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 Fitness & Wellness

Researchers consider the potential of redirecting healthcare dollars
American Journal of Preventive Medicine via Medical Xpress    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The national Institute of Medicine estimates that $750 billion is lost each year to wasteful or excessive healthcare spending. In a study published in the online edition of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, researchers outline some of the myriad ways that $750 billion could benefit Americans. More

Study: Right amount of exercise can boost mental health
HealthDay News via U.S. News & World Report    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
People who exercise 2.5 to 7.5 hours a week have better mental health, but more than that is associated with poorer mental health, a new study suggests. Researchers compared mental health to exercise by analyzing self-reported data from more than 7,600 adults who took part in a U.S. national survey. More

Stressed parents more likely to serve up fast food, have obese children
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Some of the stressors weighing heavily on parents with obese children included poor physical and mental health, money woes and being a single parent — the last factor having the strongest link to child obesity. More

 Diet & Nutrition

There's homework to do on school lunches
The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Nutritionists and health-conscious parents applauded when in 2011 the Department of Agriculture finally set new standards for the nation's school lunches in an effort to foster good health and counter the epidemic of obesity afflicting youngsters. But the new school lunch menu, it seems, is not going down well with many school-age diners, who are tossing the mandated fruits and vegetables into the garbage or refusing school lunch altogether. More

How 4 states are fighting obesity
American Medical News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Addressing obesity in patients is an ongoing priority — and frustrating struggle — for physicians across the country. A closer look at four states in different areas of the country, two of which have some of the highest obesity rates, reveals that patient weight management can be an intensely local and complex problem. States are trying to respond by analyzing their cultural environments to come up with unique solutions, employing schools, child care centers, physicians' offices and even social networks to tackle the problem. More

Trans fats raise cholesterol, not blood sugar
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Although trans fats raise your levels of "bad" cholesterol, they don't appear to have lasting impacts on your blood sugar, according to a new review of the medical evidence. Researchers found that both blood sugar and insulin, the hormone that keeps blood sugar levels in check, were similar regardless of how much trans fat people ate. More

 Vitamins & Pharmaceuticals

Study: Red wine won't help healthy women
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A new study is hinting women may want to think twice before picking up a glass and toasting to their health. Health Magazine is reporting that researchers from Washington University School of Medicine have discovered that healthy middle-aged women do not benefit from taking resveratrol supplements. More

Scientists defend safety of genetically modified foods
Los Angeles Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
To an increasingly vocal group of consumers, genetic tinkering with food is a major source of anxiety. They worry that eating engineered foods could be bad for their health or cause unanticipated environmental problems. At the very least, they insist, they deserve the right to know whether the foods they might buy contain genetically modified ingredients. More

 Research & Development

Women who give up smoking extend lives by 10 years
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A new study of over a million women reports smokers more than triple their risk of dying early compared with nonsmokers, and that kicking the habit can virtually eliminate this increased risk of premature death. Researchers conducted one of the largest studies looking at the hazards of smoking and the benefits of quitting among women born around the 1940s. More

Mammograms: For 1 life saved, 3 women overtreated
The Associated Press via USA Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Breast cancer screening for women over 50 saves lives, an independent panel in Britain has concluded, confirming U.S. findings and other studies. But that screening comes with a cost: The review found that for every life saved, roughly three other women were overdiagnosed, meaning they were unnecessarily treated for a cancer that would never have threatened their lives. More

Wal-Mart gives major boost to domestic medical tourism movement
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A small but growing number of U.S. corporations are offering their insured employees the option of undergoing certain procedures at highly ranked health systems across America at almost no out-of-pocket cost to them — travel included. More

Laws tell mammogram clinics to address breast density
The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In a move that has irked medical groups and delighted patient advocates, states have begun passing laws requiring clinics that perform mammograms to tell patients whether they have something that many women have never even heard of: dense breast tissue. More

"In order to avert stress-induced weight gain, identify comfort foods and keep them out of your home or office and engage in regular exercise, according to the Mayo Clinic."


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