Posts tagged health

More than half a million Americans with serious mental illness are falling through the cracks of a system in tatters, a USA TODAY special report shows.

More than half a million Americans with serious mental illness are falling through the cracks of a system in tatters, a USA TODAY special report shows.

Heavy coffee consumption linked to higher death risk

The debate over coffee’s health risks continues to brew. A new study finds that heavy coffee consumption is associated with a higher death risk in men and women younger than 55.

In the study published online in the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings, men younger than 55 who drank more than 28 cups of coffee a week (four cups a day) were 56% more likely to have died from any cause. Women in that age range had a twofold greater risk of dying than other women. The study looked at 43,727 men and women ages 20-87 from 1971 to 2002.

This is concerning.

Laboratory tests, released in July by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, ranked Long John Silver’s Big Catch as the worst restaurant meal in America. The meal of fried fish, hush puppies and onion rings contains 33 grams of trans fat, more than two times the recommended daily limit by the American Heart Association.Here’s how the fish portion of the Big Catch compares to main courses from other fast food establishments: http://usat.ly/14rs94P

Laboratory tests, released in July by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, ranked Long John Silver’s Big Catch as the worst restaurant meal in America. The meal of fried fish, hush puppies and onion rings contains 33 grams of trans fat, more than two times the recommended daily limit by the American Heart Association.

Here’s how the fish portion of the Big Catch compares to main courses from other fast food establishments: http://usat.ly/14rs94P

Revealing? Sure. Helpful? Maybe.

But “classy” and “brave”? I don’t think so.

Reporter with cancer: Angelina Jolie isn’t the brave one

A USA TODAY reporter weighs in on Angelina Jolie’s announcement today that she had a preventative double mastectomy. Olivia Barker writes: “And who are the brave ones in the country’s breast cancer conversation? They’re so quiet as to be all but ignored.”

What do you think?

My Medical Choice

This is the full op-ed from Angelina Jolie on her double mastectomy. 

Is breast cancer being sexualized? Many breast cancer survivors say a crop of pink-ribbon campaigns have hit a new low.
An online porn site this month has been using breast cancer to increase its Web traffic by offering to donate 1 cent for every 30 views of its videos. The intended recipient for the donation, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, rejected the offer and instructed the site to stop using its name.
More: http://usat.ly/Y8NE7P

Is breast cancer being sexualized? Many breast cancer survivors say a crop of pink-ribbon campaigns have hit a new low.

An online porn site this month has been using breast cancer to increase its Web traffic by offering to donate 1 cent for every 30 views of its videos. The intended recipient for the donation, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, rejected the offer and instructed the site to stop using its name.

More: http://usat.ly/Y8NE7P

Each of us is home to approximately 100 trillion microbes, from 10,000 different species. They outnumber human cells 10-to-1 and together are called the microbiome. The National Institutes of Health’s Human Microbiome Project just last month released its initial map of a “normal” microbial makeup.
Yet our microbes are under threat — and the enemy is us.
More: Our microbes, ourselves. 
(Illustration by Suzy Parker / USA TODAY)

Each of us is home to approximately 100 trillion microbes, from 10,000 different species. They outnumber human cells 10-to-1 and together are called the microbiome. The National Institutes of Health’s Human Microbiome Project just last month released its initial map of a “normal” microbial makeup.

Yet our microbes are under threat — and the enemy is us.

More: Our microbes, ourselves

(Illustration by Suzy Parker / USA TODAY)

FDA approves the first rapid, take-home HIV test

The OraQuick test detects the presence of HIV in saliva collected using a mouth swab. It’s designed to return a result within 20 to 40 minutes.

It should be available in October and will cost less than $60.