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Mediterranean Diet Shows Its Protective Powers in Heart Patients

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MONDAY, Aug. 29, 2016 – New research suggests that eating a Mediterranean diet may prolong the lives of heart patients. "Adherence to the Mediterranean diet reduces the risk of overall mortality, not only in the general population – which is already known – but in patients who already suffered a heart attack," said study researcher Dr. Giovanni de Gaetano. He is head of the department of epidemiology and prevention at the I.R.C.C.S. Neuromed Institute in Pozzilli, Italy. "All-cause death was significantly reduced both in the people following the medium-level [Mediterranean diet], but especially in people who followed faithfully the Mediterranean diet," de Gaetano added. "The reduction in this group was about 37 percent." The study included nearly 1,200 patients in Italy. During a median follow-up of just over seven years, 208 died. Further investigation showed that the lower risk of ... Read more

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Health Tip: Choose Healthier Sides for Your Barbecue

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-- Barbecue fare may typically include burgers and high-fat side items, but you can lighten up your favorite sides and enjoy a healthier meal. The American Heart Association suggests: Skipping mayonnaise-based salads in favor of brightly colored veggie and fruit salads. Try topping with toasted nuts and skip the croutons. Serve fresh cut crunchy, raw veggies such as cucumber, broccoli, carrots and cauliflower with a low-fat dip instead of potato chips. Skip regular soda in favor of plain water. Skip store-bought baked goodies which are loaded in saturated fats. Try a healthy fruit smoothie and a little yogurt. Wrap up your barbecue with a sweet treat such as grilled fruit. Read more

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Teach Your Kids to Pick, Prepare and Pack Their School Lunch

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FRIDAY, Aug. 26, 2016 – If kids help plan and prepare their school lunches, they're more likely to eat them, an expert says. Give children a list of choices in each of the main food groups – fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein and low-fat dairy – and let them pick favorites in each category, Penn State University dietitian Kara Shifler suggested. "This definitely takes time, but past third or fourth grade, they should be taking on some of the responsibility themselves. That will help them have more control over what they eat and be more experimental in the kitchen," she said in a university news release. Pre-planning a menu and shopping for the entire week will reduce how much time parents have to spend packing a healthy lunch on busy weekday mornings, Shifler said. Her colleague, Dr. Marsha Novick, recommended packing a rainbow of fruits and vegetables. "Look for things ... Read more

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Friendships Matter if You Want to Lose Weight

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FRIDAY, Aug. 26, 2016 – If you're trying to lose weight, it might be a good idea to hang out with thinner people, a new study suggests. Researchers made the discovery in analyzing a survey of more than 9,300 Americans between the ages of 18 and 65. Overweight people who want to drop weight are less likely to succeed if they only socialize with other overweight people. Though they may be more comfortable with plump peers, they're more apt to shed unwanted pounds if they include thinner people in their social lives, according to the study published recently in the journal Obesity. Researchers aren't suggesting people who want to slim down ditch their overweight friends. More study is needed to understand the association, because this research did not prove a cause-and-effect link. "What we don't know is what respondents are doing with their social contacts, whether through texting, in ... Read more

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Could Weight-Loss Surgery Boost Odds of Preemie Birth?

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WEDNESDAY, Aug. 24, 2016 – Mothers-to-be who've had weight-loss surgery may have increased odds for premature delivery, researchers report. "Women and their doctors should be aware of this risk increase, and women with previous bariatric [weight-loss] surgery should be carefully monitored during pregnancy," said Dr. Olof Stephansson, lead researcher on a new study from Sweden. The current findings contradict results from a smaller study by the same team. However, the earlier research involved fewer than 600 women who had undergone weight-loss surgery. This time, the researchers assessed nearly 2,000 births after the surgery. The investigators found that 8.4 percent were preterm – before 37 weeks' gestation. That compared with 6.8 percent among nearly 6,600 women of similar size who didn't have the weight-loss procedure. "We cannot say what is causing this risk increase, but we have ... Read more

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Excess Weight Tied to Higher Risk for Many Cancers, Experts Say

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WEDNESDAY, Aug. 23, 2016 – Staying slim throughout your life might lower your risk of developing at least eight types of cancer, an international cancer research group says. Those include cancers of the stomach, liver, gallbladder, pancreas, ovary and thyroid. The list also includes a form of brain cancer known as meningioma, as well as a type of blood cancer called multiple myeloma. What's more, the latest research builds on the findings of an earlier review by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), which is part of the World Health Organization. That research found that those who avoid gaining weight can curtail their risk for developing five other types of cancer, including cancer of the colon, esophagus, kidney, breast and uterus. "The review certainly concluded crystal clear, as you say, that obesity causes cancer," noted Dr. Graham Colditz, who chaired the IARC ... Read more

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Health Tip: Help Kids Get Enough Exercise

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-- You know kids need to move and play, but are you sure yours are getting enough exercise? The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends: At least 60 minutes every day of aerobic exercise, and very vigorous exercise at least three days per week. Push-ups, gymnastics or other strengthening exercises at least three times per week. Running, jumping rope and other weight-bearing exercises to build bones at least three times per week. Read more

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Diabetes Drug May Help Kids With Autism Fight Unwanted Pounds

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WEDNESDAY, Aug. 24, 2016 – The diabetes drug metformin may help overweight children and teens with autism slim down, a new study suggests. The study included 60 people with autism, aged 6 to 17. The patients were overweight due to the side effects of taking antipsychotic medications for irritability and agitation. For the study, participants were given either metformin or an inactive placebo for 16 weeks. Those given metformin had much greater reductions in body mass index (BMI) than those who took the placebo, the findings showed. BMI is an estimate of body fat based on weight and height. "Our results showed that [gastrointestinal] side effects occurred for more days in the metformin group compared to placebo group, but the large majority of children taking metformin were able to maintain their treatment. Importantly, the metformin didn't cause behavioral changes, such as increased ... Read more

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Cancer on Course to Become Top Killer of Americans

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WEDNESDAY, Aug. 24, 2016 – Cancer is on track to become the leading cause of death in the United States, closing in on heart disease as America's number one killer, a new government study shows. Heart disease has consistently been the leading cause of death for decades, and remained so in 2014, according to a report from the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But the gap between heart disease and the second-leading cause of death, cancer, has been narrowing since 1968, the researchers said. Cancer actually surpassed heart disease as the leading cause of death for 22 states in 2014, the study found. Back in 2000, Alaska and Minnesota were the only two states where cancer killed more people than heart disease. In addition, cancer is now the leading cause of death for a number of minority groups, including Hispanics, Asians ... Read more

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Health Tip: Pack Healthier Lunches

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-- Eating healthier foods at work or school doesn't have to involve sacrificing variety or taste. Here are lunch ideas from the American heart Association: Create simple meals with a few basic staples. If you do dine out, talk to the manager about healthier creations they may be able to make for you. Cook large meals on the weekend and repack the food into daily lunch portions. Read more

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No More Than 6 Teaspoons of Added Sugars a Day for Kids

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MONDAY, Aug. 22, 2016 – Children and teens should consume less than six teaspoons of added sugars a day, a new American Heart Association statement advises. "Our target recommendation is the same for all children between the ages of 2 and 18, to keep it simple for parents and public health advocates," statement lead author Dr. Miriam Vos said in a heart association news release. Added sugars are any sugars, including table sugar, fructose and honey, used in processing and preparing foods or beverages, added to foods at the table, or eaten separately. "For most children, eating no more than six teaspoons of added sugars per day is a healthy and achievable target," Vos explained. She is a nutrition scientist and associate professor of pediatrics at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta. The statement also said children younger than 2 years should not consume foods or beverages ... Read more

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To Keep Teens Slim, Focus on Health not Weight

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MONDAY, Aug. 22, 2016 – When teenagers are overweight, parents and doctors should encourage a healthy lifestyle rather than worry about the number on the bathroom scale, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says. In new guidelines that address both teen obesity and eating disorders, the AAP says adults should move away from "weight talk," and instead help kids have a healthy relationship with food and their bodies. "We need to focus on health and healthy behaviors, rather than the number on the scale," said Dr. Neville Golden, the lead author of the new recommendations. He is a professor of pediatrics at Stanford University's School of Medicine in California. The AAP has long had guidelines on both childhood obesity and eating disorders. But the new report addresses both together because they are connected, Golden said. Most teenagers diagnosed with eating disorders such as ... Read more

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Teen Student-Athletes Often Unfit, Overweight

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MONDAY, Aug. 22, 2016 – Student-athletes may be more popular than teens who don't play sports, but they're no more fit. Turns out they have similar rates of obesity and high blood pressure as non-athletes, a new study finds. Researchers analyzed data from 2,700 student-athletes in Philadelphia who received free preseason physicals over four years from the non-profit Athlete Health Organization. The physicals are done to identify students who might be at risk for injury, illness or death. "We founded the Athlete Health Organization to promote safe sports activity but we can also use these events to evaluate the overall health of this population," said Dr. David Shipon. He is a cardiologist at Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals in Philadelphia and CEO of the sports organization. "This is our first research study and we found alarmingly high rates of obesity and high blood pressure ... Read more

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Health Tip: Eating Healthy on a Family Trip

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-- Vacation shouldn't be an excuse to load up on junk food. Parents should help kids make healthy food choices, whether at home or away. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics recommends: Avoid letting children eat out of boredom. Create a daily schedule and show it to kids, adhering as much as possible to regular eating times. Packing healthy kid-friendly snacks, such as cheese sticks, fruit and veggies, popcorn, yogurt, trail mix, whole grain crackers and water. Alternating between eating out and eating food you bring or make. When you dine out, remind kids about healthy choices, such as drinking milk and eating vegetables and fruit. Bringing a stocked cooler to the beach. Keep kids eating on schedule, and remind them to drink plenty of water. Explaining to kids that just because food is available, you don't need to eat if you're not hungry. Read more

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'Business Diet' a Bad Deal for the Heart

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FRIDAY, Aug. 19, 2016 – The typical "social business diet" – heavy on red meats, sweet drinks, processed snacks and booze – takes a toll on the heart, a new study finds. In the go-go world of business meetings and nonstop travel, healthy home-cooked meals often give way to unhealthy fare consumed on the road. This ups the risk for atherosclerosis, a slow but steady clogging of the arteries, the researchers say. "We found that more than other diets, the 'social business eating pattern' specifically raises the risk for developing atherosclerosis disease," said study author Dr. Valentin Fuster. He's a professor of cardiology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. With its emphasis on eating out, snacking on the run and excessive alcohol consumption, this style of eating is even worse than the so-called Western diet, the researchers found. "This business diet is ... Read more

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