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Weight-Loss Bike Program Bans Fatties; Prescribing Exercise for Depression
On our Lab Notes page CalorieLab’s editors select and rank the day’s essential health news items in real time. Readers can suggest, vote and comment on items. Below are brief summaries of this past week’s (May 4, 2013 through May 11, 2013) Lab Notes items. To see today’s items, visit Lab Notes.
1. Weight-Loss Bike Program Bans Fatties
A bike-sharing program in New York City, Boston and elsewhere, promoted in part as an ideal way for overweight individuals to exercise off extra pounds, won’t allow people to join the program if they weigh more than 260 pounds. http://healthylife.fashionistblog.com/
2. Prescribing Exercise for Depression
Depressed? Don’t be surprised if your doctor prescribes 3 sets of 8 reps of strength training exercises …
3. Wrigley Suspends Sales of New Caffeine Gum
Wrigley suspends sales of its new caffeinated gum while FDA investigates safety of product.
4. Dangerous Giant African Snail Not in Texas
Despite media reports, the large snail spotted in Houston isn’t the dangerous giant African land snail which carries meningitis.
5. Eat Soy, Tomatoes to Prevent Prostate Cancer
Eating tomatoes and soy together instead of alone might be more effective for preventing prostate cancer, find researchers.
6. Man Swallowed by Hippo Recounts Tale
Paul Templer recounts how, 17 years ago, he was swallowed whole by a hippo as he led a group of tourists down the Zambezi River in Africa.
7. NJ’s Chris Christie Had Weight Loss Surgery
NJ Governor Chris Christie reveals that he had secretly undergone Lap-Band surgery to lose weight.
8. Non-Vaccinators Heed Friends, Not MDs
Parents who delay, limit, or skip their children’s recommended vaccinations altogether do so regardless of medical advice from a doctor or health professional, instead relying on advice from friends, family and other members of their social network.
9. Over 10% of New Yorkers Are Now Diabetic http://fitnesshelps.stylelists.net/
New York City’s adult diabetes rate is an alarmingly high 10.5 percent, more than twice as many in 1995. That works out to some 650,000 diabetics, and it doesn’t count the estimated 230,000 residents who are diabetics but haven’t yet been diagnosed.
10. Prevent Kid Allergies: Suck Their Pacifiers
The transfer of oral bacteria to infants from adults may help train the infant’s immune system to ignore harmless germs, say Swedish researchers.
11. Many Parents Are Distracted When Driving Kids
Many parents drive distractedly while toting their kids around, finds new survey.
12. Wiscconsin Mulls “Healthy” Food Stamp Law
Wisconsin legislators are considering a bill which would require food stamp recipients to spend at least two-thirds of their benefits on items such as bread, fruit, vegetables and milk, and not junk or snack foods such as chips or soft drinks. http://lifestyle.keepsblogging.com/
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