Health Updates 1 August 2011

  • New federal debt deal includes cuts to medical providers on Medicare services: “Additionally, Medicare, the popular health program for seniors, would face a cap on expenditures.  White House officials said Democrats had succeeded in writing the provisions so the cuts would be limited to 2% and would not hit Medicare beneficiaries, but would instead reduce payments to doctors, hospitals and other providers of Medicare services.” (LA Times)
  • Colon detox not supported by science: Colon cleansing has no evidence to support its use, and can lead to pain, vomiting, and fatal infections, according to a new report….Colon cleansing has been practiced since antiquity as a means of enhancing health through ridding the body of toxins.  These procedures are similar to enemas, except that volumes in excess of 50 liters sometimes are used, and the procedure may be done repeatedly.  The liquids used often contain herbal extracts such as cat’s claw, burdock, and milk thistle, or other substances such as coffee, enzymes and probiotics.”  The report went on to say that practitioners often had minimal credentials and “outlined three cases of colon cleansing sessions that led to adverse outcomes.  They also scanned published literature on colon cleansing and found case reports of air embolism, septicemia and fatal parasitic infections.” (Nancy Walsh, MedPage Today)
  •  Study finds chewing more can reduce calories taken in: “Chewing food 40 times instead of a typical 15 times caused study participants to eat nearly 12% fewer calories, according to results published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.” (Reuters)
  • Sweetened drinks boost heart disease risk: “Beverages sweetened with fructose or high-fructose corn syrup can worsen cardiovascular risk factors, even in the young and healthy, researchers have found.  When these types of drinks accounted for at least a quarter of a person’s daily calories over two weeks, there were significant increases in triglycerides, LDL cholesterol and apolipoprotein B (apoB) concentrations that weren’t seen with glucose….The findings may have implications for current US dietary guidelines, which suggest limiting added sugar intake to 25% of total energy per day, the researchers said, noting that the American Heart Association recommends an even smaller cap on added sugars at just 5% of daily energy.” (Kristina Fiore, MedPage Today)

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