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Weight at First Pregnancy Linked to Complications Next Time

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TUESDAY, July 28, 2015 – Women with an unhealthy weight in a first pregnancy could be at greater risk for complications in their next pregnancy – even if they're at a good weight, a new study finds. Most American women are not at a healthy weight when they first become pregnant, meaning their body mass index (BMI) is higher or lower than ideal, researchers say. It is more common for them to have a high BMI than a low one. BMI is an estimate of body fat based on height and weight. For the study, researchers looked at data from more than 121,000 women in Missouri who gave birth between 1989 and 2005. Those who were underweight during their first pregnancy were 20 percent more likely to give birth early and 40 percent more likely to have a small-for-gestational-age baby during their second pregnancy, compared to women with a healthy weight during their first pregnancy. Women who were ... Read more

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Deaths, Hospital Stays and Costs All Down Among U.S. Seniors

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TUESDAY, July 28, 2015 – In a rare piece of good news about the U.S. health care system, a new study finds that deaths, hospital stays and spending are all falling among older Americans. Between 1999 and 2013, yearly rates of death and hospitalization steadily declined among Americans in the traditional fee-for-service Medicare program. Meanwhile, spending on inpatient care showed the same pattern. Researchers called the findings striking. "The declines were steady throughout the study period," said lead researcher Dr. Harlan Krumholz, a professor of medicine at Yale University School of Medicine. "The trends are actually pretty jaw-dropping." For a public used to hearing how broken the U.S. health care system is, the findings might come as a surprise, Krumholz acknowledged. "As researchers," he said, "we often focus on finding deficiencies in health care, so we can work on them. And ... Read more

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Heart Disease, Alzheimer's Linked by Common Risk Factors

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TUESDAY, July 28, 2015 – Some risk factors for heart disease may also be linked with Alzheimer's and other types of dementia, a new study reports. "We already know that vascular risk factors damage the brain and can result in cognitive [mental] impairment," study lead author Dr. Kevin King said in a news release from the journal Radiology. "Our findings give us a more concrete idea about the relationship between specific vascular risk factors and brain health," said King, an assistant professor of radiology at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. The study was published in the July 28 issue of the journal. Prior research has linked heart risk factors and mental decline, but this study focused on specific risk factors and three brain structures – the hippocampus, precuneus and posterior cingulate cortex – that play a role in memory. The ... Read more

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School's Out, Fattening Behaviors Are In

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SUNDAY, July 26, 2015 – Your kids probably will eat more sugar, watch more TV and eat fewer vegetables over summer vacation, a new study finds. These weight-gaining behaviors are common for both rich and poor children, the researchers said. "Although obesity-promoting behaviors are generally more common during the summer break, the differences in obesity behaviors between income groups were not exacerbated during the summer break," said Dr. Claire Wang, co-director of the Obesity Prevention Initiative at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health in New York City. Researchers analyzed data collected from more than 6,400 American children and teens in grades 1 to 12 between 2003 and 2008. They found they watched an average of 20 minutes more television a day and drank three ounces more of sugar-sweetened beverages a day during their summer break than during the school year. ... Read more

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FDA Wants to Strengthen Sugar Labeling

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FRIDAY, July 24, 2015 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Friday it wants food labels to include more information about how much added sugar is in a product, so consumers can see more clearly how much extra sugar they are consuming every day. Specifically, the agency wants the "percent daily value" of added sugars listed on labels. That is the percentage of recommended daily calories for a particular nutrient. Right now, sugar content is only listed as grams. Currently, it's recommended that daily calories from added sugars not exceed 10 percent of a 2,000-calorie daily diet. "For the past decade, consumers have been advised to reduce their intake of added sugars, and the proposed percent daily value for added sugars on the Nutrition Facts label is intended to help consumers follow that advice," Susan Mayne, director of the FDA's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, ... Read more

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Healthy Diet May Help Shield the Aging Brain

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THURSDAY, July 23, 2015 – Eating a healthier diet might reduce the risk of problems with certain brain functions as you age, findings from a recent study suggest. Older adults with healthier diets reduced their odds of impaired "executive function" by 35 percent. Executive function refers to a collection of things done by the brain, including memory, reasoning, multi-tasking, problem-solving and planning skills. "Healthy diet might affect cognition [thinking skills] through several mechanisms," said study co-author Carol Derby, associate professor of neurology and of epidemiology and population health at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City. "Healthy diet is associated with reduced rates of cardiovascular disease, with more healthy weight and with reduced risk of diabetes, all of which are risk factors for cognitive decline and dementia," she explained. However, ... Read more

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Health Tip: Get More Nutrients

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-- For a more nutritious punch, make a few simple swaps to get the most from your meals. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics offers these ideas: Boost oatmeal by mixing with fat-free milk, and fresh or dried fruit. Enclose a sandwich between slices of whole-wheat bread, and pile on avocado, tomato and other veggies, along with lean deli meat. Make macaroni and cheese with whole-grain pasta. Eating out? Order a dinner salad with grilled seafood, or baked potato topped with veggies. For a beverage, opt for fat-free or low-fat milk, or 100 percent fruit juice. Use shredded sharp cheddar cheese or chopped nuts atop your favorite food. Opt for a nutritious powerhouse, such as a veggie-packed soup with lean proteins. Order or create a fruit-based smoothie for dessert. Read more

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High Soda Intake May Boost Diabetes Risk, Even Without Obesity

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TUESDAY, July 21, 2015 – Whether you are slim or obese, if you drink lots of sugary soda or other sweetened drinks you are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes, a new analysis reveals. Until now, health experts have thought that sugary drinks and type 2 diabetes are linked because sugar promotes weight gain, and body fat contributes to insulin resistance, which precedes diabetes. But this new study removed weight as a factor, and still found that every daily serving of sugar-sweetened beverages increases any person's risk of type 2 diabetes by 13 percent over 10 years. If this is correct, sugary drinks could lead to 2 million new cases of type 2 diabetes in the United States between 2010 and 2020, the researchers reported in the July 22 online edition of the BMJ. Type 2 diabetes disrupts the way your body converts sugar from food into fuel, and it causes serious problems if left ... Read more

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The Dreaded 'Dad Bod' Is Real

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TUESDAY, July 21, 2015 – Dads-to-be take heed: The so-called "fatherhood effect" means that first-time fathers will likely have a growing waistline to go with their growing family, a new study finds. The findings stem from what the study authors call one of the first research projects to look at how fatherhood affects weight. The conclusion: men gain an average of between 3.5 to 4.5 pounds after the birth of their first child. And you thought it was just mothers who had to deal with unwanted baby weight. "We know becoming a dad is a time when men's priorities and responsibilities change," said study lead author Dr. Craig Garfield, an associate professor in the department of pediatrics and medical social sciences at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. "More dads are more involved with their children than ever before." "Now, we were not able in this study ... Read more

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Time Spent Sitting May Not Affect Diet, Study Suggests

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FRIDAY, July 17, 2015 – Many people would assume that spending more time sitting at home or work might have a negative impact on a person's diet, but a new study shows no such effect. Researchers led by Dr. Kerem Shuval of the American Cancer Society looked at the habits of more than 4,900 U.S. adults tracked in two federal health surveys from 2003 and 2006. While prior studies have asked people to "self-report" their time spent sitting and watching TV, the new study looked at data from "accelerometers" – devices that track a person's movement (or lack thereof) throughout the day. The study found that more minutes per day being sedentary – such as watching TV, driving in the car, or sitting at work – was not significantly associated with diet quality, or fruit and vegetable intake. In addition, there was a significant link between higher amounts of sedentary time and a lower intake ... Read more

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Health Tip: Dig Into Healthier Southern Foods

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-- Fried chicken, macaroni and cheese and other goodies are popular southern foods, but they often pack plenty of fat and salt. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics recommends these healthier swaps: Eat veggies first to help you fill up. If you want a calorie-rich dish such as macaroni and cheese, serve a small portion. Save your favorite dishes for special occasions. Opt for peanut, olive or canola oil, instead of solid fats. Make macaroni and cheese with low-fat milk and reduced-fat cheddar. Serve up a black-eyed-peas and rice dish with brown rice instead of white. Make potato salad using half mayonnaise and half fat-free Greek yogurt, a little mustard and extra veggies. Read more

Related support groups: Obesity, Weight Loss, Cardiovascular Risk Reduction

Many Obese Teens Don't Think They're Fat, Study Shows

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FRIDAY, July 17, 2015 – A growing number of overweight and obese American teens don't think they have a weight problem, a new study shows. The finding is cause for concern because people have to admit they have a weight issue before they take action, the researchers noted. "Becoming conscious of one's excess weight is the precursor to adopting behavioral changes necessary for appropriate weight control," wrote lead investigator Dr. Jian Zhang, an epidemiologist from the College of Public Health at Georgia Southern University. His team analyzed data from thousands of youths aged 12 to 16 between 1988-1994 and 2007-2012 as part of the U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. After accounting for factors such as age, race/ethnicity, gender and family income, the likelihood of overweight or obese teens who acknowledged having a weight problem fell 29 percent from 1988-1994 to ... Read more

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Could That Before-Dinner Drink Make You Eat More?

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FRIDAY, July 17, 2015 – Having a drink before dinner really may make some people eat more – by focusing the brain's attention on food aromas, a small study suggests. The effect is modest, and not universal, the researchers said. But the findings, reported in the July issue of the journal Obesity, may offer one explanation for the so-called "aperitif effect" – where some people feel hungrier when they imbibe. "The joke is, every restaurant knows that if they give you a drink first, you'll eat more," said one of the study's authors, Robert Considine, a professor at the Indiana University School of Medicine, in Indianapolis. In the new study, Considine and his colleagues tried to get at the biology underlying the effect. Using MRI brain scans, they found that, on average, alcohol made a particular brain area – the hypothalamus – more focused on food aromas, versus other types of ... Read more

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Most Obese People Will Never Reach Normal Weight: Study

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THURSDAY, July 16, 2015 – Weight loss is considered a major health goal for people who are obese, but the reality is that few reach a normal weight or keep any lost pounds off, a new study shows. In any given year, obese men had a 1-in-210 chance of dropping to a normal weight, according to the study, which tracked over 176,000 obese British adults. Women fared a bit better: Their odds were 1 in 124, the study found. On the brighter side, people were far more likely to shed 5 percent of their body weight – which is considered enough to bring health benefits like lower blood pressure and blood sugar. Unfortunately, more than three-quarters gained the weight back within five years, the researchers reported online July 16 in the American Journal of Public Health. It all paints a bleak picture, the study authors acknowledged. And the findings underscore the importance of preventing ... Read more

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More Exercise = More Fat Loss for Older Women, Study Finds

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THURSDAY, July 16, 2015 – Older women who fit more minutes of heart-pumping exercise into their week will lose more body fat, a new study shows. Canadian researchers found that postmenopausal women who got five hours of moderate-to-vigorous aerobic exercise every week – double the normally recommended amount – lost significantly more body fat within a year than women who exercised less. "More is better. That's definitely what we found here," said study author Christine Friedenreich, a scientific leader in the department of cancer epidemiology and prevention research at Alberta Health Services-CancerControl Alberta, in Calgary. "If you can do more, you will do better." The U.S. National Institutes of Health currently recommends that adults get at least two hours and 30 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity every week, the authors noted in background information. Previous ... Read more

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