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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