eNews on Prevention, Wellness & Lifestyle
Mar. 13, 2013

Results are mixed on cost-effectiveness of prevention
Healthcare Finance News
A new report by Trust for America's Health offers solutions to policy makers and the public to increase the amount of prevention in the healthcare system. According to the report, prevention improves health and productivity "while saving billions in healthcare costs."More

Report: Kids need to step up physical activity
USA Today
Despite years of prodding from their parents, teachers and doctors, kids and teens still aren't doing nearly enough physical activity, and changes need to be made in schools to help kids step it up, says a report released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.More

Americans hosting 'fitness' parties
From spinning birthday celebrations to pole dancing bachelorette bashes, U.S. gyms are offering fitness parties as new way to mark life's milestones — with a few friends and a good sweat. Gyms and fitness studios are often eager to host the festivities, which light up darkened rooms after hours and expose potential new members to their services.More

Study: In seriously ill kids, obesity may be tied to higher death risk
HealthDay News
Obese children hospitalized for certain serious illnesses may have a higher risk of dying than thinner patients, a new research review suggests. Experts caution that the findings are just "suggestive" of a link, and do not prove that critically ill children are more likely to die if they're obese.More

Major grocer to label foods with gene-modified content
The New York Times
Whole Foods Market, the grocery chain, is the first retailer in the United States to require labeling of all genetically modified foods sold in its stores, a move that some experts said could radically alter the food industry. A. C. Gallo, president of Whole Foods, said the new labeling requirement, to be in place within five years, came in response to consumer demand. "We've seen how our customers have responded to the products we do have labeled," Gallo said. "Some of our manufacturers say they've seen a 15 percent increase in sales of products they have labeled."More

Big soda wins its day in court
The Washington Post
New York City's ban on big drinks has, apparently, run into some big trouble. A New York State Supreme Court judge has halted the new regulation banning sugary drinks larger than 16 ounces, which was supposed to take effect. He described the law as "arbitrary," questioning whether it would actually lead to the intended decline in obesity rates.More

Hospital fare getting a nutrition makeover
USA Today
Forget mystery meat and green Jell-O. Those typical hospital foods that have been ridiculed for years are being replaced by more nutritious fare, such as flatbread pizzas, turkey meatloaf, heart-shaped frozen yogurt desserts, baked chicken and baked french fries.More

CoQ10, Ubiquinol supplements should be chosen carefully
CoQ10 was the fourth most popular supplement — behind fish oil, multivitamins and vitamin D — in a recent ConsumerLab.com survey of over 10,000 supplement users. Fifty-four percent of respondents used CoQ10, which was particularly popular with men and people over age 55. The report provides comparisons of product quality, ingredients and cost, and includes information about the uses of CoQ10 and ubiquinol, potential side-effects and how formulas differ in absorption.More

Statins keep cholesterol in check, but they can affect memory and strength
The Washington Post
A lawyer contacted Beatrice Golomb, a physician at the VA San Diego Healthcare Center, because he could no longer follow a normal conversation with his clients. A radiologist told Golomb that he found himself suddenly unable to distinguish left from right. A third person told her he had grown so forgetful that his doctor assumed he had Alzheimer's.More

More evidence whooping cough protection wanes
HealthDay News
Despite high levels of vaccination, the rate of whooping cough in the United States is at its highest level in decades, and one reason may be that immunity from the vaccine diminishes each year after the fifth dose is given.More

Colonoscopy 'potentially inappropriate' for 30 percent of seniors
HealthLeaders Media
During the year after an influential U.S. task force advised providers to stop routine screening colonoscopies in seniors over age 75 because risks of harm outweigh benefits, as many as 30 percent of these "potentially or probably inappropriate" procedures were still being performed, with huge pattern variation across the nation, especially in Texas.More

Heavier pregnant women may face higher C-section risk
HealthDay News
Overweight and obese pregnant women are at increased risk for cesarean delivery, according to a new study. Researchers examined data from more than 50,000 women in Norway who gave birth to one child. Women with preeclampsia, high blood pressure, diabetes, gestational diabetes and placenta previa were not included in the study.More