eNews on Prevention, Wellness & Lifestyle
Nov. 7, 2012

Americans fighting fat, but odds stacked against them
USA Today
If you look hard enough, there are signs that Americans are finally getting the message about how heavy and out-of-shape they are. Consumption of diet drinks is increasing, and the calories Americans consume from regular sodas are on the way down.More

Assessing the risk of heart attack and stroke among Hispanics
Medical Xpress
A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association indicated that many Hispanic adults living in the United States are at high risk for heart attack or stroke. This risk is highest in men and in older people, born in the United States or who have lived in the United States more than 10 years, who prefer to speak English, are lower income, or never finished high school.More

Spelman College drops athletics for campus-wide fitness
The Associated Press via The Detroit News
Sports began on American college campuses as a way for students to blow off steam and be healthy. Over the last century and a half, athletics have transformed into something very different: a handful of elite athletes, showered with resources. Spelman College recently announced how they plan to return to the old model. The school said it would use the nearly $1 million that had been dedicated to its intercollegiate sports program, serving just 4 percent of students, for a campus-wide health and fitness program benefiting all 2,100.More

High-protein diet may help some people shed pounds
Reuters
Dieters who eat meals and snacks high in protein might lose a bit more weight than those who get less protein and more carbohydrates — all other things being equal, a new analysis of past studies suggests.More

Sports drinks play a role, but it's often overplayed
Los Angeles Times
Anywhere someone is lifting a weight, strapping on a football helmet or lacing up running shoes, there's probably a big bottle of green, blue or neon orange liquid nearby. Gatorade, Powerade and other sports drinks have drenched just about every sport in America, from triathlons to pee-wee soccer. But sports drinks are also popular with spectators in the stands, children playing video games, long-haul truckers and office workers. It raises the question: Who really needs this stuff?More

Eating in restaurants tied to higher calorie intake
Reuters
In study findings that may not surprise many people, children and teens ate more calories — including more fat and more sugar — on days when they had a meal from a fast-food or sit-down restaurant.More

Many HIV patients skip medications to drink
Reuters
In a new study, about half of HIV patients on antiretroviral therapy skipped their medications whenever they were drinking alcohol, an ill-advised behavior that could lead to higher viral loads, researchers say.More

Study: Multivitamins won't help men ward off heart disease
HealthDay News
Millions of American men take them, but a new study finds multivitamins will do nothing to help stave off heart disease, heart attack or stroke. The study tracked the cardiovascular outcomes of almost 15,000 older male physicians for more than a decade and found no benefit from multivitamin use across a wide range of cardiovascular outcomes.More

When the prescription is an app
American Medical News
There has been so much buzz about the potential benefits of mobile health that several organizations have formed to promote mobile health solutions and study their efficacy and potential risks. Discussions are taking place in exam rooms across the country about how a $1 app could be a viable alternative to prescribing a medication and help patients monitor their health.More

Study finds heart chelation therapy effective but raises questions
CNN
In results that are stunning cardiologists, a new study shows a "fringe" alternative treatment for heart disease was found to be very effective at preventing heart problems — but the report is so controversial even its lead author is questioning the results.More

Study: Depression is a leading risk for higher health spending
Kaiser Health News
Depression was the most costly among 10 common risk factors linked to higher health spending for employees, according to a new study of seven companies. The study published in Health Affairs found that the 10 factors — which also included obesity, high blood sugar and high blood pressure — were associated with nearly a quarter of the money spent on the healthcare of the workers.More