In Yakima, Washington, the head of the Washington State Potato Commission went on an all-potato diet for 60 days to draw attention to federal proposals to bar or limit potatoes in some food and meal programs. Since carbohydrates have become nutria non grata in conventional nutrition wisdom, and potatoes are packed with them, the humble apple of the earth has received a bad reputation, for being a contributor to weight gain and diabetes. But are potatoes really that bad for you? What happened to the man on the 60-day spud diet?
Curious about your body fat percentage? According to the American College of Sports Medicine, when performed by a trained, skilled tester, skinfold measurements of body fat are up to 98% accurate. So, it's important to find a qualified expert to do it. The accuracy of these tests also depend upon the type of calipers being used and a person's level of hydration at the time of the test. How do they perform the test? Click ahead and learn how.
Since 1863, Thanksgiving has been officially observed annually in the United States. We all know the story about the Pilgrims and Native Americans, but Thanksgiving was a regional holiday until the Civil War. Lincoln proclaimed a National Day of Thanksgiving as an attempt at uniting the fractured country, during the bloody Civil War, and trying to heal the intense psychological pains brought on by the destructive conflict. By creating a uniquely American holiday, celebrating all Americans-- North, South, East, and West, foreign born, and native, Lincoln was helping create the American identity as a nation. This creation was far from perfect. In 1863 the Emancipation Proclamation had not freed a single slave in the Union, only in those areas rebelling and Native Americans were already being pushed into a desperate situation.
Despite this, today Thanksgiving is celebrated by all Americans and is interestingly enough, also the kick-off to the Holiday gift giving season. No matter what your family traditions, QuickMedical has several unique gift ideas that might work for the medical professional or anyone in your life.
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In August, 3 million iPhone users downloaded a .99 cent app called iStethoscope. According to creator Peter Bentley, a researcher at University College London, "Smartphones are capable of saving lives, saving money and improving health care in a dramatic fashion." Smartphones can save lives, but probably more often when they are used to dial 911. Why are health professionals unconvinced the iStethoscope can compete with cardiology stethoscopes
November 8, 1895. Late afternoon. Dr. Wilhelm Rontgen sets up an experiment in his Munich lab. He's testing the different kinds of light that escape from different types of recently invented vacuum tubes. He constructs a black cardboard covering and covers the cold vacuum tube, called a Crookes tube, with the cardboard and attaches electrodes to it to generate an electrostatic charge. This is the hadron supercollider of its day. These are the types of experiments which would lead to the discovery of cathode rays, the electron, and the idea of particles smaller than atoms. Rontgen darkens the room to test the opacity of his cardboard cover. Then he notices a faint shimmering from a bench about three feet away. What was it?
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration released a report on Thursday that around 20 % of Americans, or 1 in 5, suffer from some form of mental illness.
"Too many Americans are not getting the help they need and opportunities to prevent and intervene early are being missed," Pamela Hyde, the administraton's head, said in a statement.
The Great American Smokeout is an annual event held on the third Thursday of November in the United States encouraging Americans to stop tobacco smoking.
The American Cancer Society held its first Smokeout in 1977. The event challenges people to stop smoking cigarettes for 24 hours.
Over 45 million people smoke tobacco in the United States, and smoking has been found to be a cause of hypertension, diabetes, lung cancer, and other chronic lung conditions. Throw out the cigarettes today, and try to stay away from them for the rest of the year. You might end up kicking the habit.
I've never played Sudoku. I understand it's a popular game, but I don't understand how to play-- there are boxes and numbers and matching and it really confuses me. People have taught me how to play, but it flies over my head. I can't play Sudoku. Scientists, however, have created a strain of E.coli bacteria that can.
As people get older, they can develop a resistance to insulin, setting their blood glucose levels off-kilter. This is Type 2 Diabetes. Often caused by genetic factors, Type 2 diabetes can be exacerbated by high sugar, high fat diets and a lack of exercise. 23% of all people over 60 have diabetes. Diabetes was the seventh leading cause of death listed on U.S. death certificates in 2006. There are 21 million Type 2 diabetics. Complications of the disorder include cardiovascular disease, kidney failure, stroke, peripheral nerve damage and blindness. By the time symptoms for diabetes become present, the insulin resistance can be managed, but cannot be cured. If doctors could predict who would develop Type 2 diabetes, those individuals could make important lifestyle changes and potentially avoid the disease, by postponing it indefinitely. Genetics play a large part in Type 1 diabetes, which is present at birth. The genetic causes of Type 2 diabetes are now being discovered by British researchers.
Vaccinations have been a source of controversy since they were invented in the late 18th century. Vaccinations can often cause side effects, and even today the science of the immune system is not fully understood. Consequently, there have been a variety of movements against vaccinations. Mass vaccinations have almost eradicated deadly diseases like smallpox and polio. But some researchers believe these mass vaccinations have caused more harm than good. Some even believe there are sinister motives behind the medical establishment performing the vaccinations. In 1976, Guillain-Barre Syndrome, a rare autoimmune disease appeared in 10 per one million individuals who had received a swine flu immunization. Was it the vaccine that caused the syndrome? Let's separate the fact and fiction and solve the mystery of Guillain-Barre Syndrome.