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Michael reviewed this story - Mar 12, 2010
Michael's Rating
3.1

The article is about how Taco Bell's new healthy diet menu called "Fresco" is an effective way in fighting weight. Twenty-seven year old Christine Dougherty claims she lost fifty four pounds by eating items from the "Fresco" menu. A nutritionist confirms that the Fresco menu is a healthy alternative. From my perspective I see this article as a complete joke. No matter how much fast food companies try to claim they have healthy foods I will not be convinced. This is just a plot to convince gullible people to eat more Taco Bell. The people who will buy this Fresco diet are unaware to this psychological marketing ploy. People must be educated to know that companies often bribe officials to support their product. Question what the ... More »

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Michael reviewed this story - Mar 12, 2010
Michael's Rating
3.2

The article is about how first lady, Michelle Obama, is taking initiative to fight American childhood obesity. Her presented plan is the effort that has been needed for the past three decades. According to Michelle Obama, obesity must be targeted at the community level. Impoverished and low funded schools need guidance from health experts. Government intervention focusing on the community level of obesity will be the key in ending health disparities experienced amongst impoverished children. This initiative is the necessary step to ensure a healthier future. Poor minorities should not have to suffer the disparity of obesity. They deserve equal health opportunities as much as any wealthy individual.

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Michael reviewed this story - Mar 12, 2010
Michael's Rating
3.1

The article is about how people who express themselves as "happy" will decrease the chance of heart problems. The study can definitely be true since heart attacks can be induced by stress. Stress is experienced by all people but those with low socioeconomic(SES) status can be more susceptible. Having a low income has been found to cause more stress in individuals. If the study is true then low socioeconomic adults will have a higher frequency of heart diseases. In addition, low SES adults most likely have poor health care thus causing a disparity between the rich and poor. There a more important things in life, do not let money affect your happiness.

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Michael reviewed this story - Mar 10, 2010
Michael's Rating
3.4

The article explains how job security is linked to a person's health. In European studies, people who expressed themselves as having low job security were less healthy. To explain, those with low job security are more prone to stress which then disrupts the immune system. The effects of poor job security can widely vary. The importance of this article is to understand that people who are less educated tend to work jobs that will eventually become obsolete due to technological advancements. The result will be a higher unemployment rate which increases the chance of foreclosure, poorer health, and death amongst the less educated.

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Michael reviewed this story - Mar 10, 2010
Michael's Rating
3.5

Autism is defined as, "A developmental disorder that appears in the first 3 years of life, and affects the brain's normal development of social and communication skills." The article tries to explain why autism clusters have been found within the Santa Clara County. People believe that the autism cluster is the result of toxic exposure. However, University of California, Davis researchers found a strong correlation between parental education and autism. According to the data, college educated parents are more likely to pursue treatment and a proper diagnosis for their autistic children. If there is a higher prevalence of autism amongst the less educated then this can cause a future disparity. Those who lack college degrees will ... More »

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Michael reviewed this story - Mar 10, 2010
Michael's Rating
3.5

The article states that poor dental health amongst children is affecting the attendance levels in school. This is an important study to look into because it can have a high impact on the child's education. Obviously, when a child is absent from school they miss out on what the teacher taught that day. The bigger picture however deals with how public schools receive funding. Public schools receive money from the government based upon the attendance of the students. So if kids are consistently missing school because of poor dental health then in the long run it will have an effect on the overall quality of education. So for low income minorities who likely have poor dental coverage their child's education will suffer. In summary, ... More »

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Michael reviewed this story - Mar 10, 2010
Michael's Rating
3.4

The article informs the public of the highly advanced devices that will be used to "Fight against fat." The devices measure an individual's heart rate, stress levels, and physical activity. The information is then automatically sent to the person's cell phone and shows data about their health with regard to weight. I believe this would be a very effective way in fighting obesity yet it presents one very important dilemma. It is a fact that low income families are found to be more overweight/obese than high income families. Since this is the case then i doubt those low income families will be able to afford such expensive technology. Only wealthy families will be able to afford such a luxury. So despite the fact the devices ... More »

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Michael reviewed this story - Mar 10, 2010
Michael's Rating
3.4

America is changing and with that change we must recognize the racial differences. According to the article, doctors lump data of ethnic groups in one category which thereby obscurities in treatment. By placing groups such as Latinos and African Americans in one category doctors are choosing to ignore the health differences that do in fact exist between ethnic groups. This problem is a definite reason as to why health disparities exist. Soon minorities will be the majority population in the United States and it is imperative that health institutions stop "lumping" in order to provide the necessary, adequate, and best healthcare for all individuals.

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Michael posted and reviewed this story - Feb 19, 2010
Michael's Rating
3.9

The article is about how an anti-obesity drug called Meridia is dangerous to those who have a history with heart problems. The unusual thing about this fact is that the people who are taking Meridia are usually overweight and obese therefore they have a high chance of heart disease. So essentially this drug is useless to its consumers if it endangers their life. The story is based upon a medical model of health and well being. The article really influences my ideas about the root causes of poor health. Poor health is attributed with poor habits and this article proves that the consequences of those habits cannot be fixed by simply taking a pill. I would imagine that the Meridia pills would be rather expensive so I am curious as ... More »

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Michael posted and reviewed this story - Feb 19, 2010
Michael posted and reviewed this story - Feb 19, 2010
Michael's Rating
3.7
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Michael posted and reviewed this story - Feb 19, 2010
Michael posted and reviewed this story - Feb 19, 2010
Michael's Rating
3.4

The article is extremely short but presents a debated topic amongst smokers. According to pipe and cigar smokers, they are not as susceptible to lung diseases because they don't "inhale" the smoke into their lungs but instead they keep the smoke in their mouths for the taste. According to this study pipe and cigar users are actually at a much higher risk of developing lung disease. The article frames itself around a medical model standpoint. The framing of the story merely backs the fact that poor health is based upon poor habits. The only real solution to lung disease amongst smokers is to stop smoking. Even if an individual is smoking once a week the damage is still done and eventually all that smoking will catch up to you later on.

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Michael posted and reviewed this story - Feb 19, 2010
Michael's Rating
3.8

Many people speculate over whether or not moderate drinking is good for an individual's health. Doctors and experts have found that a light dose of alcohol per day actually decreases chance of heart disease. The story frames itself around a medical model concentrating on the well-being of all people. This article does not really influence my ideas about the root causes of poor or good health but rather it is just being informative about the benefits to light drinking.

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Michael posted and reviewed this story - Feb 19, 2010
Michael posted and reviewed this story - Feb 19, 2010
Michael's Rating
3.2

The health of children is declining due to unhealthy habits. Inactivity and poor diets are causing a huge increase in chronic health problems amongst children. The article does not necessarily employ stereotypes rather they just imply that children with poor health will eventually have later problems in life which is a large concern. The curiosity I have with this article is whether the participants in the study were predominantly a certain race or of a particular socioeconomic class. I feel there is not enough information provided and the researchers put forth a lazy effort in obtaining their data.

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Michael posted and reviewed this story - Feb 19, 2010
Michael posted and reviewed this story - Feb 15, 2010
Michael reviewed this story - Feb 13, 2010
Michael's Rating
4.0

The article covers a very basic yet prevalent problem in the United States, obesity. The fact of the matter is that two thirds of America are either overweight or obese. Children are susceptible to the fast food culture that surrounds them. The article targets the key points of how to cope with this epidemic in children. Parents must pay attention to their child's weight because it can have future consequences. It is up to the parents to keep their child healthy and this article tells of great methods to do so. The article does not stereotype against any particular people nor does it invoke others. The information is factual and easily applicable to to everyday life.

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Michael posted and reviewed this story - Feb 11, 2010
Michael's Rating
3.7

As we all know, childhood obesity is a very major concern because of its current prevalence. Obesity can lead to an array of different health conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease. The study in this article confirms this correlation but also states that overweight children are more prone to death at a much earlier age. The article does not stereotype against overweight individuals necessarily, but the researchers do want the public to be well informed of this new research. Despite the fact that the study was tested upon American Indian children only, I found the data to be believable and pertinent to all children. Good health is priceless and I am happy that First Lady, Michelle Obama has taken an ... More »

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Michael posted and reviewed this story - Feb 10, 2010
Michael posted and reviewed this story - Feb 10, 2010
Michael's Rating
3.8

The article describes how low I.Q. has a strong correlation with heart disease. Behind smoking, low I.Q. is the strongest predictor to heart disease according to researchers. The article stereotypes against low I.Q. people because according to researchers they have higher chance of heart disease, lower economic status, and lower neurological reaction time. Overall, the article is rather interesting to read but unfortunately I feel as if the researchers are insulting low I.Q. people. It makes it seem as if low I.Q. people are lesser beings which is completely incorrect.

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Michael posted and reviewed this story - Feb 10, 2010
Michael posted and reviewed this story - Jan 27, 2010
Michael's Rating
3.9

Everyday millions of Americans either wake up or come home to relax by turning on their TV. Watching TV is pretty much considered a national past time nowadays. But according to this study watching all your TV programs can lead to poor health and apparently increases death causes such as cardiovascular disease. If people constantly watch TV without getting up and doing some form of physical activity your health can only decline as time passes. This is a very important study considering the multitude of people who watch TV religiously. We must be aware of our daily habits and stay healthy by balancing our leisure activities with physical exercise or we will suffer the consequences.

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Michael posted and reviewed this story - Jan 27, 2010
Michael's Rating
3.3

Presently millions of Americans rely on caffeine to jump start their day. Whether you are a college student looking for energy to power yourself writing a late night paper or a business employee drinking your morning cup of coffee, the question rises, "How much caffeine am I actually drinking?" This article proposes that caffeine products should label the amount of caffeine it has because too much of the substance can cause future health problems in individuals and even during pregnancy. Society must understand that too much of anything is bad for yourself and caffeine is no exception.

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Michael posted and reviewed this story - Jan 27, 2010
Michael posted and reviewed this story - Jan 12, 2010
Michael's Rating
3.2

Mental stability has been shaken over the last twenty years due to the pressures of stress and citizens' extremely busy lifestyles. People have so much to worry about such as job security, financial security, amongst other things but all these troubles contribute to a deteriorating psychological health. This article tries to inform people that despite breakthroughs in psychology and medicines the treatment rate for mental disorders has actually doubled over these past twenty years. ... More »

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Michael posted and reviewed this story - Jan 12, 2010
Michael posted and reviewed this story - Jan 11, 2010
Michael posted this story - Jan 7, 2010
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