Humpday Pic 11/28/12


  This is the El Castillo Neanderthal Painting, from the National Geographic article, http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2012/06/120614-neanderthal-cave-paintings-spain-science-pike/. " Prehistoric dots and crimson hand stencils on Spanish cave walls are now the world's oldest known cave art, according to new dating results—perhaps the best evidence yet that Neanderthals were Earth's first cave painters.   If that's the case, the discovery narrows the … Continue reading Humpday Pic 11/28/12

It’s not baby fat: Among 4-year-olds, nearly 1 in 5 is obese


weight scale From cnn health: Nearly one-fifth of American 4-year-olds are obese, and children of color are at higher risk, according to new research. Researchers calculated the body mass index from a sample of 8,550 Hispanic, black, white, Asian and Native American 4-year-olds. The children were born in 2001, and in 2005, their height and weight … Continue reading It’s not baby fat: Among 4-year-olds, nearly 1 in 5 is obese

NO DUH: Red Meat is Bad for You


Meats Study finds what people have known for years. The largest study of its kind finds that older Americans who eat large amounts of red meat and processed meats face a greater risk of death from heart disease and cancer.   The federal study of more than half a million men and women bolsters prior … Continue reading NO DUH: Red Meat is Bad for You

Pharmaceuticals found in fish across U.S.


Fish Reside of allergy, cholesterol, other meds were in fish near 5 major cities Fish caught near wastewater treatment plants serving five major U.S. cities had residues of pharmaceuticals in them, including medicines used to treat high cholesterol, allergies, high blood pressure, bipolar disorder and depression, researchers reported Wednesday.   Findings from this first nationwide … Continue reading Pharmaceuticals found in fish across U.S.

Green tea, mushrooms lower breast cancer risk


mushrooms Study aims to uncover why rate of the disease is lower in Chinese women Women who get plenty of mushrooms and green tea in their diets may have a lower risk of developing breast cancer, new study findings suggest.   The study, of more than 2,000 Chinese women, found that the more fresh and … Continue reading Green tea, mushrooms lower breast cancer risk

USDA: School Lunches, Food Stamps Not Part of Obesity Epidemic


Overweight Food stamps, school lunch and other public nutrition programs do not contribute to an obesity epidemic affecting millions of children and adults, despite blame levied by critics, U.S. and academic officials said on Thursday. The Agriculture Department programs will cost about $73 billion in fiscal 2009. They range from school milk to food stamps … Continue reading USDA: School Lunches, Food Stamps Not Part of Obesity Epidemic

A Good Wine Substitute


Grapes To get the heart-healthy benefits of drinking wine without getting tipsy, tipple some grape juice instead. Research shows that your blood will get two important benefits: More antioxidants will be circulating in it, and bad LDL cholesterol may cause less trouble because it’s more stable.   Two for You Having extra antioxidants in your … Continue reading A Good Wine Substitute

Obesity ‘Virus’ Spreads Like Common Cold, Scientists Say


DNA Obesity can be “caught” as easily as a common cold from other people’s coughs, sneezes and dirty hands. The condition has been linked to a highly-infectious virus which causes sniffles and sore throats.   Nikhil Dhurandhar, an associate professor at The Pennington Biomedical Research Center, in Baton Rouge, La., said the virus, known as … Continue reading Obesity ‘Virus’ Spreads Like Common Cold, Scientists Say

Smoking ban leads to big drop in heart attacks


Hospitalized cases fell 41 percent after one city’s smoke-free workplace law A smoking ban in one Colorado city led to a dramatic drop in heart attack hospitalizations within three years, a sign of just how serious a health threat secondhand smoke is, government researchers said Wednesday. The study, the longest-running of its kind, showed the … Continue reading Smoking ban leads to big drop in heart attacks