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Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2010 13B HINI nasal mist vaccine recalled MedImmune released a let- ter Dec. 22 to vaccine providers that the potency of 13 lots of 2009 H1N1 nasal spray vaccine had decreased below a pre-specified limit or were at risk of falling below that limit in the next week. Plumas County Public Health Agency received 200 doses of recalled vaccine, most of which were given during appointments in October and November. The slight decrease in vac- cine potency is not expected to have an impact on the pro- tective response to vaccina- tion. There are no safety con- cerns with these lots of 2009 H1N1 vaccine. All lots successfully passed pre-release testing for purity, potency and safety. However, the potency is now or might soon be below the specified lower limit, prompting the voluntary recall. "The recall does not affect the safety of the vaccine," said Valeska Armisen, Plumas County health officer. "Tests showed the vaccine in question began to lose some potency this month, rather than the expiration date of Jan. 25, 2010, but people who may have received it don't need to get vaccinated again. "Parents who have already vaccinated their children should feel confident they are protecting their children's health. " The CDC recommends that all children under 10 years of age should get two doses of H1N1 vaccine, approximately one month apart for the opti- mal immune response. While the amount of anti- gen in these lots may now or soon be slightly decreased, the Centers for Disease Control and Food and Drug Administration agree that those who received the affect- ed vaccine will still have pro- tection from H1N1 flu, and there is no need to re-vacci- nate those who received vac- cine from these lots. Study results find Wii could be as good as exercise Active Wii sports video games and some Wii fit activi- ties may increase adults' ener- gy expenditure as much as moderately intense exercis e , according to research present- ed at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2009. The study funded by Nintendo demonstrated about one-third of the virtual physi- cal activitiesxequire an energy expetiiituo'3:0 ' METs Or T['[ *,, . , . above, whl m considered moderate-intensity exercise. METs are metabolic equivalent values, a standard method of estimating energy expenditure by measuring the amount of oxygen burned during exercise. The average intensities were distributed over a wide range from lotus focus, 1.3 METs, to single-arm stand, 5.6 METs. Researchers used a metabol- ic chamber to measure the energy expenditure of 12 men and women, 2-44 years old, as they pantomimed basic moves and motions of these sports and physical activities with motion-sensing controls. The open-circuit indirect metabol- ic chamber consisted of an airtight room (20,000 liters or 15,000 liters). The metabolic chamber method could replicate the conditions under which par- ticipants played the games in their homes, because they were free from apparatus used to measure energy expendi- ture when playing. "Energy expenditure is the most important information to measure the effect of video games," said Motohiko Miyachi, Ph.D., lead author of the study and project leader for the Project for Physical Activity in the Health Promotion and Exercise Program at the National Institute of Health and Nutrition in Tokyo, Japan. Researchers found nine activities had less than 2 METs; 23 activities had 2-3 METs; nine activities had 3-4 METs; and five activities had more than 4 METs. "The range of energy expen- diture in these active games is sufficient to prevent or to improve obesity and lifestyle- related disease, from heart disease and diabetes to meta- bolic diseases," Miyachi said. According to the American Heart Association's exercise guidelines, light intensity exercise is less than 3.0 METs; moderate intensity is 3.0 to 6.0 METs; and vigorous activity is more than 6 METs. An adult walking at three miles per hour on a flat surface is expending about 3.3 METs. Adults gain the most health benefits when they perform the equivalent of at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity aerobic physical activity each week. Regular physical activi- ty reduces the risk of many adverse health outcomes. Some physical activity is bet- ter than none. Wii sports are a collection of five simplified games based on boxing, golf, tennis, bowling and baseball. Boxing is the most effective activity to increase energy expenditure, about 4.5 METs, according to the study findings. Golf, bowl- ing, tennis and baseball are 2.0, 2.6, 3.0 and 3.0 METs, respectively. Wii fit includesyoga, resist- ance and strength training, balance and aerobic exercises with more than 40 different activities, from push-ups to torso twists to single-leg extensions. The most effective exercise is the single-arm stand, 5.6 METs, regarded as a difficult resist- ance exercise that involves standing up and lying down. The intensities of yoga and balance exercise were signifi- cantly lower than those of resistance and aerobic exer- cise, but these exercises are effective in improving flexibil- ity and in fall prevention, researchers said. Americans and Japanese are increasingly overweight. About one-third of adults in the United States are over- weight and almost one-third are obese according to the U.S. National Institutes of Health. "Obesity and overweight is increasing in Japanese m en," Miyachi said. "Twenty years ago, only 20 percent of Japanese' middle-aged men were obese and overweight; now it is more than 30 per- cent." 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