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Feb. 20, 2013

Exercise may stave off depression in severely obese
HealthDay News
In a study of severely obese patients scheduled to undergo weight-loss surgery, those who were physically active were less likely to suffer from depression than similar patients who were sedentary. Physical activity also reduced the likelihood that these patients would need antidepressants or counseling for depression or anxiety, the observational study found.More

Fitness experts dispel common exercise myths
HealthDay News
Several often-cited fitness "facts" are really myths, according to experts on exercise. For example, stretching before exercise doesn't actually reduce the risk of injury, the American Council on Exercise said, after examining research conducted over the past decade. However, stretching can help prevent injuries at other times, such as after a workout.More

Report: Millions of Americans have an STD
HealthDay News
Here's a new, and sobering, government statistic: Experts estimate that the number of sexually transmitted infections among Americans now totals more than 110 million. In two studies published online in the journal Sexually Transmitted Diseases, estimates of the prevalence and cost of treating STDs are tallied. One of the more concerning findings was that there are nearly 20 million new infections each year, and half of those occur among young people.More

Farm to School program gets fresh food to cafeterias
Tulsa World
Fruits and vegetables on school lunch trays are much less likely to come from a can at some schools these days. Districts participating in the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture's Farm to School program are developing partnerships with area farmers to get the freshest fruits and vegetables on the menu. But child nutritionists and cafeteria workers know that just because it's teeming with antioxidants, that doesn't mean kids will eat it.More

Diet plan helps obese moms
MedPage Today
Diet programs with light exercise helped obese women avoid gaining too much weight during pregnancy, two trials showed. Obese women attending weekly weight management sessions gained 7 pounds less over the course of their pregnancy versus controls and actually dropped below their pre-pregnancy weight by three weeks after delivery, researchers found.More

Doctors who cook say they give better nutrition advice
Los Angeles Times
Perhaps the next time you see your doctor, he might finish the visit with a reminder to take a medication and a conversation about cooking salmon. In a "teach the teachers" experiment, healthcare professionals have been learning to cook as well as learning nutritional science at a conference that has been presented in recent years by Harvard University and the Culinary Institute of America.More

Menu labels may sway those who need them most
Showing diners how many calories are in restaurant food items may influence how much they eat — especially among the least health-conscious people, a new study suggests. "It's encouraging because the information may help the people who will need it the most," said Lorien Urban, who has researched menu labeling at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Boston's Tufts University.More

More Americans successfully managing diabetes
HealthDay News
A couple of decades ago, only 2 percent of people with any type of diabetes met or exceeded the three measures of good diabetes management. By 2010, that number had risen to 19 percent, according to new government research.More

Physician beliefs about obesity impact nutritional counseling
HealthDay News via Monthly Prescribing Reference
Physicians' beliefs about diet-related causes of obesity impact the nutritional counseling they provide for their patients, according to a study published online in Preventive Medicine. Researchers conducted a national, Internet-based survey of 500 U.S. primary care physicians to assess the correlation between their beliefs about the causes of obesity and the frequency of nutritional counseling.More

Survey: Racial gap persists in women's heart health knowledge
HealthDay News
A new survey suggests that while public health campaigns have prompted a growing number of American women to recognize that heart disease is the biggest risk to their well-being, a racial gap in awareness remains as wide as ever. Overall, 56 percent of women now say they are aware that heart disease is their number one killer, up from just 30 percent back in 1997, according to the authors of the American Heart Association report.More

Cesarean delivery no safer for twins
MedPage Today
Twins don't do better with planned cesarean delivery than with planned vaginal birth when the first baby is in a good position, a randomized trial determined. Death or serious neonatal morbidity occurred in 2 percent of cases either way the birth was planned, researchers found.More

Hemorrhoids are common, preventable and treatable
HealthDay News
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration reports that "hemorrhoids" was the top-trending health-issue search in the United States in 2012 and most people — up to 75 percent — will be affected by hemorrhoids at some point in their lives, according to the U.S. National Institutes of Health.More