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Message for Heart Failure Patients: Exercise

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THURSDAY, May 26, 2016 – Physical activity may help extend survival for patients with heart failure, a new review suggests. "Patients with heart failure should not be scared of exercise damaging them or killing them," said principal investigator Rod Taylor, director of the Exeter Clinical Trials Unit at the University of Exeter Medical School, in England. "The message for heart failure patients is clear. Exercise is good for you, it will make you feel better, and it could potentially make you live longer," Taylor said in a European Society of Cardiology news release. The findings stem from an analysis of 20 trials involving more than 4,000 people with heart failure. Overall, exercise was associated with an 18 percent lower risk of death from all causes and an 11 percent lower risk of hospitalization, compared to not exercising, the researchers said. While they can't prove a direct ... Read more

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Health Tip: Enjoy a Healthier Mexican Meal

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-- A delicious Mexican meal doesn't have to be high in fat, calories or salt. Try these healthier ideas from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: Include in your meal avocados, peppers, tomatoes, mangoes or jicama. Dip into fresh salsa, and make a dessert with a berry or other fruit base. Skip the sour cream, cheese and other high-fat fare, in favor of tortillas filled with veggies, chicken and beans. Look for dishes that are grilled, broiled, baked or stir-fried. Don't be afraid to ask a restaurant for substitutions. Skip the fried tortilla shell for a taco salad, and ask for sauces and toppings to be served on the side. Choose soft corn tortillas. Season food with chilies, lime, cilantro and other fresh, natural flavors that don't overpower with salt. Drink alcohol in moderation. Opt for a light beer or a margarita on the rocks, and skip the salt on the rim. Read more

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'Fat Shaming' Begins in First Grade

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WEDNESDAY, May 25, 2016 – As early as first grade, severely obese children are getting teased, picked on and bullied more than normal-weight kids, a new study finds. The new research also found that these severely obese youngsters are more likely to be depressed and withdrawn. Obese children may turn to eating to cope with the pain of rejection or skip school to avoid being bullied, the researchers said. "The social climate at school can exacerbate weight and learning problems because it is so unpleasant," said lead researcher Amanda Harrist, a professor of child development at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater. For many obese kids, home may not be much better, she said. Other studies have shown that obese children often have families that don't handle their emotions well and make fun of their kids' feelings, Harrist said. "At school, these kids are teased and picked on, and ... Read more

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What Doctors Aren't Telling Obese, Young Adults

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WEDNESDAY, May 25, 2016 – Many obese young adults in the United States don't know they're at increased risk for kidney disease, researchers report. "Even though chronic kidney disease typically manifests in older people, the disease can start much earlier but often is not recognized early on," said study leader Dr. Michal Melamed, an associate professor of medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, in New York City. Melamed's team analyzed data from nearly 7,000 adults, aged 20 to 40, across the United States. The researchers found that 11 percent of obese Mexican-Americans and about 6 percent of obese whites and blacks had elevated levels of the protein albumin in the urine. This condition, called albuminuria, is a sign that the kidneys are not functioning normally. It puts you at increased risk for chronic kidney disease, the researchers said. Among young adults with ... Read more

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Common Abnormal Heart Rhythm Linked to Cancer Risk

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WEDNESDAY, May 25, 2016 – Women with a common heart rhythm abnormality may be at an increased risk of developing cancer, particularly of the colon, a new study suggests. "We found a significant relationship between atrial fibrillation and cancer," said lead researcher Dr. David Conen, of the University Hospital in Basel, Switzerland. But the study cannot prove that atrial fibrillation causes cancer, only that an association exists between them, Conen added. Among nearly 35,000 healthy women followed for about 20 years, those who developed atrial fibrillation had a 60 percent increased risk of cancer diagnosis, the researchers found. The association may be due to a real connection between atrial fibrillation and cancer, although this seem less likely than that people have shared risk factors for both conditions, including smoking and obesity, he said. Men probably have the same risk, he ... Read more

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Weight-Loss Surgery Helps Treat Type 2 Diabetes

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TUESDAY, May 24, 2016 – Weight-loss surgery quickly improves blood sugar control in people with type 2 diabetes, and should be recommended or considered as a treatment for certain obese people with diabetes. That's the message of a joint statement endorsed by 45 international professional organizations. It appears in the June issue of the journal Diabetes Care. "Given the rapid developments in the field, it is important to focus on this topic for those who care for individuals with diabetes. These new guidelines, based on the results of multiple clinical studies, validate that [weight-loss] surgery is indicated in certain people with diabetes and can yield significantly improved outcomes," editor-in-chief of Diabetes Care Dr. William Cefalu said in a journal news release. These are the first guidelines recommending surgery as a treatment option specifically for diabetes, he added. The ... Read more

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Balloon-in-a-Pill May Be New Weight-Loss Tool

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TUESDAY, May 24, 2016 – A new ingestible and inflatable balloon system seems to be a noninvasive way to fill up the stomach and curb appetite, researchers report. The balloon system, known as Obalon, helped obese people lose nearly 7 percent of their body weight, the investigators added. So, how exactly does such as system work? "Patients swallow a capsule containing a balloon tethered to a small catheter," said study author Dr. Shelby Sullivan, director of bariatric endoscopy at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. "Once it's reached the stomach, we inflate the balloon with a nitrogen mixed gas," Sullivan said. Patients ingest three capsules in all: the second at three weeks, and a third at either week nine or 12. When expanded, each balloon holds about a cup of gas (750 cubic centimeters in all) to fill the stomach and reduce eating urges, the researchers explained. ... Read more

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No Welcome Mats for Diabetes, Obesity in 'Walkable' Neighborhoods

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TUESDAY, May 24, 2016 – If you live in a neighborhood where it's easy to walk to shops, schools and jobs, a new study says all that hoofing about appears to stave off excess weight and diabetes. The research found the rate of overweight and obesity increased in Ontario, Canada neighborhoods with poor "walkability" between 2001 and 2012. But overweight and obesity remained about the same in places where people can walk or bike where they need to go, the study reported. During that same period, the rate of diabetes remained about the same in less walkable areas, but declined in places that fostered walking and biking. "We know that the differences weren't because people in the most walkable neighborhoods were going to the gym more," said senior researcher Dr. Gillian Booth. "Their overall leisure time activities were not different, in terms of amount of energy expenditure. The difference ... Read more

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Hormone May Be Linked to Teenage Obesity

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TUESDAY, May 24, 2016 – Obese teens may have lower levels of a weight-regulating hormone than normal-weight teens, a new study says. "Our study is the first to look at levels of spexin in the pediatric population," said Dr. Seema Kumar, of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Previous studies in adults concluded that spexin is likely involved in regulating the body's energy balance and fat mass. For this study, researchers assessed levels of spexin in 51 obese and 18 normal-weight teens, ages 12 to 18. Teens with the lowest levels of spexin were more than five times as likely to be obese than those with the highest levels of the hormone, the researchers found. The study was published online May 24 in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. "Previous research has found reduced levels of this hormone in adults with obesity. Overall, our findings suggest spexin may play a role ... Read more

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Living Near Fast-Food Places Hurts Less-Educated Most

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MONDAY, May 23, 2016 – Living in a neighborhood full of fast-food outlets is especially unhealthy for people who are poorly educated, a new British study suggests. "Neighborhoods are clearly important in shaping what all of us eat, no matter how educated we are," said researcher Thomas Burgoine, a fellow at the University of Cambridge. "But this effect appears to be much greater for those with lower levels of education," he said in a university news release. The researchers wanted to understand how the availability of fast food influences diet and obesity. To find the answer, they examined survey results from 6,000 adults ages 29-62 living in Cambridgeshire, a county in England. The study found that the least educated people had unhealthier diets than the most educated, even if they lived in the same neighborhoods full of fast-food restaurants. In those neighborhoods, the least ... Read more

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Late Dinners Won't Doom Kids to Obesity

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MONDAY, May 23, 2016 – Late suppers may not be a recipe for childhood obesity, a new study shows. Some previous research has suggested that the timing of meals could affect the risk of being overweight or obese, the investigators said. British researchers looked at data from more than 1,600 children, aged 4 to 18. They found that the risk of overweight or obesity was no higher among those who had meals between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. than among those who ate between 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. "The findings of our study are surprising. We expected to find an association between eating later and being more likely to be overweight, but actually found that this was not the case. This may be due to the limited number of children consuming their evening meal after 8 p.m.," said study author Gerda Pot, visiting lecturer in the diabetes and nutritional sciences division at King's College London. "'Alongside ... Read more

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Fatty Foods During Teen Years May Influence Later Breast Cancer Risk

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THURSDAY, May 19, 2016 – Teens who eat high amounts of saturated fats or low amounts of healthier mono- and polyunsaturated fats tend to have denser breasts 15 years later, new research suggests. That's important because greater breast density is a risk factor for breast cancer, the study authors said. But the researchers noted they didn't find a large change in breast density volume based on dietary fat intake. "It was a modest difference in breast density," said the study's senior author Joanne Dorgan. She's a professor of epidemiology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore. While this study can't prove cause-and-effect, the researchers speculated that different fats may play different roles in breast tissue formation and maintenance. Teen years are a critical time for breast development, the study authors noted. Dorgan and her team reviewed data from the ... Read more

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A Little Excess Weight May Boost Colon Cancer Survival

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THURSDAY, May 19, 2016 – In what may come as a bit of a surprise, a new study found that overweight colon cancer patients tended to have better survival than their normal-weight peers. "Overweight and obesity have been identified as risk factors for many health conditions, but for people with colorectal cancer, some extra weight may provide protection against mortality," said study lead author Candyce Kroenke. She's a research scientist at Kaiser Permanente Division of Research in Oakland, Calif. Still, one health expert cautioned that the finding is no license for people to pile on excess pounds. "This study should not be used to describe an 'upside' of being overweight with regard to cancer risk, since overweight people develop cancer at higher rates," said gastroenterologist Dr. Arun Swaminath of Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. In the study, Kroenke's team examined the medical ... Read more

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FDA Unveils Makeover of Nutrition Facts Label

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FRIDAY, May 20, 2016 – The Nutrition Facts panel on packaged foods in the United States is about to get a long-awaited facelift, with a redesign emphasizing realistic portion sizes and added sugars. The announcement Friday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration reflects changing science and an attempt to rein in Americans' unhealthy eating patterns and help consumers make better choices, the agency said. The updated design, for instance, will highlight "calories" and "servings," and show how many grams of sugar have been added to a food, along with the percent daily value (%DV) for "added" sugars. "It is difficult to meet nutrient needs while staying within calorie limits if you consume more than 10 percent of your total daily calories from added sugars, and this is consistent with the scientific evidence supporting the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans," the FDA said in a ... Read more

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Health Tip: Enjoy Screen-Free Fun With Your Preschooler

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-- Your preschooler needs lots of creative time for healthy growth and development – including limited screen time. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends: Play classic kids games such as the limbo, "London bridges falling down," and "duck, duck, goose." Have an (hardboiled) egg and spoon race. Play "Simon says" and "head, shoulders, knees and toes." Head out for a nature walk. Start a game of "follow the leader." Play a game of "tag." Read more

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