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Health Care Systems Are Failing To
Prevent and Meet Obesity Challenges

September 30, 2005
Healthcare systems have failed to come to grips with the global obesity epidemic and its serious health consequences, leading experts stated.

High Blood Pressure Lethal
To Overweight And Obese

September 30, 2005
A major longitudinal study confirms what experts have long suspected: High blood pressure is key to the increased risk of fatal heart attack and stroke in overweight and obese people.

Large Study Will Focus On Children From
Birth Through Adulthood To Study Disease

September 30, 2005
Researchers hoping to determine the causes of many common diseases like autism and diabetes will follow 100,000 from birth through adulthood in the largest ever study of its kind.

How TV Affects Your Child
September 30, 2005
Most children plug into the world of television long before they enter school: 70% of child-care centers use TV during a typical day. In a year, the average child spends 900 hours in school and nearly 1,023 hours in front of a TV.

Flavanols Key To Chocolate Benefits
September 29, 2005
Phytochemicals known as flavanols, which are found in chocolate, fruits and vegetables, can boost the levels of nitric oxide in the blood of smokers and reverse some of their smoking-related impairment in blood vessel function, according to a new study in the Oct. 4, 2005, issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

Up To 70 Percent of Gulf Women Obese
September 29, 2005
Up to 70 percent of women and 50 percent of men living in the oil-rich Gulf Arab states are overweight or obese, according to a study released at a seminar in Qatar.

Vigorous Exercise May Prevent Pain
September 28, 2005
Running and other forms of vigorous exercise may prevent some of the aches and pains that come with age, a new study suggests.

Children Need A Jump Start
On Heart-Healthy Eating Behaviors

September 28, 2005
Children as young as age 2 can and should, with the help of their parents, get a jump start on eating behavior that's healthy for the heart, according to new dietary recommendations released by the American Heart Association (AHA) and endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Acupressure a New
Aid for Sleepy Students

September 28, 2005
Drowsy students can keep themselves more alert in class by using self-applied acupressure, a new study reports.

Are You an Apple or a Pear?
September 28, 2005
"People whose fat collects around the waist - the classic apple shape - are at higher risk of heart disease than their pear-shaped counterparts, whose weight collects around the hips," said Roger S. Blumenthal, M.D., F.A.C.C., director of The Johns Hopkins Ciccarone Center for the Prevention of Heart Disease. "The majority of heart disease is preventable."

Panic Disorder Increases
Risk Of Coronary Heart Disease

September 28, 2005
Patients with panic disorder have nearly double the risk for coronary heart disease, and those also diagnosed with depression are at almost three times the risk, according to new research.

Obese Women Face Greater
Multiple Myeloma Risk

September 27, 2005
The results of a new prospective study provide additional evidence that obesity may increase women's risk of developing multiple myeloma, a type of bone-marrow cancer.

Smoking Reduction Can
Lower Lung Cancer Risk

September 27, 2005
Even if they can't quit, heavy smokers can decrease their risk of lung cancer if they cut down the number of cigarettes they smoke per day, investigators report in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Poor Have Difficulty Eating Healthy Foods
September 27, 2005
Energy-dense foods rich in starch, sugar or fat are the cheapest option for the consumer. As long as the healthier lean meats, fish and fresh produce are more expensive, obesity will continue to be a problem for the working poor.

Fruits And Vegetables
Protect Against Lung Cancer

September 27, 2005
A diet rich in fruits and vegetables appears to provide protection against lung cancer, according to recent research published.

Loss of Body Mass Linked to Alzheimer's
September 27, 2005
Researchers at the Rush Alzheimer's Disease Center have found that the loss of body mass over time appears to be strongly linked to older adults' risk of developing Alzheimer's disease (AD), and the greater the loss, the greater the chance of a person developing the disease.

Support From Spouse Cuts Job Stress
September 27, 2005
Going home to a hug from a supportive spouse - male or female - brings down blood pressure boosted by a nightmare day at work, a study finds.

Single Gene May Be
Cause Of Risky Behavior

September 27, 2005
Why are some people drawn to risky behaviors while others remain more cautious? New research with mice suggests a single gene may be key.

New-Car Smell Toxic
September 27, 2005
Anyone who's pulled away from the dealer's lot in a shiny, new car knows the seductive scent of fresh plastic, paint and upholstery that evokes a rush of pride and consumer satisfaction. But recent research links the smell to a toxic cocktail of harmful chemicals is spurring efforts by Japanese automakers to tone down the fumes.

Companies Marketing Caffeine To Children
September 26, 2005
Several manufacturers and marketing companies for sports drinks are touting the next big wave of sugar to hit your pocket. This time it's a drink that's supposed to improve a child's overall health, or so they say.

Low-Fat Vegan Diet May Help Weight Loss
September 26, 2005
A diet free of animal products and low in fat may help trim the waistline without the task of strict calorie watching, a new study suggests.

Questionnaire Helps
Determine Breast Cancer Risk

September 26, 2005
A questionnaire that identifies women at risk of inherited breast or ovarian cancer can help pinpoint those who may need further screening and preventive treatment, researchers report.

Study Shows Beans Beat Cancer
September 26, 2005
Scientists have discovered a new and potent anti-cancer compound in everyday food. The collaborative study shows that a found in beans, nuts and cereals inhibits a key enzyme involved in tumor growth.

Shrinking Facial Bones
Make You Look Older

September 26, 2005
Researchers say shrinking facial bones play a major role in facial aging and that women experience this type of facial bone loss at a younger age than men.

Women Better At Hygiene Habits
September 23, 2005
Ninety-one percent of American adults say they always wash their hands after using public restrooms. But just 83 percent actually did so, according to a separate observational study.

Preventing Stuttering In Kids
September 23, 2005
Children who stutter should be treated before they start school to improve the speech disorder that affects about 5 percent of youngsters, Australian scientists said.

Aloe Vera Coating May Prolong Freshness, Safety Of Fruits And Vegetables
September 23, 2005
Aloe vera gel is best known for its therapeutic effect on burned or irritated skin, but in the future you could be eating the gel as a healthful additive to your fruits and veggies.

Obesity Set To Increase
By 50% Over The Next Decade

September 23, 2005
The number of overweight and obese people worldwide is set to increase by half over the next ten years, heightening their health risks, the World Health Organisation warned.

Leafy Green Vegetables Keep
Brain Sharp Through Aging

September 22, 2005
According to a recent report in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, folate, a B vitamin found in foods like leafy green vegetables and citrus fruit, may protect against cognitive decline in older adults.

Fatal Heart Attacks Are Not
Caused By Obesity Alone

September 22, 2005
Being overweight or obese, in the absence of high blood pressure, does not clearly increase the risk of death from heart attack or stroke, French researchers report in the journal Hypertension: Journal of the American Heart Association.

Flu Vaccines Not Effective
September 22, 2005
Just as governments around the world are stockpiling millions of doses of flu vaccine and antiviral drugs in anticipation of a potential influenza pandemic, two new surprising research papers have found that such treatments are far less effective than previously thought.

A Few Cigarettes A Day Triples
Risk Of Heart Disease Death

September 22, 2005
Smokers who believe a few cigarettes a day don't do any harm will need to think again.

Aspirin Causes Ulcers And Hearing Loss
September 21, 2005
It's well known that high doses of aspirin can cause ulcers and temporary deafness, but the biochemical mechanism responsible for these phenomena has never been deciphered.

Green Tea May Protect
The Brain From Alzheimer's

September 20, 2005
An ingredient in green tea that researchers think might fight cancer may also protect the brain from the memory-destroying Alzheimer's disease, according to a recent study released.

Staying Active Keeps Joint Pain Away
September 20, 2005
You can't run away from pain -- or can you? A new study of older runners suggests that staying active keeps joint pain at bay.

Is Exercise Is Good For Your Brain?
September 20, 2005
Everybody knows exercise is good for your heart, but is it good for your brain? Scientists think it is, and new evidence suggests they might be right.

Patients And Doctors Unaware Of Waist
Size Relationship To Heart Disease Risk

September 20, 2005
Patients, and even some doctors, are unaware that abdominal fat and waist circumference are important risk factors for heart disease which kills 17 million people worldwide each year.

Newer Schizophrenia Drugs More
Expensive And No Better Than Older Ones

September 20, 2005
The first direct comparison of five schizophrenia drugs found that most newer treatments are no better than an older generic drug, despite their higher cost, a recent study released showed.

Eating More Raw Vegetables May
Cut Risk of Pancreatic Cancer In Half

September 20, 2005
Eating more raw vegetables every day, especially yellow and dark green ones, may help cut the risk of pancreatic cancer in half, according to a recent study released.

Even A Little Bit Of Extra
Fat Hurts Kids' Arteries

September 20, 2005
Even a little bit of extra fat in the adolescent years weakens the body's ability to fight heart disease in adult life, a British study finds.

It's Crucial To Talk to Your
Doctor About Alternative Meds

September 19, 2005
The popularity of complementary and alternative medicine is on the rise, with millions using at least one these treatments, according to a recent report by the Institute of Medicine.

Study Links Obesity, Urban Sprawl
September 19, 2005
Is suburban life making people overweight? Or could it be that overweight people tend to choose the suburban life? In a study recently published in the Journal of Regional Science, researchers from Oregon State University found that the relationship between obesity and urban sprawl may be a two-way street.

Ireland's Ban on Workplace
Smoking Improves Health

September 19, 2005
Ireland's nationwide ban on smoking in all workplaces has not only cleaned up the air in pubs and restaurants, it has also improved the health of the people who work there, researchers said.

Mother's Attitude on Family
Meals Influences Kid's Weight

September 19, 2005
Moms concerned about keeping their kids fit and trim may want to encourage an increasingly threatened institution: the healthy family meal.

Kids And Exercise
September 19, 2005
When most adults think about exercise, they imagine working out in the gym on a treadmill or lifting weights. But for children, exercise means playing and being physically active. Kids exercise when they have gym class at school, soccer practice, or dance class. They're also exercising when they're at recess, riding bikes, or playing tag.

Companies Offer Workers Deals To Get Fit
September 19, 2005
Worthington Industries Inc. one of the rare businesses that has been paying the full cost of employee health insurance put limits on its generous policy last year. The company said its workers had to take responsibility for their health if they wanted to continue getting free health insurance.

Teens Who Witness Violence
Undergo Physiological Changes

September 16, 2005
Teens who suffer or witness violence undergo physiological changes that can affect their physical and emotional health for years, researchers report.

Targeted Research Needed
To Prevent Premature Births

September 16, 2005
Targeted research to prevent premature birth is needed in order to save the lives of thousands of babies each year, according to a March of Dimes expert panel report recently released.

Too Many Women Are Getting
Episiotomies In Childbirth

September 16, 2005
Many women worldwide continue to undergo a painful procedure during childbirth that experts say should be used only in limited circumstances, a new study shows.

Stable Marriage Improves Lives of Children
September 15, 2005
Stable marriage can increase the financial prosperity of couples and improves the lives of children, including those being raised by same-sex couples, according to a recent report released.

Fatal Blood Clots Common In Obese
September 15, 2005
For almost 80 years, doctors have suspected that obesity is a risk factor for a fatal pulmonary embolism, a sudden blockage in a lung artery that is usually due to a blood clot traveling to the lung from the leg.

Dangerous Fat Around Organs
Accumulates In Couch Potatoes

September 14, 2005
Its official: a new study finds that being a couch potato can help pack on unwanted fat, specifically the dangerous "visceral" fat that can build up around internal organs.

Selling Sickness
September 14, 2005
A progressive hospital administrator is currently touring the country, speaking out on the virtues of disease prevention. He begins his presentation with the observation that the modern medical system is not really focused on disease prevention or health promotion at all. As he puts it, "We don't have a health care system in this country. What we have is a disease treatment system."

Diet And Exercise May
Slow Prostate Cancer

September 14, 2005
Sweeping changes in diet and exercise, as well as the use of stress management techniques, may slow the progression of early prostate cancer, researchers report in the Journal of Urology.

Housework Lowers Blood Pressure
September 14, 2005
People aiming to lower their blood pressure don't always need to hit the gym: According to a new study, cleaning the house, doing some yard work or washing the car may help do the trick.

High-Protein, Low-Carbohydrate Diet
Plus Exercise Equals More Weight Loss

September 13, 2005
Women who follow a high-protein, low-carbohydrate diet may lose more weight and body fat, particularly when they engage in regular exercise, than those whose diets are low in protein and high in carbohydrates, a team of Illinois researchers reports.

Obese Employees Have Much Higher
Weight-Related Medical Expenses

September 13, 2005
Obese employees have much higher weight-related medical expenses and miss more work than their colleagues who maintain a healthy weight, a study shows.

Why Cholesterol Is Such a Killer
September 12, 2005
New research is illuminating the details of cholesterol's dangerous effect on human health.

Counseling Can Change Kids' Eating Habits
September 12, 2005
Children from families at high risk for heart disease ate healthier after receiving just five dietary counseling sessions spread out over three years, Finnish researchers found.

Psychotherapy Works Over The Telephone
September 12, 2005
Psychotherapy delivered over the telephone reduces symptoms of depression in patients with physical impairments due to multiple sclerosis, investigators report.

Obesity Tied To Fatal Blood Clots
September 10, 2005
For almost 80 years, doctors have suspected that obesity is a risk factor for a fatal pulmonary embolism, a sudden blockage in a lung artery that is usually due to a blood clot traveling to the lung from the leg.

Give Hay Fever The Heave-Ho This Fall
September 10, 2005
Allergy sufferers, prepare yourselves -- ragweed pollen season is upon us, delivering bouts of sneezing and itchy, watery eyes for the more than 36 million Americans with hay fever.

Mental Illness Hampers Diabetes Care
September 10, 2005
People with serious mental illness have higher rates of type 2 diabetes than the general public, but a new study finds that, compared to mentally healthy people, these patients often understand much less about their disease.

Teens May Challenge Authority
Due To Changes In Their Brains

September 9, 2005
Teenage angst and clashes with authority may be caused by changes in youngsters brains during puberty, but luckily for harassed parents the problems pass.

Dirt May Educate The Immune System
September 9, 2005
Scientists believe that knowing exactly which type of dirt provides the best 'education' for the immune system, could be key to providing new treatments for diseases such as asthma.

Study Suggests A Fine Line
Between Creativity and Insanity

September 8, 2005
History suggests that the line between creativity and madness is a fine one, but a small group of people known as schizotypes are able to walk it with few problems and even benefit from it.

"Dramatic and Immediate" Protection
From Organic Foods For Kids

September 8, 2005
Switching to organic foods provides children "dramatic and immediate" protection from pesticides that are widely used on a variety of crops, according to a study by a team of federally funded scientists.

Resetting The Summer Sleep Clock
September 8, 2005
A summer of irregular sleeping patterns can make it tough for kids returning to school to wake up when they should, but specific strategies can help them reset their internal clocks.

Power Of Positive
Thinking Extends To Pain

September 7, 2005
The power of positive thinking extends to pain, according to researchers at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center.

Cereal May Be Best
Breakfast For The Waistline

September 7, 2005
Women who favor cereal for breakfast tend to weigh less than their peers who opt for other breakfast foods or who skip the meal altogether, according to a new study.

Energy And Fat Content of
Breast Milk Increases with Time

September 7, 2005
The longer a mother breast-feeds, the higher the fat and energy content of her breast milk. However, experts are not sure what this finding, which appears in the September issue of Pediatrics, signifies.

Medical Students Receive Constant
Gifts From Drug Companies

September 7, 2005
When a doctor prescribes a particular drug, it can sometimes be due to the influence of drug company promotions, and that influence begins in medical school, a new study contends.

Excessive Sleepiness Could
Be More Than Poor Sleep

September 6, 2005
Doctors commonly view excessive daytime sleepiness as a cardinal sign of disturbed or inadequate sleep. But a new study suggests it could also signal depression or even diabetes, regardless of whether an individual doesn't sleep well.

Brain Serotonin Could
Link Anxiety, Anorexia

September 6, 2005
Women with a certain type of anorexia nervosa show altered serotonin activity in their brains, a finding doctors believe could link the eating disorder to anxiety levels.

Europeans Unaware Of Heart Failure Risks
September 6, 2005
A survey of adults in nine countries finds most Europeans woefully unaware of heart failure or what a serious health problem it can be.

Heart Disease Under-Diagnosed in Women
September 2, 2005
Cardiovascular disease in women is under-diagnosed and under-treated compared to cases in men, an expert said.

Mushrooms Antioxidants?
September 2, 2005
Mushrooms are a prime natural source of the antioxidant ergothioneine, outdoing either of the two foods previously believed to be better sources, food scientists report.

High-Fiber Diet Aids
Flowing of Blood Vessels

September 2, 2005
Researchers from Finland and the United States report evidence that diets high in cereal fiber and whole-grain products may slow the progression of atherosclerosis, plaque build-up in the arteries, of postmenopausal women.

Despite Cholesterol Levels
Exercise Helps Men Live Longer

September 1, 2005
No matter what their cholesterol level, men who are physically fit cut their risk of dying from heart disease by 50 percent, a new Canadian study finds.

Olive Oil Has Painkilling Properties
September 1, 2005
A chance tasting at a scientific meeting in Sicily has led to another reason for including olive oil in your diet.

Bad Investment? Blame Your Brain
September 1, 2005
Scientists may have found a way to quantify the legendary balance of greed and fear that is said to drive investment decisions.

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