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Report: Industry Hid Decades-Old Study Showing Sugar's Unhealthy Effects

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TUESDAY, Nov. 21, 2017 – Big Sugar seems to have copied the Big Tobacco playbook, a new report contends. More than four decades ago, a study in rats funded by the sugar industry found evidence linking the sweetener to heart disease and bladder cancer, the paper trail investigation reports. The results of that study were never made public. Instead, the sugar industry pulled the plug on the study and buried the evidence, said senior researcher Stanton Glantz. He is a professor of medicine and director of the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education. Glantz likened this to suppressed Big Tobacco internal research linking smoking with heart disease and cancer. "This was an experiment that produced evidence that contradicted the scientific position of the sugar industry," Glantz said. "It certainly would have contributed to increasing ... Read more

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Male Triathletes May Be Harming Their Hearts

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TUESDAY, Nov. 21, 2017 – Men who compete in triathlons could be putting their hearts at risk, a new study contends. The finding results from an examination of 55 male triathletes who averaged 44 years old, and 30 female triathletes, with an average age of 43. All participated in triathlons, which involve sequential endurance competitions of swimming, cycling and running. The researchers found that 18 percent of the men had evidence of scarring of the heart, known as myocardial fibrosis. None of the women had signs of the condition. Myocardial fibrosis usually affects the pumping chambers and can progress to heart failure. "The clinical relevance of these scars is currently unclear [but] they might be a foundation for future heart failure and arrhythmia [irregular heartbeat]," the study's lead author, Dr. Jitka Starekova, said in a news release from the Radiological Society of North ... Read more

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Health Tip: How Much Exercise Do You Need?

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-- We all know that exercise is good for us, but how much do we need at each stage of life? The U.S. Library of Medicine suggests: Adults should get 30 minutes of aerobic activity each day – in the form of walking, running, biking or swimming. Additionally, they should practice strengthening exercises – such as lifting weights or climbing stairs – twice weekly. Children and teens should get 60 minutes of age-appropriate physical activity each day, such as playing at the playground or biking. And three days per week, they should perform muscle-strengthening and bone-strengthening exercises, such as doing push-ups, jumping jacks, playing volleyball or working with resistance bands. Seniors, pregnant women and those with disabilities should check with a doctor to develop a personal exercise plan. Read more

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More Patients Are Having a Say in Their Medical Care

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FRIDAY, Nov. 17, 2017 – U.S. doctors and patients are making more decisions together, which looks like a win-win for both, researchers say. A new analysis of national survey data found that shared decision-making between doctors and patients rose 14 percent between 2002 and 2014. Patients said doctors have become more likely to: ask them to help make medical decisions; listen to them carefully; show respect for what they said; spend enough time with them; and provide easy-to-understand information. "There has been increased attention among clinicians and health systems to involve patients in decision-making," said Dr. Jeffrey Linder, co-lead author of the study. He's chief of general internal medicine and geriatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. "Patients who have engaged in shared decision-making understand their condition and options better. They ... Read more

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Health Tip: A Pet May Improve Your Health

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-- Getting a pet can improve not only your emotional outlook but your physical health as well, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. The CDC says furry companions have been shown to trigger these health improvements: Decreased blood pressure. Decreased cholesterol. Decreased triglycerides. Reduced feelings of loneliness. Greater exposure to social activities and interaction. Increased likelihood of regular exercise. Read more

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Office Workers Don't Like Being Chained to Their Desks

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FRIDAY, Nov. 17, 2017 – People with desk jobs want to move more, a new study suggests. "To our knowledge, this is the first study to investigate how long desk-based workers actually want to sit, stand, walk and be physically active," said study lead author Birgit Sperlich. She's a postdoctoral researcher at German Sport University Cologne. Sperlich and her colleagues interviewed 614 people with desk jobs in Germany and found that they spent an average of 73 percent of their working day sitting down. Meanwhile, only 10 percent of the day was spent standing, 13 percent was spent walking and a mere 4 percent was spent doing physically demanding tasks. But the workers said they wanted to spend 54 percent of their work day sitting down, 15 percent standing, 23 percent walking, and almost 8 percent doing physically demanding tasks. The workers spent about 5.4 hours per eight-hour day ... Read more

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Hey, Single Folk: Adopting a Dog Could Lengthen Your Life

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FRIDAY, Nov. 17, 2017 – Here's to keeping your health on a tight leash: New research suggests that having a dog might boost a single person's life span. The study tracked more than 3.4 million Swedes, middle-aged and older, for 12 years. All were free of heart disease at the beginning of the study. The researchers reported that dog owners who lived alone were 11 percent less likely to die of heart disease and a third less likely to die from any cause, compared with those who lived alone and didn't have a dog. The study couldn't prove cause-and-effect, but its lead researcher said there are many reasons why having a pooch might do a body good. "We know that dog owners in general have a higher level of physical activity, which could be one explanation to the observed results," said Tove Fall, an associate professor in epidemiology at Uppsala University in Sweden. "Other explanations ... Read more

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CDC Wants America to Eat Its Fruits and Veggies

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THURSDAY, Nov. 16, 2017 – Fruits and vegetables can be delicious and nutritious – but too many Americans are still passing them by, a new report finds. Just 9 percent of adults eat enough vegetables and only 12 percent get the recommended amount of fruit daily, according to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Vitamins, minerals, fiber and other good stuff in fruits and vegetables can help ward off heart disease, type 2 diabetes, some cancers and obesity. But just one in 10 adults is eating more fruits and vegetables than recommended in the government's 2015-2020 dietary guidelines. How much is enough? One-and-a-half to two cups of fruit, or its equivalent, and two to three cups of vegetables daily. Men fare worse than women on the fruits-and-veggies scorecard. And by age, young adults, aged 18 to 30, are less inclined to eat their greens, broccoli ... Read more

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One Type of Diet Can Add Years to Your Life

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THURSDAY, Nov. 16, 2017 – Obese people who follow a low-fat weight-loss plan could tack extra years onto their life, a new review of medical evidence suggests. Such diets appear to help decrease overall risk of early death by 18 percent in people with obesity, amounting to six fewer deaths for every 1,000 people, researchers concluded. "Weight loss by cutting calories with diets low in fat – diets which also happened to be low in sugar and refined carbohydrates – appears to reduce premature mortality for people who are obese," said study co-author Dr. Alison Avenell. She is clinical chair of health services research with the University of Aberdeen in Scotland. However, the review could not determine whether these diets specifically reduce risk of heart disease or cancer. Researchers also could not tell if adding exercise to dieting produced any additional benefits. "Weight-loss diets ... Read more

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U.S. Seniors Struggle More to Pay for Health Care Compared to Other Countries

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WEDNESDAY, Nov. 15, 2017 – It's often no fun getting old in America: A new report finds the availability of health care for U.S. seniors lags behind that of other affluent nations. Access to insurance isn't an issue, because all Americans 65 and older are covered by Medicare. But America's seniors are still sicker than the elderly in other countries – and are more likely to go without essential care because they can't afford it, according to the Commonwealth Fund study. "Our Medicare is not as generous as comparable insurance in other countries," fund President Dr. David Blumenthal said during a media briefing on Tuesday. In other countries, government health insurance is not restricted to the elderly, but covers everyone, he said. The United States is complacent about the value and benefits associated with Medicare, even though it's a universal system, Blumenthal said. "We do know ... Read more

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With Stress and Trauma Come Excess Weight

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TUESDAY, Nov. 14, 2017 – As if weathering a stressful event isn't tough enough, new research shows these episodes might even widen a woman's waistline. Researchers analyzed data on nearly 22,000 middle-aged and older women. The goal: to assess the relationship between obesity and traumatic events – such as the death of a child or being a victim of a serious physical attack – as well as negative events, for example, long-term unemployment or burglary. About 23 percent of the women included in the study were obese. Study participants who reported more than one traumatic life event were 11 percent more likely to be obese than those who did not experience a traumatic event, the findings showed. In addition, women who reported four or more negative life events within the previous five years were 36 percent more likely to be obese than those who reported no negative events. The link ... Read more

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America's Love Affair With Sugary Sodas Is Fading

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TUESDAY, Nov. 14, 2017 – Consumption of sodas and other sweet drinks – a big source of sugar in Americans' diets – has dropped in the past decade among both kids and adults, researchers find. Overall, the number of adults who said they drank a sugary beverage on a daily basis dropped by 12 percentage points between 2003 and 2014, Harvard researchers said, and by 19 percentage points among kids. "People's preferences are shifting," Bleich said. "Beverage consumption overall is going down, in addition to sugary beverage consumption. It may be that messages about beverages are starting to get through to people." However, despite this drop in sugary drink consumption, the obesity epidemic continues apace, with more obese middle-aged people, young adults and children than ever before, Bleich noted. Americans are still consuming too many calories. "Even if beverages overall are going down, ... Read more

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Is Low-Dose Aspirin Right for You After Surgery?

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TUESDAY, Nov. 14, 2017 – Each year, millions of American heart patients go "under the knife" for various kinds of surgery. Often they're told to take a low-dose aspirin, to help lower their odds for a post-op blood clot. But does that practice reduce the risk of additional heart problems? A new study says yes. Giving low-dose aspirin after surgeries unrelated to heart problems – things like knee replacements, cancer surgeries or a myriad of other operations – reduces the risk of heart attack and death in people who've previously had artery-opening angioplasty. The new study was led by Dr. P.J. Devereaux, of McMaster University in London, Ontario, Canada. The team pointed out that the safety of post-op aspirin was cast into doubt following the results of an earlier clinical trial of more than 10,000 people who received low-dose aspirin after a non-cardiac surgery. That trial found ... Read more

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Swings in Blood Pressure Can Pose Long-Term Dangers

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TUESDAY, Nov. 14, 2017 – Everyone knows that sustained high blood pressure does no favors for your heart or life span. But new research suggests that up-and-down shifts in blood pressure may be equally hazardous to your health. "The takeaway from the study is, if you allow your blood pressure to be uncontrolled for any period of time, or notice big changes in your blood pressure between doctor visits, you increase your risk of stroke, heart attack, kidney or heart failure or even death," said study author Dr. Brian Clements. He's an internal medicine specialist at Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute in Salt Lake City. One cardiologist who reviewed the findings wasn't surprised. "Swings in blood pressure cause more stress to the arteries of the heart and brain than a consistent blood pressure," said Dr. Satjit Bhusri, of Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. He said the study ... Read more

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Try This Diet to Lower Your Risk of Heart Failure

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TUESDAY, Nov. 14, 2017 – Your heart will thank you if you stick to a mostly plant-based diet, a new preliminary study suggests. Researchers evaluated five dietary patterns. They found that people who ate a plant-based diet most of the time had a 42 percent lower risk of developing heart failure over four years than those who ate fewer plant-based foods. "Eating a diet mostly of dark green leafy plants, fruits, beans, whole grains and fish, while limiting processed meats, saturated fats, trans fats, refined carbohydrates and foods high in added sugars is a heart-healthy lifestyle and may specifically help prevent heart failure if you don't already have it," said study first author Dr. Kyla Lara. She's an internal medicine resident at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. Heart failure means the heart is unable to pump enough blood to maintain its workload. ... Read more

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