Health & Fitness

Fri
18
Mar
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Tuna Lovers Beware!

Tuna Recall

Scribe: Lucy Osbourne

Email: lucy@thethinkering.com

 

For canned tuna lovers everwhere, I have bad news.  Both Bumble Bee an Chicken of the Sea have released an official Recall.  While no one has reported becoming ill, potential problems exists when cans were improperly sterilized. 

Bumble Bee Foods is pulling more than 30,000 cases while Chickek of the Sea are recalling 2,475 cases so far. 

Canners are asking consumers to check the UPC code found on the top of the can.  Here is what you need to know. 

Chicken of the Sea products include:

Chunk Light Tuna in Oil in 5-ounce cans with the UPC code of 0 4800000195 5, and the "best by" date of 2/10/19. The lot codes for those cans are 6OA3Z SCEES, 6OA3Z SCEES, 6OABZ SCEEB and 6OACZ SCEEB.

Thu
17
Mar
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PlayStaytion VR Headset - Better Late than Never

PlayStation VR Headset

Scribe: N. Tru Bass

Email: ntb@thethinkering.com

 

Sony’s new virtual reality headset is late for the expected launch but will come in at a surprisingly low price point.  Sony’s PlayStation VR headset to goes on sale October, 2016 at a price of $399. US - $100. less than expected by Wall Street. 

A lower price is Sony’s way of bolstering market share an investment that’s making investors smile.   The headset was expected to launch in the first quarter of this year. 

Comparatively, HTC’s Vive comes in at $799.  PlayStation VR, is $200. Less than Facebooks Oculus Rift. 

Wed
16
Mar
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Pain Pill addiction an American Epidemic

Chronic Pain

Scribe: N. Tru Bass

Email: ntb@thethinkering.com

 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is warning American’s about the dangers of taking prescription painkillers for treating common chronic diseases like arthritis. 

Alternative suggestions include physical therapy and over the counter pain medications before turning to painkillers like OxyContin and Percocet. 

Director, Dr. Tom Frieden recently said, "The risks of addiction and death are very well documented for these medications." He continued, "We're trying to chart a safer and more effective course for dealing with chronic pain."

11 percent of the U.S. population suffer from severe or chronic pain.  The National Health Interview Survey says 25.3 million people have experienced some form of pain every day for the past three months. 

Tue
15
Mar
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$6 Million:Henry Family Settles in Officer Shooting of Pace Student

DJ Henry, Pleasantville, NY

Scribe: N. Tru Bass

Email: ntb@thethinkering.com

 

A New York family of a slain college football player has reached a settlement of $6 million.  The city of Pleasantville, New York and Officer Aaron Hess was sued by the family of Danroy Henry Jr.  according to the Henry Family attorney Michael Sussman. 

In the announcement Sussman said, “The Henrys have been clear from the beginning that no monetary settlement could ever replace the deep loss of their beloved son DJ." He continued, While this aspect of their lawsuits has now been resolved, they will continue to deal with their deep loss by focusing on faith, family and the important work of the DJ Henry Dream Fund, which has provided opportunities for thousands of young people and will continue to do so."

Hess as cleared by a grand jury in the incident.   Hess was a white officer and Henry was a Black man. 

Mon
14
Mar
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Study suggests Age Planning Gap lowers Risk of Obesity in Younger Siblings

Fat Kids,

Scribe: Lucy Osbourne

Email: lucy@thethinkering.com

 

A new study from the University of Michigan released a study published in the journal Pediatrics suggesting a planning gap between your children.

The study of obesity risks of approximately 700 kids in the US has yielded the following results.  Children who are four years old at the most when the next siblings are born have a lower risk of obesity.  The incidents were most prominent in children between the age of 3 and 4, with only 5 percent of the population becoming obese when they reach first grade.  In children born after their older sibling passes first grade 13 percent of younger siblings began first grade obese. 

Childhood obesity remains a global threat while one in six kids is diagnosed with obesity. 

Fri
11
Mar
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New Hope for Kidney Transplantees

Kidney

Scribe: N. Tru Bass

Email: ntb@thethinkering.com

 

A new study published this week offer a promise of life to many people on a waiting list for a kidney.  At any given time there are 100,000 Americans are on a waiting list for a kidney donation, requiring a biological match.  20 percent of these people waiting will never find matches and are resigned to dialysis treatment to stay alive. 

Researchers have now found a way to increase the number of people eligible for an immediate transplant through a process called desensitization.  The process changes the transplanted patient’s immune system to lessen the possibility of the body rejecting the new organ. 

Thu
10
Mar
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First Uterus transplat in the U.S. Failed

Uterus Transplant

Scribe: N. Tru Bass

Email: ntb@thethinkering.com

 

The Thinkering reported the first uterus transplant in the U.S. on Monday; today we report that transplant has failed.   The Cleveland Clinic said on Wednesday, doctors had removed the organ due to health concerns. 

The 26-year-old woman who received the transplant on 24 February was reportedly doing well during a Monday news conference with the doctors who performed the surgery.   On Tuesday the woman identified as Lindsey suffered a sudden complication that required surgical removal of the uterus according to the hospital.  No additional information was provided about the complication.

In a statement, Lindsey said of her doctors, [they] “acted very quickly to ensure my health and safety. Unfortunately I did lose the uterus to complications. However, I am doing okay and appreciate all of your prayers and good thoughts.”

Wed
09
Mar
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White Bread causing Lung Cancer?

White Bread

Scribe: Samuel Otis

Email: Samuel@thethinkering.com

 

In the United States more than 150,000 people are expected to die from lung cancer this year.  Lung cancer is also the second most common cancer in both men and women in this country.  According to a new study it’s not always smoking that causes the deadly disease. 

Dr. Stephanie Melkonian, of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center said, 'We observed a 49 per cent increased risk of lung cancer among subjects with the highest daily GI compared to those with the lowest daily GI.'

Her new study suggests carbohydrates may be bad for your lungs.  Specifically, foods with a high glycemic index, like white bread or bagels, puffed rice and corn flakes could increase the risk of lung cancer.  Non-smokers account for 12 percent of those who succumb to lung cancer in America annually. 

Tue
08
Mar
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Uterus Transplant Offers hope to millions

Uterus

Scribe: Lucy Osbourne

Email: lucy@thethinkering.com

 

The first experimental uterus transplant has been competed at the Cleveland Clinic Hospital in Weston, Florida in late February.  In less than one day on the waiting list a Texas woman got the call saying a match had been found. 

Dr. Andreas Tzakis, the director of solid organ transplantation at the hospital said, “I really considered it an act of God.” And continued, “I was shocked.”  The 26-year-old transplantee is a Texan only releasing her first name, Lindsey.   On Monday she said, “I have prayed that God would allow me the opportunity to experience pregnancy, and here we are at the beginning of that journey,”

The surgery represents hope for women who are interested in having children but have been diagnosed with uterus issues preventing conception. 

Uterus Transplant

Mon
07
Mar
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Jimmy Carter Cancer Free

Jimmy Carter

Scribe: Lucy Osbourne

Email: lucy@thethinkering.com

 

Former United States President Jimmy Carter, 91, says he no longer needs cancer drug treatment.  Six months ago Carter announced he was diagnosed with melanoma that spread to his brain and liver.  In his hometown of Plains, Georgia he announce on Sunday during Sunday school class that he no longer had a problem with cancer. 

The former president who was elected in 1976, smiled after the audience applauded post his announcement.  Carters doctors will continue to perform scans to ensure cancer cells have not returned, but for now so far so good. 

His treatment included radiation therapy and doses of an immune boosting drug for about six months.   

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