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Meat Linked To Weight Gain: Study
Reducing the amount of meat you eat may help you control your
weight, according to U.K. researchers.
They studied nearly 400,000 European adults and found that
eating meat was associated with weight gain, even when people
consumed the same amount of calories,
BBC News reported.
Processed meats such as ham and sausages had the strongest link
with weight gain, said the Imperial College London researchers.
They said their findings suggest that high-protein diets may not
help people lose or control weight in the long term, and reinforce
public health messages urging people to reduce their meat
BBC News reported.
The study appears in the
American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
Many States Cutting Programs For Elderly And Disabled
Budget deficits have led many states to slash home-care services
for the elderly and the disabled, such as housekeeping, meal
deliveries and assistance for family caregivers.
The cuts threaten to reverse the long-term trend of helping
extend the number of years people can stay in their homes,
The New York Times reported.
Since the recession began, at least 25 states and the District
of Columbia have curbed home-care services for the elderly and
disabled, according to a research group called the Center on Budget
and Policy Priorities.
Among the reductions in service:
- Alabama cut housekeeping services for more than 1,000 elderly
- Meals on Wheels in Illinois stopped accepting new clients
because the group wasn't being reimbursed by the state.
- Last year, Florida put 69,000 people on waiting lists for home
or community services and 5,700 of them ended up in Medicaid
- Arizona reduced independent living supports and respite
programs for family caregivers.
- In the next year, Kansas will cut independent living services
for 2,800 people with disabilities.
"The situation is grim, and its safe to say that present trends are expected to continue," said JoAnn Lamphere, the director of state government relations for health and long-term care for AARP, told The Times. "Nearly every state has proposed cuts of some sort to Medicaid. Some might seem small, but it's death by a thousand slashes."
Magic Johnson, Jacques Chirac Join UNAIDS HIV Prevention
Former NBA star Magic Johnson and a number of other big names
have been selected to serve on a UNAIDS panel meant to boost
worldwide efforts to prevent the spread of HIV.
The other members include former nuclear agency head Mohamed
ElBaradai, former French president Jacques Chirac, Nobel laureates
scientists Francoise Barre-Sinoussi, and Facebook co-founder Chris
Associated Press reported.
The panel's objective is to achieve a "prevention revolution" by
influencing policymakers and others, according to UNAIDS chief
Michel Sidibe. The panel was announced Wednesday at an AIDS
conference in Vienna, Austria.
More than 7,000 new HIV infections occur worldwide every day,
Cost of Employer-Provided Health Insurance Up 54% Since 2000
Between 2000 and 2009, the average annual premium for family
health coverage provided by employers increased about 54 percent,
from an average of $8,437 (adjusted for inflation) to $13,027, says
a new U.S. government report.
During that time, the average yearly premium for single plan
coverage rose 41 percent, from $3,308 to $4,669, according to the
News and Numbers from the Agency for Healthcare Research and
The analysis of data from the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey
- Half of the 59 million workers enrolled in employer-sponsored
health plans had single coverage, 30.5 percent had family coverage,
and nearly one-fifth had employee-plus-one coverage, which covers
the worker plus one family member for a lower premium than full
- Among the 10 largest states, New York had the highest average
premiums, ranging from $13,757 for family plans to $5,121 for
single coverage. Ohio had the lowest average premiums, ranging from
$11,870 for family coverage to $4,261 for single coverage.
- Average annual worker contributions to premiums were $3,474 for
family coverage (26.7 percent of the total cost), $2,363 for
employee-plus-one coverage (26.1 percent of the total cost), and
$957 for single coverage (20.5 percent of the total cost).
- About 21 percent of workers with single coverage, 11 percent
with family coverage, and 10 percent with employee-plus-one
coverage paid nothing toward their health insurance premium.