Roundup: Deadly Obesity, Energy Drinks & Alcohol
> 2/21/2010 6:41:11 PM

Yet another report on PTSD among military veterans notes that, despite recent spikes in diagnosis rates, most affected soldiers aren't getting the care they need. In fact, fewer than 10% of newly diagnosed Iraq and Afghanistan vets completed a recommended PTSD treatment plan consisting of 10-12 weekly therapy sessions within 4 months, and only 30% went through this plan over an entire year. The fact that members of some demographics were far less likely to receive adequate care only heightens the obvious need for increased access: young males who lived in rural areas and received diagnoses from primary care clinics were least likely to begin or complete such treatment plans.


The war on childhood obesity appears to grow more critical by the day. Just as the nation's first lady begins a PR campaign encouraging American children to live longer, healthier lives, a new study shines a harsh light on the risks of sedentary behavior and unhealthy diets. One in six American teens is currently obese, and a longitudinal study involving 5,000 American Indian children revealed that those who were severely overweight were more than twice as likely to die from "natural causes" before the age of 55.  

Alcohol and energy drinks make a dangerous combination. When consumed together, they can make drinkers feel less intoxicated than they actually are and behave accordingly - with potentially costly results. Researchers who interviewed nearly 1000 college aged patrons of bars in the University of Florida area found that those who drank alcohol mixed with some sort of energy drink like Red Bull not only had higher concentrations of alcohol in their systems but were also considerably more likely to plan on driving drunk. Authors of the resulting study note that these drinks counteract the drowsiness brought on by alcohol, leading those who consume them to believe that they're sober enough to drive when they're actually well over the legal limit.

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