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Medical History
This week in 1897, Dr. John Kellogg served the world’s first cornflakes to his patients at a sanitarium in Battle Creek, Mich. The cereal was an unsweetened addition to the diets of patients with assorted afflictions. Kellogg believed the cornflakes were therapeutic when combined with a strict vegetarian diet and vigorous exercise. When his brother, Will Keith Kellogg added sugar to the recipe in 1906 and began selling them as a breakfast food, Dr. Kellogg sued in a failed attempt to keep the family name off of the product.
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Up in Smoke
The health toll of smoking is huge. It’s the leading cause of preventable deaths and takes a major bite of the world’s total spending on health care: 6% and 2% of global gross domestic product, according to a new analysis published in Tobacco Control.
The numbers were tabulated from direct and indirect costs, including hospital admissions for smoking-related diseases and lost worker productivity. Almost 40% of the total cost hit developing countries, where the number of smokers is rising. Four countries — Russia, China, Brazil and India — accounted for 25% of the total global economic cost of smoking.
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This Campaign Is Toast
In the United Kingdom, a government health agency has launched a public campaign against ... overly toasted toast (and crispy potatoes). The goal is to reduce public consumption of acrylamide, a chemical produced naturally when starchy foods are toasted or fried. Acrylamide has been linked to increased cancer risk in rodents, but evidence is scant in humans and the perceived health risk is considered minute. Critics of the campaign say there are more urgent public health care issues, like obesity resulting from eating too much starch in all of its forms.
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Doc Talk
Postprandial somnolence — a normal state of drowsiness or lassitude following a meal, i.e. the proverbial post-Thanksgiving dinner sluggishness. It’s triggered by activation of the parasympathetic nervous system in response to a massive amount of food in the gastrointestinal tract and hormonal/ neurochemical changes that induce sleepiness. Amino acids like tryptophan, found in turkey but even more abundant in fish and cheese, are popularly touted as triggers, but the cause is likely the amount of food consumed than the type.
Some people refer to postprandial somnolence as a “food coma.”
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Get Me That Stat!
The federal government paid $33.2 billion per day in 2015 for Medicare Part D catastrophic coverage, up 208% from 2010. The increase was largely driven by high-priced drugs, those with an average cost of more than $1,000 per month that are typically used for diseases like cancer, multiple sclerosis and hepatitis C.
Out-of-pocket costs for those drugs jumped, too: 47% to an average of $257 per month per medication.
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The Scope of Things
Question: If you uncoiled all of the DNA in all of the cells in your body and stretched it end-to-end, how long would the double- helix strand extend?
Answer: 10 billion miles or roughly from Earth to Pluto and back.
Each cell possesses approximately 6 feet of DNA. Of course, it’s incredibly thin — less than one ten-millionth of an inch — so it can be coiled up very tightly.
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Number Cruncher
A single KFC’s original recipe chicken breast (149 grams) contains 320 calories, 150 from fat. It has 16 grams of total fat or 25% of the recommended total fat intake for a 2,000-calorie daily diet, according to the website Calorie Count.
It also contains 105 milligrams of cholesterol (35%); 1,100 mg of sodium (46%); 9 grams of total carbohydrates (3%); 2 g of dietary fiber (8%); and 33 g of protein.
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Happy 1st Day of Spring from MEG Research.
40 years ago, MEG Research started business in Baltimore, Maryland. Today, we'd like to take a moment to reflect back on our many years, the wonderful clients we've had the pleasure of working with, and the times - how they have changed!
When we started, fax machines weren't yet introduced to the mainstream, you could only get gasoline on odd or even days (depending on your license plate number) and cable TV did not exist.
We've been around the block - and our experience proves we've learned a few things.
Today, we continue to serve our customers with the highest quality marketing research, using proven standards and methodology that garner reliable and accurate results.
Thank you for being part of our MEG family of clients. Your patronage means the world to us.
The MEG Research Team
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