eNews on Prevention, Wellness & Lifestyle
Feb. 6, 2013

Exercising at midlife may stave off dementia later in life
HealthDay News
Being in good shape during your 40s may help lower your risk for Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia in your senior years. And the better shape you're in, the lower this risk may be, a large new study suggests.More

Wearable cameras provide new insight into lifestyle behaviors and health
Medical Xpress
Understanding the relationships between lifestyle behaviors and health outcomes can be enhanced by the use of wearable cameras, concludes a collection of studies in a special theme issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Three studies report on the latest preventive medicine research using Microsoft's wearable camera, the SenseCam.More

Researcher: Myths about weight loss are plentiful
The New York Times
If schools reinstated physical education classes, a lot of fat children would lose weight. And they might never have gotten fat in the first place if their mothers had just breast-fed them when they were babies. But be warned: Obese people should definitely steer clear of crash diets. Those are among the myths and unproven assumptions about obesity and weight loss that have been repeated so often and with such conviction that even scientists like David B. Allison, who directs the Nutrition Obesity Research Center at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, have fallen for some of them.More

Chips, sodas out — New school snack rules usher in healthier fare
HealthDay News
The days when U.S. children can get themselves a sugary soda or a chocolate bar from a school vending machine may be numbered, if newly proposed government rules take effect. The U.S. Department of Agriculture issued new proposals for the type of foods available at the nation's school vending machines and snack bars. Out are high-salt, high-calorie fare, to be replaced by more nutritious items with less fat and sugar.More

Farmers' newest chore: Fitting in exercise
Gannett via USA Today
While the stereotype of the meat-and-potato-loving farmer hasn't faded, the same people being counted on to produce food to feed the country's ever-expanding waistline are now facing weight gains of their own. Across the United States, the obesity epidemic has affected more than one-third of American adults and 17 percent of children, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.More

Gluten-free, whether your need it or not
The New York Times
Eat no wheat. That is the core, draconian commandment of a gluten-free diet, a prohibition that excises wide swaths of American cuisine — cupcakes, pizza, bread and macaroni and cheese, to name a few things. For the approximately 1 in 100 Americans who have a serious condition called celiac disease, that is an indisputably wise medical directive. Now medical experts largely agree that there is a condition related to gluten other than celiac. In 2011 a panel of celiac experts convened in Oslo and settled on a medical term for this malady: non-celiac gluten sensitivity.More

Supplement reduces risk of diabetes in pregnancy
Reuters
A nutritional supplement called myo-inositol may help protect women at risk for gestational diabetes, according to a small pilot study. Previous studies have shown that inositol supplements may help restore fertility in polycystic ovary syndrome, but this is the first evidence that it may reduce the number of cases of gestational diabetes, lead author Dr. Rosario D'Anna said.More

Supplements for children: Little evidence that they're valuable
The Washington Post
Most children can get the nutrients they need from a healthful diet alone. Thanks to fortified milks, cereals and other foods, even children with less-than-ideal diets will still be okay, said William "Biff" Rees, head of the Virginia chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. If your child is healthy, the bottom line seems to be that you don't need to worry about a daily multivitamin or, for the most part, individual ones. More

Doctors seldom have input about supplement use
MedPage Today
Nearly half of all patients use dietary supplements, but less than a quarter use them on a healthcare professional's recommendation, researchers found. Of adults who reported using dietary supplements, more than three-quarters said they used one or more products to maintain or improve health, according to researchers.More

Adult diabetes drug may work in very obese youths
Reuters
A drug originally approved to treat adults with diabetes may also help severely obese youths lose some weight, according to a new study. The drug, which is injected in a person's belly twice a day and costs about $2,000 per year, was also found to reduce body weight by slowing down how quickly food moves through the body, which gives a person the feeling of being fuller longer.More

Children's abdominal injuries may not warrant CT scan
HealthDay News
Not all children who suffer injuries to their abdomen need abdominal CT scans, according to a new study. If emergency room doctors assess seven factors when evaluating children with this type of injury, they can protect some of these young patients from unnecessary radiation exposure, said researchers from the University of California, Davis School of Medicine. Radiation exposure can increase the risk of cancer later in life, they noted.More

Obesity in girls tied to higher multiple sclerosis risk
Reuters
New research suggests that obese children — adolescent girls, in particular — are more likely to be diagnosed with multiple sclerosis than normal-weight youth. That doesn't prove carrying around some extra weight in childhood causes MS — in which the protective coating around nerve fibers breaks down, slowing signals traveling between the brain and body.More

HHS proposed rule further modifies contraceptive coverage provision
Healthcare Finance News
For the third time since it first introduced its plans to require women's preventive health services including coverage for contraception under employer-sponsored health plans, the Department of Health and Human Services recently announced a modified set of proposed rules aimed at allaying the objections of religious organizations to the mandate.More

Study: Diabetics can eat right after using insulin
Reuters
People with Type 2 diabetes are sometimes told to wait after using insulin for the drug to work its way into the body before they can begin eating, but a new study from Germany says that's not necessary. In a group of about 100 diabetics, researchers found that blood sugar levels remained steady regardless of whether or not participants left a 20 to 30-minute gap between using insulin and eating a meal. The diabetics overwhelmingly preferred being able to eat right away, too.More