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Weight-Loss Surgery Might Reduce Serious Asthma Flare-Ups

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FRIDAY, March 27, 2015 – In obese people with asthma, weight-loss surgery has been linked to a significant reduction in serious asthma flare-ups, new research suggests. "We found that risk of an emergency department visit or hospitalization for asthma exacerbation decreased by half after bariatric [weight-loss] surgery and remained significantly lower for at least 2 years," the study authors wrote in the report. The study relied on weight-loss surgery as an "instrument of substantial weight loss," according to the study's lead author Dr. Kohei Hasegawa, an attending physician in the emergency department of Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. But, the study didn't have any specific information on the patients' weights before and after surgery, according to Hasegawa. So it's not clear how much weight needs to be lost to make a difference in serious asthma symptoms, or if losing ... Read more

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Health Tip: Monitoring Your Weight

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-- Even if you've successfully lost weight, a few slip-ups here and there may put you on a road back to weight gain. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests how to monitor your weight: Weigh yourself regularly so if you gain a few pounds, you can take quick action to reverse the trend. Consider whether your exercise pattern has changed, causing you to gain weight. Think about whether you're eating more than usual. Keep a food diary to track your eating patterns. Commit to reinstating healthy habits, and set some achievable goals. Read more

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Obesity, Smoking, Drinking, Depression: All Linked to Low Back Pain

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WEDNESDAY, March 25, 2015 – People suffering from lower back pain who smoke, drink, are depressed or are obese may be able to ease their agony by making some lifestyle changes, a new study suggests. "If you have lower back pain that is not explained by a spinal problem but is more of a muscle pain, things like obesity, alcohol abuse, smoking and depression, factors that you can affect, can be contributing to it," explained lead researcher Dr. Scott Shemory, an orthopedic surgeon with Summa Health System in Akron, Ohio. Of all these risks, obesity is most obviously associated with back pain, he said. "It puts stress on all the joints and the lower back as well," he said. Also, smoking can decrease blood flow, which can also contribute to pain, he said. As for depression, it might contribute to the pain. On the other hand, lower back pain might contribute to depression, Shemory said. The ... Read more

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Health Tip: Considering Cereal for Breakfast

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-- Cereal can be a fun, quick and easy breakfast choice for children, but it's important to read labels to make sure you're serving up a healthy bowl. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests these guidelines: Skip the cartoon-covered boxes geared toward children, as they tend to contain more sugar and less fiber than other types of cereal. Opt for cereal with at least two, and ideally at least five, grams of fiber per serving. Stick to cereals with less than 12 grams of sugar per serving. Add cut-up fresh fruit to cereal for additional sweetness and nutrition. Choose a whole-grain cereal when possible. Read more

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Tips to Make Healthy School Lunches Kids Will Actually Eat

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TUESDAY, March 24, 2015 – Packing school lunches that kids will like and are easy to eat can be a challenge, according to Amy Reed, a registered dietitian at Cincinnati Children's Hospital. Even when parents carefully craft sandwiches into fun shapes, stack fruit kabobs to resemble animals and chop veggies to look like a rainbow, these foods may come home uneaten. Reed explained there are many reasons why kids may pass on these seemingly enticing foods, including: Time constraints. All schools are different, but some students get only a 15-minute window to eat their lunch. This is often not enough time for young kids, who are likely socializing, to eat. A desire to stay clean. Some kids choose not to eat lunch if they feel their meal would be too messy. Loose teeth. Children with loose or missing teeth may have more trouble eating certain foods. Too many choices: Some kids may be ... Read more

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More Whole Grains May Boost Life Span

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TUESDAY, March 24, 2015 – In more good news for those who fill up on bran cereal and quinoa, a new study suggests that older people who eat a lot of whole grains may live longer than those who hardly ever eat them. Even the obese and sedentary appear to gain a benefit, the researchers added. People should "eat more whole grains and reduce intake of refined carbohydrates," said study co-author Dr. Lu Qi, an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School in Boston. Qi added that eating more grains may even help people lose weight: "There is no evidence that [a diet rich in] whole grain increases calorie intake, and it may lower it," he said. The finding does have limitations – almost all participants were white, for example – and it doesn't directly prove that eating lots of whole grains caused people to live longer. In the study, researchers looked at whole fiber – the ... Read more

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Adopting U.S. Culture Ups Diabetes Risk in Mexican-American Kids

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MONDAY, March 23, 2015 – The more that Mexican-American children adopt mainstream U.S. culture, the greater their risk for type 2 diabetes, a new study suggests. Researchers looked at almost 150 Mexican-American children from North Texas. The kids were between the ages of 10 and 14. The researchers assessed how integrated the children were with U.S. culture by looking at things such as whether they spoke English, watched English-language TV shows and movies, preferred reading, writing and thinking in English, and had non-Hispanic white friends. As children adapted to a more American way of life, their risk of diabetes increased by about 43 percent for each level of what the researchers called "acculturation." The findings show the need for further research, according to principal investigator Kimberly Fulda, an associate professor of family medicine at the University of North Texas ... Read more

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Chef's Input Helps Make School Meals Healthier, Study Finds

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MONDAY, March 23, 2015 – Getting a professional chef's input improves the fruit and vegetable selection in school cafeterias, leading students to eat more of those healthy foods, a new study finds. "The results highlight the importance of focusing on the palatability of school meals," said the study's lead author, Juliana Cohen, a research fellow in the nutrition department at Harvard School of Public Health. "Partnerships with chefs can lead to substantial improvements in the quality of school meals and can be an economically feasible option for schools," she said in a Harvard news release. The study included more than 2,600 students in grades 3 through 8 at 14 elementary and middle schools in two urban, low-income districts in Massachusetts. At some of the schools, a professional chef taught school cafeteria staff how to improve the taste of healthy meals. The schools also received ... Read more

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L.A. Law Curbing Fast Food Didn't Cut Obesity Rates: Study

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THURSDAY, March 19, 2015 – A Los Angeles law that restricts the opening of new fast food restaurants in poor areas has not lowered obesity rates among people who live in those neighborhoods, a new study finds. "The South Los Angeles fast food ban may have symbolic value, but it has had no measurable impact in improving diets or reducing obesity," study author Roland Sturm, a senior economist at RAND Corp., said in a news release from the nonprofit research organization. In addition, overweight and obesity rates in those neighborhoods have increased faster than in other parts of the city and other parts of the county since the restrictions were first passed in 2008, according to the researchers. There are about 700,000 people in the areas affected by the zoning regulation that restricts the opening or expansion of standalone fast food restaurants in Baldwin Hills, Leimert Park and parts ... Read more

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Health Tip: Evaluating a Weight-Loss Program

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-- While a weight-loss program can help you shed pounds, it's important to make sure the program is safe and effective. The Weight-control Information Network suggests these questions: Are classes or individual counseling available to teach me healthier eating habits? Does the program involve keeping food records or sticking to a specific meal plan? Will I need to buy supplements or special meals? Can I make meal adjustments and substitutions based on allergies and preferences? Does the program encourage exercise and teach me how to be more active? Does the program allow accommodations for culture, lifestyle, holidays and other special circumstances? Will the program guide me in maintaining weight loss? Read more

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2 Factors Greatly Boost New Moms' Odds of Type 2 Diabetes

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WEDNESDAY, March 18, 2015 – Obese women who develop diabetes during pregnancy, and then gain 11 pounds or more after giving birth, have more than a 40 times higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes, a new study suggests. Diabetes that develops during pregnancy is known as gestational diabetes. While this type of diabetes often disappears after pregnancy, it's long been known that women who've had the condition have a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes later in life. Background information in the new study pointed out that as many as one-third of women with type 2 diabetes had a history of gestational diabetes. Excess weight is a risk factor for both gestational and type 2 diabetes, according to the researchers. "Our findings show the importance of maintaining a healthy body weight both before and after pregnancy," said lead researcher Dr. Cuilin Zhang, a senior investigator in ... Read more

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Kids' Bad Diets May Mean Worse Health as Adults

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TUESDAY, March 17, 2015 – The overall heart health of U.S. children falls short, a new analysis suggests. Northwestern University researchers found that while most of the nearly 9,000 children they studied had healthy blood pressure levels, 40 percent did not have good cholesterol levels, almost none ate a healthy diet regularly and 30 percent were overweight or obese. These findings may mean more children will face a future that will include heart disease if nothing changes, said Dr. Sarah Samaan, a cardiologist at Legacy Heart Center in Plano, Texas. "Childhood sets the stage for life. If a child starts off with a healthy diet and active lifestyle, he or she is far less likely to develop chronic, expensive diseases that can take years off of a productive life," said Samaan, who was not involved with the study. "Obese kids and adults are far more likely to develop high blood pressure, ... Read more

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Diet Sodas Linked to Widening Waistlines in Seniors: Study

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TUESDAY, March 17, 2015 – A new study has linked drinking diet sodas to increasing waistlines in seniors. What's more, the study found that the more diet soda someone drank, the more likely they were to add to their waistline. "We're being naive if we only look at the number of calories in the label. People may be sabotaging their own health if they use diet sodas to protect themselves from gaining weight," said study author Sharon Fowler, an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. While this study did find an association between the consumption of noncaloric sodas and a wider waist circumference, the research wasn't designed to prove whether drinking diet soda directly caused weight gain around the middle. In recent years, a number studies have suggested that artificially sweetened diet sodas may be associated with a wide variety of ... Read more

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Obesity Raises Women's Cancer Risk by 40 Percent, Study Finds

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TUESDAY, March 17, 2015 – Obesity takes a huge toll on health, and a new British study finds that obese women have a 40 percent higher risk for cancer than thinner women. Overall, the Cancer Research UK study found that obese women have about a one in four risk of developing a weight-related cancer in their lifetime. Those include cancers of the bowel, gallbladder, uterus, kidney, pancreas and esophagus, as well as post-menopausal breast cancers. Among obese British women, 274 in every 1,000 will develop a weight-associated cancer in their lifetime, compared with 194 in 1,000 healthy weight women, the study found. There are a number of possible ways that obesity can increase cancer risk in women, including one that's linked to fat cells' production of hormones, especially estrogen, which is believed to fuel cancer development, according to Cancer Research UK. However, everyone can ... Read more

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Tackling Obesity May Ease a Dangerous Irregular Heartbeat

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MONDAY, March 16, 2015 – There's good news for people who are obese and have atrial fibrillation, a common form of irregular heartbeat: Losing weight may help restore healthy heart rhythm. That's the finding from a new Australian study involving 355 obese people with atrial fibrillation. Researchers led by cardiologist Dr. Rajeev Pathak, of the University of Adelaide, tracked outcomes for the patients for four years while they tried to lose weight. The researchers found that those who lost at least 10 percent of their body weight were six times more likely to be free of atrial fibrillation symptoms – without the use of surgery or medication – compared to those who did not lose weight. Over four years, 45 percent of patients who lost at least 10 percent of body weight were free of atrial fibrillation symptoms without treatment. Only 13 percent of participants who lost less than 3 ... Read more

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