Friday, August 18, 2017

A Star Danced

"there was a star danced, and under that I was born."--Billy Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing

Instant Karma?

DELANO (AP) — A California man attending a cockfight has died after being stabbed in the leg by a bird that had a knife attached to its own limb.
The Kern County coroner says 35-year-old Jose Luis Ochoa was declared dead at a hospital about two hours after he suffered the injury in neighboring Tulare County on Jan. 30.
An autopsy concluded Ochoa died of an accidental “sharp force injury” to his right calf.
Sheriff’s spokesman Ray Pruitt says it’s unclear if a delay in seeking medical attention contributed to Ochoa’s death. Tulare officials are investigating, and no arrests were made at the cockfight.
Cockfighting is a sport, illegal in the United States, in which specially bred roosters are put into a ring and encouraged to fight until one is incapacitated or killed.
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My Chat with A Baby Elephant

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Tsunami of Obesity

Scientists warn of 'tsunami of obesity' as Western lifestyles spread across the globe
By Jeremy Laurance, Health Editor

The spread of Western fast food was blamed as the tiny Pacific nation of Nauru was named as the fattest in the world. Its average Body Mass Index is between 34 and 35, 70 per cent higher than in some countries in South-east Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.
More than one in 10 of the world's population is obese – more than half a billion adults – and rates have doubled since 1980. The biggest increases are in the richer nations but almost every country has seen rates rise.
Only Bangladesh, the Democratic Republic of Congo and a few countries in sub-Saharan Africa and east and south Asia have escaped the rise. Yet even in these regions neighbouring countries have had widely differeing experiences. The women of Southern Africa are among the fattest in the world.
The rise is being driven by increasing urbanisation, the growth of sedentary, office-based lifestyles and the substitution of Western-style fast foods for traditional diets. Researchers from Imperial CollegeLondon and McMaster University in Canada, writing in The Lancet, describe it as a "tsunami of obesity that will eventually affect all regions of the world".
In its wake comes an epidemic of heart disease and stroke, linked with high blood pressure and raised cholesterol levels. Remarkably, high-income countries such as the US and UK have managed to avoid this, by reducing blood pressure and cholesterol with drugs and dietary changes, such as reducing salt and fats. Smoking too, one of the key causes of heart disease, has fallen. (Japan is an exception where historically low cholesterol levels, associated with the nation's high consumption of fish, have risen to levels seen in western Europe, as the Japanese adopt a Western diet.)
But in middle and low-income countries the outlook is "dismal". "Considering all risk-factor trends together, the forecast for cardiovascular disease burden... comprises a population emergency that will cost tens of millions of preventable deaths, unless rapid and widespread actions are taken by governments and health care systems woldwide," the researchers say.
Treating the consequences of the obesity explosion with drugs will create an "unsustainable financial burden" in these countries and there is an "urgent need" to understand why unhealthy behaviours are adopted by both individuals and communities.
With an increasing trend towards globalisation and urbanisation, the problem is likely to get worse rather than better. "Ironically the economic growth of low-income and middle- income countries is now threated by the projected cardiovascular disease epidemic," they say.
Citing the noted British epidemiologist Geoffrey Rose, the authors say: "Mass disease and mass exposures require mass remedies. Mass remedies require the masses to be part of the solution."
The world obesity map
Fastest growing: US
The US saw the biggest rise in BMI of all developed nations between 1980 and 2008, more than 1kg a decade. Increasingly sedentary occupations, less walking and cycling, more driving in cars and rising consumption of fast foods and sugary drinks are behind the rise which affects all high-income countries.
Slimming down: Italy
Italy is the only high-income country in Europe where BMI declined - for women, from 25.2 to 24.8. Even among men, Italy saw one of the smallest increases. The classic Mediterranean diet - pasta, vegetables and fruit - is one of the healthiest in the world.
Fattening up: UK
The UK has the sixth highest BMI in Europe for women and the ninth highest for men (both around 27). The rate of increase has been second only to the US for men. One in four men and one in three women is overweight and about 12 million are obese.
South America's biggest: Chile
Chile with an average BMI of 27.0 for men and 27.9 for women, was the heaviest country in southern Latin America. The scale of increase in obesity in southern Latin America is second only to the US among men and ranks fifth among women. Rates of obesity soared in Chile with the end of its dictatorship in 1990 and a surge in fast food restaurants and some critics are now calling for a junk food tax to be imposed.
World's thinnest: Bangladesh
Bangladesh is the world's thinnest nation, with an average BMI of 20.5 for women and 20.4 for men. Rice is the staple diet and millions go without enough to eat. More than half of children - more than 9 million - are underweight and have stunted growth.
Fattest on earth: Nauru
Nauru is the world's fattest country, with an average BMI of 34 to 35. Located in the south Pacific it is the smallest island nation, with a population of less than 10,000. Obesity has grown as a result of the importation of Western foods paid for with proceeds from phosphate mining. The most popular dish is fried chicken and cola.

The Wisdom of Voltaire

"Men argue, Nature acts."--Francois Voltaire

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Clown about Town


A Challenge Worth Fighting For -- Childhood Obesity

Fighting childhood obesity: A challenge that's worth it

Dr. Goutham Rao, clinical director of the Weight Management and Wellness Center at Children's Hospital in Pittsburgh, talks with Malik Snell, 12, at his first doctor's visit. At right is Malik's mother, Denise. 
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Dr. Goutham Rao, clinical director of the Weight Management and Wellness Center at Children's Hospital in Pittsburgh, talks with Malik Snell, 12, at his first doctor's visit. At right is Malik's mother, Denise.
PITTSBURGH -- Two years ago, when Denise Snell's family physician told her that her son Malik should lose weight and referred her to a specialist, she brushed the idea off.
"We hesitated," said Snell, of Pittsburgh. "We thought we could make it on our own."
Malik, now 12, stands 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs about 145 pounds. He is not the kind of boy one would think to describe as obese; big-boned seems more appropriate.
Yet his statistics put him just over the 95th percentile for his age -- high enough to tip him into the category.
It's difficult for parents to admit their child is obese, said Dr. Goutham Rao, who directs the Weight Management and Wellness Center at Children's Hospital in Pittsburgh, which treats 2,000 overweight children annually.
Rao estimated that only half of all parents who are told their child should lose weight will eventually cooperate.
In Malik's case, his physician continued to push. And then sent his school a letter. (In Pennsylvania, schools are required to provide regular body mass index reports.)
Finally his family decided it was time to schedule an appointment.
The Snells' struggle is not unusual. Fourteen percent of children ages 2 to 5, 19 percent of children ages 6 to 11, and 17 percent of children ages 12 to 19 are clinically obese.
Last year, in an effort to solve the dilemma that U.S. Surgeon General Steven Galson has called "a national catastrophe," the American Medical Association convened a panel of experts who designed a series of guidelines to combat childhood obesity.
This week, that panel, of which Rao was a member, released its findings. It provided five main recommendations: limit consumption of sweetened beverages, restrict fast food intake, eat dinner as a family, reduce "screen time" in front of the television or computer, and engage in physical activity for at least one hour per day.
On face, most of the advice is common sense: eat right and exercise. But for many families, the changes constitute nothing less than lifestyle upheaval.
"The recommendations are easy to make," said Dr. William H. Dietz, director of the Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity at the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which co-funded the study. "The challenge is implementing those recommendations."
For a physician, the most difficult step is often identifying and communicating the problem.
While current protocol discourages using the word "obese" to describe children, the panel concluded that practice creates confusion.
"It's much clearer for parents if you say, 'Your child actually suffers from obesity, they need to lose weight,'" said Rao. "They understand what that means." On the other hand, current terminology like "at risk for becoming overweight" can be easy to dismiss.
For a parent, the most difficult step is making habits that stick.
Dr. Prapti Kanani, who runs the childhood obesity clinic at Pittsburgh's Allegheny General Hospital, said physicians must talk to parents about concrete solutions that will work for them.
"The first thing I tell parents to do is pack lunch," she said. For a working parent, "that's always hard."
"We don't advocate changing everything overnight," said Rao, who met with the Snells for the first time this week.
After three hours of evaluations, Malik and his mother left armed with knowledge of how to tackle weight loss, including an extensive list of goals.
Malik, who said he plays a lot of video games, will cut his time in front of the console in half, and he will sleep more; he gets in bed around 2 or 3 a.m., but now he's aiming for 11 p.m. He also will eat breakfast regularly and exercise four days a week, supplementing two days of Tae Kwon Do practice.
Malik's goals are part of a long-term strategy to focus on behavior, not weight.
"Clearly the historical paradigm where providers suggest to patients that they make this change and that change is not going to work," said Dr. Dietz. Instead, physicians need to "tie issues about weight ... to more fundamental values."

Unethical ethics

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Elvis Aaron Presley...Gone but Never Forgotten

I Love Mountains
Dear Joe,
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Here's what you can do to make sure your voice is heard and your vote is counted:
  1. Be sure you're registered: If you're not registered to vote in your state, you can register at the non-partisan Rock the Vote website or by Googling "register to vote in [your state]." Be sure to do this by Monday, October 6th: That's the last day to register in 19 states!
  2. Plan to vote early: While Election Day is November 4th, we recommend you vote early, if your state allows it. Voting early is beneficial because it means you can vote when it's convenient for you-- often on a Saturday and Sunday. And if there's a problem with your registration, in many states you can re-register on the spot with proper ID.
  3. Know the candidates: Civic groups in most states have teamed up and put together non-partisan voter guides. Google "non-partisan voter guide in [your state]" to find information about your state, local, and federal candidates.
Don't forget to bring a friend when you vote! Talk to your friends and family about the issues that concern you, and bring at least one friend with you to the polls. And encourage your friends today to make sure they are registered to vote.
We hope that you will make your voice heard in this historic election.
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Revising 60's Hits

Revising 60's hits
Some of the artists of the 60's are revising their hits with new lyrics to accommodate aging baby boomers.
They include:
Bobby Darin ---
Splish, Splash, I Was Havin' a Flash.
Herman's Hermits ---
Mrs. Brown, You've Got a Lovely Walker .
Ringo Starr ---
I Get By With a Little Help From Depends.

The Bee Gees -- -
How Can You Mend a Broken Hip.
Roberta Flack---
The First Time Ever I Forgot Your Face.
Johnny Nash ---
I Can't See Clearly Now.
Paul Simon---
Fifty Ways to Lose Your Liver
The Commodores ---
Once, Twice. Three time, to the Bathroom.
Marvin Gaye ---
Heard It Through the Grape Nuts.
Procol Harem---
A Whiter Shade of Hair.
Leo Sayer ---
You Make Me Feel Like Napping.
The Temptations ---
Papa's Got a Kidney Stone.
Denture Queen.
Tony Orlando ---
Knock 3 Times On The Ceiling If You Hear Me Fall.
Helen Reddy --- I Am Woman, Hear Me Snore.

Leslie Gore--- It's My Procedure, and I'll Cry If I Want To.

And Last but NOT least:

Willie Nelson --- On the Commode Again

Justicia Omnibus

"Truth is incontrovertible, ignorance can deride it, panic may resent it,
malice may destroy it, but there it is."-- Winston Churchill

It takes all kinds...