Fatty Fish, Tattoos, Wine & You!

by DavalosMcCormack on April 23, 2009

One of the few things in life that I have ever really regretted is getting a full-body tattoo depicting scenes from the Battle of Gettysburg. Ah, the things you do at 17 after a night on the town with a crew from a visiting Portuguese warship.

To be honest, there are several parts of the battle I’ve never seen, though my closest friends tell me that Picket’s Charge – which snakes up my left hamstring and ends in, well, disaster – is particularly wonderful.

Anyway, I was reading this fascinating new study the other day that says many people are now getting medical tattoos and that doctors need to get up to speed on it.

The study, presented at the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists meeting, says many people are getting tattoos that alert people to their medical condition. It can be anything from a warning that you have diabetes to tell paramedics that you have a severe allergy, say to peanuts, that can render you unconscious quickly.

Anyway, the survey says many doctors don’t know anything about this and suggests they need to become better informed so that if one of their patients comes in and asks about it, they can have an informed discussion and decide on the best course of action.

If you have seasonal allergies, it might not be necessary. But if you have a deadly reaction to penicillin then you might want to consider it. Maybe on a background of a skull and crossbones.

That way you can look cool and be safe at the same time.

Fat Fish & Men’s Hearts

This study is important for many reasons. First, it proves men do have a heart, and secondly it says that chaps who eat salmon or other fatty fish just once a week can reduce their risk of heart failure.

You might have missed the study because you allowed your subscription to the European Heart Journal to slip. That’s understandable. Ever since they got rid of that centerfold shot of Surgeon of the Month it hasn’t been quite so much fun, but this study is worth reading.

The researchers followed 39,367 Swedish men between the ages of 45 and 79 from 1998 to 2004 (perhaps those boys from Abba were among the study group?) They found that men who ate fatty fish – such as salmon, mackerel, herring, whitefish and char – were 12 percent less likely than men who didn’t eat the fish to develop heart failure.

Perhaps our fast food friends will take note and create a heart healthy Big Mackerel burger. We can dream can’t we!

More on why wine is good for you

What better to wash that fish down with than a lovely glass of wine. Well, actually beer would be just as good.. but I digress.

So, normally when you are writing about dry stuff like medical research you tend to have to jump into the findings pretty quickly otherwise you risk losing our audience, but when the headline screams that wine is good for you you can take your sweet time about saying what they found.

But obviously not too long or you’ll jump to some cheap celebrity news site. So here you go.

A study presented at the American Association for Cancer Research found that people who drank wine before they were diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma had a reduced risk of death or relapse compared to people didn’t drink wine before they were diagnosed with the disease.

Now, you may never be diagnosed with non-Hodgkings lymphoma but can you really take that risk? So, stop reading this and open a bottle of wine and protect yourself.

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