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

Over-50 checklist may predict if you're alive in 10 years
HealthDay News
A simple checklist could help doctors estimate whether an older patient will be alive 10 years from now, according to a new study. Researchers hope the findings, reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association, will help older adults and their doctors come to better decisions on healthcare.More

Less intense but longer-lasting exercise may be better than strenuous workouts
The Washington Post
In today’s world, many people are spending increasing amounts of time sitting. Might short bouts of intense physical exercise help stave off ailments such as diabetes that have been linked to excessive sitting?More

Exercising close to bedtime is OK
USA Today
Jogging at midnight? Walking in the moonlight? If late night exercise works for you, just do it. That's new advice from a leading sleep group and other experts in sleep and exercise, all of whom say it's time to throw out the old rule that you should never exercise in the hours just before bedtime.More

'Fasting diet' fad could be unhealthy
MyHealthNewsDaily via Mother Nature Network
The latest diet craze claims to help people lose weight through intermittent fasting, but some nutritionists say it's a bad idea. People on the "5:2 diet" can eat whatever they want for five days a week, but must then fast for two. On the fasting days, dieters must eat one-fourth of their typical daily calories, about 500 calories for women and 600 for men.More

Massachusetts looks to boost participation in school breakfast programs
Wicked Local
More than half of the students who qualify for free or reduced lunch in Massachusetts public schools do not eat breakfast at school when it is available, and Massachusetts ranks 42nd in the nation for low-income student breakfast participation. To get more students to eat breakfast at school, education and agriculture officials are offering grants and awards to districts with the hopes of increasing program participation by 35 percent over the next year.More

Why so many patients look to dietary supplements for answers
American Medical News
Although Americans' use of dietary supplements was known to have increased during the past three decades, it was unclear why adults were taking them — until now. Researchers have identified the key reasons adults use dietary supplements, and it's not because physicians are prescribing them. Only 23 percent of supplements taken by patients were based on recommendations by physicians and other health professionals, according to the study, which was published in JAMA Internal Medicine, formerly the Archives of Internal Medicine.More

UVB exposure may boost low vitamin D
MedPage Today
Narrowband UVB therapy may be a better treatment for vitamin D deficiency than supplementation, Swedish researchers reported here. In a small, single-center study, patients deficient in vitamin D3 who were given six weeks of full-body UVB phototherapy had significantly greater increases in serum vitamin D levels than those who took a supplement during that time, researchers reported.More

Study: Fish better than fish oil supplements
Press Trust of India via Business Standard
Eating fish has greater health benefits than fish oil dietary supplements, according to a new study. Researchers said Omega-3 fatty acids found in oily fish may have diverse health-promoting effects, potentially protecting the immune, nervous, and cardiovascular systems. More

Study: C-section rates vary tenfold at hospitals
Star Tribune
Why would Caesarean birth rates vary from as little as 7 percent at some U.S. hospitals to 70 percent at others? That's the question raised by a University of Minnesota study, which found that C-section rates vary tenfold across the country.More

HIV linked to higher chance of heart attack
People with HIV are almost 50 percent more likely to have a heart attack than those who aren't infected with the virus - even after taking into account their other health risks, according to a new study. Researchers aren't sure what explains the higher heart attack rate in HIV-positive people, but they speculate it's a combination of the effects of HIV itself and the antiretroviral drugs used to treat it.More

Mini-organ would mimic pancreas to treat Type 1 diabetes
HealthDay News
A new bioengineered, miniature organ dubbed the BioHub might one day offer people with Type 1 diabetes freedom from their disease. In its final stages, the BioHub would mimic a pancreas and act as a home for transplanted islet cells, providing them with oxygen until they could establish their own blood supply. Islet cells contain beta cells, which are the cells that produce the hormone insulin. Insulin helps the body metabolize the carbohydrates found in foods so they can be used as fuel for the body's cells. The BioHub also would provide suppression of the immune system that would be confined to the area around the islet cells, or it's possible each islet cell might be encapsulated to protect it against the autoimmune attack that causes Type 1 diabetes. More