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Food Stamp Use Linked to Raised Early Death Risk in Study

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THURSDAY, Jan. 19, 2017 – Americans who use or are eligible for food stamps have a higher risk of premature death than people who aren't eligible for them, a new study finds. "Our results suggest that the millions of low-income Americans who rely on SNAP for food assistance require even greater support to improve their health than they currently receive," said study senior author Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian. He is dean of Tufts University's School of Nutrition Science and Policy in Boston. Mozaffarian's team looked at data from 2000 to 2011. There was information on nearly 500,000 adults aged 25 and older who received benefits from the federal government's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). SNAP benefits are commonly called food stamps. The investigators found that people who used food stamps had a three times higher risk of death from diabetes. The program participants also ... Read more

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Truckers' Poor Health: An Accident Waiting to Happen?

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THURSDAY, Jan. 19, 2017 – Truck drivers spend long hours behind the wheel and often eat less-than-healthy food at roadside stops. These behaviors can raise their risk of multiple health conditions, which boost their chances of getting into a crash, a new study suggests. Researchers examined data from more than 49,000 commercial truck drivers and found that 34 percent had at least one of several health problems – such as heart disease, low back pain and diabetes – that have been linked with poor driving performance. Truck drivers with three or more of the flagged medical conditions were two to four times more likely to be in a crash than their healthier peers, the University of Utah researchers found. For example, the rate of crashes resulting in injury among all truck drivers was 29 per 100 million miles traveled, but was 93 per 100 million miles traveled for drivers with three or ... Read more

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Health Tip: Don't Waste Food

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-- Your mother always warned you against the evils of wasting food. To combat the practice, the Environmental Protection Agency suggests: Don't buy more produce than you can use before it goes bad. Research the best way to store each fruit and vegetable – whether inside or outside the refrigerator. Got plenty of seasonal produce? Can, freeze or preserve extras. Keep bananas, apples and tomatoes separate from other produce. Other produce can lead to these foods ripening too quickly. To avoid mold, don't rinse berries until just before you eat them. Read more

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Too Much Sitting Ages You Faster

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WEDNESDAY, Jan. 18, 2017 – You might age a lot faster if you sit too much, a new study warns. Researchers who assessed nearly 1,500 older women found those who sat most of the day and got little exercise had cells that were biologically older by eight years than the women's actual age. "Our study found cells age faster with a sedentary lifestyle. Chronological age doesn't always match biological age," said lead author Aladdin Shadyab. He's from the University of California, San Diego's School of Medicine. The women, aged 64 to 95, answered questionnaires and wore a device for seven days to track their activity levels. The study doesn't establish a cause-and-effect relationship between accelerated aging and lack of exercise. Still, "discussions about the benefits of exercise should start when we are young, and physical activity should continue to be part of our daily lives as we get ... Read more

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Could Grilled, Smoked Meats Lower Survival After Breast Cancer?

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WEDNESDAY, Jan. 18, 2017 – Research has suggested that diets high in barbecued, grilled and smoked meats could increase the risk of breast cancer. Now, a new study finds these cooking methods may also lower survival after a breast cancer diagnosis. The study involved more than 1,500 women who had been diagnosed with the cancer in 1996 and 1997. The study participants were followed for nearly 20 years. Eating lots of grilled, barbecued or smoked meat before their cancer diagnosis was linked with a 23 percent increased risk of dying from any cause during the follow-up period compared with low intake, the researchers said. And continuing to eat lots of meat cooked in this fashion after breast cancer seemed to increase those odds, the findings suggested. Beef, pork and lamb, in particular, were singled out as potentially troublesome. Grilling, smoking and cooking meats at high temperatures ... Read more

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Health Tip: Investing in Your Fitness

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-- Before you invest in exercise equipment or a workout plan, make sure you're making a wise choice. Here are suggestions from the American Council on Exercise: Beware of plans that tout significant calories burned with little effort, or results with little work. Be wary of equipment that's advertised as burning more calories than similar equipment. Always read the fine print. Don't rely on potentially fabricated testimonials. Read more

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Health Tip: Get Moving Toward a Healthier You

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-- A healthier you could be within reach if you follow a few guidelines. The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases advises: Measure your waist. Men with a circumference of greater than 40 inches, or women greater than 35 inches, are at heightened risk of health problems such as diabetes or high blood pressure. Plan an exercise schedule that's tailored to your goals. As you begin meeting goals, increase your activity. Plan for the fitness challenges you are likely to face, and ways to overcome them. Make healthier food choices. Eat more fruit and vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins. Cut back on salt, sugar and solid fats. Read more

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Short Stretches of Exercise May Have Anti-Inflammatory Effect

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WEDNESDAY, Jan. 18, 2017 – Just 20 minutes of moderate exercise may dampen inflammation in the body, researchers say. The study findings suggest that "exercise doesn't have to be tremendously hard for you to see health benefits from it," said study author Suzi Hong. She is an associate professor at the University of California, San Diego. The researchers focused on inflammation – swelling – in the body. The immune system produces swelling by rushing to protect the body from injuries and invaders, such as germs. But inflammation can become permanent, poisoning tissues in the body and contributing to diseases, including diabetes, Hong explained. Obesity, for example, is thought to produce higher levels of inflammation. That inflammation can contribute to heart disease by affecting the arteries, Hong said. Studies have suggested that exercise lowers inflammation, especially when you're ... Read more

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Incentives May Spur Poor Families to Buy More Fruits, Veggies

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WEDNESDAY, Jan. 18, 2017 – A quick chat with low-income families about financial incentives to eat more fruits and vegetables increased consumption of these items, U.S. researchers say. "Diet-related disease is disproportionately concentrated in low-income communities where fruit and vegetable consumption is far below [federal] guidelines. Unfortunately, healthy food is often more expensive than calorie-rich, nutrient-poor junk food," explained study author Dr. Alicia Cohen. She is a clinical lecturer at University of Michigan's department of family medicine. For the study, researchers talked to almost 200 participants enrolled in a federal nutrition assistance program while they were in the waiting room of a health clinic. The study authors spent 5 minutes explaining a program called Double Up Food Bucks, that doubles the value of food stamps when spent on fruits and vegetables. That ... Read more

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Monkey Study Boosts Theory That Fewer Calories Can Extend Life

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TUESDAY, Jan. 17, 2017 – A calorie-restricted diet helps monkeys live longer, healthier lives, a new study suggests. Previously, research teams from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the U.S. National Institute on Aging (NIA) conducted separate calorie-restricted diet studies on rhesus monkeys. But the two teams had different findings. In 2009, the UW-Madison study team concluded that a calorie-restricted diet led to significant benefits in survival and reductions in cancer, heart disease and insulin resistance for monkeys. Meanwhile, a 2012 NIA study found that restricting calories in the diet didn't significantly improve survival. But the NIA study said that calorie restriction did improve health. The conflicting outcomes "cast a shadow of doubt" on how calorie restriction might help to understand aging, said study co-corresponding author Rozalyn Anderson, an associate ... Read more

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Health Tip: Stick With Your Healthy-Eating Resolution

Posted 2 days 22 hours ago by

-- Now that you've committed to healthier eating for the new year, it's way too soon to give up on this important resolution. The American Heart Association suggests: Throw away foods that are highly processed, replacing them with healthier fare. Read food labels to identify healthy choices. Be honest about your diet. Gorging on a fruit pie or carrot cake doesn't count as eating fruits or vegetables! Vow to cook more often at home. Look for new, healthy recipes, trying a new one once monthly. Cut back on salt. Include more nuts and seeds in your diet, and make sure to include fiber-rich skin on apples and potatoes. If you're heading to a party, eat just a few indulgent treats. Fill up on fruit and vegetables before you go. Push for healthier foods in your child's school, and keep plenty of healthy snacks at home. Don't forget to get active! Find ways to exercise daily. Read more

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Heavy Kids Fare Worse in One Way After Surgery

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FRIDAY, Jan. 13, 2017 – Here's yet another reason to watch your child's weight: Overweight and obese kids seem to be more likely than others to develop a wound infection after surgery, a new study suggests. Researchers have already documented this connection in adults. But, "research on this topic among children and adolescents is scarce," said study co-author Dr. Catherine Hunter, one of the study authors. "The information from this first-of-its-kind study can now be used in assessing and counseling preoperative pediatric surgical patients and their families," said Hunter. She's a pediatric surgeon at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. In the United States, childhood obesity has nearly tripled since the 1970s, which suggests more children may face these infections, she and her colleagues said. Using statistics from a U.S. surgical database, the researchers focused ... Read more

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Kids' Use of Artificial Sweeteners Spiked in Recent Years

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FRIDAY, Jan. 13, 2017 – Use of artificial sugar by American children and adults has soared in recent years – and the news isn't all that sweet, a new study suggests. Consumption of foods and beverages with low-calorie sweeteners such as aspartame, sucralose and saccharin rose 200 percent among children between 1999 and 2012. Their use rose 54 percent among adults, researchers said. "Just 8.7 percent of kids reported consuming low-calorie sweeteners in 1999, and thirteen years later that number had risen to 25.1 percent," said study author Allison Sylvetsky, of George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Some were as young as 2 years old, she and her colleagues noted. "Kids aren't alone in this trend. More adults also are taking in low-calorie sweeteners in diet soft drinks and in a variety of foods and snack items," Sylvetsky, an assistant professor of exercise and nutrition ... Read more

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Rural Americans at Higher Risk of 5 Preventable Causes of Death: CDC

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THURSDAY, Jan. 12, 2017 – Americans who live in rural areas have a higher risk of death from five leading causes than people who live in urban locations, a federal study reveals. In 2014, there were many potentially preventable deaths among rural Americans, including 25,000 from heart disease, 19,000 from cancer, 12,000 from accidental injuries, 11,000 from chronic lower respiratory disease and 4,000 from stroke, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "This new study shows there is a striking gap in health between rural and urban Americans. To close this gap, we are working to better understand and address the health threats that put rural Americans at increased risk of early death," CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden said in an agency news release. About 46 million Americans – 15 percent of the nation's population – live in rural areas. Several factors – ... Read more

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Most of Canada's Packaged Foods, Drinks Have Added Sugars

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THURSDAY, Jan. 12, 2017 – Two-thirds of packaged foods and beverages in Canada contain at least one added sugar, a new study shows. "People may be surprised to learn how many packaged foods and beverages have sugars added to them, especially foods that most would consider 'healthier,' " said study co-author Erin Hobin. A number of health organizations recommend limiting added sugars to a maximum of 5 to 10 percent of daily calories consumed, the researchers said. But all that added sugar in packaged foods and drinks may make it difficult to limit the amount of the sweet stuff that kids and other family members eat. The study authors looked at more than 40,000 packaged foods and beverages sold at national supermarket chains in Canada. They found that 66 percent had at least one added sugar listed in their ingredients. These products even included some infant formulas and baby food ... Read more

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