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Cheers and Jeers

by Laura Jungreis, blogger

Cheers to…

The University of Chicago, for conducting a study that shows that lack of sleep can hinder weight loss.  Subjects in the study ate the same diets and performed the same amount of activity, but one group slept for 8.5 hours each night while the other slept for only 5.5 hours.  The group that slept more hours lost 55% more body fat.  Researchers think it is due to a hormone called ghrelin, which affects appetite and weight.  Read more about the study here.

Daniel R. Levinson, the inspector general at the Department of Health and Human Services, who vows to crack down on drug companies that defy a federal price-reporting law.  Three-fourths of all drug manufacturers have been reporting their numbers late, incompletely or not at all.  As a result, Medicaid overpays for some prescriptions, and rebates become impossible to calculate.  The companies face potential $10,000 a day fines for not reporting their numbers promptly in the future.  Get more details here.

Syracuse University Health Services, who is offering flu vaccines for Syracuse students.  No appointment is necessary!  Bring your student ID to Flanagan Gymnasium on Friday, October 15 anytime between 12 PM – 4 PM.  The injectable formula protects against H1N1 in addition to the seasonal flu.  Get more info at http://flu.syr.edu.

Jeers to…

POM Wonderful, who deceptively advertised its pomegranate juice.  Ads by POM say the juice can prevent and treat prostate cancer, lower arterial plaque, improve blood flow and promote healthy blood vessels.  The Federal Trade Commission has filed a complaint against the company because there seems to be no solid scientific evidence to validate the claims.  The FTC believes consumers are being misled and an official hearing will be held within eight months.  POM Wonderful maintains that the allegations are unwarranted, and that clinical studies support the ads.  Read the FTC’s statement here.

Hinerwadel’s Grove, the local Syracuse Clambake facility, whose clams are suspected to be the cause of sickness for the second time.  Seven people so far have tested positive for Campylobacter, a bacteria that causes gastrointestinal sickness, after eating at Hinderwadel’s.  The number of afflicted is expected to grow.  In 2008, 200 people were ill from the Campylobacter bacteria after a clambake at Hinderwadel’s.  Read the full story.

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