Scary Chart of the Day – August 26, 2009

Does anyone think this is NOT scary?
Does anyone think this is NOT scary?

EconomPic: Another Jobless Recovery, Even with a Deficit Spike


Low Carb Diets Damage Arteries

In mice.

BBC NEWS | Health | Low-carb diets ‘damage arteries’

The low-carb diet did not affect cholesterol levels, but there was a significant difference on the impact on atherosclerosis – the build-up of fatty plaque deposits in the arteries that can lead to heart attacks or strokes.

After 12 weeks, the mice eating the low-carb diet had gained less weight, but developed 15% more atherosclerosis than those on the standard mice food. For the western diet group there was 9% more atherosclerosis.

Jimson Weed? No Thanks, I Got Stuff at Home

Child Health – ADHD Drug Abuse Prevalent Among American Teens | Health News

When researchers evaluated an eight-year period of data from the American Association of Poison Control Centers, they found that calls involving 13- to 19-year-olds related to teen abuse of stimulants, including ADHD drugs, rose from 330 in 1998 to 581 in 2005—a 76 percent increase. Overall, 42 percent of teens involved had moderate to severe side effects and most ended up receiving treatment in emergency rooms. Four of the cases evaluated resulted in death. Study author, Dr. Randall Bond, medical director of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center’s Drug and Poison Information Center, says that because many cases don’t result in calls to poison control centers, the true number of teen abusers who have harmful side effects is likely much higher.