eNews on Prevention, Wellness & Lifestyle
May. 29, 2013

Obamacare won't cover weight-loss surgery in many states
Kaiser Health News
Uninsured Americans who are hoping the new health insurance law will give them access to weight loss treatments are likely to be disappointed. That's especially the case in the Deep South where obesity rates are some of the highest in the nation, and states will not require health plans sold on the new online insurance marketplaces to cover medical weight-loss treatments, whether prescription drugs or bariatric surgery.More

Prevention in healthcare: Reforming the debate
The Huffington Post
Beyond the political and budgetary challenges in Washington and the debate around the relative merits of various aspects of the ACA, these reductions to the Fund are representative of a broader alarming shift in our healthcare system: a growing desire to cast prevention as expendable and as synonymous with wasteful spending.More

Study: Type 2 diabetes progresses faster in kids
HealthDay News
Type 2 diabetes is more aggressive in children than adults, with signs of serious complications seen just a few years after diagnosis, new research finds. The findings are from an ongoing study of treatment options for Type 2 diabetes in children and teens. Researchers are using data from the same study group to assess factors related to the disease in youth, such as complications. More

The 1 diet that can cure most disease
Huffington Post
Food is medicine. Bad food is bad medicine and will make us sick. Good food is good medicine that can prevent, reverse and even cure disease. Take away the bad food, put in the good food and magic happens.More

Diners badly underestimate calories in fast-food meals
USA Today
Many diners are gobbling far more calories in their fast-food meals than they realize, a new study shows. Teens underestimated the calories in fast-food meals by 34 percent; parents of school-age children by 23 percent; adults by 20%, says lead researcher Jason Block of Harvard Medical School and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute.More

Can statins cut the benefits of exercise?
The New York Times
An important new study suggests that statins, the cholesterol-lowering medications that are the most prescribed drugs in the world, may block some of the fitness benefits of exercise, one of the surest ways to improve health.Can Statins Cut the Benefits of Exercise?More

Screen for gestational diabetes after 24 weeks
HealthDay News
All women should be screened for gestational diabetes after 24 weeks of pregnancy regardless of whether they have symptoms of the condition, according to a new draft recommendation statement issued by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.More

Should football helmets be blamed for head injuries?
By Denise A. Valenti
To what extent companies providing protective equipment for contact sports may be liable when the equipment does not fully protect against injury is not clear.More

Childhood ADHD tied to obesity decades later
Boys who are diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder in elementary school are more likely to grow up to be obese adults than those who don't have the condition, a new study suggests.More

Study: Low-income, minority parents more open to HPV vaccine for girls
HealthDay News
Low-income, minority parents have more realistic views about their teens' sexual activity and are more open to vaccinating their daughters against the cervical cancer-causing human papillomavirus, a small new study contends.More

Study: Family structure linked to childhood obesity
Houston Chronicle
Although nutrition and physical activity, plus the parents socioeconomic status, are some of the most important factors that help determine a child’s weight, family structure also plays a role in obesity, according to a new study from Rice University and the University of Houston.More