Diet and Fitness

Less Sleep and Obesity associated with Kids who have TV and Electronics in Bedroom

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(Best Syndication News) - Children who have a TV, computer, video game console, or mobile phone in their bedroom are at an increased risk for being overweight or obese, according to a study conducted by researchers at the University of Alberta.

The researchers conducted a survey of almost 3,400 5th grade students in the province of Alberta, Canada. They wanted to see if there was a relationship between a child’s sleeping habits, the number of electronic devices in their bedroom, and their weight. Around half of the students surveyed had a TV, DVD player, or video game console in their bedroom. They discovered that 21 percent of the children had a computer, and 17 percent had a mobile phone. Only 5 percent of the students had all three kinds of electronics.

Low Calcium Diet associated with an increased risk for Primary Hyperparathyroidism

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(Best Syndication News) - Researchers found an increased risk for developing primary hyperparathyroidism (PHPT) in women who ate a low calcium diet. Primary hyperparathyroidism is a condition where the parathyroid gland is releasing too much of the parathyroid hormone into the body. The condition can cause weak bones, fractures, and kidney stones. Additionally, other studies have associated untreated PHPT with higher rates of high blood pressure, heart attack, and stroke.

PHPT is most often found in post-menopausal women between 50-60 years of age. One in 800 people will be affected by PHPT during their lifetime.

Increased Risk for Diabetes, Heart Disease, and Death from Extended Sitting

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(Best Syndication News) - A European study found people who sat for extensive periods of time had an increased risk for diabetes, heart disease, and death. The study results were published in Diabetologia, the journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes.

Lead author, Dr. Emma Wilmot, a research fellow in the Diabetes Research Group at the University of Leicester, and colleagues investigated the results of 18 other studies that had a combined 794,577 participants. There investigation found that people who sat for long periods were at a two-fold increased risk for diabetes, heart disease, and death.

Reduced Risk of Stroke from eating Tomatoes

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(Best Syndication News) - Researchers found that people who had the highest levels of lycopene in their blood had a 55 percent reduced risk for stroke compared to those who had the lowest levels. Tomatoes contain an abundant amount of lycopene, which is an antioxidant. The study results were published in the October 9, 2012 print edition of Neurology.

The research involved 1,031 men from Finland between 46 and 65 years of age. The men were followed for an average of 12 years. At the start of the study, their blood levels of lycopene were measured. Over the duration of the study, 67 men suffered a stroke.

Kraft Jalapeno String Cheese Recall announced for Packaging Concern

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(Best Syndication News) - The US Food and Drug Administration announced a voluntary recall by Kraft for their Jalapeno flavored String Cheese products because the plastic film in the packaging could remain stuck to the food. The concern is that the plastic might put a person at risk of choking. Only the Kraft String Cheese with the Jalapeno flavor and the “Best if Used By” date of “23 NOV 2012” are involved in this recall.

The recall was announced after a consumer complained of the problem. Around 2,700 cases are involved in the recall. The recalled cheese was shipped across the United States, but not into Canada.

The Jalapeno string cheese comes packaged in a 12 ounce bag that has 12 individually 1-ounce-sized portions. The UPC code is 2100002977 and only the packages that have the “Best if Used by” date of November 23, 2012 are being recalled. The expiration date is on the back of the main 12-ounce bag in the lower-right corner. All other Kraft String Cheese is safe to eat.

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