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Keep an Eye Out for Eating Disorders in Loved Ones

Posted 3 Mar 2017 by

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 Penn State Children's Hospital. But there are signs that loved ones can look for, said Levine, who is director of the partial hospitalization program, in the division of eating disorders and adolescent medicine. People with anorexia are often cold and may develop a fine layer of hair on their bodies in reaction to the loss of body fat. In females, menstruation tends to stop, she noted. In the case of those with bulimia, watch for the person visiting the bathroom right after meals. Dentists can ... Read more

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

Posted 23 Feb 2017 by

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 in children of underweight women in an industrialized country. "Even in a wealthy, well-fed population like Sweden, there are still mothers unable to meet the nutritional requirements for safe pregnancies," lead researcher Euan Mackay said. Mackay is a research assistant at the Karolinska Institute's division of epidemiology of mental health in Stockholm. Mackay cautioned that these findings cannot prove that women who don't gain enough weight during pregnancy are putting their child at risk for ... Read more

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Could the 'Mediterranean' Diet Help Prevent ADHD?

Posted 30 Jan 2017 by

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 fewer fruits, vegetables and fatty fish – and more junk food and fast food, according to the study findings. However, the findings point only to a correlation and not a cause-and-effect link between the Mediterranean diet and ADHD, said experts who were not involved in the study. No one knows whether the diet can actually ward off the attention and behavior problems associated with ADHD. "One possibility is that kids with ADHD make less-healthy food choices," said Richard Gallagher. Still, the ... Read more

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Health Tip: Is Your Toddler Eating Enough?

Posted 30 Jan 2017 by

-- 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 a variety of nutritious foods throughout the day. Read more

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Food Stamp Use Linked to Raised Early Death Risk in Study

Posted 20 Jan 2017 by

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

Posted 17 Oct 2016 by

-- 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 fish and whole milk, are heart healthy. But not all fats are healthy. Kids (and adults) should avoid trans fats, found in many fried or processed foods. Read more

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Health Tip: Health Tip: Risk Factors for Malnutrition

Posted 17 Oct 2016 by

-- Certain risk factors make you more prone than others to malnutrition, which doesn't necessarily come from lack of food. It's possible to be obese and not get enough nutrients (malnourishment) at the same time, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics says. According to the academy, here are common risk factors for malnutrition: Hospitalization. Advanced age, particularly if accompanied by dementia. Dental health problems. Loss of appetite. Serious head injury. Eating disorder. Serious infection. Organ failure. Read more

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Older Surgery Patients Should Be Screened for Frailty: Study

Posted 6 Oct 2016 by

THURSDAY, Oct. 6, 2016 – Screening older surgery patients for frailty could improve their outcomes and chances for survival, researchers say. But frailty often goes unrecognized in these patients, according to a study published online Oct. 6 in The Annals of Thoracic Surgery. "Patients with frail health have less ability to overcome stressors such as illness, falls and injury, and have a higher risk of adverse effects from medications, procedures and surgery," study co-author Dr. Angela Beckert said in a journal news release. Beckert is an assistant professor in the division of geriatrics and gerontology at the Medical College of Wisconsin, in Milwaukee. "If a patient is more robust, with better physical performance and vigor – in other words, less frail – then I believe surgical outcomes would be better," she added. Beckert's team screened 125 patients for signs of frailty; their ... Read more

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Health Tip: Help Your Underweight Child Gain Safely

Posted 22 Jul 2016 by

-- If your kids are underweight, it doesn't mean you should fill them with junk food to put on extra pounds. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics recommends: Serving guacamole made with fresh avocados, tomato and onions. Or add avocados to a sweet fruit smoothie made with nut butters, seeds, fruit and full-fat yogurt. Making trail mix or granola with dried fruit, chocolate chips, nuts, seeds and full-fat yogurt. Creating a dip made with beans or hummus from chickpeas. Don't let your child fill up on drinks before mealtime, so the child will be hungry enough to eat nutritious food. Read more

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Do Big Bottles Kickstart Infant Weight Issues?

Posted 7 Jun 2016 by

TUESDAY, June 7, 2016 – Feeding babies formula from a big bottle might put them at higher risk for greater-than-normal weight gain and weight-for-length size, a new study suggests. Researchers who assessed 298 babies found bottle size in early infancy is an important factor when measuring for unhealthy weight gain and higher risk for obesity at 6 months of age. "Potentially, they were being overfed," said Dr. Charles Wood, a pediatrician and co-author of the study. "We're trying to figure out the modifiable factors in early life that can prevent obesity or promote healthy growth in the first year of life," added Wood, of the division of general pediatrics and adolescent medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The study concluded that reducing bottle size might be one way to reduce early onset obesity. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports ... Read more

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Climate-Related Changes in Food Production Could Lead to 500,000 Deaths

Posted 3 Mar 2016 by

THURSDAY, March 3, 2016 – The effects of climate change on food production could lead to the deaths of more than half a million adults in 2050, researchers estimate. And the research, published March 2 in The Lancet, suggested that three-quarters of those deaths are likely to occur in China and India. By 2050, lower levels of fruit and vegetable consumption could cause twice as many deaths as poor nutrition, the study based on computer modeling found. This is the strongest evidence yet of the devastation climate change could have on food production and health worldwide, study leader Marco Springmann and colleagues said in a journal news release. The team predicted the impact in 155 countries. "Much research has looked at food security, but little has focused on the wider health effects of agricultural production," explained Springmann. He's from the Oxford Martin Program on the Future ... Read more

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Health Problems Can Plague Seniors After Cancer Surgery

Posted 24 Feb 2016 by

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 24, 2016 – After cancer surgery, certain older patients face an increased risk for injuries and problems that can keep them in a hospital longer and slow their recovery, new research reveals. The researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles, reviewed data from more than 939,000 people, aged 55 or older. All had undergone major cancer surgery in the United States between 2009 and 2011. More than 9 percent of these patients had age-related injuries and health issues, such as falls, broken bones, dehydration, bed sores, failure to thrive and delirium. All of these problems can lead to longer hospital stays, higher health care costs and even premature death, the study authors said. These health issues can occur in addition to postsurgery complications. The study found that these problems were most likely to occur in patients aged 75 and older, and in people ... Read more

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Weight Gain Between Pregnancies May Affect Infant Survival

Posted 3 Dec 2015 by

THURSDAY, Dec. 3, 2015 – Weight gain after a first pregnancy might raise the risk of infant death and stillbirth in a second pregnancy, a new study suggests. In mothers who were previously a healthy weight, even moderate weight gain between the two pregnancies was associated with increasing the odds for infant death, researchers reported Dec. 3 in The Lancet. "The public health implications are profound," study author Sven Cnattingius, a professor at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, said in a journal news release. "Around a fifth of women in our study gained enough weight between pregnancies to increase their risk of stillbirth by 30 to 50 percent, and their likelihood of giving birth to babies who die in infancy increased by 27 to 60 percent, if they had a healthy weight during their first pregnancy," Cnattingius said. But while the study detected an association between mother's ... Read more

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Doctors Key to Stopping Child Hunger

Posted 23 Oct 2015 by

FRIDAY, Oct. 23, 2015 – Pediatricians should screen all children to determine if they're getting enough to eat, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says in a new policy statement. The statement also recommends that pediatricians learn about and refer families in need to community resources, and that they push for government policies that increase people's access to adequate and nutritious food. More than 15 million American children live in homes plagued by hunger, putting their health at risk, according to the AAP. "The health effects of hunger on children are pervasive and long-lasting, which is why our new policy urges pediatricians to take action in and outside of the clinic to conquer food insecurity and promote child health," policy co-author Dr. Sarah Jane Schwarzenberg said in an AAP news release. Schwarzenberg is director of pediatric gastroenterology, hepatology and ... Read more

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