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The American Cancer Society has changed its tune on its long advocated mammogram screening. Instead of frequent mammograms, it is now encouraging less of the sometimes painful procedure.

 

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Health on another level (nycitybeat)

Men can now rest assured that the women in their lives can become as sexually needy as they can become at times. This new controversial pill newly approved by the FDA sends signal to the female brain producing hormones responsible for desires.

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GMO apple will make U.S. industry sick

apples1An apple a day will keep the doctor away—that is until Canada’s genetically modified apple becomes available possibly early next year.

Okanagan Specialty Fruits Inc. is expecting  to receive government approval for production and sales of  Arctic-brand Golden Delicious and Granny Smith apples in Canada and the United States. The apples have been engineered so that browning will not occur when  they are sliced.

The U.S. apple industry are against the GMO Canadian apple not because they are against genetically modified produce, but rather because they believe that this could result in a decline in apple sales.  According to the U.S. Apple Association, value of the 2012 U.S. apple crop was $4 billion to $4.3 billion.

The deadline to sign a petition to tell the USDA to reject GMO apples is today.

FDA says “NO” to Trans-Fats

In November, the United States Food and Drug Administration announced that trans fats in processed foods are not “generally recognized as safe.” Though Americans consumed about 1 gram of trans fat each day during 2012, the FDA wants to eliminate artificial trans fats altogether.

Trans fats  or trans fatty acids are created through an industrial process that adds hydrogen to liquid vegetable oil to make them solid, thereby prolonging their shelf life. Trans fats raise low density proteins or  “bad cholesterol” clogging arteries and forming plaque, which can cause arteriosclerosis or heart blockage.

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Holiday Food= Risks for Poisoning

As the holiday season unfolds, more people are coming down with the stomach flu. While it is common to think that it’s a seasonal bug, it may actually be a case of food poisoning. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention states that 1 in 6 Americans get sick from food poisoning each year. 

The reason behind the food poisoning may be due to the increased handling of food. More food may lead to mishandling through improper cleaning, defrosting and cooking techniques. Storing leftovers may also pose a problem if there isn’t enough room in the fridge, in which storing food in a cooler is a great option–just make sure the cooler constantly stays cool enough for food to not spoil. During a holiday, it isn’t ideal to leave food out on a table for risk of bacteria growing on the food. Leftovers should be refrigerated within two hours of a meal.

Microsoft will stop women from overeating with new stress-detecting bra

UnknownThe latest high-tech bra is bring support system to a new meaning. Microsoft has  developed the prototype of a bra that will monitor stress levels of women in an attempt to help them from emotionally overeating.

Sensors in the bra will monitor hear rate, respiration, and movement, which will then detect the woman’s mood with the help of a smartphone app.  The women who sport this bra will be able to look at how their emotional state corresponds with their eating patterns in hopes that they will not hit the fridge unnecessarily.

Computer scientists at the University of Rochester in New York and the University of Southampton in the U.K.  described that the bra and app will be able to intervene when readings show the woman is bored, based on readings that show she tends to eat when she is bored. They do not say how the app plans to intervene.

NYC Hospital Execs Discuss Emergency Strategies

Executives from hospitals in NYC and across the country gathered at the U.S News Hospital of Tomorrow Forum in Washington D.C. to discuss hospital strategies during emergencies such as Hurricane Sandy and the Boston Marathon bombing.

Anthony Shorris, Chief of Staff at N.Y.U. Langone Medical Center described the damage caused by Sandy: “Within about an hour, 15 million gallons of contaminated water came into the basement of the hospital. The water was of such force that it bent metal doors and toppled bricks and other things that had been put in place, and crashed from building to the next — the basements are all interconnected. It began to knock out infrastructure for the hospital, eventually leaving the hospital without power or light.”

To watch the forum yourself, check out the embedded video above. For a more detailed account of how the NYC hospital system is recovering from Hurricane Sandy, click here.