9 Disturbing Facts About Drinking Soda and what soda does to your body.


1. Weird Fat in Weird Places

In the latest bad news for the soda industry, Danish researchers discovered that drinking non-diet soda leads to dramatic increases in fat buildup around your liver and your skeletal muscles, both of which can contribute to insulin resistance and diabetes. The study revealed that people who drank a regular soda every day for six months saw a 132 to 142 percent increase in liver fat, a 117 to 221 percent jump in skeletal fat, and about a 30 percent increase in both triglyceride blood fats and other organ fat. Their consumption also led to an 11 percent increase in cholesterol, compared with the people who drank other beverages such as water or milk.

2. Diet-Soda Belly 

It’s not surprising that drinking all the sugar in sodas would cause weight gain, but what is surprising is that even diet soda will pack on the pounds: Researchers from the University of Texas Health Science Center monitored 475 adults for 10 years, and found that those who drank diet soda had a 70 percent increase in waist circumference over the 10-year study, compared with those who didn’t drink any soda. Those who drank more than two diet sodas per day saw a 500 percent waist expansion! A separate study the same researchers conducted on mice suggested that it was the aspartame, which raised blood glucose levels, that caused the weight gain; when your liver encounters too much glucose, the excess is converted to body fat.

3. Caramel Cancer-Causers

In 2011, the nonprofit Center for Science in the Public Interest petitioned the Food and Drug Administration to ban the artificial caramel coloring used to make Coke, Pepsi, and other colas brown. The reason: Two contaminants in the coloring, 2-methylimidazole and 4-methylimidazole, have been found to cause cancer in animals, a threat the group says is unnecessary, considering that the coloring is purely cosmetic. According to California’s strict Proposition 65 list of chemicals known to cause cancer, just 16 micrograms per person per day of 4-methylimidazole is enough to pose a cancer threat, and most popular brown colas, both diet and regular, contain 200 micrograms per 20-ounce bottle.

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WUSTL Dining Services: There’s an app for that

Menus, nutritional information to be viewed on mobile device application developed by WUSTL students

By Jessica Daues

An Apple mobile application called WUSTL Dining — which allows potential diners to check out menu items at each WUSTL Dining Services location — now is available at the Apple App Store.

The new app is free and also allows users to find WUSTL Dining Services locations and view nutritional information on menu items on their iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad.

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Washington University Weight Management Program  

An individualized approach to weight loss is essential for long-term success. The Washington University Weight Management Program under the direction of Dr Samuel Klein uses the latest scientific knowledge to help patients achieve gradual, safe weight loss.

  • Employees of Washington University are eligible to enroll in the Program at a 25% discount
  • Treatment is monitored by physicians
  • Patients work with dietitians to develop a meal plan and learn to gradually increase their physical activity
  • Patients acquire weight loss skills and strategies for maintaining a healthy lifestyle

Learn to develop healthier behaviors, identify your triggers and change your environment to support your weight control! Closed groups allow you to participate with the same people from week to week. The Program is located in the Storz Building at 4570 Children's Place on the Medical Center campus. Free information sessions are held two days per month.

For more information, visit http://www.weightmanagement.wustl.edu or call 286-2080.


Hand Hygiene Reminders from Infection Prevention

Hand hygiene is the most important activity you do everyday that can protect your patients, yourself and your co-workers. 

Here are a few reminders regarding hand hygiene to always keep in mind:

Hand Hygiene Before & After:

When providing care between multiple body sites on one patient, remember to always perform clean tasks before dirty tasks.  When finishing a dirty task, gloves must be changed prior to moving to another dirty task.  After all care for a patient is completed, gloves should be removed and hand hygiene must be performed.  When providing care for different patients in one patient room, you must perform hand hygiene between caring for separate patients, even if you do not leave the patient room.


All staff who provide direct or indirect patient care or who have contact with patient care items, will not wear artificial fingernails, gel fingernails, extenders, wraps or nail arts while at work, staff should have short, clean and natural nails that are well manicured, including: staff that has the potential to provide direct or indirect patient care in their daily routine.  Nail length should not extend past the end of the finger.  If polish is worn, it should be well maintained and not chipped.


Make sure you protect your skin, especially during the winter months.  Using lotion helps keep skin from cracking, which protects you and your patients against transmission of organisms.  It is important to use the hospital-approved lotion, which does not interact with our alcohol foam and soaps.  Use of other label lotions may decrease the effectiveness of hand hygiene products.  The hospital approved lotion is Endure Revitalizing Lotion (540ml DisposaCare (Fragrance-free) (Item# 67159323) or 4oz. (118ml) Squeeze Bottle (Fragrance-free) (Item# 67159384)).

C. difficile:

Alcohol based products (i.e. foam, gel) are approved at BJH for use with C. diff patients.  Numerous reports in the literature show that C. diff rates stayed the same or even decreased when alcohol foam was introduced.  Conversely, no studies have demonstrated a decrease in C. diff with promotion of soap and water handwashing alone.  In addition, studies show that wearing gloves while caring for C. diff patients decreases the burden of C. diff present on the hands.  The most important things you can do to prevent C. diff transmission are to wear gowns and gloves in the room of a C. diff patient and perform hand hygiene after removing gloves.

Article by Theresa Sieber

For more information please contact the BJH Infection Prevention Department at 314/454-7560.


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