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Patient Satisfaction Declines at Hospitals – Personal Finance – Health Care –

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Heart failure patients may avoid readmission if hospitals follow up –

Heart failure patients may avoid readmission if hospitals follow up –

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Interrupting a Nurse Makes Medication Errors More Likely – MSN Health & Fitness – Medications

This article shows why interrupting a nurse at the med cart could be hazardous to your health!  Interrupting a Nurse Makes Medication Errors More Likely – MSN Health & Fitness – Medications.


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Last week I published an interesting post on research into the relationship between genotype and diet.  If I recall correctly, I believe I made the comment that it was the most interesting research on weight that I had seen in a long time.  Hot on its heels is this interesting bit of research out of Emory University, which indicates that germs. . . that’s right, GERMS . . .  in the digestive tract may have something to do with weight gain. While the articles that have appeared in the media over the past few days report some more in-depth findings, this is not the first time we have heard the theory.  Researchers at Washington University in St. Louis introduced us to this theory in 2006.  Which only goes to prove that it’s 2010 . . . over 30 years have gone by since we put a man on the moon . . . but we still don’t know anything for sure about the inner mysteries of the human body!  The encouraging news is that we may finally be trending away from looking at weight management as soley a behavioral issue.

Here are some links to the most recent articles appearing in the last few days about this research at Emory University:

Emory researchers noticed that mice with an altered immune system were fatter than regular mice, and had a collection of disorders — high blood pressure, and cholesterol and insulin problems — called metabolic syndrome, often a precursor of heart disease and diabetes.

Everyone is born with a sterile digestive tract that within days is flooded with bacteria from first foods and the environment. Altered immunity in these mice meant somewhat different bacteria grew in their intestines than in normal rodents — driving bigger appetites, metabolic syndrome and a low-grade inflammation believed key to obesity’s illnesses, Emory associate pathology professor Andrew Gewirtz reported Thursday in the journal Science.

Germs in gut may be to blame for big appetite –

Lest you think the articles you have seen over the past few days are new, here is a link to research done at Washington University in St. Louis and published in Nature journal that suggested a link between germs and fat in 2006!

Obese people have more digestive microbes that are especially efficient at extracting calories from food, the researchers said, and the proportion of these super-digesting organisms ebbs as the people lose weight. Moreover, when the scientists transplanted these bacteria from obese mice into lean mice, the thin animals start getting fat. This provides more support for the provocative theory that the bacteria that populate the intestine play an important role in regulating weight.


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Study: High-fat diets raise stroke risk in women – Yahoo! News

Study: High-fat diets raise stroke risk in women – Yahoo! News.

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The Amazing Power of Cheese

Some turn to prayer. Others turn to state-of-the-art medicine. Lindsey Vonn turned to the power of fromage.

The Olympic favorite has been wrapping her injured shin in an Austrian cheese — topfen — to reduce inflammation.

One former Olympic trainer wasn’t surprised.

“It’s not bizarre at all,” said Ralph Reiff, certified athletic trainer and director of Sports Medicine and Sports Performance for St. Vincent Hospital of Indianapolis, Indiana. “It’s just what athletes at that level do.”

Skier spreads cheese on leg to heal injury –

If that’s not enough of a reason to love cheese . . . here’s an even better one.  A recent study revealed that women who ate an ounce of full-fat cheese daily gained less weight over time than their peers who did not eat the cheese.  This aligns nicely with that whole “French paradox” theory, n’est-ce pas?  Here is a take on the study from Self magazine:

The big wheel

Who knew? Indulging in a little of this dairy dynamo can keep you slim. Here’s your guide to becoming a cheese whiz.

From the

December 2009 Issue

Holy cow! Women who ate an ounce of full-fat cheese daily gained fewer pounds over time than their less-cheesy peers, a study in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition shows. Whole dairy contains conjugated linoleic acid, which may stoke your metabolism. To get more waist-whittling power from your wedge, savor a single-ounce portion (about the size of your thumb) of one of these top picks daily.

Goat cheese

One ounce of this creamy choice contains 76 calories and 6 grams of fat (4 g saturated) and boasts 5 g of filling protein. It’s also a good source of copper, which keeps your immune system humming. Swap out mayo and smear goat cheese on a wrap or mix with chopped nuts and dried fruit for a filling toast topper.


At 111 calories per serving, it seems like a splurge, but Parmesan comes with loads of needed nutrients: A single ounce contains nearly as much bone-building calcium as a glass of milk and 10 g protein—more per ounce than chicken breast. Grate and sprinkle over a bowl of salad greens for a punch of flavor.


It’s easy to warm up to this classic queso: It gets perfectly gooey—not greasy—when heated and has 6 percent more calcium than American cheese. An extra sharp cheddar adds zing to favorite foods like tacos and veggie burgers.

Monterey Jack

Nosh on Monterey Jack and a piece of fruit for a salty-sweet balance of carbs, fiber, protein and fat that can tide you over until your next meal. In the mood for something spicy? Choose pepper Jack cheese, a twist on Monterey Jack that includes hot peppers such as jalepeños. Eat 1 ounce of either to secure about 20 percent of your daily requirement of calcium and 6 g protein for 110 calories.


Good news, lasagna lovers! Even full-fat ricotta is a low-cal wonder: It weighs in at a scant 49 calories and 4 g fat (2 g saturated) per ounce and has the lowest amount of sodium of any cheese out there. For a decadent-tasting dish, toss ricotta with pasta and fresh herbs or stir into jarred tomato sauce for an easy upgrade.


This mellow, firm cheese is versatile enough to go with most deli meats. One slice offers 21 percent of your daily requirement for calcium, along with other bone-building minerals phosphorus and selenium. Layer it on top of lean meat for 100 calories and 7 g fat (5 g saturated).


Net 22 percent of your daily calcium with one serving of this luscious pick. Mozzarella contains 85 calories and 6 g fat (4 g saturated) per ounce. It’s an ideal fit for omelets because it won’t overwhelm the mild flavor of eggs and meshes well with most vegetables. Cheese for breakfast? Yes, please!

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From the Dr. Oz Website: Dangerous Beauty Mineral Powder Warning

Aaaack!  I watched Dr. Oz today during my lunch break, and I was shocked to see that my mineral powder makeup may actually be damaging my lungs.  That loose mineral powder ( swirl swirl, tap tap) that many of us switched to from liquid foundation because it was “natural” can actually cause long-term lung damage!  Today’s episode on “Dangerous Beauty” also contained some warning on face creams and lip gloss, but the mineral powder foundation . . . “so natural you can sleep in it” . . . was the biggest shocker! Here is the bad news about mineral powder:

The Problem with Powder

Mineral makeup is a big trend. Made from minerals such as mica, which are used for industrial purposes as well, these tiny particles are a thousand times smaller than predecessors from even 10 years ago. Their small size makes for a smoother, more flawless look, but it has one serious unintended consequence. The particles are so tiny they fall quickly through the air and can be inhaled easily into your lungs. When construction workers use mica in products such as spackle, they wear masks to protect their lungs from scarring over time. Though there are no studies showing damage from makeup use to date, experts say the long-term use and inhalation of minerals in makeup can lead to inflammation, irritation, and lung disease in women and girls.

 Click on the lipstick to read the entire article on the Dr. Oz website.


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