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Health Tip: Regain Your Appetite

Posted 21 Jun 2018 by Drugs.com

-- Eating can be a chore if you don't have the appetite. Food may be a lot less appealing if you're sick or taking certain medications. But it's still important to eat a balanced diet. The U.S. National Institute on Aging suggests how to restore your appetite: Get more exercise, which should make you hungrier. Add more flavor to your food – not with salt, but with tasty additions such as lemon ...

Undernourished Kids May Face Hearing Problems Later On

Posted 6 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 5, 2018 – Poor nutrition in early childhood may make hearing loss more likely in adulthood, a new study suggests. Researchers from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health tested the hearing of more than 2,200 young adults in Nepal who had taken part in a nutrition study when they were children. Those who were undernourished in their preschool years were about twice as likely to ...

Is Obesity Slowing Gains in U.S. Life Spans?

Posted 16 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 16, 2018 – The death rate in the United States isn't decreasing as it has in years past, and some experts blame the opioid epidemic. But a new study suggests America's increasing girth is what's really behind the slowdown. Excess weight led to nearly 200,000 excess deaths in 2011. And overall, those extra pounds reduced life expectancy by almost one year at age 40, researchers ...

Those With 'Obesity Genes' May Gain Most From Healthy Eating

Posted 11 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 10, 2018 – Though healthy eating is good for everyone, those who have genes that put them at high risk for obesity might benefit the most. A new study suggests that even those who carry an inherited predisposition to pack on excess pounds are not destined to become obese. In fact, researchers say it can be avoided over time by adopting a healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables ...

Early Humans Grew Taller Long Before Bulking Up

Posted 8 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 7, 2017 – As humans evolved, height and weight developed at different rates. That's the conclusion of researchers who analyzed 311 fossil specimens of modern-day human's hominin ancestors, dating from 4.4 million years ago to humans who lived after the last ice age. Hominin evolution was a "long and winding road with many branches and dead ends" that included bursts of growth ...

Social Media Can Help Boost Weight Loss Success

Posted 4 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Nov. 3, 2017 – Struggling to lose weight? Maybe posting that selfie on social media can help, researchers say. Their study included 33 people in two weight-loss groups – surgical and nonsurgical – who regularly blogged or posted online about their weight-loss experiences and were followed for four years. Sharing their successes and setbacks on social media helped the participants stay ...

Pediatricians Sound Alarm on Rapid Weight Changes in Young Athletes

Posted 1 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Sept. 1, 2017 – Young gymnasts, figure skaters and wrestlers who try to quickly shed pounds by fasting or restricting fluids may be endangering their health, pediatricians warn. Similarly, young football players or power-lifters who try to rapidly pack on muscle may also be undermining their health, a new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) said. "Sometimes, children and ...

Health Tip: Fueling Your Body With Protein

Posted 4 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Protein helps build necessary muscle and a toned physique, especially if you're an athlete. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics offers these protein pointers: Eat a protein-laden meal within two hours of exercise. If you're an athlete, aim for 1.2 grams to two grams of protein per kilogram of your body weight each day, spaced throughout the day. You probably can get enough protein through ...

Protein at All 3 Meals May Help Preserve Seniors' Strength

Posted 4 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 3, 2017 – Eating protein at all three daily meals, instead of just at dinner, might help seniors preserve physical strength as they age, new research suggests. The Canadian study found that protein-rich meals evenly spread throughout the day staved off muscle decline, but did not increase mobility, in older people. Study co-author Stephanie Chevalier said, for seniors, "The ...

Keep an Eye Out for Eating Disorders in Loved Ones

Posted 3 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 2, 2017 – Millions of Americans have eating disorders, but it can be difficult for family and friends to detect these problems in loved ones, a doctor warns. For example, many people with anorexia are skillful at hiding their weight loss by doing things such as wearing loose clothing to mask their size or being very involved in meal preparation, according to Dr. Martha Levine of ...

Little Weight Gain in Pregnancy Tied to Schizophrenia Risk in Kids: Study

Posted 23 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 22, 2017 – Gaining too little weight during pregnancy may increase the odds that a child will develop schizophrenia later in life, Swedish researchers suggest. Past research has shown that pregnant women in areas of famine are more likely to have children who suffer from mental disorders, including schizophrenia. The new study found a 30 percent increased risk for schizophrenia ...

Could the 'Mediterranean' Diet Help Prevent ADHD?

Posted 30 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Jan. 30, 2017 – Kids who follow a Mediterranean diet – high in fruits, vegetables and "good" fats – may be less likely to have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a small study suggests. Research on 120 children in Spain found that those with "low adherence" to the traditional Mediterranean diet were seven times more likely to have ADHD. In general, kids with ADHD ate ...

Health Tip: Is Your Toddler Eating Enough?

Posted 30 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Parents may be concerned about whether their little ones are eating enough nutritious food. The American Academy of Family Physicians offers this advice. Watch for signs of poor growth and lack of energy, which may signal malnutrition. If your child doesn't eat much at one meal or snack, he or she is likely to make up for it at the next meal. If your child is a picky eater, be patient. Offer ...

Food Stamp Use Linked to Raised Early Death Risk in Study

Posted 20 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

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 ...

Health Tip: Kids Don't Need a Low-Fat Diet

Posted 17 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

-- It's important for kids to eat well and to practice healthy habits, but a low-fat diet isn't necessary and may even be harmful, experts say. The American Academy of Pediatrics explains: If dietary fats are replaced by added sugars in a child's diet, it may do more harm than good. Healthy fats are essential for brain growth and physical development. Healthy fats, such as those in wild-caught ...

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