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Study deflates notion that pear-shaped bodies more healthy than apples: Abnormal proteins from buttock fat linked to metabolic syndrome

Study deflates notion that pear-shaped bodies more healthy than apples: Abnormal proteins from buttock fat linked to metabolic syndrome | this curious life | Scoop.it
People who are "apple-shaped" -- with fat more concentrated around the abdomen -- have long been considered more at risk for conditions such as heart disease and diabetes than those who are "pear-shaped" and carry weight more in the buttocks, hips...
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Genital injuries send thousands to emergency care each year: study: MedlinePlus

Genital injuries send thousands to emergency care each year:

 

'The types of injuries [also] differed by age and sex. Men were injured the most, accounting for about two thirds of the emergency room visits.

 

Sporting items were the most common cause of injuries among people of all ages. These included bicycles as well as basketball, soccer, football and baseball equipment.

 

Breyer said one example of damage from a sporting item is people falling forward on their bicycles and landing on the center bar. Padding or cushioning could help avoid injuries.'

 

.....................why don't they just remove the bar??????

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18 Health Tricks to Teach Your Body

18 Health Tricks to Teach Your Body | this curious life | Scoop.it
Eating
10 hot dogs in 6 minutes and belching the national anthem may impress your
friends, but neither of those feats will do much for your body—at least not
much good.
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Study highlights healthcare failings - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Study highlights healthcare failings - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) | this curious life | Scoop.it
A landmark study has found serious shortfalls in the standard of healthcare for patients visiting GPs and local hospitals.

 

"The proportion of best practice care across these 22 conditions to Australian patients is 57 per cent; a little over half the care delivered is best practice in line with international and national evidence," he said.

Professor Braithwaite says the quality of care received by the remaining 43 per cent of patients varied significantly.

"Some care would be just a little bit out of date, maybe you're getting version two of a drug, not version three, and some care that really isn't what we would like, it's below standard," he said.

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Smart technologies for older people

Smart technologies for older people:
a systematic literature review of smart technologies that promote health and wellbeing of older people living at home

 

"Smart technologies are available to enhance safety, security and surveillance. Despite major investments by governments and industry partners to devise these technologies, their translation to use by older Australians has arguably been fragmented and uptake is still currently low. The roll out of the National Broadband Network offers a unique opportunity to link Australians with state-of-the-art technologies with the potential to improve health, well being and quality of life."

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Americans Under 50 Fare Poorly on Health Measures, New Report Says

Americans Under 50 Fare Poorly on Health Measures, New Report Says | this curious life | Scoop.it
Younger Americans die earlier and live in poorer health than their counterparts in 16 other developed countries, according to a new analysis of health and longevity in the United States.
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Preventing over-diagnosis: how to stop harming the healthy

Preventing over-diagnosis: how to stop harming the healthy | this curious life | Scoop.it

OVER-DIAGNOSIS EPIDEMIC – In the first instalment of a ten-part series Ray Moynihan outlines the growing problem of over-diagnosis.If you haven’t heard much yet about the problem of over-diagnosis ......…...

 

'To put it simply, over-diagnosis happens when people are diagnosed with diseases or conditions that won’t actually harm them. It happens because some screening programs can detect “cancers” that will never kill, because sophisticated diagnostic technologies pick up “abnormalities” that will remain benign, and because we are routinely widening the definitions of disease to include people with milder symptoms, and those at very low risk.'

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Which are the laziest countries on earth?

Which are the laziest countries on earth? | this curious life | Scoop.it
Which countries have the world's least physically active populations?

 

As the Olympics approach the UK finds that it is the third laziest country in Europe based on measures of inactivity.

 

As one wit comments - 'we're too lazy to even be the world's laziest country!!'

 

US, Canada and Australia not so different.

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We Evolved To Eat Meat, But How Much Is Too Much? : NPR

We Evolved To Eat Meat,  But How Much Is Too Much? : NPR | this curious life | Scoop.it
Scientists agree we evolved to eat meat, but some of us may be pushing the limits of consumption. Paleo diet enthusiasts believe meals should be more like early man's, but modern doctors disagree.
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Social Media Use Among Disadvantaged Australians

The ability to access information and communication technologies (ICTs), particularly via the Internet and mobile phones, is increasingly vital to full participation in economic, social, and political life.

 

'If services require consumers to participate in a digitally-mediated communication exchange, then we suggest they might support skills and technology acquisition, or provide non-ICT alternatives, in order to avoid exacerbating health inequities.'

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