Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Gluttony is bad for you...who knew?

CHICAGO (AP) — The largest study of its kind finds that older Americans who eat large amounts of red meat and processed meats face a greater risk of death from heart disease and cancer.

The federal study of more than half a million men and women bolsters prior evidence of the health risks of diets laden with red meat like hamburger and processed meats like hot dogs, bacon and cold cuts.
Of course, there is the little detail about "how much exercise" the test subject participates in presently, and in the past (shaping the metabolism). There is mention of acknowledgment to family medical history and genetic inevitability, but no details. As in determining a subject's diet, they probably relied on the testee's memory (ahem...elderly test subject alert). But, over all...this is damn good news for the folks up in Washington State and Oregon.

Washington’s Physician-Assisted Suicide Law Takes Effect

The physician-assisted suicide law that goes into effect today in Washington State allows hospitals and doctors to refuse to participate, creating a difficult decision for those who deal with end-of-life care.
On a separate note...we all die. Some of us will do so with a smile. Others will be holding a handful of bean sprouts and rice cakes.