Child Obesity Factors Can Lead to Increased Suicide Attempts

There are many child obesity factors that can lead to increased suicide attempts in obese children. Obesity in children leads to kids having to deal with hazing, depression, bullying and lower self esteem. Every day they get put down and demeaned because of their weight, they get picked last in gym, kids avoid playing with them, and they have trouble fitting in. When you combine all of these factors, you get a suicide attempt.

Some parents may think that suicide is nothing to worry about, since they are under the false impression that suicide is not a big threat and is just a rare occurrence. Well they'd be wrong. Suicide is a major threat in this country. Every year more than 300,000 kids aged 15 to 24 attempt suicide. And there are also another 17,000 suicide attempts made by kids aged 10 to 14.

To put that in terms easier to comprehend. The 300,000 kids in the 15 to 24 group who attempted suicide, would make up the undergraduate student bodies of about 12 universities. While the 17,000 kids in the 10 to 14 group, would make up the student bodies of about 15 middle schools. And children suffering from childhood obesity are at a higher risk of trying suicide than their peers.

However, before the kids decide to attempt killing themselves, they will almost always give you warning signs about their future attempt to gauge your reaction. In fact 75% will even give you a verbal warning about their intention. It will not be as clear as "mom I'm going to try killing myself tomorrow", but afterwards, after your child is dead or hospitalized, you'll be able to look back and find the 1-2 sentences which could have helped you save the child's life. Unfortunately most parents will ignore the warning signs, and will just brush them off as "kids will be kids", which is absolutely the worst thing you can do, since it gives the child the green light by giving them the idea that no one would miss them if they were gone.

Hopefully this child obesity article opened your eyes about the risk of suicide in obese children. If you have an obese child, it's your responsibility to learn all the potential suicide warning signs so that you'll be able to notice when you child becomes suicidal and can intervene to safe their live.

Type 2 Diabetes – Does Eating Refined Grains During Pregnancy Lead to Obesity in the Children?

In July of 2017, the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reported on a study conducted at the National Institutes of Health in Maryland and several other research institutions in the United States, Denmark, and Iceland. They looked at the refined grain intake during pregnancy in women who had been diagnosed with Gestational diabetes. They compared those results with the growth in these particular women’s children up to the age of seven years. A total of nine hundred and eighteen mothers and their single-birth children were included. The children’s…

  • weight,
  • length, or
  • height

were measured at birth, at age five months, at one year, and again at seven years of age.

The pregnant mothers who ate the highest amounts of refined grain had the largest infants. Infant growth after the birth was not affected though. The risk of being overweight or obese was highest in the 7-year-olds whose mothers consumed the most significant amount of refined grains when they were pregnant. It was found to be especially true in children breastfed for less than six months.

Gestational diabetes is known to be a risk factor for giving birth to overweight or obese infants and later on, the children becoming overweight or obese. In turn this left them open to developing Type 2 diabetes.

Refined grains are those seen in white bread and sweets. Whole grains can be found in whole wheat and rye bread and several other dishes. One slice of rye bread at 83 calories, supplies the following nutrients, listed as percentages of the recommended daily allowance (RDA)…

  • calcium… 2
  • iron… 5
  • thiamin… 9
  • riboflavin… 6
  • vitamin B6… 1
  • folate… 9
  • pantothenic acid… 1
  • Omega-3 fatty acids… not established
  • Omega-6 fatty acids… not established

A slice of whole wheat bread with 69 calories supplies the following nutrients, expressed as percentages of your RDA…

  • calcium… 3
  • iron… 4
  • thiamin… 7
  • riboflavin… 4
  • niacin… 7
  • vitamin B6… 3
  • folate… 3
  • pantothenic acid… 2
  • Omega-3 fatty acids… not known
  • Omega-6 fatty acids… not known

Have you ever had a vegetable sandwich? Many people say Vegan Mayonnaise is tastier than regular mayonnaise. Cut slices of cucumbers onto your bread along with squash, tomato, your favorite herbs, and lettuce. That makes a hearty vegetable sandwich.

Want a dessert? Peanut balls with whole oatmeal are delicious. Just be careful with portion sizes.

No need to eat white bread or sweets when you have so many tasty and healthy alternatives.

Brain Tumor Symptoms and How They Lead to Brain Cancer Diagnosis

There are a lot of possible brain tumors symptoms, and most of them can also be found in people who do not have this ailment. Thus, some people tend to dismiss the signs they experience without knowing that they can lead to a cancer diagnosis. Knowing the common symptoms of brain cancer can help by alerting patients who experience these so that they would undergo a brain scan to determine whether a cancer is present.

Brain Tumors Symptoms

Headaches. The most common symptom is a persistent headache. Over 46% of patients with brain cancer experience headaches, although they usually experience them differently and with no defined pattern. Headache that may be due to a tumor is usually accompanied by nausea and vomiting, and can get worse when you bend over.

Seizures. Seizures are the second most common among all brain tumors symptoms, with 33% of patients reporting a seizure prior to a diagnosis. Seizures are also linked to other diseases such as stroke or epilepsy. If a person is diagnosed with epilepsy or hypertension, seizures should still be brought to the attention of a doctor. However, if it is a person’s first time to have a seizure, it is usually indicative of a new illness that he might not be aware of. One of the possible illnesses this may point to is a brain cancer. Thus, a person should get a brain scan immediately after the incident.

Vision or Hearing Problems. A person with a brain cancer will also most likely experience some problems or abnormalities in vision or hearing. Around 25% of patients experience vision problems. These problems occur when a tumor is causing an increased intracranial pressure on the areas of the brain that control hearing and vision.

Behavioral and Cognitive Abnormalities. Some changes in behavior and cognitive ability have been reported among patients with brain tumors. These include problems in short-term memory, inability to concentrate, inability to find the right words to use, and abnormal behavior such as uncharacteristic lack of patience or loss of inhibitions.

Strange Sensations. Since the brain controls much of the body, a tumor can also cause some problems with any body part. Usually, these manifest in strange sensations or a weakening feeling in the legs, arms, facial muscles, head, or hands. These symptoms have been reported in 25% of patients. However, these are also signs of a stroke. When these suddenly occur, the patient must be brought to the doctor. If a stroke is ruled out, then the patient will be advised to get a brain scan to check for tumors.

Brain tumors symptoms and diagnosis can be tricky. When doctors are faced with these, they usually consider the more common causes first before they consider brain cancer. However, some doctors tend to take too long testing different diagnoses, and this may lead to a delay in treatment. Thus, trust only a cancer specialist experienced in dealing with the symptoms.

Common Flu Could Lead to Muscle Wasting in DMD, Study Suggests

Infection by the influenza virus, commonly known as the flu, was found to contribute to muscle degeneration in a zebrafish model of Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). Scientists often use zebrafish in research due to their genetic structure, which is similar to that of humans.

The findings were reported in the study, “Influenza A Virus Infection Damages Zebrafish Skeletal Muscle and Exacerbates Disease in Zebrafish Modeling Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy,” which appeared in the journal PLOS Currents Muscular Dystrophy.

The study suggests that flu vaccination could be important for patients with genetic muscle diseases, and for other illnesses in which the immune system, inflammation, and muscle tissues are known to be affected.

Influenza viruses are responsible for the most common infection characterized by muscle pain and weakness. However, little is known about the impact the virus has on muscle tissue and how it causes muscle damage.

Analysis of muscle tissue biopsies collected from patients with muscle complications due to influenza infection and from patients with genetic muscular diseases showed similar tissue damage patterns and expression of biomarkers. This suggested that both influenza infection and genetic muscular diseases may rely on the same molecular mechanism.

To add new insight, a research team at the University of Maine evaluated the effect of the influenza virus in an experimental model of DMD, the most common genetic muscular disorder.

The team used zebrafish that had a variant version of the DMD gene, which is similar to human DMD. Researchers injected the influenza A virus into the bloodstream of the fish. Within 24 hours, the fish showed signs of infection, swollen hearts, reduced mobility, and body trembling.

Analysis of zebrafish muscle tissue confirmed that the virus could directly infect muscle cells and damage them. But researchers also observed that the infected DMD fish had more severe muscle tissue damage than those that were not infected by influenza virus.

Additionally, they found that the virus’s presence in the muscles induced a pro-inflammatory network of signals and it recruited immune cells to the site of damage. This process also may be responsible for tissue damage and could be linked to DMD’s progressive debilitation.

Overall, the study contributes to the understanding of how the influenza virus affects muscles, and it identifies patient populations that may be at risk for poorer outcomes caused by the flu.

“Our results suggest that anti-influenza vaccines and other precautionary measures to prevent this infectious disease and the activation of the inflammatory immune response in people (especially those with genetic muscle diseases) is a very important endeavor not just to protect against pulmonary complications of IAV [influenza] infection, but skeletal muscle damage as well,” the researchers wrote.

The study was supported by the National Institutes of Health, the March of Dimes, and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.

Reports of Family Fight Lead to Methamphetamine Arrest


Brian Allen Patton, Courtesy of Casper Police Dept.

Casper police say that a call for a family fight has resulted in the arrest of a Casper man on recommended methamphetamine possession charges.

Police say in court paperwork that they responded to a South Beverly Street apartment for a reported family fight, just before the midnight hour on Sunday, September 24th.

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The reporting party said that they had been in a romantic relationship with a man later identified as 35-year-old Brian A. Patton, but were not getting along. The two had reportedly been living together for approximately three months, however the night of the incident, the reporting party said that they found numerous empty jeweler’s type bags. The party advised that they confront Patton about the bags because it was believed that Patton was selling Methamphetamine.

The reporting party told officers that Patton became very agitated and a loud, verbal argument ensued for a short time. The reporting party then said that Patton stopped speaking, sat down on the floor with a substance they believed was methamphetamine and smoked.

Patton, when questioned, told officers that the reporting party was drunk and that he did not know why they were so upset. Patton reported that the reporting party had begun to pack his belongings telling him to leave. Patton denying any knowledge of drugs or paraphernalia at the residence, but did tell officers he had used the drug some weeks prior.

Officers noted that Patton had several raised heat blisters toward the back of his tongue, which can be indicative of inhaled meth use.

A subsequent search of the home yielded a suspected methamphetamine pipe, which had been located in a duffle bag next to the door. Patterson denied packing the bag, saying instead that the reporting party had done so. The reporting party denied this to officers, according to the arrest affidavit.

Patterson was arrested on a recommended charge of Possession of a Controlled Substance- Methamphetamine.

All of those cited or arrested are presumed innocent until convicted in a court of law. Charges are subject to change following official filings from the Natrona County District Attorney’s Office.

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