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Physically Fit Kids Stay Physically Healthy
December 31, 2003
Kids who are less physically active and have excess body fat have more sick days, new research reports.

Not a Lean Year for Health News
December 31, 2003
Although SARS grabbed the global headlines this year by ruthlessly claiming hundreds of lives in Asia and Canada, the year's most troubling health-care news in the United States was actually staring most people in the face: More Americans than ever are so overweight that they are putting their lives at risk.

Could Cutting Calories
Add Years to Your Life?

December 31, 2003
According to the results of two new studies done on yeast cells, reducing calories activates the silenced information regulator (Sir2) gene, which prolongs cell life.

Food Labels Educate the Consumer
December 31, 2003
People who want to take control of their diet need to start paying more attention to a little white box that appears on just about every food label in the supermarket, a University of Michigan dietician says.

Glutamine No Help for Dieting Athletes
December 30, 2003
Some wrestlers and other athletes take glutamine supplements to maintain muscle mass while losing weight, but the approach does not seem to work, at least in the short term, researchers report.

Kids' Acting Out May Signal Asthma Onset
December 30, 2003
Young children with eczema or atopic dermatitis are known to have a higher risk of developing asthma. Now, new study results suggest that such children who exhibit behavioral problems are more likely to go on to become asthmatic.

When Babies Get the Blues
December 30, 2003
To a greater degree than ever before, psychologists and family therapists are focusing on the emotional well-being of babies. The reason: Even infants can experience physical and emotional stress just like adults, but they lack the coping mechanisms years of living bring.

Five Common Toxic Metals to Avoid,
And Where You’ll Find Them

December 30, 2003
Are you feeling tired or irritable? Is your head foggy or are you suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, depression or anemia? These are just a few of the signs that you may be suffering from metal poisoning--a toxic accumulation of heavy metals in the soft tissues of the body.

Brain Rewards Us for Laughing
December 29, 2003
They say laughter is the best medicine, and a new study may help explain how laughter makes us feel good. Researchers report that humor seems to activate brain networks that are involved in rewards.

Helmets a Good Idea for Winter Sports
December 29, 2003
Dashing through the snow in a one-horse open sleigh can be downright dangerous. So can skiing, skating or tobogganing. Every year, thousands get seriously hurt while playing winter sports, and many of those injuries are to the head.

Reusing Cooking Oil Ups Blood Pressure
December 29, 2003
Experts say that different types of cooking oils are better for you than others, and a new study suggests that the number of times you reuse cooking oils can also affect your health.

The Smart Woman's Guide to Health Care
December 29, 2003
If you view your obstetrician-gynecologist as your primary-care physician, make certain to let him or her know -- or you may not get all the medical attention you need and deserve.

Keep Kids Safe During the Holidays
December 24, 2003
The holiday season can be a potential danger zone for children, warn doctors at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. They offer the following advice on how you can ensure your children remain healthy and happy during the holidays.

School Nutrition Programs Can Work
December 24, 2003
School programs to get kids to eat their fruits and vegetables do make a difference, according to researchers. Their review of several past studies found that "multicomponent" school programs to promote fruits and vegetables--including classroom activities and cafeteria changes such as simply making more produce available--do appear to work.

Overweight and Obese Growing
at Phenomenal Rates in the U.S.

December 24, 2003
The number of overweight and obese children in the United States is growing at a phenomenal rate. On the whole, kids are spending less time exercising and more time in front of the TV, computer, or video game console. And today's busy families have fewer free moments to prepare wholesome, home-cooked meals, day in and day out. From fast food to electronics, quick and easy seems to be the mindset of many people, young and old, in the new millennium.

Magnesium May Lower Diabetes Risk
December 24, 2003
An apple a day may keep the doctor away, but new research suggests that nuts, grains, leafy green vegetables and other foods high in magnesium may keep diabetes at bay.

How to Decompress During the Holidays
December 24, 2003
Balancing holiday shopping, socializing and travel with the normal demands of work, school and family can be just too much for some. Even winter weather can cause stress for some people. Here's some simple ways to reduce the effects of daily stress.

Obesity Linked to Prostate
Cancer Aggressiveness

December 24, 2003
Obesity increases the risk for higher grade prostate cancer and higher recurrence rates after radical prostatectomy, two research groups report. Both propose that obesity may at least partially explain the racial disparity in prostate cancer outcomes.

Bears Give Clues to Avoiding Osteoporosis
December 24, 2003
Inactivity is a prime cause of osteoporosis in most animals, including humans. Black bears hibernate for as long as six months a year. Despite that extended period of idleness, the bruins manage to avoid becoming afflicted with osteoporosis.

More Study Needed on Salt's Health Risks
December 22, 2003
A new analysis says more research is needed to demonstrate the toll a high sodium diet takes on the body over a lifetime.

You Can't Catch a Cold out in the Cold
December 22, 2003
Who hasn't warned their children to bundle up in winter so they won't catch a cold? The truth is that, despite the common belief, colds, flu and other infections are typically not spread as a result of weather or being out in the cold.

Allergic to Laytex?
Watch Out for Poinsettas

December 22, 2003
A study by Medical College of Georgia (MCG) researchers found about 40 percent of people with a rubber latex allergy were also allergic to poinsettias. Latex allergies affect about 8 percent of the general population.

Poor Fitness Increases
Risk of Heart Disease

December 19, 2003
Poorly-fit young adults are three to six times more likely to develop diabetes, high blood pressure and other ailments in middle age that put them at greater risk of heart disease or stroke, according to a study.

Use Tape Measure to Track Diabetes
December 19, 2003
Identifying who is at risk of diabetes and a number of other health concerns may be as simple as measuring waist size, according to a new report.

WHO Calls for Boost in Basic Health Care
December 18, 2003
Global efforts to battle HIV/AIDS and slash infant mortality rates will flounder unless the international community boosts basic medical care in poor countries, the U.N. health agency said.

School Sports Participants
Grow Into Active Adults

December 18, 2003
Raise kids to play sports, and you may also raise future generations of healthier adults, according to new research.

Early Fitness Pays Off, Study Finds
December 17, 2003
High blood pressure, heart disease and related problems are not the inevitable products of aging but problems that can be held at bay by being fit early in life, a study said.

Adults Don't Eat Enough
Fruit, Veggies to Fight Cancer

December 17, 2003
As many as 2.5 million Canadians could be at risk of developing cancer because they don't eat enough fruits and vegetables to reap cancer-fighting benefits, don't exercise enough and don't keep their weight in check, suggests a new study by Cancer Care Ontario.

Periodontitis an Antisocial Disease?
December 17, 2003
Social hermits and people who are constantly angry have an increased risk of gum disease. Believe it or not, that's what a Harvard University study in the December issue of the Journal of the American Dental Association found.

Neighborhoods That Encourage
People to Exercise

December 15, 2003
Inviting, tree-lined sidewalks. Speed bumps that make roads safe for bikers. Zoning laws that inspire people to walk to work. This kind of community might actually end the obesity epidemic, and all the attendant diseases that come with it.

Positive Approach Shortens Potty Training
December 15, 2003
Parents may do well to focus on the positive when toilet training their children, according to the results of a new study. Children whose parents do not use negative words about poop tended to become toilet-trained sooner.

Coffee Does Not Raise Arthritis Risk
December 15, 2003
Drinking multiple cups of coffee every day does not appear to increase your risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis (RA), new research suggests.

People With Social Anxiety
December 15, 2003
People with social anxiety disorder may use alcohol to help them cope with social situations and may actually avoid social encounters where there is no alcohol available.

Heart Health in the Cold
December 15, 2003
Winter isn't only about suffering through cold and flu season. More heart attacks occur during these months than at any other time of year.

Eating Too Much May
Raise Colon Cancer Risk

December 11, 2003
In determining a person's risk of colon cancer, how much they eat may be more important than what they eat, US researchers report in the American Journal of Epidemiology.

Overweight Boys More Prone to Stress
December 11, 2003
Overweight boys carry a heavier burden of stress-related blood pressure increases and a decreased ability to regain normal blood pressure than overweight girls, says a Medical College of Georgia (MCG) study.

A Spoonful of Cinnamon
Helps Treat Diabetes

December 11, 2003
People with diabetes can help keep their bodies healthy by simply adding a dash of spice to their diet, new research reports.

Hypertension May Be
Inflammatory Disease

December 10, 2003
A study of more than 20,000 women provides evidence that high blood pressure in part may be an inflammatory disease, a finding that could provide new avenues for treatment, researchers said.

Depression May Not Cause Heart Problems
December 10, 2003
New research suggests that depression does not cause heart attacks or related problems in patients with heart disease.

Educate on Children's Fitness with BLAST
December 10, 2003
Our communities are in need of a program that will motivate children and educate the parents about Physical Fitness and sport specific skills. B.L.A.S.T. - Balanced Living Active Sport Training gives children a solid foundation of skills, which will develop youth into empowered, skilful athletes and get their instructors active.

Family Strain Spurs Symptoms
in Some Bulimic Teens

December 10, 2003
Family arguments and conflict may trigger cycles of bingeing and purging for some teenage girls with bulimia, a small study suggests.

Peanut Allergies More Common -
U.S., Canada Studies

December 10, 2003
Nut and peanut allergies may be getting more common in children, doubling over the past five years in the United States, researchers reported.

Psychological Factors May
Raise Alzheimer's Risk

December 10, 2003
Susceptibility to psychological distress seems to be associated with the risk of Alzheimer's disease, researchers in Chicago report in the current issue of the journal Neurology.

Calcium, Vitamin D Work
Together to Fight Cancer

December 9, 2003
Several reports have linked calcium and vitamin D with protection against colon cancer. Now, new study findings suggest that calcium and vitamin D act together to achieve this effect.

Clots More Common in Overweight People
December 9, 2003
New research suggests the risk of potentially deadly blood clots from long airline flights is small but rises sharply in people who are older, overweight or taking birth control pills.

Fear of New Things May Shorten Life
December 9, 2003
Being afraid of new experiences may lead to a shorter life, new research in rats suggests.

Studies Shed Light on
'Economy Class Syndrome'

December 9, 2003
Some air travelers have a higher risk than others of developing blood clots during long flights, a phenomenon sometimes called "economy class syndrome," according to studies recently published.

Early Exercise Wards Off Osteoporosis
December 8, 2003
Girls who do regular jumping exercises around the age of 10 may add bone mass that could delay the onset of osteoporosis in later years, researchers said.

Eating Cereal Helps Kids Control Weight
December 8, 2003
If you want to keep your kid's weight down, serving breakfast cereal in the morning might not be a bad idea, researchers report.

Kids Who Watch More TV
Eat Fewer Vegetables

December 8, 2003
The more television children watch the less fruit and vegetables they eat, probably because the advertising they see leaves them craving junk food instead, a study said.

Protecting the Knees of Seniors
December 8, 2003
Social support, aerobic activity and self-efficacy are among the factors that help prevent disability in elderly people with osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee.

U.N. Launches Fight
Against Obesity, Poor Diets

December 5, 2003
The World Health Organization, alarmed at mounting deaths linked to high sugar and fatty diets, presented its recipe for a world of fitter and more health-conscious eaters.

One Third of Symptoms
Have Mysterious Origin

December 5, 2003
More than one third of the physical symptoms that bring people to doctors' offices have no clear cause, new research suggests.

Internet's Impact on
Cancer Needs More Study

December 4, 2003
Nearly four out of 10 people with cancer in the developed world use the Internet, but the impact of the World Wide Web on cancer outcome is still uncertain, according to a report from Canada.

Puffing in Pregnancy
Ups Risk Child Will Smoke

December 4, 2003
Children of mothers who smoked at least one pack of cigarettes per day while pregnant are more likely to become addicted to nicotine as adults than children whose time in the womb was spent smoke-free, new research reports.

Anti-Aging Supplement May Clog Arteries
December 4, 2003
Adding another chapter to the conflicting history of medical reports about the supposed "anti-aging" supplement DHEA, a new study suggests the hormone could contribute to clogged arteries.

Kentucky Survery Says
Teens Getting Fatter

December 4, 2003
A new survey by two state agencies says teens are eating worse and getting fatter.

An Orange a Day Can
Keep Some Cancers Away

December 3, 2003
Eating an orange a day can keep certain cancers away, according to a new Australian study. The government's key research group, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), found consuming citrus fruits could reduce the risk of mouth, larynx and stomach cancers by up to 50 percent.

Herbal Cold Remedy No Help to Childen
December 3, 2003
Echinacea, touted as an herbal remedy for the common cold, did nothing to alleviate symptoms in children, a study said.

Benefits of Low Back Pain Program Persist
December 3, 2003
One year after starting a self-management program for low back pain, patients still retain early improvements in function, confidence and reduced depression and anxiety levels, investigators report in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

Study Predicts Rise in Type 2 Diabetes
December 3, 2003
Carey Guthrie says she can spot students in a middle-school classroom who are most likely to become diabetic. The dietitian is among several Alaska health-care providers watching for an expected rise in young people of type 2 diabetes, an ailment normally found in adults.

Hydrotherapy and Exercise
Help Arthritis Patients

December 2, 2003
Participation in either a hydrotherapy program or a gym-based exercise program for just 6 weeks improves the functional of patients with osteoarthritis (OA). "However, it seems that hydrotherapy may be more suitable for aerobic-based exercise programs and the gym-based exercise program more suitable for strengthening programs," researchers report.

Doctors Advised to Screen for Obesity
December 2, 2003
In response to ever-expanding waistlines, an independent panel of medical experts recommends that doctors and other health providers screen all adults for obesity.

Stomach Stapling a Double Risk
December 2, 2003
Severely obese people who undergo stomach stapling are at high risk for complications from the surgery itself and because their weight makes them poor surgical candidates, a doctor warned.

AIDS Epidemic Continues
To Grow In Canada

December 2, 2003
The HIV-AIDS epidemic continues to rage on in Canada with a record 56,000 people now infected despite two decades of prevention efforts and hundreds of million of dollars spent battling the scourge.

U.S. Health Chief Says
World Losing AIDS Fight

December 1, 2003
The world is losing the war on HIV/AIDS and must do more to halt the pandemic, U.S. Health Secretary Tommy Thompson said marking World AIDS day in Zambia, one of the worst-hit nations.

Women's Risk of Lung
Cancer Double That of Men

December 1, 2003
Being a woman appears to be a major risk factor for lung cancer. A 10-year study using computed tomography (CT) screening found women had twice the risk of developing lung cancer from using tobacco that men did.

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