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February 27 2014

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February 12 2014

Chick-fil-A Vows to Serve Chicken Raised Without Antibiotics

Chick-fil-A's famous chicken sandwiches will still be breaded and fried, but soon they won't come with antibiotics.

On Tuesday, Chick-fil-A, the privately held food chain based in Atlanta,announced that it intends to serve chicken "raised without antibiotics" at all its restaurants within five years. It sounds like a clear-cut promise. The history of such vows, though, isn't so simple.

In 2007, Tyson Foods created a campaign to sell chicken that was "raised without antibiotics." Then it turned out Tyson was injecting the chicken eggs with a vaccine that included antibiotics.

Other fast-food chains have announced policies to curb antibiotic use in livestock, most notably McDonald's in 2003, but those polices have included loopholes that allowed livestock producers to continue giving antibiotics to healthy animals. Read more...

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Study: Mammograms Do Not Reduce Breast Cancer Deaths

Yearly mammograms in middle-age women do not reduce breast cancer deaths — these tests are essentially as good as physical examination alone, according to a new 25-year study from Canada.

The study, which included nearly 90,000 women ages 40 to 59, is the latest to question the value of routine mammography. The researchers found the same number of women died of breast cancer over 25 years, regardless of whether they underwent yearly mammograms or not.

Mammography is performed routinely to screen women for breast cancer, with the goal of early diagnosis. But it is highly debated whether this screening saves lives. In some cases, early detection does not necessarily mean the cancer can be cured, and in some others, treatments work even if cancer is discovered at later stages Read more...

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February 09 2014

Why Did a Healthy, Young Giraffe Have to Die at the Copenhagen Zoo?

A two-year-old giraffe was put down by officials at the Copenhagen Zoo in Denmark on Sunday. The decision was made to prevent inbreeding within the giraffe population at the zoo

The giraffe in question, Marius, was otherwise healthy and loved. The decision was made despite a petition with more than 27,000 signatures and numerous attempts by other zoos to take in Marius, such as the Yorkshire Wildlife Park in the UK. But the Copenhagen Zoo refused to send away the giraffe

The zoo's choice to euthanize Marius was based on the bylaws of the European Breeding Programme for Giraffes, which "prohibit inbreeding in an effort to maintain the health of the stock," according to Time. Read more...

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February 05 2014

Sochi Officials Order Killing of Stray Dogs for Olympics

Stray dogs are a common sight around Sochi, Russia, the city that will host the 2014 Winter Olympics, but that won't be the case when the Games begin on Feb. 7.

Basya Services, a pest control company, confirmed to the Associated Press that they had been hired by Olympics officials to kill many of the estimated 2,000 dogs that trot around Sochi, all in the name of keeping a clean image for athletes and spectators.

The company has been killing stray dogs in Sochi long before the Olympics, but it ramped up its activity after a hound recently found its way onto the floor of an opening ceremony rehearsal. Basya Services' director general, Alexei Sorokin, declined to specify whether the animals would be shot or poisoned after they were rounded up, though accounts coming out of Sochi describe dogs spitting up and collapsing, both signs of poison. Read more...

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CVS to Stop Selling Cigarettes, Other Pharmacies Not So Much

CVS announced plans Wednesday to stop selling cigarettes and all other tobacco products in its stores later this year, making it the first national pharmacy chain to to take this step. But don't expect other major pharmacy chains to follow suit just yet.

"We have been evaluating this product category for some time to balance the choices our customers expect from us, with their ongoing health needs," a rep for Duane Reade and its parent company Walgreens said in a statement. "We will continue to evaluate the choice of products our customers want."

A source familiar with the thinking for Duane Reade and Walgreens noted that this is an issue that has been raised "a lot" by customers, policy makers and certain municipalities, including San Francisco. Indeed, in 2008, Walgreens sued San Francisco to block legislation that would ban the sale of cigarettes in pharmacies. Read more...

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February 04 2014

'Google-Like' Database of Brain Scans May Help Doctors Treat Disorders

A team of Johns Hopkins engineers and radiologists are building a "Google-like" searchable digital library of children's brain scans in an effort to improve the way doctors treat and diagnose patients with brain disorders.

Supported by a three-year grant of $600,000 from the National Institutes of Health, the brain-scan database will help doctors in two ways. They will be able to search the database for images that match a patient's scan and identify a change in a brain structure that shows the early onset of a disease. Identifying diseases earlier means a quicker start for treatment.

More about Us World, Us, Health Fitness, Digital Brain Scan, and Brain Database

January 30 2014

How to Exercise During Winter's Brutal Cold

Sure, school is canceled and you've started referring to a forecast of zero degrees as a heat wave, but the polar vortex doesn't need to disrupt your workout schedule. Exercising outdoors can be safe, even exhilarating, experts and outdoor advocates said.

Chris Tripp bikes a few miles to work every morning in Minneapolis (so far this winter, he's skipped only two days).

"I've ridden in minus 20 and if it's fairly calm it's really not that bad," he said. "On days when it's snowing out and it's not terribly windy and the city is quiet, it gives me time to wind down after work. And in the morning, I get some cardio in and I feel ready to work. My heart rate is up without caffeine; it's a nice bonus." Read more...

More about Weather, Exercise, Running, Lifestyle, and Health Fitness

January 28 2014

A Facebook Campaign Simulated Alzheimer's, and It Will Stop You in Your Tracks

The difficult thing about sympathizing with an Alzheimer's sufferer is putting yourself into his or her shoes. We all have minor memory lapses, like forgetting where our keys are. But few of us have experienced the terror of having no memory of being in a specific place at a certain time.

A recent campaign by Alzheimer Nederland, a Dutch Alzheimer's group, cleverly used Facebook to help the average person better understand the plight of Alzheimer's sufferers, if only for a second. The effort, which ran in December, tagged random users in photos taken at events they did not attend. The users then received the message: "Confusing, right? You're now experiencing what it's like to have Alzheimer's disease." Read more...

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Boston Company Developing Synthetic Organs

Patients waiting for life-saving organs — that's more than 120,000 in the United States — may soon have another option for a second chance at life.

Harvard Apparatus Regenerative Technology, a Boston-based regenerative-medicine company, is developing synthetic tracheas, a venture that it plans to pursue on a larger scale soon, according to MIT Technology Review.

The tracheas are made using the patient's own stem cells, which are taken from bone marrow. The cells are grown on a scaffold made from fibers approximately one-hundredth the width of a human hair, which are then used to create a tube that is tailored to fit each patient. Read more...

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January 24 2014

82% of Women Think Social Media Drives the Definition of Beauty

A new study conducted by Dove revealed about 82% of women believe social media is influencing how we define beauty today.

Beauty that was once idolized in glossy magazines of celebrities and models is now having less of an impact on youth, thanks to social platforms such as Facebook and Instagram, according to the study, which was conducted among 1,000 women between the ages of 18 and 64 in the United States. In fact, 63% of women surveyed believe social media has a greater impact on how we define beauty than print media, film and music.


More about Marketing, Social Media, Beauty, Dove, and Health Fitness

January 23 2014

Forget the Gym: This Service Charges Less the More You Workout

The fitness chain business model, as is widely known, relies on you not working out. A gym sells more memberships than it can comfortably handle, based on the assumption that most of its members won't show up. But what if there were a gym where you paid less per month the more you worked out?

That's kind of the concept behind Fitmob, a website and iOS app that launched Thursday, except that Fitmob shuns gym locations in favor of outdoor classes and indoor spaces rented by the hour. Anyone can sign up to run a class, which gets a star rating and reviews from participants

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January 21 2014

January 20 2014

Microparticles Could Prevent Damage After A Heart Attack

Microparticles that block the body's immune response to damaged tissue could help prevent further harm.

Using tiny biodegradable particles to disrupt the body's normal immune response after a heart attack could help save patients from tissue damage and certain long-term health problems that often follow. Researchers have shown that injecting such particles into mice within 24 hours of a heart attack not only significantly reduces tissue damage, but also results in those mice having stronger cardiac function 30 days later. The inventors of the new technology now plan to pursue human trials.

Much of the tissue damage that results from a heart attack is the result of inflammation, the body's natural response to harmful stimuli such as damaged muscle. But in the case of a heart attack, these immune cells do more harm than good, explains Daniel Getts, inventor of the new therapy and chief scientific officer of Cour Pharmaceutical Development. The system's weaponry is "fairly generic," he says. While the toxic compounds that the immune cells secrete can be beneficial in defending the body against an infection, they also cause tissue damage. This phenomenon occurs not only after heart attacks, but also in a range of other diseases, including West Nile Virus, inflammatory bowel disease, and multiple sclerosis. Read more...

More about Nanotechnology, Dev Design, Lifestyle, and Health Fitness
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