Personal Briefing Ideas & Trends

Posted: March 02, 1989

OSTEOPOROSIS. Daughters of women with osteoporosis appear to be at increased risk of developing the bone-thinning disease. That's according to a study by Australian researchers in the New England Journal of Medicine. Whether this indicates that the condition is hereditary or that mothers and daughters have similar lifestyles, experts said women whose mothers have osteoporosis should take heed and precautions.

CHILDHOOD DIABETES. High doses of insulin appear to at least temporarily prevent the destruction of insulin-producing pancreas cells, which is the cause of the most common form of diabetes among children. In a report in the New England Journal of Medicine, Florida researchers said that young patients who received the high-dose insulin were producing significantly more insulin one year later than children who didn't.

A CLASSIC DISEASE. Leonardo da Vinci apparently described Parkinson's disease in his writings, debunking the theory that the brain disease was caused by pollution created by the Industrial Revolution. Canadian researchers report in the New England Journal of Medicine that they found a passage in a letter that the famed Italian artist and scientist wrote between 1490 and 1500, in which Leonardo appears to describe patients with the Parkinson's symptoms.

CALORIE COUNTING. Good news, chocolate fans. Hot fudge, at 60 calories a tablespoon, has fewer calories than salad dressing at 65 to 85 a tablespoon and mayonnaise at 100, according to Health Management Resources, a Boston- based company that runs weight-loss programs.

CALORIE LOADING. Take note, all those going to the Philadelphia Flower show, which begins Sunday. Looking at flowers can sure make you hungry. Last year, the show's 230,000 visitors consumed 25,000 hot dogs, 10,000 hamburgers, 38,000 pounds of fresh fruit, 4,000 burritos, 8,000 deli sandwiches, 500 pounds of pasta, 3,000 pounds of lasagna, 50,000 sodas, 9,000 gallons of ice cream, 25,000 slices of pizza, 3,000 pounds of roast beef, 30,000 cheesesteaks and 1,000 pounds of french fries.

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