eNews on Prevention, Wellness & Lifestyle
Apr. 10, 2013

Fitness after 65 is no 1-size-fits-all endeavor
America's ageing population is posing special challenges, fitness experts say, because it is difficult to design effective workout routines for people with such a wide range of abilities. For one 70-year-old, the goal may be to run a marathon, for another it's getting out of a chair.More

Low melatonin may increase risk of Type 2 diabetes
USA Today
A hormone best known for its role in helping people sleep may play a part in someone's risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, based on a new study. The research shows that people who have low levels of melatonin while they're sleeping are at a greater risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.More

Knowledge is power: The ABCs of BMRs
By Jeff White
Does it seem that the older you get, the harder it is to lose weight, maintain your strength or simply stay in shape, no matter how hard you try? You're not imagining things. Your body is going through changes. Father Time waits for no one, and that includes our bodies. Like it or not, our bodies will make changes with or without our permission. But that doesn't mean we can't lessen the effects of those changes.More

Schools hungry to improve taste, nutrition of lunches
USA Today
Schools are working to comply with these new measures by adding more green vegetables, such as spinach and broccoli, and overhauling traditional mainstays like pizza by substituting in low fat cheese and wholegrain crust, all within a limited budget. But officials are aware their efforts to improve nutrition will ultimately fail if their finicky customers at more than 100,000 institutions nationwide refuse to eat the new offerings.More

Walnuts for diabetes
The New York Times
Eating walnuts may reduce the risk for Type 2 diabetes in women, a large new study concludes. Previous studies have suggested an inverse relationship between tree nut consumption and diabetes. Though the findings are correlational, walnuts are uniquely high in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which may be of particular value in Type 2 diabetes prevention. More

Practical tips may help parents address kids' obesity
USA Today
Here's some practical advice to parents who are concerned about their children's weight: Serve them meals on smaller plates, pay attention to what they watch on TV, and make sure they get adequate sleep at night. These suggestions are based on three new studies in a new issue of Pediatrics.More

Walgreens become 1st retail chain to diagnose, treat chronic conditions
Kaiser Health News
It's not just sore throats and flu shots anymore. Walgreens has become the first retail store chain to expand its healthcare services to include diagnosing and treating patients for chronic conditions such as asthma, diabetes and high cholesterol. The move is the retail industry's boldest push yet into an area long controlled by physicians, and comes amid continuing concerns about healthcare costs and a potential shortage of primary care doctors.More

Study: Younger patients more likely to skip medications
USA Today
People younger than 65 are twice as likely to skip medications than older Americans, according to a study released by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The new CDC study found that about 13 percent of the Americans younger than 65 did not take their medications as prescribed to save money, while 6 percent of the older group skipped medications.More

Knowledge is power: The ABCs of BMRs
By Jeff White
Does it seem that the older you get, the harder it is to lose weight, maintain your strength or simply stay in shape, no matter how hard you try? You're not imagining things. Your body is going through changes.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.More

Chinese herbs may reduce hot flashes
Women taking a Chinese herbal formula experienced less than half the number of menopausal hot flashes they had before the treatment, according to a new study from Hong Kong.More

Birth month, vitamin D levels in newborns linked to MS
Counsel & Heal
Immune system development in newborn babies has been proven to vary based on birth month and vitamin D levels, according to new research. Scientists have teamed up to indentify a potential biological basis explaining why an individual's risk of developing multiple sclerosis is influenced by the month of their birth.More

Teaching adults about prediabetes an uphill battle
American Medical News
Educating patients with elevated blood glucose levels about their increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes could help physicians motivate them to make lasting lifestyle changes that improve their health and well-being, said an expert at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.More

Group visits ease appointment overload
MedPage Today
A pilot program aimed at streamlining care of kidney stone patients allowed clinicians to see patients as a group and still provide individualized care, researchers reported. The "group visit" cut waiting time for office visits in half, yet the "satisfaction level attained with the shared medical appointments was very high as well," researchers said.More

Study: Tonsillectomy could help some adults with recurrent sore throats
The Huffington Post
For adults who get bad sore throats time and time again, removing their tonsils could help, according to a small new study. The research, published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, shows that tonsillectomy could help to reduce pharyngitis rates, the number of days experiencing pain from the condition, and the number of lost work or school days.More