink as an isotonic beverage with
natural regenerative powers that help athletes recover from a
workout. In other words, it's carbohydrate-rich refreshment without
the alcoholic buzz of beer or the jitters caused by some energy
Several top athletes from Europe quaffed the beverage from giant
mugs on the podium at the World Cup biathlons held this month in
But whether it's a success in the U.S. remains to be seen. Benj
Steinman, editor of Beer Marketers Insights, doubts the makers of
Gatorade have much to fear. He says sales of no-alcohol beer have
been declining for at least the past decade.
Dr. Narendra Kanuru of Kennestone Hospital says "we've been excited and waiting on something like this for patients for literally years."
It looks just like the old one.
Dr. Kanuru says "this is the old standard pacemaker, and this is the new MRI safe pacemaker. and the reality is in terms of size and weight and shape, they're virtually identical."
Dr. Kanuru says "the new Revo MRI SureScan pacemaker allows patients to be able to have an MRI done, an important test in detecting a number of issues such as cancer, such as neurologic events like stroke, or things like spine imaging for people who have got things like pinched nerves, disk and back problems.
The whole procedure took about 45 minutes, with doctors placing the device near the chest then attaching it to the heart.
And the patient? He was even upbeat even on the operating table, joking with the doctor not to leave any of his heart out and even asked about his favorite pastime.
Dr. Kanuru says "he asked about swimming, and whether he can swim. Generally we allow our patients to have unrestricted activity including swimming, golfing, playing tennis, or weightlifting for that matter in about a month or so."
Keeping not only their heart healthy, but their overall lives.
More information can be found at: http://www.medtronicexperience.com/patient/revo/#/us/Revo/Home/
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