Saturated Fats Linked to Lower Sperm Count
Plus: Blind mice get their site back; breast pump shortage because of Obamacare and more headlines.
Completely blind mice have had their sight restored by injections of light-sensing cells into the eye. Researchers at the Universty of Oxford¬†published research in the journal Nature showing that transplanting cells could restore vision in night-blind mice and then showed the same technique worked in a range of mice with degenerated retinas. The researchers said their studies closely resemble the treatments that would be needed in people with degenerative eye disease.¬†Similar results have already been achieved with night-blind mice. [BBC News]
Speaking of being blind, according to a new survey by¬†the¬†Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, few Americans¬†realize other conditions including cancer, arthritis, sleep apnea, and infertility are tied to having excess weight. About one-quarter of people think it’s possible for someone to be very overweight and still healthy. We’d be¬†surprised, but aren’t,¬†especially¬†when every major news¬†outlet¬†in the country (except¬†us,¬†because¬†it is so ridiculous) reported last week on the small, unconfirmed 2005 study that overweight people live¬†longer,¬†which is now being called complete “rubbish“. [CBS News]
Fellas, you might want to stay away from meats and cheese. A new danish study¬†linked saturated fats to a lower sperm counts. Danish men who ate the most saturated fats had a 38 percent lower concentration of sperm and 41 percent lower sperm counts in their semen than those who ate the less fat.¬†Danish men who were about 20 years old and getting checkups for the military between 2008 and 2010, were used for the study.¬†About¬†701 were tested.¬†They were asked about the food they ate over the prior three months, and then asked for a semen sample. [Reuters]
Breast pumps are out-of-stock across the country due to Obamacare. One part of the new law¬†requires insurance companies to cover breast pumps and visits to lactation consultants at no cost to the patient. Thirty-one states already require Medicaid, for the low-income, to cover breast pumps. According to the¬†Washington¬†Post, retailers like¬†New Hampshire Pharmacy and Medical Equipment, a supplier based in Washington D.C, are selling them quicker than they can stock them. [Washington¬†Post]
Prevent red wine stains on your teeth with these two (sort of) helpful tools. We say sort-of¬†because¬†would you really use a “wine straw” in public? The wipes are a little more discreet. [Health]
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