High-fructose corn syrup and contaminated pork: In health news today

Nov. 28, 2012, 9:55 a.m.

A new analysis found that much of the pork tested in the nation's grocery stores contain high levels of a bacterium that causes food poisoning. (nutmeg66/Flickr Creative Commons)

In today's health news on chronic conditions:

KPCC reports on a study which found that people who live in nations that use high-fructose corn syrup in its foods and beverages had a rate of type 2 diabetes that was 20 percent higher than nations that don't use the refined sweetener.

– Single-child mothers who develop preeclampsia during their pregnancy are more likely to die of heart disease later in their life than women with multiple children who developed the condition during their first pregnancy, says HealthDay. Preeclampsia is a condition in which an expectant mother develops high blood pressure and protein in her urine during the second half of her pregnancy.

On exercise:

– Forgetting something? According to KPCC, a new study has found that older adults can immediately improve their memories through bouts of brief, moderately vigorous exercise.

– Folks with high cholesterol should do two things to reduce their risk of dying, says HealthDay: Take statins (medication) and exercise. That'll reduce mortality risk by up to 70 percent.

On kids:

– As late as children may seem to stay up, HealthDay has news on an analysis which found that America's kids do seem to be getting enough sleep.

– In what researchers called "noteworthy, but nevertheless unsurprising," they found a high incidence of trauma symptoms in children that had been bullied. The study appeared in the Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology.

– Sibling rivalries may be fun to watch, but new research appearing in the Journal of Adolescent Health suggests that "negative sibling relationships" are linked to aggressive and antisocial behaviors later in life. Healthy sibling relationships, however, can mean a better-adjusted person down the road.

On drugs and toxins:

– Pork-lovers beware: The Los Angeles Times has news on a report which found that much of the pork tested in the nation's grocery stores contained high levels of a bacterium that causes food poisoning – and that many samples were antibiotic-resistant.

Reuters has news on a study which found that patients with an irregular heart rhythm who were prescribed a drug called digoxin were more likely to die within several years, although the results have been criticized as not sufficiently compelling to warrant a change in treatment methods.

– You may be sitting on a couch right now, and if you are, you should know that according to U.S. News & World Report, many couches sold in the U.S. contain toxic flame retardant chemicals that have been linked with cancer, hormone disruption and brain damage.

The Guardian reports on a federal ruling which orders tobacco companies who denied that they lied about the dangers of smoking to the American public for decades to spend their own money on an advertising campaign saying they did lie.

And finally:

– New research in Academic Medicine says medical students who choose careers in primary care will have trouble paying off their debt unless they consider alternative repayment strategies.

– Social media may be the answer to stopping illness from spreading, says a new study in Scientific Reports – researchers believe the "revolution in communication and information technology" could "be used to develop an even more robust preventative society against infectious diseases." (Press release)

– Hate cooking vegetables? If so, you may want to consider the findings of a new study appearing in Public Health Nutrition, which says serving vegetables with dinner means the main course would be perceived to taste better and the preparer would be perceived to be a better cook.

Photo by nutmeg66 via Flickr Creative Commons.

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