On our Lab Notes page CalorieLab’s editors select and rank the day’s essential health news items in real time. Readers can suggest, vote and comment on items. Below are brief summaries of this past week’s (February 16, 2013 through February 23, 2013) Lab Notes items. To see today’s items, visit Lab Notes.
Flu vaccine largely ineffective in those 65+ says CDC of this year’s flu season.
Reducing delirium in hospital patients improves recovery time and mental condition.
People who like to grumble about how coffee used to cost just a quarter a cup will be delighted by Burger King’s new promotion.
Drug overdose deaths are up for the 11th consecutive year, says CDC.
The body’s circadian clock is linked with obesity diabetes and heart disease, finds a new study.
Sourdough bread, which has an extra fermentation step above yeast fermentation, resists mold much better than conventionally leavened bread, and now researchers at the University of Alberta, Edmonton better understand why.
A female employee at the KFC on North Roan Street in Johnson City, Tennessee, was fired for posing for a photo of showing her about to lick mashed potatoes that had been shaped into a mound.
Guests at Cecil Hotel in Los Angeles received some news that’s tough to swallow: They’ve been showering, brushing their teeth and drinking water from a tank which contained a decaying body for more than two weeks.
A study of 85,000 Norwegian children finds that women who take folic acid before and during early pregnancy are 40% less likely to have a baby later diagnosed with autism. Doctors recommend childbearing women take 400 micrograms of the B vitamin daily.
Caffeine consumption during pregnancy is linked to longer gestation, lower birth weight.
A second “unofficial spokesman” for the notoriously unhealthy Heart Attack Grill, home of “Double Bypass Burgers,” has died, the victim of a heart attack suffered in front of the restaurant. A previous, 575-pound Grill spokesman died suddenly in 2011.
A study of the top 10 nations in video game purchases per capita found no correlation between the popularity of gaming and the rate of gun-related murders, with the U.S., just 8th in game consumption, having 6-10 times the gun murder rate of the others.
Beware of some beauty product claims, says new research that finds an anti-aging ingredient to be ineffective.
Excessive childhood TV watching leads to antisocial and criminal behavior, says new study.
Al Roker was teased in high school for his similarities to Bill Cosby’s Fat Albert character, he reveals in an interview with NPR.
Nestle has found traces of horse DNA in products that contain “beef” from German supplier H.J. Schypke.
Epidemiologists report that while most severe motorcycle injuries and deaths still involve younger riders, the rate for bikers over age fifty soared by 247% between 2001 and 2008, far outpacing upticks in other age groups.
Go ahead and fart in the airplane, say researchers who claim that holding it in can cause problems.
Chubby Checker is suing HP for their app which uses his name as a euphemism for penis size, reports BBC.
(By CalorieLab editors)