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January 15, 2009

FDA questions safety of nanotech in vitamins
"The ability of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to regulate the safety of dietary supplements using nanomaterials is severely limited by lack of information, lack of resources and the agency's lack of statutory authority in certain critical areas." Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies

Simple checklist saves lives
"Eight hospitals reduced the number of deaths from surgery by more than 40% by using a checklist that helps doctors and nurses avoid errors, according to a report released online today in the New England Journal of Medicine." USA Today

Kellogg removes peanut butter snacks after scare
"Kellogg Co said on Wednesday it was removing its Austin and Keebler branded peanut butter snacks from store shelves and put a hold their shipments due to the current Salmonella food poisoning outbreak." Reuters

January 14, 2009

Salmonella outbreak linked to peanut butter
"The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed a link yesterday between peanut butter and a salmonella outbreak that has sickened more than 400 people in 43 states." The Washington Post

Vitamin D benefits are widespread
"Vitamin D is quickly becoming the 'it' nutrient with health benefits for diseases, including cancer, osteoporosis, heart disease and now diabetes." Loyola University

Cold weather boosts blood pressure in elderly
"Outdoor temperature and blood pressure appear to be correlated in the elderly, with higher rates of hypertension in cooler months." Archives of Internal Medicine

January 13, 2009

Girls more likely to remain bully victims
"Girls targeted by bullies at primary school are two and a half times more likely to remain victims than boys." University of Warwick

Study sheds light on enjoying the present
"It is common knowledge that when something becomes scarce, its value goes up." Association for Psychological Science

Lead exposure can cause harm in later years
"Both the developing brain and the aging brain can suffer from lead exposure." American Psychological Association

January 12, 2009

Spirituality key to happy kids
"New study suggests spirituality, not religious practices, determine how happy children are." University of British Columbia

Cell phones do number on health research
"In our information-crazy, never-out-of-touch world, it's becoming harder and harder to find out who we are and what we do." The Washington Post

School trouble predicts health problems
"Adolescents who misbehave at school are more likely to have difficulties throughout their adult lives." British Medical Journal

January 11, 2009

Recognizing successes heads off depression
"Students' successes in the first grade can affect more than their future report cards." University of Missouri

Antioxidants offer pain relief
"Antioxidant supplementation was found to be effective in relieving pain and reducing levels of oxidative stress in patients with chronic pancreatitis." AGA Institute

Income tied to heart disease
"The research found coronary-artery disease patients living in lower socioeconomic neighborhoods are more vulnerable to death from chronic disease, particularly cancer." University of British Columbia

January 10, 2009

Salmonella outbreak tied to peanut butter
"Minnesota health officials issued a product alert for peanut butter on Friday after finding a jar that was contaminated with a strain of salmonella linked to an outbreak across the United States." Reuters

Obese outnumber overweight in US
"The number of obese American adults outweighs the number of those who are merely overweight, according to the latest statistics from the federal government." Reuters

Appetite hormone gets second look
"The discovery more than a decade ago of leptin, an appetite-suppressing hormone secreted by fat tissue, generated headlines and great hopes for an effective treatment for obesity." Children's Hospital Boston

January 9, 2009

Preschool sack lunches found lacking
"The researchers found more than 50 percent of lunches provided less than minimum amounts of calories, carbohydrates, vitamin A, calcium, iron and zinc, and 96 percent of lunches provided less than minimum recommended amounts of dietary fiber." American Dietetic Association

Physical activity not at core of obesity epidemic
"A recent international study fails to support the common belief that the number of calories burned in physical activity is a key factor in rising rates of obesity." Loyola University

Smoking moms linked to aggressive kids
"Women who smoke during pregnancy risk delivering aggressive kids." University of Montreal

January 8, 2009

Young adults need more time for healthy meals
"As adolescents mature into young adults, increasing time constraints due to school or work can begin to impact eating habits in a negative way." American Dietetic Association

Gender difference in physical activity found
"Females of all ages are less active than their male peers. Two studies reveal the gender difference in activity levels among school children and the over 70s." University of Exeter

Wii Fit proves promising fitness tool
"While some emerging technologies can create environments that require very little physical effort, one researcher thinks games like Nintendo's Wii Fit can help promote physical rather than sedentary activities for people of all ages." Kansas State University

January 7, 2009

Smart food combos enhance nutrition
"The next time you're preparing a spinach salad, toss in a mandarin orange. The citrus fruit won't just enhance the flavor; its vitamin C also will help your body absorb the iron found in leafy green vegetables." Chicago Tribune

Ignore TV fitness gear hype
"It's late at night, and the promises jump off the TV screen and onto the couch. Right between you and your potato chips." The Sun Sentinel

Planning, not cash, keeps kids healthy and slim
"Many parents with overweight children would be willing to break the bank to help their kids reach a healthy weight, but luckily, that's not necessary." USA Today

January 6, 2009

Early family depression has lasting effect on kids
"The country's economic crisis could have lasting effects on children from families that fall into poverty." Iowa State University

Obesity boosts cancer risk in women
"A new epidemiological study has found that among women who have never used menopausal hormone therapy, obese women are at an increased risk of developing ovarian cancer compared with women of normal weight." American Cancer Society

Magnets bring independence to disabled
"Coventry University has helped to develop a new bra for older and disabled women which replaces traditional fastenings with magnets." Coventry University

January 5, 2009

'Healthy Monday' is the best time for a new start
"The perfect day to start on the road to health is the first Monday of the year -- and every succeeding Monday as well, a group of researchers suggest." UPI

Tight economic belts can lead to healthy waistlines
"It's difficult to lose weight under the best of circumstances, and now many Americans' budgets are stretched so thin they may be tempted by cheaper foods that are not as healthful." USA Today

Diet marketers push hard in sour climate
"Weight-loss marketers face a hefty challenge with the advent of diet season: selling products and services to pound-conscious yet penny-pinching consumers." USA Today

January 4, 2009

Mustard proves helpful organic weed fighter
"Sinalbin, the same compound that gives white mustard its pungent flavor, could also prove useful in fighting weeds." U.S. Department Of Agriculture

Social, economic costs of insomnia soar
"A new study indicates that the indirect costs of untreated insomnia are significantly greater than the direct costs associated with its treatment." American Academy of Sleep Medicine

Vitamin combo alone can't fight cancer
"Women who took beta carotene or vitamin C or E or a combination of the supplements had a similar risk of cancer as women who did not take the supplements." Journal of the National Cancer Institute

January 3, 2009

Practicing restraint more important with age
"Lots of experts disagree over the seemingly obvious notion of keeping weight off by trying to eat less, a debate that centers on whether the practice backfires, leading to binging and weight gain." Brigham Young University

Fast food near schools means heavier kids
"Adolescents who go to school within a half-mile of a fast-food restaurant are more likely to be overweight or obese than kids whose schools are further away, new research suggests." Reuters

Disability no detriment to marital happiness
"A new study finds that the onset of physical disability boosts marital happiness more often than not." Brigham Young University

January 2, 2009

Heart recovery at home as good as hospital
"Home-based rehabilitation is no worse than hospital-based programs for helping patients get better after a heart attack or surgery to clear blocked heart arteries, and may be more accessible for patients." Reuters

Doctors miss obesity diagnosis in children
"Despite recent widespread media attention given to studies that have indicated one-third of American children have a weight problem, a new study shows just one-third of children who are overweight or obese actually receive that diagnosis by a pediatrician." Case Western Reserve University

Real-time pollen forecast could help millions
"Researchers are reporting an advance toward development of technology that could make life easier for millions of people allergic to plant pollen. It could underpin the first automated, real-time systems for identifying specific kinds of allergy-inducing plant pollen circulating in the air." American Chemical Society

January 1, 2009

Smoking ban causes heart attack drop
"A smoking ban caused heart attacks to drop by more than 40 percent in one U.S. city and the decrease lasted three years, federal health experts reported Wednesday." Reuters

Religious practice, self-control linked
"Self-control is critical for success in life, and a new study finds that religious people have more self-control than do their less religious counterparts." University of Miami

Grape-seed extract kills cancer cells
"An extract from grape seeds forces laboratory leukemia cells to commit cell suicide." American Association for Cancer Research

December 31, 2008

Smoking ban tightened near federal buildings
"Government workers at federal buildings who want a cigarette break will have to take a stroll before they light up, according to a new federal policy." The Washington Post

Resolve to make a smart gym choice
"Wait until the hangover wears off before you sign a contract for a new gym membership: There are a few factors that take serious thinking." The Washington Post

Antioxidants alone can't drop cancer risk
"In the large Women's Antioxidant Cardiovascular Study, participants who took beta carotene, vitamin C, vitamin E, or a combination of supplements had no significant reductions in their risk of cancer." Reuters

December 30, 2008

Processed food additive linked to lung cancer
"New research in an animal model suggests that a diet high in inorganic phosphates, which are found in a variety of processed foods including meats, cheeses, beverages, and bakery products, might speed growth of lung cancer tumors and may even contribute to the development of those tumors in individuals predisposed to the disease." American Thoracic Society

Berry, grape compound slows aging
"In a new study, aged laboratory animals that ate a diet rich in the berry and grape compound pterostilbene performed better than those in a group that did not eat the enriched diet." Agricultural Research Service

Gardening proves good exercise
"Gardening is a very popular leisure activity for adults aged 65 or older in the United States." Kansas State University

December 29, 2008

Vitamin D is key for immune health
"Once believed to be important only for bone health, vitamin D is now seen as having a critical function in maintaining the immune system throughout life." University of South Carolina

How veggies fight cancer investigated
"Women should go for the broccoli when the relish tray comes around during holiday celebrations this season." UCSB

Protein boost best for athletes
"Sports drinks containing protein are better at improving athletes' performance." International Society of Sports Nutrition

December 28, 2008

Nutritious fast-food for kids' scarce
"Only 3 percent of kids' meals served at fast-food restaurants met federal dietary guidelines in the first study to examine the nutrient quality of such meals in a major U.S. metropolitan market." Michigan State University

Pets ease stressful times
"A new study suggests that college students may handle stressful situations better if they have a pet." Ohio State University

Healthy resolutions save money
"An individual's costs will vary, but the federal Centers for Disease Control estimated last year that medical expenses related to being overweight or obese may have reached as high as $78.5 billion nationally in 1998." Cape Cod Times

December 27, 2008

Painkiller overuse boosts migraine risk
"Those pain pills you think help your migraines? Take too many and you could make them worse." Associated Press

Diabetic youth try dangerous diet tactics
"Young people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes are often overweight and many turn to unhealthy weight loss practices, such as using over-the-counter diet aids without a doctor's advice, fasting and taking laxatives, new research shows." Reuters

More sleep is good for heart
"Sleeping enough can lower your risk of heart disease, a University of Chicago study has found." Bloomberg News

December 26, 2008

Waist size predicts stroke risk
"A large waist circumference, which is known to raise the risk of cardiovascular disease, may also raise the risk of stroke or mini-stroke." Reuters

Diet change drops heart risk
"Each serving of whole-grains may lessen heart failure risk by 7 percent among middle-aged African-American and white men and women." Reuters

Holiday health myths challenged
"A study published in the Christmas 2008 issue of the British Medical Journal explores the science behind six myths commonly associated with the holidays yet relevant year-round." Indiana University

December 25, 2008

Vitamin D deficiency can put moms at risk
"Researchers found that pregnant women who are vitamin D deficient are also at an increased risk for delivering a baby by caesarean section as compared to pregnant women who are not vitamin D deficient." Boston University

FDA busts Coke for nutrition claim
"While Diet Coke Plus is an oft-overlooked brand within Coca-Cola's vast portfolio of beverages, the Food and Drug Administration is keeping a close on eye on it." Adweek

Obama puts faith in fitness
"He always has treated exercise less as recreation than requirement, but his devotion has intensified during the past few months." The Washington Post

December 24, 2008

Probiotics can help people on antibiotics
"Up to one in five people on antibiotics stop taking their full course of antibiotic therapy due to diarrhea." Albert Einstein College

More choices make for healthier choices
"People who choose from a large variety of menu items are more likely to make healthy choices than people who choose from shorter lists." University of Chicago

Honey proves a healthy alternative sweetener
"Antioxidant-rich honey is a healthy alternative to chemical additives and refined sweeteners in commercial salad dressings." University of Illinois

December 23, 2008

Fat location makes a big difference
"Put a glob of abdominal fat and a glob of thigh fat in a petri dish, add a little stimulation, and the two behave quite differently." McClatchy Newspapers

Buffets, inactivity linked to obesity in rural America
"In small towns in the Midwestern United States, people who eat out often at buffets and cafeterias and who perceive their community to be unpleasant for physical activity are more likely to be obese." University of Missouri

FDA issues diet supplements warning
"The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is alerting consumers nationwide not to purchase or consume more than 25 different products marketed for weight loss because they contain unknown, active pharmaceutical ingredients that may put consumers' health at risk." Associated Press

December 22, 2008

Less TV, more walking drops diabetes risk
"Reducing time spent watching television and increasing time spent walking briskly or engaged in vigorous physical activity may reduce the incidence of type 2 diabetes." Boston University

Selflessness area mapped in brain
"Spiritual experiences associated with selflessness are related to decreased activity in the right parietal lobe of the brain." University of Missouri

Warm-up could cut sports injuries in half
"A warm-up programme that focuses on improving strength, balance, core stability and muscular awareness cuts injury in female footballers by a third and severe injuries by almost a half." British Medical Journal

December 21, 2008

Toymakers prepare for new toxin safety laws
"For the first time, manufacturers will have to pay independent testing laboratories to verify that every component of a product meets new limits for lead and does not contain six chemicals that Congress has banned from plastic children's products." The Washington Post

Climate may be right for healthy food reform
"Restaurants are being told to list calorie counts on their menus. Schools are banning bake sales, and cities are outlawing new fast-food restaurants in some neighborhoods." The Los Angeles Times

More schools serve locally grown foods
"Some schools have done so for decades, but the concept has exploded in popularity recently as students and college officials have grown more interested in the origins of their food." The Press-Enterprise

December 20, 2008

Negativity fades as brains age
"It turns out there's a scientific reason why older people tend to see the past through rose-colored glasses." Duke University

Intentional pain hurts more
"Our experience of pain depends on whether we think someone caused the pain intentionally." Harvard University

Gum health linked to heart disease
"The next person who reminds you to floss might be your cardiologist instead of your dentist." Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology

December 19, 2008

How exercise suppresses appetite discovered
"A vigorous 60-minute workout on a treadmill affects the release of two key appetite hormones." American Physiological Society

Depression, anxiety can drive poor health habits
"Anyone will tell you that stress is bad for the heart. Many people also know about the toxic effects of anxiety and depression." Journal of the American College of Cardiology

'Gross' warnings can keep students clean
"Research suggests that it takes 'gross' messaging to get undergraduate students to wash their hands more frequently after going to the bathroom." University of Denver

December 18, 2008

New ways olive oil fights cancer found
"Good quality extra-virgin olive oil contains health-relevant chemicals, ?phytochemicals?, that can trigger cancer cell death." University of Granada

One treat can be a slippery slope
"Indulging in just one small chocolate truffle can induce cravings for more sugary and fatty foods, and even awaken a desire for high-end status products." Journal of Consumer Research

Negativity loses out in social situations
"In everyday social exchanges, being mean to people has a lot more impact than being nice." University of Chicago

December 17, 2008

Blood pressure spike clouds thinking
"Stressful situations may make it more difficult for some seniors to think clearly, U.S. researchers suggest." UPI

Even a little caffeine hurts baby
"A new study shows that the equivalent of one dose of caffeine (just two cups of coffee) ingested during pregnancy may be enough to affect fetal heart development and then reduce heart function over the entire lifespan of the child." Yale Pediatric Research

Vitamin B1 can stall kidney disease
"High doses of thiamine, vitamin B1, can reverse the onset of early diabetic kidney disease." University of Warwick

December 16, 2008

Kid's toy magnet warning issued
"While the danger of magnets for children is increasingly recognized, they don't receive treatment for swallowing them as quickly as needed, and parents don't receive sufficient warning on toys. " Cincinnati Children's Hospital

Injury risk greater for overweight kids
"Children who are overweight or obese are over two and a half times more likely to suffer injuries." Johns Hopkins University

US drinks pass pesticide test
"In the first worldwide study of pesticides in fruit-based soft drinks, researchers in Spain are reporting relatively high levels of pesticides in drinks in some countries, especially the United Kingdom and Spain." American Chemical Society

December 15, 2008

Childhood obesity, asthma linked
"A Kansas State University graduate student has found a correlation between childhood obesity and asthma. " Kansas State University

Indoor mold proves surprisingly common
"Mold toxins in buildings damaged by moisture are considerably more prevalent than was previously thought, according to new international research." Lund University

Underpinnings of nicotine addiction explored
"Smokers who carry a particular version of a gene for an enzyme that regulates dopamine in the brain may suffer from concentration problems and other cognitive deficits when abstaining from nicotine." University of Pennsylvania

December 14, 2008

Cancer fighting broccoli compound explored
"An anti-cancer compound found in broccoli and cabbage works by lowering the activity of an enzyme associated with rapidly advancing breast cancer." UC Berkeley

US sugary drink consumption rises sharply
"Over the past two decades, the number of adults consuming sugar-sweetened beverages such as soft drinks, fruit drinks and punches has increased dramatically." Johns Hopkins University

Selenium may prevent high-risk cancer
"Selenium, a trace mineral found in grains, nuts and meats, may aid in the prevention of high-risk bladder cancer." American Association for Cancer Research

December 13, 2008

US cancer numbers expected to climb
"The United States could be faced with a national health care crisis in the coming decades as the country's baby boomer population ages and a growing number of older adults find themselves diagnosed with and living longer with cancer." University of Connecticut

Magazines downplay cosmetic surgery risks
"While the emotional health implications of cosmetic surgery are still up for scientific debate, articles in women's magazines such as The Oprah Magazine and Cosmopolitan portray cosmetic surgery as a physically risky, but overall worthwhile." UBC

Strategy games keep minds sharp
"A new study found that adults in their 60s and 70s can improve a number of cognitive functions by playing a strategic video game that rewards nation-building and territorial expansion." University of Illinois

December 12, 2008

Hot drinks help fight sickness
"A hot drink may help reduce the symptoms of common colds and flu." Cardiff University

Obesity rates triple among low-income youth
"California's low-income teenagers have a lot in common: Sugary soda. Fast-food restaurants. Too much television. Not enough exercise." UCLA

Produce pesticide detection improved
"Chemists have developed a method to detect pesticide residues in foodstuffs, a method that may also be of interest for other areas and may enable quality checks on a running basis." ETH Zurich

December 11, 2008

Sugar can be addictive
"Sugar can be an addictive substance, wielding its power over the brains of lab animals in a manner similar to many drugs of abuse." Princeton University

Fructose takes toll on liver
"Dietary fructose affects a wide range of genes in the liver that had not previously been identified." University of Illinois

38% of Americans use alternative cures
"More than one-third of adults and nearly 12 percent of children in the United States use alternatives to traditional medicine, according to a large federal survey released today that documents how entrenched acupuncture, herbal remedies and other once-exotic therapies have become." The Washington Post

December 10, 2008

Keeping calm can solve math problems
"Imagine you are sitting in the back of a classroom, daydreaming about the weekend." Association for Psychological Science

Cancer may be top killer by 2010
"Cancer will overtake heart disease as the world's top killer by 2010, part of a trend that should more than double global cancer cases and deaths by 2030." USA Today

'Smart fabrics' may monitor health
"Researchers in United States and China are reporting progress toward a simple, low-cost method to make 'smart fabrics,' electronic textiles capable of detecting diseases, monitoring heart rates, and other vital signs." American Chemical Society

December 9, 2008

Doctors urged to get more shut-eye
"A new report from the Institute of Medicine proposes revisions to medical residents' duty hours and workloads to decrease the chances of fatigue-related medical errors and to enhance the learning environment for these doctors in training." National Academy of Sciences

Mediterranean diet helps metabolism
"A traditional Mediterranean diet with an additional daily serving of mixed nuts appears to be useful for managing some metabolic abnormalities in older adults at high risk for heart disease." American Medical Association

Unborn at risk from passive smoke exposure
"High levels of prenatal smoking exposure strongly modify sleep patterns in preterm neonates, which places infants at a higher risk for developmental difficulties that could persist throughout early and middle childhood." American Academy of Sleep Medicine

December 8, 2008

Vitamin E may ease inflammation
"With up to half of a person's body mass consisting of skeletal muscle, chronic inflammation of those muscles can result in significant physical impairment." University of Illinois

Passive smoke exposure drops
"As the connection between second-hand smoke and coronary heart disease became clearer and legislation was passed to reduce such passive smoking, exposures have been reduced." American Journal of Preventive Medicine

Memory mysteries unlocked
"One part of your brain will recall the smell of coffee brewing, while another will remember your partner's smile while walking out the door. How does the brain weave together these fragments, and how does it bring them back to conscious life?" Tel Aviv University

December 7, 2008

'Age management' gurus go to extremes
"His 69-year-old body looks like it belongs to a muscle-bound 30-year-old." USA Today

Seasons, bacterial risks linked
"In the same way that winter is commonly known to be the 'flu season,' a new study suggests that the dog days of summer may well be the 'bacterial infection' season." Oregon State University

Teeth health may predict heart health
"Individuals reporting a history of periodontal disease were more likely to have increased levels of inflammation, a risk factor for heart disease, compared to those who reported no history of periodontal disease." Columbia University

December 6, 2008

Spirituality, health link explored
"To participants, they are studying what they say is becoming increasingly obvious: the link between a person's religion or spirituality and their health." The Washington Post

New FDA leadership sought
"President-elect Barack Obama should find someone outside the U.S. Food and Drug Administration with a fresh perspective to run the agency." Reuters

President asks nation for health care input
"In between the tree trimming and gift-giving, President-elect Barack Obama is inviting Americans to spend part of the holiday season talking about health care, and report back to him." The Washington Post

December 5, 2008

Good feelings are contagious
"Want to live a happier life? Try surrounding yourself with happy friends or at least find friends with happy friends. A study published online December 4th in the British Medical Journal says happiness can quickly go viral within your social network." Scientific American

Americans fall short of exercise goals
"Many Americans are failing to meet the minimum recommendations for exercise, although confusing guidelines are making it difficult to assess, researchers reported on Thursday." Reuters

Imperfect' body can be a plus for women
"Having an imperfect body may come with some substantial benefits for some women." University of Chicago

December 4, 2008

Vermont tops healthy state list
"Louisiana has displaced Mississippi as the unhealthiest U.S. state and other Southern states were close rivals due to high obesity and smoking rates in new rankings that deemed Vermont the healthiest." Reuters

Attitude key to weathering tough times
"Your reaction offers a peek into your psyche, say researchers who study how personality shapes people's reactions to uncertain times." USA Today

Genes play role in placebo benefit
"It is a well-known fact in drug trials that individuals can respond just as well to placebos, sugar pills, as to the active drug." Uppsala University

December 3, 2008

Toy dangers cause concern
"Consumer advocates agree that parents have good reason to be careful." USA Today

Eco-friendly inhaler switch nears
"No more chlorofluorocarbons, or CFCs, that damage the Earth's protective ozone layer." The Associated Press

Making plans can curb holiday excess
"Let's face it: Not indulging over the holidays is like not splurging on that after Thanksgiving two-for-one shoe sale." The Star-Telegram

December 2, 2008

Rising stress can cause health decline
"Almost one in five young adults in the United States has a personality disorder that interferes with everyday life, and even more of them abuse alcohol or drugs, researchers reported Monday in the most extensive study of its kind." The Associated Press

Weight, depression linked to disease
"Older people who are depressed are much more likely to develop a dangerous type of internal body fat ? the kind that can lead to diabetes and heart disease - than people who are not depressed, a disturbing new study found." The Associated Press

Personality disorders plague American youth
"Almost one in five young American adults has a personality disorder that interferes with everyday life, and even more abuse alcohol or drugs." The Associated Press

December 1, 2008

Rising stress can cause health decline
"It damages the body, contributing to heart disease, diabetes and more. In these economic times, it's also a fact of life." The Los Angeles Times

FDA lays out food safety campaign details
"After years of being criticized for its response to food-sickness outbreaks and contaminated imports, the Food and Drug Administration is stepping up efforts to convince the public and skeptical lawmakers that it is making progress in overhauling the nation's food defenses." The New York Times

More stick to health essentials in tough economy
"Fewer people are dishing out dollars in recent months for the beauty perks of cosmetic procedures." USA Today

November 30, 2008

Binge drinking, heart disease link explored
"As the holidays arrive, a group of researchers has identified the precise mechanisms by which binge drinking contributes to clogs in arteries that lead to heart attack and stroke." University of Rochester

Exercise and rest drop cancer risk
"Research suggests that regular physical activity can lower a woman's overall risk of cancer, but only if she gets a good night's sleep." American Association for Cancer Research

Corporate, nutrition ties questioned
"The seductive influence of corporate money on academia has attracted lots of attention when it comes to drug companies." The Philadelphia Inquirer

November 29, 2008

FDA insists chemical levels are safe
"The Food and Drug Administration on Friday released more information about the discovery of trace amounts of the chemicals melamine." USA Today

Junk food diet tied to Alzheimer's
"Mice fed junk food for nine months showed signs of developing the abnormal brain tangles strongly associated with Alzheimer's disease." Reuters

Workday exercise improves health
"Exercising at your desk won't make you an athlete, but it might keep you alive." St. Louis Post-Dispatch

November 28, 2008

Mindset key to workplace happiness
"Urging employees to simply rethink their jobs was enough to drop absenteeism by 60 per cent." University of Alberta

Gratitude improves mental health
"In these painful economic times, it can be hard to think in terms of gratitude." The Seattle Times

Blood sugar fears drive diabetic inactivity
"According to a new study a majority of diabetics avoid physical activity because they worry about exercise-induced hypoglycemia." University of Montreal

November 27, 2008

FDA slammed for chemicals in baby formula
"Public health groups, consumer advocates and members of Congress blasted the Food and Drug Administration yesterday for failing to act after discovering trace amounts of the industrial chemical melamine in baby formula sold in the United States." The Washington Post

Exercise boosts brain growth
"A new study confirms that exercise can reverse the age-related decline in the production of neural stem cells." American Physiological Society

Vegan Thanksgiving includes turkey guests
"The holiday season can be challenging for those who abide by the diet free of all animal products, but the soy 'meat' will be bountiful." The Los Angeles Times

November 26, 2008

Household toxin risk often overlooked
"Women do not readily connect typical household products with personal chemical exposure and related adverse health effects." Brown University

Let in winter sunshine for heart health
"Many people also will experience a decrease in their vitamin D levels, which can play a role in heart disease." Loyola University

Fewer smokers linked to cancer drop
"The number of new cancer cases and deaths are falling for both men and women for the first time since the government began compiling a report on long-term trends." USA Today

November 25, 2008

Health, housing may lead to middle class decline
"Housing costs and lack of health insurance, coupled with household savings volatility, suggests many may not weather the economic storm." UPI

Napping boosts memory
"Just in time for the holidays, some medical advice most people will like: Take a nap." USA Today

Avoid holiday overindulgence
"Adding lots of low-fat, vegetable-based side dishes is a good place to start." The Washington Post

November 24, 2008

Experts name healthiest cities for women
"To come to up with the list, the magazine's editors had a panel of women's health experts examine 58 criteria from 100 of the largest metro areas as defined by the U.S. Census." USA Today

Thankfulness improves health and mood
"Thursday, in between the cheese ball appetizers and the pumpkin pie desserts, most of us will indulge in something proven to have powerful health benefits." USA Today

Mind, mood help improves cancer odds
"A new study provides the best evidence to date that a psychological intervention program designed for breast cancer patients not only improves their health." Ohio State University

November 23, 2008

Water aerobics helps moms-to-be
"A course of water aerobics classes has been shown to reduce the amount of pain-killing medication women request during labor." Reproductive Health

Make time to burn holiday calories
"You don't need a dietitian to tell you that the traditional Thanksgiving feast is laden with calories and it is hard to resist all the wonderful treats of the season." The St. Petersburg Times

Happy people watch less TV
"Happy people spend more free hours socializing, reading and participating in religious activities, while unhappy people watch 30 percent more television." The Washington Post

November 22, 2008

For test takers, timing is key
"Studying for a day or two will work when preparing for a short-term test, but it's best to study for a month when taking a big exam." UPI

Supplements alone don't change cancer risk
"Taking calcium and vitamin D supplements does not reduce breast cancer incidence in postmenopausal women." Journal of the National Cancer Institute

Longevity favors children of centenarians
"People who make it to the age of 100 may indeed have some 'good genes' that they pass on their children." Reuters

November 21, 2008

Positive mood promotes better choices
"That photo of your smiling kids on the refrigerator door might do more than just make you feel good; you might make healthier food choices after looking at it." Journal of Consumer Research

Fall babies have higher asthma risk
"Children who are born four months before the height of cold and flu season have a greater risk of developing childhood asthma, U.S. researchers suggest." UPI

Exercise helps ease holiday stress
"As you are exercising, your body releases endorphins that have a positive effect on you and make you feel better." Reuters

November 20, 2008

Exercise safe, lowers risks for heart patients
"Working out on a stationary bicycle or walking on a treadmill just 25 to 30 minutes most days of the week is enough to modestly lower risk of hospitalization or death for patients with heart failure." Duke University

Media violence boosts youth aggression
"You are what you watch, when it comes to violence in the media and its influence on violent behavior in young people." Rutgers University

Fast food ad ban may lower child obesity
"Banning fast-food advertising on television in the United States could reduce the number of overweight children by as much as 18 percent." Reuters

November 19, 2008

Sleep eases learning process
"Sleep helps the mind learn complicated tasks and helps people recover learning they otherwise thought they had forgotten over the course of a day." University of Chicago

Heart failure rates reach epidemic levels
"Both the number of patients hospitalized with a primary diagnosis of heart failure and age-adjusted hospitalization rates for heart failure have increased dramatically over the past 27 years." American Heart Association

Behavior, intention mismatch examined
"If a consumer holds unrealistically optimistic beliefs about how often they will work out in the future, then they may overpay for home exercise equipment." University of Chicago

November 18, 2008

Arsenic levels in drinking water questioned
"When mice are exposed to arsenic at federally-approved levels for drinking water, pores in liver blood vessels close, potentially leading to cardiovascular disease." University of Pittsburgh

Primary care doctor numbers dwindle
"Primary care doctors are an endangered breed of physician." USA Today

Costs have Americans skipping care
"The U.S. has highest rates among 8 nations of patient-reported medical errors, wasteful or poorly coordinated care and high out-of-pocket costs." Commonwealth Fund

November 17, 2008

Scans show romance doesn't have to fade
"The honeymoon doesn't have to be over just because you've been together for years, new research suggests." USA Today

Talk therapy may extend lives of cancer patients
"Psychological group therapy for women with breast cancer may help them not only to cope better with their disease but also live longer." Reuters

Exercise improves life after heart episode
"Heart failure patients who regularly exercise fare better and feel better about their lives than do similar patients who do not work out on a regular basis." Duke University

November 16, 2008

Anxiety may up heart disease risk
"Psychological stress and anxiety have been shown to produce an activation of coagulation and fibrinolysis." British Medical Journal

'Marriage checkup' seeks relationship health
"An annual physical exam and twice-yearly dental checkup are supposed to protect your health." USA Today

'Smart' food labels set for 2009
"New food labeling program may help consumers make smarter choices." The Free Lance Star

November 15, 2008

Doctors must watch health too
"Short term counselling followed by a modest cut in work hours may help reduce emotional exhaustion and sick leave in doctors." British Medical Journal

Family caregivers often become patients
"One quarter of all family caregivers of Alzheimer's disease patients succumb to the stress of providing care to a loved one and become hospital patients themselves." Indiana University

US menu trends gain favor
"A nationwide system requiring fast-food chains to list calories on their menus could be gaining support in Congress." Reuters

November 14, 2008

Red meat can speed cancer progress
"Researchers have shown a new mechanism for how human consumption of red meat and milk products could contribute to the increased risk of cancerous tumors." UCSD

Unhappy people watch more TV
"Unhappy people watch significantly more television compared to happy people who are more socially active, vote more and read more, U.S. researchers said." UPI

Cigarette smoke may reshape heart
"Prolonged exposure to cigarette smoke can increase levels of the stress hormone norepinephrine and enzymes in the heart that have the potential to reshape the left ventricle." University of Illinois

November 13, 2008

Heart health improvement trends flatten
"The positive U.S. health trend documented over the past 30 years of reduction in risk for heart disease is not as strong as is widely perceived." Mayo Clinic

Dancing helps Parkinson's patients
"Pity is not for the students with Parkinson's who study dance at the Mark Morris Dance Group in Brooklyn." USA Today

US trails in chronic illness care
"Chronically ill Americans are more likely to forgo medical care because of high costs or experience medical errors than patients in other affluent countries, according to a study released on Thursday." Reuters

November 12, 2008

Joyful music helps heart health
"Listening to your favorite music may be good for your cardiovascular system." University of Maryland

Prescription drug costs climb
"The rising costs are wreaking havoc on seniors' wallets and are simply not sustainable in the long run." USA Today

Age no barrier to clogged arteries
"The neck arteries of obese children and teens look more like those of 45-year-olds." American Heart Association

November 11, 2008

Obese women have weaker impulse control
"Obese women display weaker impulse control than normal-weight women, but obese and normal-weight men have similar impulsivity levels, U.S. researchers said." UPI

Sleep debt boosts heart risk
"Sleeping less than seven-and-a-half hours per day may be associated with future risk of heart disease." UPI

School soda bans don't slow consumption
"With childhood obesity increasing, school administrators and public health officials are reducing availability of sugar-sweetened beverages in schools." Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior

November 10, 2008

Vitamins alone won't stop heart troubles
"An eight-year study of more than 14,000 male physicians found that taking vitamin C and vitamin E did not prevent cardiovascular disease." USA Today

Natural diagnostic tools get second look
"Put simply, there are things evolution has achieved that people can only dream of. And among these are natural diagnostic tools which help us to recognise when something foreign, a cold virus say, has invaded our bodies and to fight it." ICT Results

Kombucha roots explored
"It's been spotted in the hands of celebrities, a murky-looking drink with an exotic name: kombucha. " The Los Angeles Times

November 9, 2008

Green areas right some health inequalities
"Health inequalities between rich and poor people are much lower in areas that have lots of green space, such as parks, forests and playing fields." USA Today

Kids take to whole grains when introduced slowly
"Elementary school students will eat more whole grains when healthier bread products are gradually introduced into their school lunches." University of Minnesota

'Apple a day' is good advice, say experts
"Over the years, the saying has become a bit of an old wives tale but experts say biting into the crunchy fruit, red, yellow or green in color, could go a long way in warding off bacteria and viruses." The Natchez Democrat

November 8, 2008

Early peanut exposure may prevent allergy
"Contrary to widespread recommendations, the consumption of peanuts in infancy is associated with a low prevalence of peanut allergy, the results of a new study suggest." Reuters

Vitamin D may protect against radiation
"Calcitriol, the active form of vitamin D, may protect us from background radiation and could be used as a safe protective agent before or after a low-level nuclear incident." New York City Department of Health

Meals can worsen chronic stomach pain
"In most patients with a condition known as functional dyspepsia, eating a meal aggravates the symptoms, which include persistent upper abdominal pain, fullness, bloating, nausea and other symptoms." Reuters

November 7, 2008

Groups fume over smoking in kid's films
"Health groups are fuming at Hollywood's continued taste for smoking." USA Today

Big vitamin doses may stave off Alzheimer's
"Researchers report that huge doses of an ordinary vitamin appeared to eliminate memory problems in mice with the rodent equivalent of Alzheimer's disease." USA Today

Maternal obesity may program child for weight trouble
"The fact that more than one-third of women of child-bearing age in the United States are expected to be overweight or obese during pregnancy, based on a 2003 study, does not portend well for good health of their offspring." The Winston-Salem Journal

November 6, 2008

Smokers linked to less healthy food access
"Children and adults living with adult smokers appear less likely to have daily access to enough healthy food compared with those living with non-smoking adults." University at Buffalo

Easy changes can prevent holiday weight gain
"Thanksgiving is coming up, and we're anticipating pumpkin pie, mashed potatoes and lots of gravy." McClatchy Newspapers

Two companies halt weight-loss drug efforts
"Just four years ago, scientists were promoting Acomplia as a Holy Grail of medical research." The Winston-Salem Journal

November 5, 2008

Age no barrier to strength gain
"Elderly women can increase muscle strength as much as young women can, indicating that decline in muscle function is less a natural part of the aging process than due to a decline in physical activity." University of New Hampshire

Medicine overuse headaches on the rise
"There is a critical need to review current treatment strategies for the increasingly common problem of medication overuse headaches." Mayo Clinic College of Medicine

Grace prescribed for post-election wellness
"After the presidential election, many may experience disappointment and many elation, but a U.S. physician suggests both sides should be gracious." UPI

November 4, 2008

Teen, tween diabetes rates double
"America's tweens and teens more than doubled their use of type 2 diabetes medications between 2002 and 2005, with girls between 10 and 14 years of age showing a 166 percent increase." Saint Louis University

Germs differ for men and women
"A new study found that women have a greater variety of bacteria on their hands than men do." Associated Press

Drink, inactivity drives college weight gain
"Many college students don't gain the dreaded freshman 15 their first year away from home, but they do pack on 6 to 9 pounds, two studies show." The News-Press

November 3, 2008

Violent video games, youth hostility linked
"Children and teenagers who play violent video games show increased physical aggression months afterward, according to new research that adds another layer of evidence to the continuing debate over the video-game habits of the youngest generation." The Washington Post

Brisk walking helps trim body fat
"A new study confirms that doing something as simple as brisk walking can boost weight loss while trimming dangerous belly fat and overall body fat." USA Today

Number of children on medication up sharply
"The number of children who take medication for chronic diseases has jumped dramatically, another troubling sign that many of the youngest Americans are struggling with obesity, doctors say." USA Today

November 2, 2008

Eat right to improve mood
"Chocolate cake is a popular home remedy for depression, but it comes with some unwelcome side effects." The Chicago

Impulsive kids linked to smoking parents
"Adolescents may have more in common with their smoking parents than previously thought." Nationwide Children's Hospital

Blood test may predict obesity
"The findings open doors to new methods of identifying people, including children, who are at risk for becoming obese." Monell Chemical Senses Center

November 1, 2008

Grapes may lower heart risk
"A growing body of research data suggests that consuming foods rich in polyphenols from grapes, including red wine, helps reduce the risk of heart disease." Nutrition Research

Candy frequency determines teeth health
"Halloween and its avalanche of candy are here, making it the worst time of year for children's teeth, right?" USA Today

Mother's milk linked to baby health benefits
"Breastfeeding has a number of positive health benefits for baby: it can prevent ear infections and allergies, and lowers the risk of developing respiratory problems." Temple University

October 31, 2008

US diabetes numbers double in decade
"The rate of new diabetes cases nearly doubled in the United States in the last 10 years." Associated Press

High pregnancy weight ups heavy baby risk
"Women who gain more than 40 pounds during pregnancy have nearly twice the risk of delivering a heavy baby as those who gain less, U.S. researchers said on Friday." Reuters

Nicotine dependence hits 15-year high
"Nicotine dependence has reached a 15-year high, with nearly 75 percent of people currently seeking tobacco-dependence treatment categorized as highly nicotine dependent." American College of Chest Physicians

October 30, 2008

Allergies may have protective purpose
"A new article provides strong evidence that allergies are much more than just an annoying immune malfunction." University of Chicago

FDA ignored evidence of plastic bottle danger
"The Food and Drug Administration ignored evidence when concluding that a chemical in plastic baby bottles is safe, according an expert panel asked to review the agency's handling of the controversial substance." USA Today

Face fears early to reduce childhood anxiety
"Despite the long-held belief that some people are just born optimists no matter what, even optimists get the blues when unemployed." Mayo Clinic

October 29, 2008

Grapes may improve blood pressure
"Table grapes lowered blood pressure and signs of heart muscle damage while improving heart function in lab rats." UPI

Pregnancy stress can hurt infant
"Stress during pregnancy may have unfortunate consequences for children born under those conditions." Hebrew University

Even optimists get blue in hard times
"Despite the long-held belief that some people are just born optimists no matter what, even optimists get the blues when unemployed." UPI

October 28, 2008

Dangerous germs get harder to fight
"Drug-resistant staph bacteria picked up in ordinary community settings are increasingly acquiring 'superbug' powers and causing far more serious illnesses than they have in the past." USA Today

Simple steps can cut flu risk by 50 percent
"Wearing masks and using alcohol-based hand sanitizers may prevent the spread of flu symptoms by as much as 50 percent." University of Michigan

Heart disease, infection and cancer remain top killers
"Heart ailments, infectious diseases and cancer remain the world's top three killers, the U.N. health agency said Monday." USA Today

October 27, 2008

Parents often wrong on child's weight
"More than four in 10 parents with underweight and overweight children mistakenly believe their children are in the average weight range." University of Melbourne

Depression doubles pregnancy risks
"Depressed pregnant women have twice the risk of preterm delivery than pregnant women with no symptoms of depression." Oxford University

Body response creates cold symptoms
"It's the not the virus itself but the body's response to the common cold that creates miserable cold symptoms." UPI

October 26, 2008

Metal a concern in some alternative medicines
"Many Ayurvedic medicines can contain dangerous quantities of heavy metals." Journal of Environment and Health

Breathe easy with fruits, veggies and nuts
"Fruits, vegetables and nuts should be part of your diet for lots of reasons, but now we're learning that for kids, especially, there's yet another reason to eat them: They can protect children from asthma and allergies." The Free Lance-Star

Spirituality protects against depression
"Those who worship a higher power often do so in different ways." Temple University

October 25, 2008

New labels to help consumers eat smart
"The nation's dietitians, food makers and retailers want you to know how many calories are in that frozen pizza you devoured last night." USA Today

Congress questions BPA plastic safety
"Congress is stepping in to ask questions about chemical industry influence in drafting a Food and Drug Administration report about the safety of a controversial chemical in baby bottles." USA Today

Excess drink harms bones
"Studies in recent years have demonstrated that binge drinking can decrease bone mass and bone strength, increasing the risk of osteoporosis." Loyola University

October 24, 2008

Quick eating triples weight risk
"People who eat quickly and until they're full are three times more likely to be overweight than others." USA Today

Half of US doctors regularly prescribe placebos
"About half of American doctors in a new survey say they regularly give patients placebo treatments, usually drugs or vitamins that won't really help their condition." Associated Press

A little light may help aging skin
"Photodynamic therapy appears to cause molecular-level changes in aging skin that increase collagen production and improve skin appearance." USA Today

October 23, 2008

Child food allergies climb
"Food allergies in American children seem to be on the rise, now affecting about 3 million kids, according to the first federal study of the problem." Associated Press

Prescription drug injuries, deaths hit record high
"The number of deaths and serious injuries associated with prescription drug use rose to record levels in the first quarter of this year, with 4,825 deaths and nearly 21,000 injuries, a watchdog group said Wednesday." The Los Angeles Times

Healthy family meals need not be expensive
"Cooking a meal for a family of four for under 10 bucks is a piece of cake." USA Today

October 22, 2008

Western diet linked to global heart risk
"The typical Western diet, fried foods, salty snacks and meat, accounts for about 30 percent of heart attack risk across the world." Journal of the American Heart Association

Grades, health-related behaviors linked
"Lack of sleep, excessive television/computer screen time, stress, gambling, alcohol and tobacco use and other health-related issues are taking a toll on college students' academic performance." University of Minnesota

Groups seek FDA regulation of energy drinks
"One hundred scientists and physicians have written a letter to the Food and Drug Administration asking for more regulation of increasingly popular energy drinks because their high caffeine content puts young drinkers at possible risk for caffeine intoxication and higher rates of alcohol-related injuries." USA Today

October 21, 2008

Cell phone, cancer study needed
"Major research initiatives are needed immediately to assess the possibility that using cellular phones may lead to an increased risk of brain tumors." Surgical Neurology

Kids' cereals often laden with salt
"Cereal makers that reduce the amount of sugar in kids' cereals tend to ratchet up the salt content to improve flavor." The Wall Street Journal

Junk food blamed for one third of heart attacks
"Diets heavy in fried foods, salty snacks and meat account for about 35 percent of heart attacks globally." Reuters

October 20, 2008

Warming seas boost disease outbreak risk
"When a 1991 cholera outbreak that killed thousands in Peru was traced to plankton blooms fueled by warmer-than-usual coastal waters, linking disease outbreaks to epidemics was a new idea." The Washington Post

Smoking, gender changes pain perception
"The study also showed that smoking had a more pronounced impact on men than women." UPI

Aspirin not enough to stave off heart attacks
"Taking regular aspirin and antioxidant supplements does not prevent heart attacks even in high risk groups with diabetes and asymptomatic arterial disease." British Medical Journal

October 19, 2008

Fructose tied to leptin resistance
"Eating too much fructose can induce leptin resistance, a condition that can easily lead to becoming overweight when combined with a high-fat, high-calorie diet." University of Florida

Nicotine tied to cancer growth
"A study suggests a possible role for nicotine in breast tumor development and metastases." American Association for Cancer Research

Sun, low antioxidants may damage eyes
"People who lack essential antioxidants, and who have high levels of sunlight exposure, have a higher risk of developing advanced macular degeneration." Archives of Ophthalmology

October 18, 2008

Aerobics may reverse brain decline
"Regular aerobic exercise can not only stave off the decline in brain function that often comes with age, it can also help turn back the clock on brain aging." Reuters

Smoke doesn't trigger quitters
"Research into tobacco dependence published in the November issue of Addiction, has shown that recent ex-smokers who find exposure to other people's cigarette smoke pleasant are not any more likely to relapse than those who find it unpleasant." University of London

Arthritis, obesity linked
"Older African-American, Native American and non-white Hispanic women are more likely to develop arthritis than their white counterparts, and the larger prevalence of obesity among these ethnic groups may help explain why, new research shows." Reuters

October 17, 2008

Scientists explore acai berry benefits
"A Brazilian palm berry sweeping the globe as a popular health food, though little research has been done on it, now may have its purported benefits better understood." Texas A&M University

How brain reacts to food may predict weight
"Drink a milkshake and the pleasure center in your brain gets a hit of happy, unless you're overweight." Associated Press

Vitamin D tied to Parkinson's
"A majority of Parkinson's disease patients had insufficient levels of vitamin D in a new study." Emory University

October 16, 2008

Vigilant dieters win in the long run
"People who have lost a significant amount of weight and keep it off for years are constantly vigilant about what they consume, rarely overeat for emotional reasons and do about an hour a day of exercise, a new study shows." USA Today

Grape juice antioxidant found in dark chocolate
"Resveratrol, a compound in red wine and grape juice, is also found in dark chocolate and cocoa, U.S. researchers say." UPI

Vitamin B is no quick Alzheimer's fix
"High-dose vitamin B supplements do not slow the rate of cognitive decline in patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer disease, U.S. researchers say." UPI

October 15, 2008

Contaminants found in bottled water
"Tests on leading brands of bottled water turned up a variety of contaminants often found in tap water, according to a study released Wednesday by an environmental advocacy group." Deseret News

Ancient Chinese plant gets new life as cancer drug
"Researchers have updated a traditional Chinese medicine to create a compound that is more than 1,200 times more specific in killing certain kinds of cancer cells than currently available drugs." University of Washington

Obesity boosts U.S. hypertension rates
"Obesity is driving rising rates of hypertension in the U.S., with the stroke-causing condition affecting almost three in 10 Americans." Bloomberg News

October 14, 2008

Drinking linked to reduced brain volume
"The more alcohol an individual drinks, the smaller his or her total brain volume, according to a new report." Wellesley College

Doctors recommend kids get double vitamin D
"The nation's leading pediatricians group says children from newborns to teens should get double the usually recommended amount of vitamin D because of evidence that it might help prevent serious diseases. " Associated Press

Vitamin deficiency linked to Parkinson's
"Lack of vitamin D is significantly associated with Parkinson's disease, a study has shown." The Press Association

October 13, 2008

St. John's wort eases major depression symptoms
"New research provides support for the use of St. John's wort extracts in treating major depression." Centre for Complementary Medicine

Better posture improves health and business
"New research suggests that teaching staff about improving their posture and working conditions in a manufacturing plant can boost productivity by more than 50 percent. " International Journal of Industrial and Systems Engineering

More colleges go smoke-free
"College campuses are going smoke-free in rapidly growing numbers across the USA." USA Today

October 12, 2008

Infants can tell happy songs from sad
"A new study shows that 5-month-old babies can distinguish an upbeat tune, such as "Ode to Joy" from Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, from a lineup of gloomier compositions." Brigham Young University

Identify and resist 'yo-yo' dieting
"For some frequent dieters, weight loss is a vicious cycle. They're gung-ho in the beginning, and the pounds melt away, but not for long." The News Journal

Church involvement lowers youth drug risk
"While many congregations of different faiths preach against drug abuse, it has been unclear whether a youth's religious involvement has any effect on his risk of drug abuse." Brigham Young University

October 11, 2008

City imposes 7-day smoking ban
"Atlantic City gambling floors will go smoke-free for seven days before allowing visitors to light up again because the city can't legally stop a smoking ban from taking effect, the city council president said Friday." USA Today

Exercise boosts health at any age
"In August, an analysis of the data collected over the course of that time was published in the Archives of Internal Medicine." Newsday

Even taken only once, drug can impair memory
" Academics at the University of Hertfordshire are issuing new warnings about the dangers of ecstasy and its effects on the brain." University of Hertfordshire

October 10, 2008

Exercise improves pregnancy experience
"Exercise, long thought a no-no during pregnancy, may actually reduce the risk of complications, a U.S. professor says." UPI

Weight plays role in exercise estimate
"People struggling with obesity often underestimate how many calories they are actually consuming, which can hinder weight loss efforts. It should follow that the same person would overestimate the amount of exercise they're doing, right?" Temple University

Unsaturated fats help curb hunger
"Fatty foods may not be the healthiest diet choice, but those rich in unsaturated fats, such as avocados, nuts and olive oil, have been found to play a pivotal role in sending this important message to your brain: stop eating, you're full." UC Irvine

October 9, 2008

Honey may speed healing
"Honey may reduce healing times in patients suffering mild to moderate burn wounds." University of Auckland

School vending machines offer unhealthy fare
"Despite efforts to include more healthy choices at schools, standard offerings from vending machines, including fruit juices, are giving students more calories than they need." Temple University

Parent pressure takes toll on kids with asthma
"Asthmatic children whose parents have high expectations for their ability to function normally are less likely to have symptoms than other children dealing with the condition." Harvard Medical School

October 8, 2008

Income, education tied to kids' health
"In almost every state, children in the poorest and least-educated households suffer the worst health outcomes." UPI

Pentagon researches holistic treatments for troops
"The Pentagon is seeking new ways to treat troops suffering from combat stress or brain damage by researching such alternative methods as acupuncture, meditation, yoga and the use of animals as therapy, military officials said." USA Today

Economic stress takes toll on women
"The shaky U.S. economy is taking a physical and emotional toll on people nationwide, with women feeling it more than men." UPI

October 7, 2008

Health suffers with economic woes
"Economic stress is taking its toll on the USA's emotional and physical health." USA Today

College weight gain isn't inevitable
"It's difficult to think of a way to add pounds faster than living the stereotypical college lifestyle." The Record

Doctors prescribe joint-friendly exercise
"One in 75 patients who gets a knee or hip replaced must get it replaced again within three years." USA Today

October 6, 2008

All schools need to expand physical activity
"With childhood obesity expanding to epidemic proportions in the United States, educators, researchers and health practitioners are actively seeking to identify effective means of addressing this public-health crisis." University of Illinois

Obese women fight exercise hurdles
"Some of the barriers of obese women to getting exercise include feeling self-conscious, not wanting to fail and fear of injury, U.S. researchers said." UPI

Most exercise estimates are accurate
"Although the obese may often underestimate how many calories they actually consume, they are much better at measuring exercise, U.S. researchers said." UPI

October 5, 2008

Clean lenses key for eye health
"Contact lenses are a good alternative to eyeglasses, but are not entirely risk free." American Academy of Ophthalmology

Latest tests for tainted dairy come up clean
"China, mired in a health scandal over contaminated dairy products at home and abroad, said new tests had revealed no melamine in liquid milk on the home market." Reuters

Insomnia linked to depression, behavior problems
"A study shows that adolescent insomnia symptoms are associated with depression, suicide ideation and attempts, and the use of alcohol, cannabis and other drugs such as cocaine." American Academy of Sleep Medicine

October 4, 2008

Youth novels to inspire kids to lose weight
"Here's a novel approach for motivating girls to lose weight: Have them read a novel with an overweight heroine." USA Today

Calorie intake often underestimated
"People struggling with obesity often underestimate how many calories they are actually consuming." Temple University

Cooking warnings issued following outbreak
"The U.S. government on Friday urged consumers to follow package cooking instructions after 32 people in 12 states got Salmonella poisoning after eating frozen stuffed chicken entrees that were raw but breaded." Reuters

October 3, 2008

Calorie overload alters brain
"An overload of calories throws critical portions of the brain out of whack." Cell Press

Dieting history predicts pregancy weight
"Women who have a history of dieting or other restricted eating practices are at risk of gaining an inappropriate amount of weight during pregnancy." University of North Carolina

FDA resists kid cold medicine ban
"A top government health official Thursday rejected pediatricians' call for an immediate ban on over-the-counter cough and cold medication for young children, saying it might cause unintended harm." The Washington Post

October 2, 2008

Public ignorance hurts kids with food allergies
"Women who have a history of dieting or other restricted eating practices are at risk of gaining an inappropriate amount of weight during pregnancy." BioMed Central Pediatrics

TV violence, negative attributes linked
"The amount of violent TV watched is linked to negative personality attributes among white males and females and African-American females." UPI

Two popular cereals are half sugar by weight
"Two breakfast cereals marketed heavily to U.S. children are more than 50 percent sugar by weight." UPI

October 1, 2008

California requires posted nutrition data
"Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a bill Tuesday requiring chain restaurants to put calorie counts on their menus and indoor menu boards." The Washington Post

Pregnant women urged to avoid high-fat diet
"New research suggests that pregnant women should think twice about high-fat foods." University of Cincinnati

Foods to get labels identifying origin
"Coming soon to an apple, a pound of hamburger or a head of lettuce near you will be a label that says what country the item came from." USA Today

September 30, 2008

Gyms tailor programs for members with ailments
"When Patti Kiernan found out she had osteoporosis, she decided it was time to find a more focused workout." USA Today

Psychologists urge calm amid economic turmoil
"A U.S. psychologist says a wave of economic turmoil is a good time to take control of emotions and better regulate the mind-body stress response." UPI

Heart patients must watch emotional health
"Heart patients should be regularly screened for signs of depression." USA Today

September 29, 2008

Fast food linked to behavior problems
"Researchers aren't ready to put 'may be hazardous to your health' labels on pizza boxes, but if that all-American occasional treat has become all-week fare for teenagers, their brains, not just their diets, could be out of whack. " Deseret News

Pistachios may help heart
"Inclusion of pistachios in a healthy diet beneficially affects cardiovascular disease risk factors in a dose-dependent manner." UPI

Optimistic candidates have edge
"Optimistic candidates inspire hope in the electorate and try harder, particularly when faced with challenges." UPI

September 28, 2008

Fitness level may matter more than weight
"It may be that how fit you are, rather than how much you weigh, determines your risk of serious illness. " The Free Lance-Star

Work environment, arthritis linked
"It has long been known that environmental factors play a part in the development of rheumatoid arthritis; smoking and drinking alcohol, along with heredity, are particularly instrumental in increasing the risk of the disease." Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics

Tainted food crisis grows despite claims
"Like thousands of other parents, Gu Yinghua took his child to the kidney unit of a local children's hospital for free testing as China's tainted-milk scandal continued to widen." The Washington Post

September 27, 2008

Low calorie diet won't hurt bones
"Young adults who follow a diet that is low in calories but nutritionally sound for six months appear to lose weight and fat without significant bone loss, according to a new report." Archives of Internal Medicine

Movie smokers get kids started
"Last month the National Cancer Institute concluded that on-screen smoking causes youth to start smoking." Stanford University Medical Center

Mayor calls for New York to curb salt
"First it was the cigarettes, then the doughnuts. Now, Mayor Bloomberg has your pretzels in his cross hairs. " Daily News

September 26, 2008

Supermarkets work to limit germ spread
"Supermarkets and other retailers that provide shopping carts are increasingly looking to limit germ exposure for customers and their families." USA Today

Cell phones pose greater health risk for kids
"The risk of brain cancer for children who use cell phones is far greater than for adults, two researchers told the U.S. Congress." UPI

FDA food safety efforts found lacking
"The Food and Drug Administration's efforts to combat food-borne illness are hampered by infrequent inspections, not enough staff and the failure to implement a program devoted to the safety of fresh produce, according to congressional investigators." USA Today

September 25, 2008

Isoflavone supplement helps stroke patients
"A dietary supplement containing isoflavone, a chemical found in soybeans, chickpeas, legumes and clovers, can improve artery function in stroke patients according to new research." European Society of Cardiology

Chemicals in teen cosmetics cause concern
"Teenagers may be contaminated with potentially risky chemicals from cosmetics, according to a small study released Wednesday from the Environmental Working Group." USA Today

Experts call for energy drink warnings
"Johns Hopkins scientists who have spent decades researching the effects of caffeine report that a slew of caffeinated energy drinks now on the market should carry prominent labels that note caffeine doses and warn of potential health risks for consumers." Johns Hopkins

September 24, 2008

Weekly exercise reverses fatty liver
"Weekly bouts of moderate aerobic exercise on a bike or treadmill, or a brisk walk, combined with some weightlifting may cut down levels of fat in the liver by up to 40 percent." Johns Hopkins

Natural, no-calorie sweetener closer to use in U.S.
"Researchers are reporting an advance toward the possible use of a new natural non-caloric sweetener in soft drinks and other food products in the United States." American Chemical Society

Experts oppose lowering drinking age
"With some of the nation's most prominent college leaders suggesting that the nation's drinking age be lowered, a group of researchers and safety experts told Maryland lawmakers yesterday that younger drinkers would bring more accidents and deaths." The Washington Post

September 23, 2008

Empathy found lacking in doctors
"There a 10 percent chance that a patient with a potentially deadly disease will get an empathic response from a doctor, U.S. researchers said." UPI

Pollution likely source of chronic laryngitis
"Everyday exposure to environmental tobacco smoke, allergens, and air pollution may be the root of chronic cases of laryngitis." American Academy of Otolaryngology

Timing important for exercise success
"It has been said that 'timing is everything.' That statement applies to fitness in a major way." The Oklahoman

September 22, 2008

Diet and exercise best for older adults
"A group of sedentary and overweight older people placed on a four-month exercise program not only became more fit, but burned off more fat, compared to older sedentary people who were placed on a diet but did not exercise." Journal of Applied Physiology

Social support speeds heart recovery
"Researchers have identified specific damages to the brain that may occur when heart attack victims are socially isolated from others." Ohio State University

Audio relaxation program improves blood pressure
"An audio relaxation program lowered blood pressure more than a Mozart sonata in a group of elderly people with high blood pressure." American Heart Association

September 21, 2008

Rested doctors make a difference
"A new study finds that efforts to make sure medical residents in the United States and Canada get more rest are getting results." UPI

FTC cracks down on fake cancer cures
"It's hard to think of anything more heinous than bogus cancer cures." The Los Angeles Times

Simple steps can prevent on-the-job pain
"It is a fact of life that job and career can be stressful." The New York Times

September 20, 2008

Tainted milk recall expands
"Milk came off the shelves in supermarkets, schools and Starbucks outlets across China as the scandal that began with poisoned baby formula spread in earnest to milk and other products from some of the country's biggest, most venerable dairy brands." The Wall Street Journal

Low vitamin D tied to MS
"Children later diagnosed with multiple sclerosis had far lower levels of vitamin D than other youngsters." Reuters

Longevity, cancer and diet linked
"Researchers have discovered a connection between genes that could hold the key to a longer, healthier life." Huntsman Cancer Institute

September 19, 2008

Calorie cut may save muscle
"Chemical concoctions can smooth over wrinkles and hide those pesky grays, but what about the signs of aging that aren't so easy to fix, such as losing muscle mass?" University of Florida

Living healthy halves premature death risk in women
"Over half of deaths in women from chronic diseases such as cancer and heart disease could be avoided if they never smoke, keep their weight in check, take exercise and eat a healthy diet low in red meat and trans-fats." Harvard School of Public Health

FDA considers genetically engineered meat
"After more than seven years of discussion, the Food and Drug Administration proposed regulations Thursday that would allow the commercial use of genetically engineered animals." USA Today

September 18, 2008

Tainted milk probe widens following third death
"A third infant died and the number of sick grew fivefold to more than 6,200 as China's investigation into contaminated baby formula widened to include other dairy products made by two dozen companies and sold around the world." The Washington Post

Controversial autism study halted
"A U.S. government agency has dropped plans for a study of a controversial treatment for autism that critics had called an unethical experiment on children." USA Today

Worries at home become problems at school
"Children who worry about how their parents get along with each other are more likely than other children to have psychological problems." Society for Research in Child Development

September 17, 2008

Study links plastics to heart disease, diabetes
"A major U.S. study links bisphenol A, a chemical commonly used in hard plastics, to cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and liver-enzyme abnormalities." UPI

Extra weight boosts headache risk in kids
"The more overweight children and teenagers are, the more frequent and disabling their headaches, according to the first national study to look at possible links between obesity and headaches in kids." USA Today

Finger length, exercise desire linked
"Canadian and U.S. researchers say there is a direct correlation between the length of fingers and being motivated to hit the gym." UPI

September 16, 2008

Memory can help fight impulsive eating
"If you're an impulsive eater, that memory might help you choose a fruit salad next time around." University of Chicago

Steady work linked to mental health
"Dr. Muntaner and his research team found that poor mental health outcomes are associated with precarious employment." Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

Mean behavior rubs off on viewers
"Researchers have long known that watching violence on TV or in movies ratchets up aggression, but what about watching people being mean to one another? Could watching Mean Girls make you as aggressive as watching Kill Bill?" USA Today

September 15, 2008

Millions of medicines go down the drain
"U.S. hospitals and long-term care facilities annually flush millions of pounds of unused pharmaceuticals down the drain, pumping contaminants into America's drinking water." Associated Press

Mediterranean diet protects against disease
"A strict Mediterranean diet provides substantial protection against heart disease, cancer and Alzheimer's disease." UPI

Alternative treatments can heal body and mind
"When nurses tried to insert an IV into patient Linda Aron's hand, she was so anxious over the impending operation to fix her acid reflux that they simply had to stop." USA Today

September 14, 2008

Failure to sort veggies may have caused outbreak
"At the end of a dirt road in northern Mexico, the conveyer belts processing hundreds of tons of vegetables a year for U.S. and Mexican markets are open to the elements, protected only by a corrugated metal roof." USA Today

Attitude and exercise are key to aging well
"Function counts for more than chronological age when it comes to getting older." Deseret News

Snacking intentions and actions often don't match
"People who are asked whether they would choose between a 'good' snack and a 'bad' snack might not follow their intentions when the snacks arrive." Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior

September 13, 2008

Wyeth vitamin claims investigated
"Two U.S. lawmakers are investigating advertising claims by Wyeth that promote its Centrum Cardio vitamin as a cholesterol-lowering product, according to a letter to the company released on Friday." Reuters

Surprising contamination found in US tap water
"Testing prompted by an Associated Press story that revealed trace amounts of pharmaceuticals in drinking water supplies has shown that more Americans are affected by the problem than previously thought, at least 46 million." USA Today

Dairy farm blamed for baby formula recall
"Investigators believe dairy farmers added a dangerous chemical to milk that has been linked to kidney stones in dozens of babies and one death in China's latest product safety scandal." Associated Press

September 12, 2008

More schools ditch soft drinks
"Sugary soft drinks accounted for less than a quarter of the beverages sold in schools last year, demonstrating that a voluntary transition toward healthier drinks is working, the beverage industry said Wednesday." USA Today

Calcium may protect unborn from lead
"Pregnant women who take high levels of daily calcium supplements show a marked reduction in lead levels in their blood, suggesting calcium could play a critical role in reducing fetal and infant exposure." University of Michigan

Warning issued over tainted baby formula
"The Food and Drug Administration is alerting Asian and ethnic markets across the USA that infant formula made in China may be contaminated." USA Today

September 11, 2008

Brush teeth for a healthy heart
"Now, researchers have discovered a new link between gum disease and heart disease that may help find ways to save lives." Society for General Microbiology

Cooking shows spread bad food hygiene
"Texas Tech University researchers say some cable Food Network shows may inadvertently be teaching the wrong lessons." UPI

Early exposure can wire kids for addiction
"No child aspires to a lifetime of addiction. But their brains might." Rockefeller University

September 10, 2008

Walgreens fights tobacco ban
"Walgreen Co has asked a San Francisco state court to block implementation of a recently passed city order banning sale of tobacco products at pharmacies." Reuters

School interventions get kids eating veggies
"School-based intervention efforts can help children buck a national trend by increasing their consumption of fruits and vegetables, researchers said." UPI

Brown bag lunch numbers climb
"According to a recent study by the NPD Group Inc., a market research company in New York, 2007 was a record year for brown bag lunches: Americans toted 8.5 billion lunches to the workplace." The News Journal

September 9, 2008

Activity keeps gene-related weight at bay
" Maybe you can blame being fat on your genes. But there's a way to overcome that family history, just get three to four hours of moderate activity a day." Associated Press

Vitamin B12 protects aging brain
"Having higher vitamin B12 levels may protect against brain shrinkage in elderly people, according to a study published Monday." Reuters

College student smoking numbers drop
"Fewer U.S. college students (1 in 5) are smoking than ever before, but college and university leaders need to take a stand against aggressive tobacco industry marketing tactics to ensure student smoking rates don't increase, a new American Lung Association report finds." The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

September 8, 2008

Overweight teens face risk to liver
"In a new and disturbing twist on the obesity epidemic, some overweight teenagers have severe liver damage caused by too much body fat, and a handful have needed liver transplants." Associated Press

Fire fighting pollutant poses health risks
"A common group of flame retardants used since the 1970s and credited with saving lives is proving to be a pervasive contaminant in the environment that may be harmful to human health." The Philadelphia Inquirer

Many stay in harm's way for pets
"Forty-seven percent of U.S. adults say they would refuse disaster rescue if it meant leaving without a family pet, American Humane Association officials say." UPI

September 7, 2008

Injury risk drops with safety seat use
"Lap-and-shoulder seat belts perform as well as child safety seats in preventing serious injury." The Washington Post

Snoring can be serious warning sign
" A Swedish study of women who snored has found that snoring is a health risk that appears to be associated with high blood pressure and diabetes." Nutrition Journal

First drugs under investigation listed
"The government on Friday began posting a list of prescription drugs under investigation for potential safety problems in an effort to better inform doctors and patients." Associated Press

September 6, 2008

FDA to list drugs under investigation
"The Food and Drug Administration will begin posting every three months a list of drugs whose safety is under investigation because of complaints brought to the agency's attention by drug companies, physicians and patients." The Washington Post

Some popular diet plans pass nutrition test
"Popular slimming programmes do result in reduced energy intake while providing enough nutrients." Nutrition Journal

Companies to cut back on health spending
"Nearly 60 percent of employers nationwide plan to curb rising health premiums by making their employees pay more, according to a survey released this week by the Mercer consulting firm." The San Francisco Chronicle

September 5, 2008

Toxin in plastics tied to metabolic problems
"New research implicates the primary chemical used to produce hard plastics, BPA, as a risk factor for metabolic syndrome and its consequences." University of Cincinnati

Walking significantly improves memory
"Walking for two and a half hours a week can significantly improve memory problems in the over-50s." Journal of the American Medical Association

Low folate intake linked to colon cancer
"Researchers are reporting a new, more detailed explanation for the link between low folate intake and an increased risk for colon cancer." Journal of Proteome Research

September 4, 2008

Tanning addiction common in youth
"A study at a large U.S. university found more than 25 percent reported symptoms of tanning dependence with symptoms similar to alcohol and drug dependence." UPI

Even a little sleep loss hurts
"Loss of sleep, even for a few short hours during the night, can prompt one's immune system to turn against healthy tissue and organs." Biological Psychiatry

Mom's mood tied to baby's sleep
"U.S. researchers say babies born to depressed moms are more likely to have chaotic sleep patterns." UPI

September 3, 2008

Prescription ad value exaggerated
"Direct-to-consumer advertising may not be giving big pharma such a big bang for their buck after all." Harvard Medical School

FDA gives cloned animal offspring OK
" Food and milk from the offspring of cloned animals may have entered the U.S. food supply." Reuters

Sports participation improves mind
"Being an athlete or merely a fan improves language skills when it comes to discussing their sport because parts of the brain usually involved in playing sports are instead used to understand sport language." University of Chicago

September 2, 2008

Kids drink too much soda despite ban
"However, researchers at Pardee Rand Graduate School say limiting the availability of soft drinks at school may not be enough to affect overall consumption among elementary school children." American Dietetic Association

Mom's stress tied to child weight gain
" Millions of poor children in the United States may be getting fat before age 10 because their mothers are stressed out and the youngsters seek escape in unhealthy comfort food, researchers said on Tuesday." The Daily Press

Fad diets don't work in long term
"The quick-fix market is reliably bullish, even though the products are nonsense, sometimes even dangerous." Minneapolis Star Tribune

September 1, 2008

Take a leap for stronger bones
"High impact activities such as jumping and skipping that can easily be incorporated into warm-ups before sports and physical education classes, have been shown to benefit bone health in adolescents." Griffith Institute of Health

Childhood obesity can last a lifetime
"A new study finds that children who are overweight as toddlers are at risk for obesity later." The Daily Press

Exercise strengthens relationships
"Yoga instructor Tanya Boigenzahn Sowards created the two-hour couples workshop as a way to get longtime marrieds out of their ruts, as well as to offer a fun and fresh alternative for daters, parents and children, or yoga buddies." Minneapolis Star Tribune

August 31, 2008

Asthma, obesity linked
"There is a strong link between obesity and asthma and as the prevalence of both conditions has been increasing steadily, epidemiologists have speculated that there is an underlying condition that connects the two." American Thoracic Society

Attack ads take on hot dogs
"In a new television commercial, children eat hot dogs in a school cafeteria as one little boy says, 'I was dumbfounded when the doctor told me I have late-stage colon cancer.'" Associated Press

Memory trick shines light on mind
"A simple memory trick has helped show UC Davis researchers how an area of the brain called the perirhinal cortex can contribute to forming memories." UC Davis

August 30, 2008

Oklahoma seeks E.coli outbreak answers
"Oklahoma health officials said Friday they are searching for the source of a rare form of E. coli that has killed one person and sickened 116 others in the northeastern part of the state." CNN

Cancer misconceptions common worldwide
"Many people hold mistaken beliefs about what causes cancer, tending to inflate the threat from environmental factors that have relatively little impact while minimizing the hazards of behaviours well established as cancer risk factors, according to the first global survey on the topic." International Union Against Cancer

Fix for postpartum smoke relapse sought
"Although many women quit smoking during pregnancy to protect their unborn children from the effects of cigarettes, half of them resume the habit within a few months of giving birth." University of North Carolina

August 29, 2008

Worries remain after salmonella outbreak
"The produce industry says the search for the source by the FDA, which shifted suspicion from tomatoes to jalapeno and serrano peppers, shattered consumer confidence and cost it millions." The Los Angeles Times

Exercise helps brain heal
"Dark green chard plucked from a makeshift garden in front of City Hall; soft cheeses spread on freshly baked whole-grain bread and served in exhibition halls; farm-raised free-range chickens carved, seasoned and roasted." The Boston Globe

Home life, generosity linked
"People tend to be more sympathetic to people suffering from the same misfortune as a friend." UPI

August 28, 2008

Weighing more costs money
"U.S. adults looking for ways to save money should focus on their waistlines to make their wallets a bit fatter." UPI

Inaugural 'Slow Food Nation' convention kicks off
"Dark green chard plucked from a makeshift garden in front of City Hall; soft cheeses spread on freshly baked whole-grain bread and served in exhibition halls; farm-raised free-range chickens carved, seasoned and roasted." USA Today

Students mark 21st with dangerous excess
"College students today celebrate 21st birthdays with an average of 12 drinks for men and nine for women, finds the most in-depth picture yet of the consequences of extreme partying."USA Today

August 27, 2008

Sleep mysteries explored
"Is sleep essential? Ask that question to a sleep-deprived new parent or a student who has just pulled an 'all-nighter,' and the answer will be a grouchy, 'Of course!'." University of Wisconsin

Beware overseas herbal remedies
"Traditional herbal supplements used by thousands of Americans may contain dangerously high levels of lead and other toxins, a study shows." USA Today

Cancer misinformation common worldwide
"People in high-income countries are the least likely to believe that drinking alcohol increases the risk of cancer, officials of a Swiss non-profit say." UPI

August 26, 2008

Broccoli helps heal heart
"Researchers have discovered eating broccoli could undo the damage caused by diabetes to heart blood vessels." University of Warwick

State tobacco bans saved billions
"California's state tobacco control program saved $86 billion, in 2004 dollars, in personal healthcare costs in its first 15 years." UCSF

Incense may boost respiratory cancer risk
"Long term use of incense increases the risk of developing cancers of the respiratory tract, according to a new study." American Cancer Society

August 25, 2008

Optimism lowers breast cancer risk
"Happiness and optimism may help guard against breast cancer, while adverse life events may increase breast cancer risk." UPI

Acupuncture for pain control explored
"At least 8.2 million Americans have tried the traditional Chinese medical techniques of acupuncture, according to national surveys." Journal of Consumer Research

Most avoid portion extremes
"Janine Ottley's first visit to an acupuncturist was an act of desperation. She was on a cruise to Mexico when a killer headache struck, threatening to destroy her vacation. She figured it was worth a try." University of Chicago Press

August 24, 2008

Aging, weight gain link explored
"Fast food and soda instead of fruits and vegetables: the consequences can already be seen in children - more and more of them suffer from overweight and adiposity." Technische Universitaet Dortmund

Snack packs are not always slimming
"Tempting treats are being offered in small package sizes these days, presumably to help consumers reduce portion sizes." Journal of Consumer Research

Feeding Olympians can be a workout
"Ever wonder what makes America's gold-medal athletes tick?" The Herald-Leader

August 23, 2008

Change bed habits to beat insomnia
"Many people sleep better when they are on holiday and wish that they could sleep as well all the time." Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care

Heavy workers may face health fines
"Alabama, pushed to second in national obesity rankings by deep-fried Southern favorites, is cracking down on state workers who are too fat." USA Today

New rules for kid's medicines
"The Food and Drug Administration yesterday announced plans to revise standards for over-the-counter cough and cold medications for children, a step that could lead to removing the popular products from the market." The Washington Post

August 22, 2008

Sugar and appetite link explored
"Dr Andrews found that appetite-suppressing cells are attacked by free radicals after eating and said the degeneration is more significant following meals rich in carbohydrates and sugars. " Monash University

FDA gives go ahead for produce irradiation
"The Food and Drug Administration has approved use of irradiation on spinach and lettuce to kill dangerous bacteria, but companies may have a tough time selling the idea to consumers." USA Today

Tobacco ads, youth smoking linked
"The National Cancer Institute has released a report that reaches the government's strongest conclusion to date that tobacco marketing and depictions of smoking in movies promote youth smoking." University of Minnesota

August 21, 2008

Impact of sleepless night explored
"Just one night without sleep can increase the amount of the chemical dopamine in the human brain. " Journal of Neuroscience

Clutter can by symptom of larger problem
"U.S. psychologists say clutter may be a sign of disorganization or a symptom of compulsive hoarding." UPI

Good fat find may help obesity fight
" A study by researchers at the Joslin Diabetes Center has shown that a protein known for its role in inducing bone growth can also help promote the development of brown fat, a 'good' fat that helps in the expenditure of energy and plays a role in fighting obesity." UPI

August 20, 2008

Many schools are within 'air pollution danger zones'
"Researchers have found that more than 30 percent of American public schools are within 400 meters, or a quarter mile, of major highways that consistently serve as main truck and traffic routes. " University of Cincinnati

Arsenic exposure tied to diabetes
"Even low-level exposure to arsenic in drinking water appears to be associated with increased prevalence of type 2 diabetes, researchers said in a study published Tuesday." AFP

Lead contaminated soil prevalent in US
"Chronic lead poisoning, caused in part by the ingestion of contaminated dirt, affects hundreds of thousands more children in the United States than the acute lead poisoning associated with imported toys or jewelry." Indiana University

August 19, 2008

Healthy smile tied to healthy heart
"The way to a person's heart is through his stomach, the adage goes. But researchers now think the way to a healthy heart might be through your gums and teeth. " The Washington Post

Women pay price for body image fixation
"Idealized, airbrushed beauty and body image obsession have an economic impact on U.S. women and girls." UPI

Cocoa, memory link found
"People ages 59 to 83 who drank a cocoa flavanol-rich beverage had an 8 percent increase in brain blood flow after one week, U.S. researchers said." UPI

August 18, 2008

Hospital blends native, modern medicine
"When a Navajo woman delivers a baby at Banner Page Hospital in northern Arizona, she invites her entire family, often more than 10 people, into the birthing room. " USA Today

Gluten-free gains following
"Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye and barley. It causes some people serious health problems." USA Today

Anti-depressants, impaired driving linked
"Depressed people on antidepressants appear to have trouble concentrating and reacting behind the wheel." UPI

August 17, 2008

Low density food boosts weight loss
"Preliminary research suggests increasing intake of low-energy density foods, specifically mushrooms, in place of high-energy-density foods, like lean ground beef, is a strategy for preventing or treating obesity." John Hopkins Weight Management Center

No age limit for exercise benefit
"Research continues to demonstrate the benefits of exercise, no matter your age." The Washington Post

Parent pressure can harm self-esteem
"A new study has found that students anxieties often are based on exaggerated perceptions of what parents expect." University of Central Florida

August 16, 2008

FDA releases plastics risk assessment
"A controversial chemical commonly found in can linings, baby bottles and other household products does not pose a health hazard when used in food containers, according to a draft assessment released by the Food and Drug Administration yesterday." The Washington Post

Asthma in boys may pass with time
"Boys may be more apt than girls to have childhood asthma, but, when compared to girls, they are also more likely to grow out of it in adolescence and have a decreased incidence of asthma in the post-pubertal years." American Thoracic Society

Eyes key to regulating sleep
"U.S. biologists said they've discovered the switching mechanism in the eye that helps the brain regulate activity and rest cycles in mammals." UPI

August 15, 2008

Stress, anxiety intensify allergies
"Stress and anxiety not only can intensify those allergies, but they also can prolong the suffering." The Star-Ledger

Watch out for exercise injuries
" A U.S. doctor warns baby boomers to listen to their bodies and take precautions when active because it's a lot easier to be injured at age 50 than 20." UPI

Energy drink boosts stroke risk
"Just one can of the popular stimulant energy drink Red Bull can increase the risk of heart attack or stroke, even in young people, Australian medical researchers said on Friday." Reuters

August 14, 2008

MSG, obesity link found
"People who use monosodium glutamate, or MSG, as a flavor enhancer in their food are more likely than people who don't use it to be overweight or obese even though they have the same amount of physical activity and total calorie intake." University of North Carolina

Air pollution tied to heart damage
" As athletes from around the world compete in the Beijing Olympics, many are on alert for respiratory problems caused by air pollution." American College of Cardiology

Tainted produce proves hard to track
"When government investigators found a hot trail to a potential cause of the salmonella outbreak that had confounded them for weeks, it led them to the 'Pink Palace.'" USA Today

August 13, 2008

Clothes shopping ups body image stress
"This is a story for every woman who has frowned at her image in a dressing room mirror and wished for a better body." USA Today

Parents key to kid's veggie attitudes
"Providing fruits for snacks and serving vegetables at dinner can shape a preschooler's eating patterns for his or her lifetime." Washington University

Old tanks pose health, environmental risk
"The government owns hundreds of underground fuel tanks, many designed for emergencies back in the Cold War, that need to be inspected for leaks of hazardous substances that could make local water undrinkable." Savannah Morning News

August 12, 2008

Low vitamin D, mortality linked
"Studies suggest a lack of vitamin D adds to heart and cancer risk, but those with vitamin D deficiency also have a higher risk of death, U.S. researcher say." UPI

Beware brain boost claims
"Throw all the money you like at computer brainteasers.Just don't bet the popular games will protect your gray matter any better than a host of other activities, many of them free." The Washington Post

Heavy heart health possible
"Some obese people may not be at increased heart disease risk, but some normal-weight people have a cluster of heart risks, German researchers said." UPI

August 11, 2008

Floss key to keeping teeth
"In dental offices all over the world, patients are often told they are not flossing enough or instructed to floss more. As the old saying goes, you only need to floss the teeth you want to keep." American Academy of Periodontology

Groups aim to get kids outside
"From canoeing trips on the Chesapeake Bay to endangered butterfly camps in Rhode Island, outdoor and environmental educators across the country are asking Congress and state lawmakers for more money for nature learning." The Associated Press

Family diet plans grow
"When 12-year-old Austen admitted to his mother he was uncomfortable about his weight, Erica Lovett was surprised - and clueless about how to help him. She and her husband struggled with their weight, too." Savannah Morning News

August 10, 2008

Whole Foods issues big recall
"Whole Foods Market pulled fresh ground beef from all of its stores Friday." The Washington Post

Group seeks walkable cities
"A band of walkers gathered Saturday at the 100 year old Pasadena Presbyterian Church with a mission: Give pedestrians in this city their rightful place on the sidewalk." The Los Angeles Times

Cancer fighter found in sea
"University of Florida College of Pharmacy researchers have discovered a marine compound off the coast of Key Largo that inhibits cancer cell growth in laboratory tests, a finding they hope will fuel the development of new drugs to better battle the disease." University of Florida

August 9, 2008

Most want health care overhaul
"Americans are dissatisfied with the U.S. health care system and 82 percent think it should be fundamentally changed or completely rebuilt." Commonwealth Fund

Change behavior for insomnia
"Although medications are often recommended for acute insomnia, the first line of treatment for chronic insomnia is behavioral therapy" The New York Times

Beware mixing heart drugs
"U.S. health officials warned the public on Friday about the risk of a rare type of muscle injury seen when the cholesterol drug simvastatin is combined with the anti-arrhythmia medicine amiodarone." Reuters

August 8, 2008

Allergy, autism link probed
"Houston researchers are conducting a study to determine whether gluten and dairy products play a role in autistic behavior, as some parents suggest." UPI

LA may force calorie posting
"Los Angeles residents are notorious for worrying about their waistlines and if two Los Angeles County Supervisors have it their way, calorie counting while dining out in the city may get easier." Reuters

E. coli sparks mass recall
"A California food company is recalling 153,630 pounds of frozen ground beef after an E. coli outbreak shut down a Boy Scout camp in Virginia last week and sickened at least 22 people, health officials said Thursday." The Chicago Tribune

August 7, 2008

Alcohol use in decline
"Overall alcohol use, particularly the consumption of beer, is declining in the US." The American Journal of Medicine

Asthma, home cleansers linked
"Women who use a lot of household cleaning products when they are pregnant, or shortly after giving birth, are increasing their child's risk of developing asthma." Brunel University

Yawns contagious for pups too
"Yawning is contagious in humans, but British scientists say that dogs too can catch a yawn from a human -- as a a rudimentary form of empathy." UPI

August 6, 2008

Sesame seed joins E. coli fight
"A new study shows that konjac gum and sesame seed extract may offer protection against different strains of E. coli and Salmonella bacteria." Society of Chemical Industry

Kid cold remedy use common
"Researchers from Boston University's Slone Epidemiology Center have found that about one in ten U.S. children uses one or more cough and cold medications during a given week." Boston University

Egg helps weight loss
"Eating two eggs for breakfast helps overweight adults lose more weight and feel energetic than eating a bagel breakfast, U.S. researchers said." UPI

August 5, 2008

Time indoors boosts myopia
"Although genetic inheritance plays a role, the rapid rise of myopia suggests that environmental factors are driving the trend." American Academy of Ophthalmology

Verbal aggression impacts kids
"Parents with a propensity for being verbally aggressive also tend to try to direct and control their children during a play period, U.S. researchers said." UPI

Obesity may begin at infancy
"Over the last decade, childhood obesity has grown into an epidemic, reflected in soaring rates of type 2 diabetes and recommendations that pediatricians check toddlers for elevated cholesterol." Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters

August 4, 2008

Office design to up fitness
"A study of a real-life U.S. office re-engineered to increase daily physical activity resulted in employee weight loss and more profits, researchers said." UPI

Low-gravity activity curbs injury
"A new CU-Boulder study of a space-age, low-gravity training machine led by Associate Professor Rodger Kram, shows the machine significantly reduced impacts on muscles and joints of study subjects." University of Colorado at Boulder

Don't ignore persistent grief
"While most people grieve when someone close to them dies, the emotional intensity tends to recede with time." The Washington Post

August 3, 2008

TV tied to college pounds
"Congress this week approved a ban on a family of chemicals widely used in soft plastic toys and other baby products." University of Alberta

Age emulation offers insight
"Mrs. Ramirez is only 33, but on a recent morning she was taking part in a three-hour training program called Xtreme Aging, designed to simulate the diminished abilities associated with old age." The New York Times

US weekly diet weight up
"In 1970, the average American ate about 16.4 pounds of food a week, or 2.3 pounds daily." The New York Times

August 2, 2008

Additives banned, fears remain
"Congress this week approved a ban on a family of chemicals widely used in soft plastic toys and other baby products." The Washington Post

Wal-Mart sued over salmonella
"A Colorado man is suing Wal-Mart and an unnamed supplier, saying that he fell ill after eating jalapeño peppers bought from the company tainted with the same strain of salmonella that has infected more than 1,300 people over the past three months." The Washington Post

Firms cut food carcinogens
"Four food manufacturers have agreed to reduce levels of a cancer-causing chemical in their potato chips and french fries in a settlement with the state of California." Associated Press

August 1, 2008

Feds OK tobacco control
"The House on Wednesday overwhelmingly passed legislation that for the first time would subject the tobacco industry to regulation by federal health authorities charged with promoting public well-being." Deseret News

FDA takes heat for outbreak
"Turf struggles, bad communication and weak leadership undermined the federal response to a recent salmonella outbreak that cost the tomato industry huge losses." McClatchy-Tribune

Exercise pill probed
"They should help people who are too frail to exercise and those with health problems like diabetes that are improved with exercise." The New York Times

July 31, 2008

Careful with kid workouts
"While the industry is devising new ways to get children active, parents and fitness instructors should be mindful that a 'workout' for a child is different from that of an adult." Deseret News

Fat near heart poses threat
"When it comes to risk for a heart attack, having excess fat around the heart may be worse than having a high body mass index or a thick waist." Wake Forest University

Stroke risk high for smoke
"For those who never smoked, being married to a smoker is associated with a 42 percent increase in risk of stroke." UPI

July 30, 2008

Donut maker goes healthy
"Looking to entice those hungry for a healthier option, Dunkin' Donuts will begin offering a new slate of better-for-you offerings in August." Associated Press

Medicine mistakes climb
"Deaths from medication mistakes at home, like actor Heath Ledger's accidental overdose, rose sharply during the past two decades, an analysis of U.S. death certificates finds." Associated Press

Gluten free market grows
"Gluten is in the news frequently, and Mary Ann O'Dell, a registered dietitian and director for Akins Natural Foods in Tulsa, said there are a number of reasons why the national spotlight is on the common sticky substance. In August, the Food and Drug Administration is expected to release its official definition of gluten-free foods." Deseret News

July 29, 2008

Soda, juice ups diabetes risk
"Daily consumption of soft drinks and fruit drinks is associated with an increased risk for type 2 diabetes in African-American women, U.S. researchers said." UPI

Fitness cuts dementia spread
"The air people breathe while walking in the park, working in the garden or shopping downtown may be unhealthy enough to seriously spike their blood pressure, a new study suggests." Ohio State University

Weight linked to region age
"Whether your neighborhood is old or new, and thus more friendly to pedestrian traffic or to car travel, may help determine if you're overweight." Deseret News

July 28, 2008

Energy drinks, risk linked
"Energy drink consumption is correlated with substance use, unsafe sexual activity and several other forms of risk-taking, a U.S. researcher says." UPI

Fitness cuts dementia spread
"Patients in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease who performed better on a treadmill test had less atrophy in the areas of the brain that control memory, according to a study released Sunday." Associated Press

Weight loss flips liver damage
"For those with liver cirrhosis from nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, each pound lost is a step towards regaining your health." Deseret News

July 27, 2008

Motivation drives fit patients
"It is common knowledge that regular exercise aids physical and mental health " University of Missouri

Churches spread health info
"'Your body is special to God!' Bishop James M. Briscoe exclaimed to 45 Sunday worshipers in the pews of Free Gospel Church of Bryans Road." The Washington Post

Coenzyme drink in works
"If Bruce Lipshutz has his way, you may soon be buying bottles of water brimming with the life-sustaining coenzyme CoQ10 at your local Costco." University of California - Santa Barbara

July 26, 2008

California bans trans fats
"California became the first state to ban trans fats from restaurant food, following several cities and fast-food chains in erasing the notorious artery-clogger from menus." Associated Press

FDA nears salmonella source
"Federal health officials are one step closer to finding the cause of a three-month-old salmonella outbreak and are now warning consumers to avoid only Mexican-grown raw jalapeño and Serrano peppers." The Washington Post

Heart disease, dementia linked
"Coronary heart disease is associated with a worse performance in mental processes such as reasoning, vocabulary and verbal fluency." European Society of Cardiology

July 25, 2008

Aging theory challenged
"The question of what causes aging has spawned competing schools of thought." Stanford University Medical Center

Fructose turns to fat fast
"A U.S. study shows that humans make body fat from fructose with surprising speed, researchers said." UPI

Be wary of all concussions
"Sports-related concussions in young athletes frequently go unrecognized, and often do not receive proper respect for the potential seriousness that even a mild injury may have." Washington University

July 24, 2008

Toxins found in laundry soap
"A study of six top-selling laundry products and air fresheners found all six emitted at least one chemical regulated as toxic or hazardous, researchers say." UPI

Backers join tobacco fight
"New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Microsoft founder Bill Gates said yesterday that they will together provide $500 million to fight tobacco use around the world, especially in developing countries where smoking rates are rising." The Washington Post

School lunches get poor marks
"A district-based nonprofit organization, affiliated with a group that promotes a vegan diet, issued a report card today on school lunches that gives two local school systems failing grades for the amount of processed meat they serve to students." The Washington Post

July 23, 2008

Pace when race training
"For novice and experienced runners alike, overuse injuries can become a common occurrence simply because they don't understand what goes into properly training for a marathon." Deseret News

Tobacco bill veto likely
"In its sharpest criticism yet of the tobacco legislation pending in Congress, the Bush administration has said it 'strongly' opposes the effort to give the Food and Drug Administration regulatory authority over tobacco." The New York Times

Guru pushes for active kids
"He has talked to and surveyed parents, teachers, principals and superintendents and will offer the House Education and Labor Committee some ideas for 'an economic way to get our kids moving every day.'" USA Today

July 22, 2008

Olympic pollution risks hearts
"Olympic athletes aren't the only ones who need to be concerned about the heavily polluted air in Beijing." Northwestern University

More medicine goes green
"Tossing out everything from plastic bandages and cotton swabs to hospital robes after a single use, the U.S. medical industry generates more than 2 million tons of waste per year, environmental advocates say. " The Washington Post

Jalapeno, salmonella linked
"The Food and Drug Administration said Monday that it found a jalapeno pepper contaminated with the same strain of salmonella driving an outbreak that's sickened thousands and mystified investigators for two months." USA Today

July 21, 2008

More seniors hit the gym
"Four years ago, Andrew Dancy, 80, received a card in the mail advertising a free gym membership through his Medicare provider, Humana, and the Silver Sneakers Fitness Program." USA Today

Walk programs recommended
"U.S. researchers urge community leaders to imitate walking programs to help the elderly stay independent." UPI

Doctor time now saves later
"By paying family physicians, internists and pediatricians to devote more time and attention to their patients, insurers and patients could save thousands of dollars downstream on unnecessary tests, visits to expensive specialists and avoidable trips to the hospital." The New York Times

July 20, 2008

Good, bad web pharma grows
"A report from the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy concludes that consumers are facing a growing risk of getting counterfeit drugs because of rising Internet sales of medical drugs, projected to reach upwards of $75 billion by 2010." University of Maryland

Teen smokers work to quit
"Most teenagers who smoke cigarettes make repeated attempts to quit but most are unsuccessful." University of Montreal

Listeners shut out PSAs
"Breast cancer specialists were alarmed last year when research from the National Cancer Institute revealed that mammography use had dropped so drastically that doctors feared a rise in invasive cancers." Newsday

July 19, 2008

NY menus post calorie info
"Customers at big fast-food chains in New York City are finally facing the facts about their meal choices. And for some, the truth may be hard to swallow - like 1,130 calories for a Big Mac, medium fries and a medium soda." Associated Press

FDA says tomatoes now safe
"More than 1,200 people in 42 states now have been sickened by a rare strain of salmonella bacteria carried on tomatoes ... or maybe hot peppers. Or maybe both." McClatchy News Service

Vitamins halt weight gain
"Scientists have used a special blend of vitamins and nutrients to stop successive generations of mice from becoming progressively more overweight." The Los Angeles Times

July 18, 2008

Values impact how food tastes
"The reason a beef burger tastes better than a veggie burger to some people has more to do with values than actual taste." UPI

Wellness programs prove best
"An ounce of prevention in community health programs could save states hundreds of millions in health-care costs, a new study has found." The Washington Post

US obesity tops 25 percent
"More than a quarter of Americans describe themselves as obese, and in three states -- Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee—more than 30 percent do." McClatchy News Service

July 17, 2008

Traffic, allergies linked
"Allergic diseases appear more often in children who grow up near busy roads according to a new study involving several thousand children." American Journal of Respiratory Medicine

Low-carb variation works
"Low-carbohydrate and Mediterranean diets may be just as safe and effective in losing weight as the standard low-fat diet." UPI

Exercise speeds healing
"People recover faster after surgery for ankle fracture if they are given a cast or splint that can be removed to let them exercise the ankle, than if their foot is placed in an immobilising plaster cast." USA Today

July 16, 2008

Obese moms fuel epidemic
"Overweight mothers give birth to offspring who become even heavier, resulting in amplification of obesity across generations." Baylor College of Medicine

US teens too inactive
"U.S. teens become more sedentary as they get older, with fewer than one-third meeting recommended physical activity guidelines at age 15, researchers say." UPI

Fun fuels healthy couples
"Most couples know their marriages are happier when they make time to have fun." USA Today

July 15, 2008

Positive thinking helps heart
"Men who believed they were at lower-than-average risk for cardiovascular disease actually had lower heart disease risk, U.S. researchers said." UPI

Kid food lacks nutrition
"Most kids' foods provide poor nutritional quality, but packaging claims and healthy images could be misleading parents." Obesity Reviews

Exercise fights Alzheimer's
"Mild Alzheimer's disease patients with higher physical fitness had larger brains compared to mild Alzheimer's patients with lower physical fitness." American Academy of Neurology

July 14, 2008

Peppers join salmonella scare
"Imports of jalapeño peppers from Mexico have slowed amid government testing for salmonella, and importers say shortages are likely if the bottleneck continues" USA Today

Diet best for kid's cholesterol
"At first blush, the new guidelines on cholesterol control in children were shocking."
The Los Angeles Times

Thunderstorms, asthma linked
"In the first in-depth study of its kind ever done in the Southeastern United States, researchers have discovered a link between thunderstorms and asthma attacks that could have a 'significant public health impact.'" University of Georgia

July 13, 2008

Smoke bans boost air quality
"Nearly half of nonsmoking Americans are still breathing in cigarette fumes, but the percentage has declined dramatically since the early 1990s, according to a government study released Thursday." Associated Press

Walk to school programs grow
"Megan Schroeder rides her bike or walks to school to do her part to help the planet." USA Today

LA fast food ban sought
"Citing alarming rates of childhood obesity and a poverty of healthful eating choices, a city councilwoman is pushing for a moratorium on new fast-food restaurants in South-Central Los Angeles." The Washington Post

July 12, 2008

Recalled meat sellers named
"The Department of Agriculture will change its policy and begin to identify retailers who have received recalled meat, but only in cases that pose the most serious health threat." The Washington Post

Staying positive pays off
"The economic and psychological term known as 'sunk-cost fallacy' is a bias that leads someone to make a decision based solely on a prior financial investment." Association for Psychological Science

Whole fruit best for diabetes
"Women wanting to ward off type 2 diabetes should load their plates with green leafy vegetables and whole fruits, but perhaps stay away from fruit juice, new research suggests." Reuters

July 11, 2008

Sunscreen isn't enough
"Americans will spend more than $1.1 billion on sun protection products this year, a market that's grown by an annual rate of 10 percent since 2004." The San Francisco Chronicle

Passive smoke numbers drop
"Nearly half of nonsmoking Americans are still breathing in cigarette fumes, but the percentage has declined dramatically since the early 1990s, according to a government study." USA Today

Web, alcohol play weight role
"Girls moving through adolescence may experience unhealthy levels of weight gain, but the reasons for this are not always clear." Journal of Pediatrics

July 10, 2008

Weight loss improves fertility
"Obese men should consider losing weight before having children." UPI

Rude doctor censure pledged
"Verbal outbursts, condescending attitudes and physical threats by caregivers pose a serious threat to patients, a U.S. hospital accrediting group says." UPI

Little safety for web drugs
"More than three-quarters of Web sites that offer highly addictive medications do not require a prescription, according to a study released Wednesday." Associated Press

July 9, 2008

Child care, weight linked
"Nine-month-old infants regularly cared for by someone other than a parent appear to have higher rates of unfavorable feeding practices and to weigh more than infants cared for only by parents" Harvard School of Public Health

Diet change halts heart risk
"A new article indicates that an increased intake in minerals such as potassium, and possibly magnesium and calcium by dietary means may reduce the risk of high blood pressure and decrease blood pressure in people with hypertension." The Journal of Clinical Hypertension

Vitamin D level tied to cavities
"Women with low vitamin D levels during pregnancy may wind up with children with more cavities." UPI

July 8, 2008

Slow exercise best for some
"It's an inevitable truth: as we get older, our muscles deteriorate and we become weaker." Society for Experimental Biology

Herbal remedy helps weight
"With unprecedented levels of obesity across the Western world, and incidence of associated heart disease, cancer and diabetes rising, there is a major drive to find new treatments." Society for Experimental Biology

Sport may favor lefties
"A U.S. mechanical engineer who specializes in aircraft and helicopter engineering says baseball was designed to favor left-handers." UPI

July 7, 2008

Noisy brains are healthy
"Canadian scientists have shown that a noisy brain is a healthy brain." Rotman Research Institute

Vitamin D key for baby teeth
"Low maternal vitamin D levels during pregnancy may affect primary tooth calcification, leading to enamel defects, which are a risk factor for early-childhood tooth decay." International & American Association for Dental Research

Peanut butter protects heart
"Fat-free peanut flour, whole peanuts and peanut oil deliver similar positive effects to reduce heart disease risk, U.S. researchers said." UPI

July 6, 2008

Cut calories to age slowly
"Calorie restriction has long been shown to hamper the aging process in rats and mice." New Saint Louis University

Salmonella outbreak spreads
"The government on Saturday increased the number of people reported being sickened in a record salmonella outbreak in which tomatoes are the leading suspect although investigators are testing other types of fresh produce." UPI

Toxins, low birth weight linked
"Hamilton County newborns have some of the worst odds in the country of getting a healthy start in life, with more than one in nine born below what is considered a healthy weight." The Chattanoga Times Free-Press

July 5, 2008

Diet, gym programs compared
"In the first study of its kind, using sophisticated methods to measure body composition, the nationally known commercial weight loss program, Weight Watchers, was compared to gym membership programs to find out which method wins in the game of good health." University of Missouri-Columbia

Post-heart attack mood key
"People who suffer from severe depression following a heart attack might be more likely to experience cardiac complications while hospitalized." Center for the Advancement of Health

Keeping fit isn't costly
"In these tough economic times, some things have to go, like bottled water, low-fat lattes and manicures. But you don't have to let your body go." The Daily Press

July 4, 2008

Good nutrition heals brain
"The evidence shows that the body heals better when it is given proper nutrition." New York-Presbyterian Hospital

Churchgoing ups life span
"Religious congregations within a community affects mortality rates, often in a positive manner." UPI

Athlete heart screening urged
"Athletes should be screened for heart health because one competitive U.S. athlete dies every three days from an unrecognized heart disorder." UPI

July 3, 2008

Relax to change stress genes
"How could a single, nonpharmacological intervention help patients deal with disorders ranging from high blood pressure to infertility?" Massachusetts General Hospital

Mix heat, exercise carefully
"There is no question that heat can take a toll on performance." The New York Times

E.coli prompts beef recall
"Supermarkets across the country are pulling from their shelves more than 530,000 pounds of beef that may be contaminated with E. coli in the wake of an Agriculture Department warning that the beef supplied by a Nebraska company may be responsible for at least 40 illnesses." The New York Times

July 2, 2008

Broccoli fighting cancer probed
"Eating one or more portions of broccoli every week can reduce the risk of prostate cancer." UPI

Study numbers to drop obesity
"A comprehensive, population-based strategy is needed to reduce the alarming prevalence of obesity in the United States." American Heart Association

Labs added to outbreak search
"The Food and Drug Administration activated its Food Emergency Response Network on Tuesday, adding as many as 100 laboratories to its efforts to trace the source of the salmonella outbreak that has sickened more than 800 since April." USA Today

July 1, 2008

Good cholesterol helps memory
"People are often advised to try to keep up their levels of so-called good cholesterol to reduce their risk of heart disease. But high levels may also help prevent a decline in memory, a new study says." The New York Times

Almond prebiotic use discovered
"Almonds, as well as being high in vitamin E and other minerals, are also thought to have other health benefits, such as reducing cholesterol." Norwich BioScience Institutes

Mom's diet, kid health linked
"Mothers who eat an unhealthy diet during pregnancy may be putting their children at risk of developing long term, irreversible health issues including obesity, raised levels of cholesterol and blood sugar." The Journal of Physiology


June 30, 2008

Mind discipline rewires brain
"The cognitive strategies humans use to regulate emotions can determine both neurological and physiological responses to potential rewards." New York University

'Portion distortion' hurts U.S.
"Twenty years ago, the average order of french fries weighed 2.4 ounces and had 210 calories. Today, it's nearly triple that at 7.1 ounces and 610 calories." The Daily Herald

Poor sleep speeds aging
"The findings suggest that inadequate sleep in the elderly, who normally experience sleep disturbances, could exacerbate an already-impaired protective response to protein misfolding that happens in aging cells." University of Pennsylvania

June 29, 2008

Kids have veggie favorites
"A survey conducted with about 1,500 moms and children, either online or in the grocery store, revealed that kids voted broccoli as one of their three most-favorite vegetables, yet moms did not rank it in their top five most-purchased." The Republican

'Silent strokes' prove common
"A recent study found that about 10 percent of the apparently healthy middle-aged participants with no symptoms of stroke were injured from 'silent strokes.'" American Heart Association

Brain fitness market booms
"Teenagers cramming for tests and people worried about 'senior moments' can now turn to an explosion of brain-assisting video games." Associated Press

June 28, 2008

Bad tomatoes still for sale
"Tomatoes carrying a rare form of salmonella that has sickened more than 800 people may still be on the market, federal officials said yesterday, two weeks after they first warned consumers about the risk." The Washington Post

Bingers may be copycats
"The rise in binge drinking in the young is a 'fashion phenomenon' where drinkers are copying their associates' behaviour, new research has shown." Durham University

California air poses threat
"The air in California's Central Valley is so smoky, smoggy and stifling that doctors are telling people to stay inside." The Oklahoman

June 27, 2008

Unhealthy meals drop memory
"Adults with type 2 diabetes who eat unhealthy, high-fat meals may experience memory declines immediately afterward, but this can be offset by taking antioxidant vitamins with the meal." Nutrition Research

Tainted tomato cases climb
"The official toll from salmonella-tainted tomatoes continues to rise: The government counted 756 confirmed illnesses Thursday." Associated Press

Teen smoking fight stalls
"Efforts to reduce teen smoking have stalled in the past five years as states lose funding for antitobacco efforts and companies use new strategies to recruit customers, US health officials said yesterday." Reuters

June 26, 2008

Firms make health pay
"To reduce healthcare costs, U.S. employers are offering cash of up to $600 as an incentive to adopt healthier habits, a trade association official says." UPI

Adults enable youth drinking
"Many of the nation's estimated 10.8 million underage drinkers are turning to their parents or other adults for free alcohol." Reuters

Rushed docs confuse patients
"Have you ever been whisked through a doctor's visit, and afterward were unable to remember what the doctor said?" University of Rochester

June 25, 2008

Diabetes hits 24 million in US
"Nearly 24 million Americans have diabetes and another 57 million are estimated to have pre-diabetes." AHN

Major E.coli outbreak traced
"The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Tuesday outbreaks of E. coli bacteria in Michigan and Ohio are linked, and health officials in both states suspect the outbreak was caused by ground beef." Reuters

More grow as food costs climb
"Sales of vegetable seeds and tomato plants are soaring as people try to counter food prices that have increased 2.6 percent since the beginning of the year and are expected to increase as much as 6.3 percent for the year." Associated Press

June 24, 2008

Vitamin D, mortality linked
"People with lower blood levels of vitamin D appear to have an increased risk of death overall and from cardiovascular causes." UPI

Veggies drop cancer risk
"Cruciferous vegetables: broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, bok choy and kale, may reduce bladder cancer risk, U.S. researchers said." UPI

No summer off for fitness fight
"Classes are out for children across the country, but the fight to boost fitness and curb fat among America's youth doesn't end with the school year. " The Washington Post

June 23, 2008

'Feeling fat' proves harmful
"The quality of life of adolescents who think they are too fat is worse than for adolescents who really are obese." Robert Koch Institute

Lifestyle can change genes
"A study of identical twins has found that physical inactivity and acquired obesity can impair expression of the genes which help the cells produce energy. " American Physiological Society

Family stress hurts kids
"Small children who grow up in a family where the mother has psychological distress, the family is exposed to stress or is lacking social support, are at higher risk of developing anxious and depressive symptoms in early adolescence. " NIPH

June 22, 2008

Diabetes, income linked
"Diabetes strikes harder at those who were poor as children." Center for the Advancement of Health

Mom's diet, child obesity linked
"The notion that you are what you eat may go back even farther, to your mother." Journal of Molecular Endocrinology

Grief addiction recognized
"Grief is universal, and most of us will probably experience the pain grief brings at some point in our lives, usually with the death of a loved one. In time, we move on, accepting the loss." UCLA

June 21, 2008

Stay mindful of feet
"The average person walks the equivalent of three times around the Earth in a lifetime." The New York Times

Salmonella inquiry launched
"Federal officials said Friday that tomatoes grown in Florida or Mexico caused at least some of the salmonella outbreak that has sickened 552 people, and they are sending teams this weekend to inspect every point in several states where the produce was handled." Deseret News

Martial art promotes sleep
"More than half of all older adults complain about having difficulties sleeping. Most don't bother seeking treatment." UCLA

June 20, 2008

Vitamin D fights colon cancer
"Patients diagnosed with colon cancer who had abundant vitamin D in their blood were less likely to die during a follow-up period than those who were deficient in the vitamin." Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Blueberries drop cholesterol
"Blueberries help protect the brain, but the fruit may also have a heart protective effect by significantly lowering cholesterol, Canadian researchers say." UPI

Allergy warning follows flood
"As if the emotional and financial impact of flood damage isn't bad enough, floodwaters can also bring health problems." Washington University

June 19, 2008

Russert death highlights risks
"Tim Russert was a good patient, taking medications for his heart disease and exercising, his doctor said. He had no chest pains, and he passed an exercise stress test weeks ago. Yet at 58, he suffered a heart attack and died." Associated Press

Doctors slow to get online
"A government-sponsored survey of the use of computerized patient records by doctors points to two seemingly contradictory conclusions, and a health care system at odds with itself." The New York Times

Salmonella hits over 350
"U.S. food safety officials on Wednesday said more than 350 people have fallen ill in a Salmonella outbreak linked to certain types of tomatoes." Reuters

June 18, 2008

Diabetes, depression linked
"People suffering from type 2 diabetes are at a greater risk of suffering from depression too, a new study has found, suggesting the two may go hand in hand." AHN

Grape seed extract helps mind
"A compound found in grape seed extract reduces plaque formation and resulting cognitive impairment in an animal model of Alzheimer's disease, new research shows." Society for Neuroscience

Beware fake cancer cures
"Yesterday, the Food and Drug Administration told the companies selling them to stop asserting that their products will work like drugs or face seizures, and possibly criminal charges as well." The Washington Post

June 17, 2008

Healthy habits change genes
"If you change your lifestyle, you change your genes." CBS

Attitude influences lifespan
"Canadian and U.S. researchers say seniors who 'rage' against threats to their health may survive later in life." UPI

Prenatal diet, maturity linked
"A high-fat diet during pregnancy and nursing may lead to the child having an early onset of puberty and subsequent adulthood obesity." The Endocrine Society

June 16, 2008

Age improves emotional health
"A University of Alberta researcher in collaboration with researchers from Duke University has proven that wisdom really does come with age, at least when it comes to your emotions." University of Alberta

Taxes help smokers quit
"New York smokers have been sent outside in all kinds of weather, coughed at in disdain, and now they are burdened with the most expensive cigarette taxes in the nation. Now, to add cost to injury, the state is declaring its highest-in-the-nation cigarette tax a success." Associated Press

Low melatonin, cancer linked
"Low melatonin levels are associated with an increased risk of breast cancer in postmenopausal women, according to a prospective case-control study." Journal of the National Cancer Institute


May 31, 2008

Inhaler switch urged
"Old-fashioned asthma inhalers that contain environment-harming chemicals will no longer be sold at year's end and the government is urging patients not to wait until the last minute to switch to newer alternatives." Associated Press

Healthy games gain favor
"A quarter of Americans older than 50 played video games last year, up from 9 percent in 1999, according to an industry trade group." The Washington Post

Tea, veggies block lung cancer
"Tobacco smokers who eat three servings of fruits and vegetables per day and drink green or black tea may be protecting themselves from lung cancer." UCLA

May 30, 2008

Friendship can save memory
"One of the features of aging is memory loss, which can have devastating effects on the quality of life among older people." Harvard School of Public Health

No safe level of dirty air
" A new study investigated the association between short-term exposure to ambient fine particulate matter and the risk of stroke and found that even low pollutant levels may increase that risk. " University of Michigan

Games for health examined
"Why fight the proliferation of video games if you can use them to improve the nation's health?" Associated Press

May 30, 2008

Friendship can save memory
"One of the features of aging is memory loss, which can have devastating effects on the quality of life among older people." Harvard School of Public Health

No safe level of dirty air
" A new study investigated the association between short-term exposure to ambient fine particulate matter and the risk of stroke and found that even low pollutant levels may increase that risk. " University of Michigan

Games for health examined
"Why fight the proliferation of video games if you can use them to improve the nation's health?" Associated Press

May 29, 2008

Weight ups arthritis risk
"Men who are overweight or obese are much more likely need a hip replacement for osteoarthritis than men who are of normal weight, finds new research." British Medical Journal

New FDA warnings for moms
"After more than a decade of review, the Food and Drug Administration yesterday proposed new prescription drug la beling changes to better inform doctors about the risks of medicines used during pregnancy and breast-feeding." The Star Ledger

Child health varies by state
"Only 46% of kids visit the doctor and dentist at least once a year in Idaho, but 75% of Massachusetts kids do. Infant mortality rates are 2.5 times higher in the District of Columbia than in Maine." USA Today

May 28, 2008

Kid obesity numbers plateau
"The obesity epidemic may have peaked among U.S. children, halting a decades-long trend of expanding waistlines among the nation's youngest and most vulnerable." The Washington Post

Vitamin D increase urged
"The current recommended daily allowance of vitamin D for children is 200 International Units, but revealing new research shows that children may need and can safely take ten-times that amount." The Endocrine Society

Active parents boost grades
"New research from the University of New Hampshire shows that students do much better in school when their parents are actively involved in their education." University of New Hampshire

May 27, 2008

Hyper workers cost employer
"More recently, it has been recognized as continuing into adulthood for some people, and new research seeks to estimate the effect of ADHD on workers." The Boston Herald

Peddle uphill for heart
"Defying gravity can be wicked work. Even lightweight bikes with triple chain rings that increase gearing options can do only so much to ease the pain." The Washington Post

Heart signs often unknown
"Many people with heart disease do not know the symptoms of a heart attack, even though their risk of suffering one is five to seven times higher than those with no such history, researchers reported on Monday." Reuters

May 26, 2008

Beware when barefoot
"As sun blankets the city, many people hardly think twice before shedding their inhibitions, and their shoes." The New York Times

Home body monitors examined
"Typically similar in shape and use to bathroom scales, their main purpose is to measure body fat." The Los Angeles Times

Tooth loss has long impact
"Parents and caretakers more often than not do not know what to do with a traumatically affected tooth and do not take proper steps to respond to the injury, which can affect their child's oral health permanently." Academy of General Dentistry

May 25, 2008

Game maker shapes up
"Called Wii Fit, the $90 package comes with a game disc and a sturdy, 10lb platform that users stand on, shifting their weight from side to side to control their in-game characters." The Washington Post

Groups blend body and spirit
"More and more health pros and enthusiasts are taking the biblical principle, 'your body is a temple' and running with it, offering believers church-hosted group exercise classes and diet support groups as well as community gyms that offer faith-based wellness and training programs." USA Today

Gardens grow as prices climb
"High prices at the pump and the produce aisle have sent home gardeners into their yards with a mission: Grow-it-yourself dining. " Associated Press

May 24, 2008

Gardenburger pull questioned
"Fred Meyer pulled Gardenburger products off its shelves Friday, and the regional head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in Seattle said he wanted to know more about the circumstances surrounding a 'voluntary withdrawal' that Kellogg Co. suggested for its veggie patties." The Oregonian

Air pollution, deaths linked
"Exposure to fine particulate matter in the air is responsible for as many as 24,000 deaths each year in California, a new study has found." AHN

Soil chemical harms health
"Advertisements for chemical fertilizer started airing on local television stations as soon as spring arrived." The Daily News

May 23, 2008

Lifestyle change halts diabetes
"Drinking less alcohol, eating more vegetables and exercising can prevent or delay the onset of diabetes, researchers said on Friday in a study showing that lifestyle changes can make a big difference." Reuters

McDonald's drops trans fat
"McDonald's said Thursday its french fries are now trans-fat-free in all its restaurants in the United States and Canada, catching it up with its fast-food rivals in that category." The New York Times

Additive ban helps hyper kids
"A properly supervised trial eliminating colours and preservatives from the diet of hyperactive children should considered a part of the standard treatment." British Medical Journal

May 22, 2008

Fat fight adopts tobacco model
"Could Strategies from the country's decades-long campaign against smoking serve as a blueprint for anti obesity initiatives?" The Washington Post

Smokers often quit together
"For years, smokers have been exhorted to take the initiative and quit: use a nicotine patch, chew nicotine gum, take a prescription medication that can help, call a help line, just say no. But a new study finds that stopping is seldom an individual decision." The New York Times

Kid weight solutions sought
"Marisol Quiroz watched in alarm as her overweight son ballooned 50 pounds in a year. She had taken him to doctors and nutritionists who told her to make him stop eating so much but never told her how." The Washington Post

May 21, 2008

Low calorie meals fail test
"You may think you're doing all the right things. Exercising, eating healthy, maybe even choosing the healthy options from menu's that offer a low calorie, low fat meal." ABC

Risks high for overweight kids
"People who were already overweight in adolescence have an increased mortality rate from a range of chronic diseases as adults." The New York Times

Celery, peppers protect brain
"University of Illinois researchers report a compound found in celery and green peppers can disrupt a component of the inflammatory response in the brain." UPI

May 20, 2008

Veggie preparation is key
"A growing body of research shows that when it comes to vegetables, it's not only how much we eat, but how we prepare them, that influences the amount of phytochemicals, vitamins and other nutrients that enter our body." The New York Times

Older brains are wiser
"When older people can no longer remember names at a cocktail party, they tend to think that their brainpower is declining. But a growing number of studies suggest that this assumption is often wrong." The New York Times

Peace, calm comes with age
"Knees may creak and climbing stairs may be harder, but aging brings a sense of peace and calm, U.S. researchers say." UPI

May 19, 2008

Mother's stress, asthma linked
"Women who are stressed about money, relationships and other problems during pregnancy may give birth to babies who are predisposed to allergies and asthma, U.S. researchers say." Reuters

Schools get smarter snacks
"With childhood obesity and pre-diabetes on the rise, why not fill school vending machines with healthful snacks and drinks?" The Washington Post

Youth exercise program fizzles
"Its message and look were clever, hyper, even edgy, the perfect appeal to the tweeners who were its target." The Washington Post

May 18, 2008

Problems plague obese kids
"An epidemic of obesity is compromising the lives of millions of American children, with burgeoning problems that reveal how much more vulnerable young bodies are to the toxic effects of fat." The Washington Post

Food costs fuel gardens
"As if runaway gas prices aren't doing enough damage, we now have liftoff of food prices, and just how high this rocket's going is anybody's guess." The News Journal

Athletics boost performance
"The value of high school athletics transcends just playing the games." The Wichita Eagle

May 17, 2008

Dropping fat stops cancer
"Scientists with the Jonsson Cancer Center and the Department of Urology have found that reducing intake of the type of fat common in Western diets helps prevent prostate cancer in mice." UCLA

Early anxiety ups anorexia risk
"Anorexic women with a history of childhood anxiety may have particularly severe symptoms of the eating disorder, a study suggests." Reuters

Post-cancer life shift urged
"Just 5 percent of U.S. cancer survivors are meeting experts' recommendations on diet, physical activity and cigarette smoking, a new survey shows." Reuters

May 16, 2008

Sun deficit, cancer linked
"Researchers at the University of California, San Diego, say they have shown a clear association between breast cancer and deficient exposure to sunlight." UPI

Obesity imperils environment
"Obese people consume 18 percent more food energy than lean people, researchers have calculated." New Scientist

Program offers hope for obese
"Successful long-term weight loss for obese patients can be achieved without drugs using a low-cost approach that involves innovative intensive therapy followed by long term support, new research shows." University Hospital Geneva

May 15, 2008

Vitamin D may halt cancer
"Vitamin D not only can be used as a therapy for prostate cancer, it can prevent prostate cancer, a University of Rochester Medical Center suggests." UPI

US fitness test unveiled
"If you didn't get a Presidential Physical Fitness Award in school, the government is giving you another chance to prove you're in shape." Associated Press

Eating less boosts longevity
" A study researching aging in mice has found that hormonal changes that occur when mice eat significantly less may help explain an already established phenomenon: a low calorie diet can extend rodents' lifespans, a benefit that even regular exercise fails to achieve." American Physiological Society

May 14, 2008

Urban air, exercise harmful
"As environmentalists have pointed out, it can be as dangerous to be outdoors behind a city bus, walking or bicycling, as it is to be in front of one. " New York Presbyterian Hospital

Pollution, blood clots linked
"U.S. scientists say they have linked long-term exposure to air pollution to a greater risk of deep vein thrombosis, or blood clots in the leg. " UPI

Over half on chronic medicines
"For the first time, it appears that more than half of all insured Americans are taking prescription medicines regularly for chronic health problems, a study shows." Associated Press

May 13, 2008

Exercise blocks some cancers
"Physically active women are 25 per cent less likely to get breast cancer, but certain groups are more likely to see these benefits than others." British Medical Journal

US obesity rates surge
"New research shows 'alarming levels' of obesity in most ethnic groups in the United States" Reuters

Student sleep habits harmful
"A Central Michigan University study has determined that many college students have sleep patterns that could have detrimental effects on their daily performance." Central Michigan University

May 12, 2008

Families link autism, vaccine
" Families claiming that a mercury-based preservative in vaccines triggers autism will challenge mainstream medicine Monday as they take their case to a federal court." The Washington Post

Binge drinkers likely to drive
"A study of U.S. college students found that binge drinkers, even when legally intoxicated, believe they having adequate driving abilities." UPI

Stress, alcohol link found
"A U.S. study of emotional and alcohol-craving responses to stress found that when men become upset, they are more likely than women to want alcohol." UPI

May 11, 2008

Safety seats get second look
"Positioning child safety seats in the center of the back seat could cut infants' and toddlers' injury risks by nearly half, a new study suggests." Reuters

Body size regulation unraveled
"Scientists are beginning to unravel the question why people distinctly vary in size." Nature Genetics

Injuries plague women athletes
"That she was playing at all on this day, though, was a testament not to her talent but rather to her high threshold for pain, fierce independence and formidable powers of persuasion." The New York Times

May 10, 2008

Quitting methods questioned
"Fruits and vegetables that are rich in nitrates protect the stomach from damage." The New York Times

Beware 'self-medication'
"Millions of American teens report experiencing weeks of hopelessness and loss of interest in regular activities and many of these depressed teens are using marijuana and other drugs, exacerbating their situation, according to a new White House report released today." US National Drug Control Policy

Elder activity goes high tech
"How can a video game improve senior citizens' lives? A lot, apparently, according to a recent study from the Mayo Clinic, which has said such games, which require significant body movement to maneuver the controller, can go a long way in helping older people stay fit, physically and mentally." The Washington Post

May 9, 2008

Fruits, veggies help stomach
"Fruits and vegetables that are rich in nitrates protect the stomach from damage." Uppsala University

High fat diet, cancer linked
"Men who ate diets low in saturated fat after having the prostate removed to treat cancer had better survival rates, a U.S. study said." UPI

Pot, depression prove bad mix
"Depression, teens and marijuana are a dangerous mix that can lead to dependency, mental illness or suicidal thoughts, according to a White House report being released Friday." Associated Press

May 8, 2008

Lifestyle determines life span
"A Mediterranean diet, a temperate climate, little stress and regular physical activity most likely explain why a Spanish man lived to age 114, researchers say." UPI

Sleep length, ill health linked
"People who sleep fewer than six hours a night, or more than nine, are more likely to be obese, according to a new government study that is one of the largest to show a link between irregular sleep and big bellies." Associated Press

Diet drug warning issued
"A new class of anti-obesity drugs that suppresses appetite by blocking cannabinoid receptors in the brain could also suppress the adaptive rewiring of the brain necessary for neural development in children, studies with mice have indicated." Cell Press

May 7, 2008

Not all fat is equal
"Now, researchers have found that fat from other areas of the body can actually reduce insulin resistance and improve insulin sensitivity." Joslin Diabetes Center

Dad depression impacts kids
"Fathers of 9-month-olds are about twice as likely as other men their age to show symptoms of major depression, which also can hurt their children. " USA Today

Nutritionists help cops lose
"While overweight officers aren't unique to Los Angeles, the police department believes it's the first to hire a full-time diet coach." Associated Press

May 6, 2008

Smoke bans persuade teens
" A Massachusetts study suggests that restaurant smoking bans may play a big role in persuading teens not to become smokers. Youths who lived in towns with strict bans were 40 percent less likely to become regular smokers than those in communities with no bans or weak ones." Associated Press

Long life is not inborn
"A research on the bone health of one of the oldest persons in the world, who recently died at the age of 114, reveals that there were no genetic modifications which could have contributed to this longevity. " Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona

Low vitamin D, mood linked
"Older people who have low levels of Vitamin D may be at a higher risk of depression, a new study has found." CBC

May 5, 2008

Apples protect arteries
"A study on hamsters found apples and apple juice have cardiovascular protective properties similar to those of purple grapes, French researchers said." UPI

Fat cell cycle examined
"Every year, whether you are fat or thin, whether you lose weight or gain, 10 percent of your fat cells die." The New York Times

Protein helps preemies
"More than 12 percent of babies are born prematurely, up more than 20 percent from 1990, and as premature birth rates continue to climb neonatologists are focusing their attention on the nutrition provided to premature infants during their first few days of life." Nationwide Children's Hospital

May 4, 2008

Kid cold medicine use common
"One in ten U.S. children uses one or more cough and cold medications during any given week." Boston University

Major meat recall issued
"Gourmet Boutique recalled about 286,320 pounds of fresh and frozen meat and poultry after regulators found it might be contaminated with potentially fatal listeria germs." The Washington Post

Obesity, heart failure linked
"Heart specialists at Johns Hopkins and elsewhere report what is believed to be the first wide-scale evidence linking severe overweight to prolonged inflammation of heart tissue and the subsequent damage leading to failure of the body's blood-pumping organ." Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions

May 3, 2008

Mind exercise helps function
"When David Bunnell, a magazine publisher who lives in Berkeley, CA, went to a FedEx store to send a package a few years ago, he suddenly drew a blank as he was filling out forms." The New York Times

Heart disease up in women
"Coronary heart disease mortality in younger women could be on the rise." BMC Public Health

Obesity worsens asthma
"Obesity can worsen the impact of asthma and may also mask its severity in standard tests. " American Thoracic Society

May 2, 2008

Measles cases climb
"Federal health officials have received a total of 64 reports of confirmed measles cases in the United States this year -- the most since 2001." UPI

Fast food damage reversible
"Diets high in fast food can be highly toxic to the liver and other internal organs, but that damage can be reversed, says one of the country's leading experts on non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, who offers four steps to undo the effects of a 'super-size me' diet." Saint Louis University Medical Center

Sleep debt, obesity linked
" A new study is the first attempt to quantify the strength of the cross-sectional relationships between duration of sleep and obesity in both children and adults. " American Academy of Sleep Medicine

May 1, 2008

Fad diet draws fire
"The South Beach Diet by cardiologist Arthur Agatston has been wildly popular since it arrived in 2003 and promoted a diet that cuts back on artery-clogging fat and processed carbohydrates. " USA Today

US food safety questioned
"Obsolete laws, misallocation of resources and fragmented efforts by 15 federal food agencies result in gaps in U.S. food safety, a non-profit group maintains." UPI


April 30, 2008

Happiness index unveiled
"Staying healthy and happy is a struggle for about half of Americans, according to a massive survey that attempts to measure the nation's general welfare, much like the Dow Jones Industrial Average portrays the health of the stock market." Associated Press

Changing mind saves body
"Scientists help young women reduce the influence of the 'thin ideal,' which is described as associating success and happiness with being thin." Oregon Research Institute

Farm system risks food safety
"The way America produces meat, milk and eggs is unsustainable, creates significant risks to public health from antibiotic resistance and disease, damages the environment and unnecessarily harms animals." USA Today

April 29, 2008

'Fit but fat' theory questioned
"New research challenges the notion that you can be fat and fit, finding that being active can lower but not eliminate heart risks faced by heavy women." Associated Press

Laughter is good medicine
"Hear the one about the doctor who prescribed daily laughter instead of medicine? Such thinking might be no joke." Gannett News Service

Bad diagnosis is preventable
"While research has demonstrated that the great majority of medical diagnoses are correct, the answer is probably higher than patients expect and certainly higher than doctors realize." The American Journal of Medicine

April 28, 2008

Distressed turn to sweets
"Stressed workers often reach for calorie-rich foods, skip the gym after a taxing day or forego meals because of heavy workloads." Associated Press

Seeking joy fights illness
"It's the inspiration for a recently published study that showed that others with MS who engage in uplifting activities, even saying 'thank you' and dining with friends, report fewer symptoms of depression and a higher quality of life than those who don't." USA Today

Pregnancy diabetes spikes
"The number of women with diabetes giving birth more than doubled recently, a finding that raises health concerns for both mothers-to-be and babies." USA Today

April 27, 2008

Pain drugs up migraines
"People who overuse barbiturates and opioids, such as codeine, butalbital, and oxycodone, to treat migraine are at an increased risk of developing chronic migraine." American Academy of Neurology

Vitamins help fight infection
"New findings show a link between micronutrient supplementation and reduced risk of recurrence during tuberculosis chemotherapy." Infectious Diseases Society of America

Eat healthy as costs climb
"Even with skyrocketing gas prices pressuring family budgets and the USDA predicting that food costs will continue to rise through 2008, dieticians maintain that the American family grocery budget and a healthy diet do not have to suffer." The Daily News

April 26, 2008

Diet determines child's gender
"It turns out that you are what your mother eats. Put another way, a mother's diet may determine the sex of her child." The Morning Sentinel

Food crisis answers sought
"The Bush administration and Congress have been caught flat-footed by rapidly escalating global food prices and are scrambling to respond to a crisis that they increasingly view as a threat to U.S. national security, according to government officials, congressional staffers and human rights experts." The Washington Post

FDA seeks laser vision review
"After hearing testimony from patients whose vision was impaired by laser surgery, a Food and Drug Administration panel said Friday that the agency should do a better job informing patients of the surgery's risks." The New York Times

April 25, 2008

Autism, mercury linked
"U.S. researchers say they have demonstrated a statistical relationship between autism prevalence and proximity to mercury-emitting sites." UPI

Exercise drops cancer risk
"U.S. researchers speculate that a regular routine of brisk walking, swimming or bicycling may protect against breast cancer by lowering estrogen levels." UPI

Smokers risk depression
"The risk of suffering depression increases 41 percent in smokers, in comparison with non-smokers." University of Navarra

April 24, 2008

Surprising germ havens found
"Germs can lurk in some surprising places such as the vacuum cleaner brush, weight-lifting gloves and restaurant menus, U.S. researchers report." UPI

Health improving for US kids
"In a wide-ranging look at how children have fared in their first decade of life, a study to be released today offers a promising picture of American childhood." The Washington Post

'Working memory' limit found
"The average person can keep just three or four things in their 'working memory' or conscious mind at one time, U.S. researchers say." UPI

April 23, 2008

Food price crisis looms
"More than 100 million people are being driven deeper into poverty by a 'silent tsunami' of sharply rising food prices, which have sparked riots around the world and threaten U.N.backed feeding programs for 20 million children, the top U.N. food official said Tuesday." The Washington Post

Good breakfast helps heart
"Mothers always said 'eat a healthy breakfast' and a U.S. health newsletter now advises it just may stave off heart attacks." UPI

Vitamin D boosts brain
"There is ample biological evidence to suggest an important role for vitamin D in brain development and function, and that supplementation for groups chronically low in vitamin D is warranted. " Children's Hospital & Research Center at Oakland

April 22, 2008

Plastic flood impacts health
"When people say plastics are everywhere, they really mean everywhere: in the containers that hold food; in the pipes that carry water; in the bottles used to feed infants." The Washington Post

US women's life span drops
"For the first time since the Spanish influenza of 1918, life expectancy is falling for a significant number of American women." The Washington Post

Power of belief affirmed
"What people think of themselves and what other people think about then determines how people perform and what people can become." UPI

April 21, 2008

States mull tobacco tax rise
"To keep the state's landmark universal health coverage plan afloat, Massachusetts lawmakers are looking to tap an increasingly popular source of financing for health-related initiatives: tobacco taxes." The New York Times

Spring clean without toxins
"Spring has officially sprung, and in households across the country the annual rite of spring cleaning is about to begin." The Detroit News

Exercise boosts mood
"Exercise, the studies increasingly suggest, may be as good for your brain as it is for your body, whether you are mentally ill or not." The Boston Globe

April 20, 2008

Aerobics boosts brainpower
"Aerobic exercise could give older adults a boost in brainpower." Center for the Advancement of Health

Kids, benadryl are bad mix
"Although antihistamines can alleviate cough, possible side effects outweigh their benefits." Center for the Advancement of Health

Any exercise can help health
"Health experts don't always agree on a course of action. But on the subject of exercise, they agree that some is better than none." The Oklahoman

April 19, 2008

Plastic bottle toxin banned
"Canada yesterday became the first country to ban a widely found chemical from use in baby bottles, spurring a leading Democrat in the U.S. Senate to call for legislation that would prohibit use of bisphenol A, or BPA, in a number of everyday consumer products." The Washington Post

Pain drugs up migraine risk
"Seems that some of the more potent drugs used to treat the pain of migraine headaches can cause more frequent and harsher migraines in the future." Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Travel ills can be avoided
"Of all the exotic dangers facing some 64 million Americans who travel abroad each year, the surest way to sideline a vacation remains unsanitary food and water. " The New York Times

April 18, 2008

Vitamin D protects heart
"Vitamin D may protect against an artery disease in which fatty deposits restrict blood flow to the limbs, researchers said on Wednesday." Reuters

Flu season deadliest in years
"The current flu season has shaped up to be the worst in four years, partly because the vaccine didn't work well against the viruses that actually made most people sick, health officials said Thursday." Associated Press

Bad habits, Alzheimer's linked
"Heavy drinkers and heavy smokers develop Alzheimer's disease years earlier than people with Alzheimer's who do not drink or smoke heavily, according to research that will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology 60th Anniversary Annual Meeting in Chicago." Fox News

April 17, 2008

People grow happier with age
"Happiness increases along with age, according to findings from a three-decade-long U.S. survey released on Wednesday." Reuters

Exercise fights cancer fatigue
"When cancer and its treatments leave a patient with a relentless weariness of body and mind, exercise might help, according to a new review of studies." Center for the Advancement of Health

Pollution impacts child asthma
"A new study reports that inner-city children with asthma may be particularly vulnerable to air pollution at levels below current air quality standards." NIH

April 16, 2008

Plastics worry health officials
"A federal health agency acknowledged for the first time yesterday concerns that a chemical found in thousands of everyday products such as baby bottles and compact discs may cause cancer and other serious disorders." The Washington Post

Stop sought for pro-skinny sites
"In the capital of high fashion and ultrathin models, conservative French legislators adopted a pioneering law on Tuesday aimed at stifling a proliferation of Web sites that promote eating disorders with 'thinspiration' and starvation tips." The New York Times

Diet cuts heart attack risk
"A large study offers the strongest evidence yet that a diet the government recommends for lowering blood pressure can save people from heart attack and stroke. " Associated Press

April 15, 2008

Ethical docs reject payouts
"With little fanfare, a small number of prominent academic scientists have made a decision that was until recently all but unheard of. They decided to stop accepting payments from food, drug and medical device companies." The New York Times

Maternal nutrition key for kids
"You are what you eat, as the old saying goes. Maybe so, but increasingly researchers are finding that you are also what your mother ate, maternal nutrition has profound consequences on the health of offspring." The Journal of Physiology

Probiotics go mainstream
"The potential for probiotics is huge, since their use seems to have virtually no side effects. " The Washington Post

April 14, 2008

Salmonella outbreak spreads
"At least 23 people in 14 states, including two in Massachusetts and one in Rhode Island, have been sickened by the same strain of salmonella found in two breakfast cereals recalled by Malt-O-Meal." Associated Press

Alcohol, breast cancer linked
"A large U.S. study has linked alcohol consumption to an increased risk of the most common type of breast cancer in postmenopausal women." Reuters

Online diet sites gain favor
"After losing 115 pounds using an online diet program, Cathy Cox communicates frequently with friends she's made through the Web site. But back in 2000, it was 'the anonymous factor' that attracted her to eDiets.com." The Daytona Beach Journal

April 13, 2008

Cereal poisonings probed
"At least 23 people in 14 states have been sickened by the same strain of salmonella found in two breakfast cereals recalled by Malt-O-Meal, the federal Food and Drug Administration said Saturday." Associated Press

Birth weight, heart linked
"Researchers who have followed 5,840 people from before birth to the age of 31 have found evidence suggesting that small size at birth and excessive weight gain during adolescence and young adulthood may lead to low grade inflammation, which, in turn, is associated with an increased risk of developing heart disease." European Society of Cardiology

Chef tricks trim portions
"In the last year, a few dozen chefs have come here to the test kitchen of Rastelli Foods, a wholesaler based near Philadelphia, in search of tips about how to trim portions -- preferably in ways that diners won't notice." The Washington Post

April 12, 2008

Trans-fat, breast cancer linked
"Trans-fats, which are being phased out of food because they clog arteries, may raise the risk of getting breast cancer, European researchers reported on Friday." Reuters

Blueberries help memory
"If you are getting forgetful as you get older, then a research team from the University of Reading may have good news for you." University of Reading

Game system aids mobility
"Hunter Banks, 5, wobbles a little, the result of cerebral palsy. He tends to do things with only his left hand. But when he plays baseball on Nintendo's Wii, he grips the controller with both hands and puts every ounce of his compact frame into the swing." Deseret News

April 11, 2008

Attitude impacts injury, healing
"Men with strong traditional masculine ideas and who abuse alcohol may have a harder time dealing with emotions if seriously injured, a U.S. researcher said." UPI

US food safety holds steady
"Americans didn't suffer more food poisoning last year despite high-profile outbreaks involving peanut butter, pot pies and other foods." Associated Press

Neighborhood, health linked
"Research has found strong links between neighborhood deprivation and the physical and intellectual health of older people."The Peninsula College of Medicine

April 10, 2008

Exercise safe for moms-to-be
"Studies have shown that exercise has a positive effect on mothers-to-be, and no detrimental impact on their developing offspring." American Physiological Society

Problems await sleepless kids
"Children who sleep less may be more likely to report symptoms of anxiety, depression and aggression later in life." University of London

Mumps outbreak hits US
"A large mumps outbreak in the United States in 2006 may have been caused by the failure of the vaccine, federal health experts reported Wednesday." AHN

April 9, 2008

Control dust to improve health
" If you've always suspected there are unknown things living in the dark and dusty corners of your home and office, scientists are now one step closer to cataloguing exactly what might be lurking in your indoor environment." BMC Microbiology

Belly fat boosts heart risk
"U.S. researchers say women who carry excess weight around their waists have a higher risk of contracting fatal cancer or heart disease." UPI

Humor provides serious care
"They concluded that humor played an essential role in promoting team relationships and adding a human dimension to the care and support that staff provided to seriously ill patients and their families." Journal of Clinical Nursing

April 8, 2008

Inactive kids risk heart
"Young children who lead inactive lifestyles are 5-6 times more likely to be at serious risk of heart disease, with the danger emerging as early as their teenage years." University of North Carolina

Healing art gains favor
"As health-care costs skyrocket, a down-to-earth approach to healing is emerging, complementing high-tech medicine with high-touch arts." The Washington Post

Yoga aids balance in 65+
"A specific type of yoga can help improve stability and balance in women over age 65, which could help to prevent falls." Temple University

April 7, 2008

Mom's diet, child obesity linked
"The unhealthy diet has deleterious consequences even after the fats were removed from the diet and has links to insulin production." BioMed Central

Bedroom TV hurts teen health
"Teenagers with a bedroom television tend to have poorer diet and exercise habits and lower grades in school than those without one, U.S. researchers said on Monday." Reuters

School candy bans pay off
"Five Philadelphia elementary schools replaced sodas with fruit juice. They scaled back snacks and banished candy. They handed out raffle tickets for wise food choices. They spent hours teaching kids, their parents and teachers about good nutrition." Associated Press

April 6, 2008

More tea, health study needed
"Tea drinkers who opt for black, oolong, green or white teas may find that these beverages offer health benefits." Mayo Clinic

Salmonella sparks recall
"Malt-O-Meal announced today that it is voluntarily recalling unsweetened Puffed Rice and unsweetened Puffed Wheat cereals." Business Wire

Food vital for cancer fight
"A proper diet means the difference between a tolerable and horrible experience." The Oklahoman

April 5, 2008

B vitamin stops heart damage
"Pretreatment with high doses of folate, water-soluble vitamin B obtained from food, can reduce damage to the heart muscle that is caused when the blood flow is cut off, the results of an animal study suggest." Reuters

Apple peel fights cancer
"U.S. researchers have identified a dozen compounds in apple peel that inhibit or kill cancer cells in laboratory cultures." UPI

Fat ratio trumps BMI
"Patients with a normal body mass index (BMI) can still have a high body fat content, which increases the risk of cardiovascular disease, a Mayo Clinic team announced here during the American College of Cardiology's 57th Annual Scientific Session." Reuters

April 4, 2008

Feeding colds is best
"Researchers studying deer mice have discovered evidence to support what mothers everywhere have long suspected: the immune system needs food to function properly. " University of Chicago

Cancer, obesity rise parallel
"The rising incidence of throat cancer, also referred to as cancer of the esophagus or esophageal adenocarcinoma, may be related to Americans' increasing intake of total and refined carbohydrates and subsequent rise in obesity rates." Reuters

Sleep duration, weight linked
"Both short and long sleeping times predict an increased risk of future body weight and fat gain in adults." American Academy of Sleep Medicine

April 3, 2008

Sleep debt, depression linked
"A new study confirms the persistent nature of insomnia and the increased risk of subsequent depression among individuals with insomnia." American Academy of Sleep Medicine

60+ bodybuilding gains favor
"Last year, the World Natural Sports Organization, one of about a dozen bodybuilding groups devoted to drug-free contests, had 44 competitors older than 60, up from two in 2000." The New York Times

Options low for superbugs
"Doctors are running out of treatments for today's trauma victims and critically ill patients because of infections due to drug resistant microbes." Society for General Microbiology

April 2, 2008

Relax to reduce medicine need
"Learning stress management techniques could help people with a type of high blood pressure common among the elderly to eliminate their need for antihypertensive drugs, a new study shows." Reuters

Fasting helps chemo patients
"A few days of fasting might help protect patients from some of the unpleasant and dangerous side-effects of cancer chemotherapy, researchers reported on Tuesday." Reuters

Kids TV sells poor menu
"Nine out of ten food advertisements shown during Saturday morning children's television programming are for foods of poor nutritional quality." American Dietetic Association

April 1, 2008

Diabetes ups later heart risk
"People with diabetes have the same risk of a heart attack or stroke as patients who have survived one heart attack already, researchers reported on Monday." Reuters

Green tea fights superbugs
"Green tea can help beat superbugs according to Egyptian scientists speaking March, 31, 2008 at the Society for General Microbiology's 162nd meeting." Society for General Microbiology

Smokers lose height, not heft
"New research from the Université de Montréal, funded by the Canadian Cancer Society, shows that teenage girls who smoke cigarettes are no more likely to lose weight than girls who don't smoke, dispelling a commonly-held belief." University of Montreal


March 31, 2008

Communicate for heart health
"When it comes to matters of the heart, many experts say that communication is the key to a healthy relationship." Temple University

Partners ease diet pains
"Being on a diet can stink. The exercise, the green beans, the weigh-ins, all of it." Globe and Mail

Smoke-free Olympics sought
"Beijing will ban or restrict smoking in most public venues in May as part of its pledge to hold a smoke-free Olympics, local media reported on Monday, citing the city's legal office." The Washington Post

March 30, 2008

Smoking triples attack risk
"Young people who continue to smoke after a heart attack are three times more likely to have future heart problems than survivors who kick the habit, Greek researchers said on Saturday." Reuters

Twins offer weight clues
"Identical twins with identical lifestyles can have different body weights and different amounts of body fat." PLOS

Companies cash in on DNA
"Now science has taken testing a step further, and those same drugstore shelves are stocking kits to answer another, equally pressing question: daddy or not?" The Washington Post

March 29, 2008

Chefs warn of sushi craze
"Japanese sushi conquers restaurants and homes around the world, but industry experts are fighting the side-effects of the raw fish craze: fake sushi bars, over-confident amateurs, and poisoned consumers." Reuters

Body fat percent ups risk
"More than half of American adults considered to have normal body weight in America have high body fat percentages -- greater than 20 percent for men and 30 percent for women." Mayo Clinic

Portion packs questioned
"You have the munchies, and grab one of those 100-calorie snack packs you find on store shelves everywhere." NBC

March 28, 2008

Lifespan shorter for US elders
"Older U.S. adults are richer and live longer, but U.S. life expectancy at age 65 is lower than in other industrialized countries, U.S. researchers said." UPI

Folate blunts heart damage
"Long known for its role in preventing anemia in expectant mothers and spinal birth defects in newborns, the B vitamin folate, found in leafy green vegetables, beans and nuts has now been shown to blunt the damaging effects of heart attack." Reuters

Popular asthma drug probed
"Singulair may be linked to suicide and changes in mood and behavior, US regulators said yesterday in disclosing a review of the company's top-selling asthma drug." The Boston Globe

March 27, 2008

Science backs runner's high
"Every athlete has heard of it, most seem to believe in it and many say they have experienced it. But for years scientists have reserved judgment because no rigorous test confirmed its existence." The New York Times

Teens ignore MP3 player risks
"Teenagers seem to know that loud music can damage their hearing, yet most see no reason to lower the volume on their iPods, a small study suggests." Reuters

Belly boosts dementia risk
"Having a big belly in middle age appears to greatly increase one's risk of developing Alzheimer's disease or another form of dementia decades later, researchers said on Wednesday." Reuters

March 26, 2008

Many ills don't need medicine
"We have gotten used to taking pills for everything that ails us, but medications have side effects and cost money." Harvard Health Letter

Fitness difficult for women
"U.S. and British scientists are finding what older women already know -- women have to do more to get less -- at least when retaining muscle." UPI

Hormone use ups cancer risk
"Hormone replacement therapy, which is known to increase the risk of breast cancer, also appears to make it more likely a tumor will return in women who have had the disease." Reuters

March 25, 2008

Patience best for sinus trouble
"If you're one of the 20 million Americans who get a sinus infection each year, experts agree: You're being prescribed antibiotics too often. Now some are saying you shouldn't get them at all. " The Washington Post

Obese skip cancer tests
"A review of cancer screening studies shows that white women who are obese are less likely than healthy weight women to get the recommended screenings for breast and cervical cancer." University of North Carolina

Sleep studies questioned
"Contrary to conventional wisdom, Americans average as much sleep as they did 40 years ago, and possibly more." University of Maryland

March 24, 2008

Flavonoids help heart
"Eating foods rich in flavonoids -- such as fruits and vegetables -- can help you have a strong, healthy heart. " Journal of Nutrition

Acupuncture fights addiction
"As New Age music fills the room, 19 men and women settle into four rows of plastic chairs. They swab their ears with alcohol towelettes and sit quietly." The Washington Post

Dole issues melon recall
"Dole Fresh Fruit Company announced the recall of cantaloupes in the Eastern U.S. and Quebec due to potential health concerns." FDA

March 23, 2008

Life span gap grows
"New government research has found 'large and growing' disparities in life expectancy for rich and poor Americans, paralleling the extent of income inequality between them in the last two decades. " The New York Times

Work tops stressor list
"Poll results released last October by the American Psychological Association found that one-third of Americans are living with extreme stress, and that the most commonly cited source of stress, mentioned by 74 percent of respondents, was work." The New York Times

Chronic insomnia costs kids
"Chronic insomnia is costing adolescents more than sleep." University of Texas

March 22, 2008

Gas prices may aid health
"Higher U.S. gasoline prices could lead to fewer deaths from vehicle crashes and air pollution, a study suggests." UPI

Obesity action needed now
"There is little debate that obesity presents a public health issue in North America -- obesity rates have more than doubled over a generation in the United States." Reuters

First kids get more time
"Firstborn children get more of their time than others in the family -- on average, 3,000 extra 'quality' hours from ages 4 to 13, when sisters and brothers are in the picture." The Washington Post

March 21, 2008

More parents shun vaccines
"The parents who objected to their children being inoculated are among a small but growing number of vaccine skeptics in California and other states who take advantage of exemptions to laws requiring vaccinations for school-age children." The New York Times

Easter eggs pose health risk
"Decorated eggs are the highlight of the Easter holiday for many, but they can also be a potential pathway for food borne illness, a U.S. dietitian warns." UPI

Many still use when expecting
"Despite public health campaigns, a surprising number of women continue to use substances such as tobacco, marijuana and alcohol during pregnancy and their usage rebounds to pre-pregnancy levels within two years of having a baby." University of Washington

March 20, 2008

Gardens thrive on designer dirt
"Some gardeners obsess on getting just the right combination of organic matter and nutrients. They sprinkle in kelp from Alaska and phosphate from Florida. They brew up compost spiced with rabbit pellets." The Sun News

Exercise beneficial without loss
"Daily physical activity is beneficial to cardiovascular health even if the pounds don't drop as quickly many would like, a U.S. study found. " UPI

Folate helps fertility
"Vitamins known as folates that prevent birth defects when consumed by women also help to keep men's sperm normal, researchers reported on Wednesday." Reuters

March 19, 2008

Vegan diet eases arthritis
"A gluten-free vegan diet full of nuts, sunflower seeds, fruit and vegetables appears to offer protection against heart attacks and strokes for people with rheumatoid arthritis, Swedish researchers said on Tuesday." Reuters

Lifestyle causes sleep debt
"Experts blame a mix of on-the-go lifestyles and bad habits -- daylight-saving time, Starbucks ventis, late-night snacks and late-night TV -- for growing sleep woes. And when it's time for bed, doctors say bodies don't always shut down when we turn off the lights." Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Growth hormone no boost
"Athletes who take human growth hormone may not be getting the boost they expected. While growth hormone adds some muscle, it doesn't appear to improve strength or exercise capacity, according to a review of studies that tested the hormone in mostly athletic young men." Associated Press

March 18, 2008

City layout ups obesity
"You may want to buy healthy food for your family, but if the good grocery stores are far away and pricey and the fast-food outlets are cheap and plentiful, it may be harder to make the healthy choice." University of Alberta

Memory troubles millions
"More than 5 million elderly people have a hard time remembering things, sorting through daily decisions and even sometimes knowing what day it is, according to the first national estimate of how commonly the minds of aging Americans are starting to fade." The Washington Post

Sleep problems hurt kidneys
"Chronic sleep disruption can cause heart and kidney disease." University Health Network

March 17, 2008

Soy compound fights cancer
"A compound found in soybeans almost completely prevented the spread of human prostate cancer in mice." American Association for Cancer Research

Smoke hurts tots most
"Secondhand smoke in the home appears to induce markers for heart disease as early as the toddler years." American Heart Association

Allergies keep kids up
"Allergies can not only irritate children during the day, but can interfere with their sleep." Reuters

March 16, 2008

Tea may fight bioweapon
"A cup of black tea could be the next line of defense in the threat of bio-terrorism according to new international research." Cardiff University

Energy drinks erode teeth
"For more than 10 years, energy drinks in the United States have been on the rise, promising consumers more 'oomph' in their day." Academy of General Dentistry

Popcorn flavor harms lungs
"A research study published in the journal Toxicological Sciences shows that a substance used to flavor the popcorn causes a very dangerous lung disease called lymphocytic bronchiolitis." Toxicological Sciences

March 15, 2008

Toxin found in 'natural' soaps
"Some major brands of shampoo, shower gel and dish soap marketed as 'natural' or 'organic' contain small amounts of a potentially dangerous chemical" The Washington Post

Meditation lowers BP
"Transcendental Meditation is an effective treatment for controlling high blood pressure with the added benefit of bypassing the potential side effects of anti-hypertension drugs." University of Kentucky

Weight ups breast cancer risk
"Breast cancer patients who are overweight have more aggressive disease and are likely to die sooner." Reuters

March 14, 2008

Boston bans trans fat
"Boston food businesses will have just six months to stop using trans fat-laced oils in their foods, while hospitals, schools and eateries will have a year to make the transition." The Boston Herald

Short walks boost health
"If you take a brisk walk for as little as 20 to 30 minutes three times a week, you'll feel more energetic, happier and calmer." USA Today

Antibiotic overuse climbs
"Doctors are overprescribing antibiotics for common sinus infections and related conditions, possibly in the false belief they may help in cases where symptoms are protracted." Reuters

March 13, 2008

Watched kids don't drink
"Parents can indirectly reduce their children's risk of problem drinking in college by keeping an eye on them in high school, research demonstrates." Reuters

FDA blasts spinach packers
"Since 2001, nearly half of all federal inspections of facilities that package fresh spinach revealed serious sanitary problems, but the Food and Drug Administration did not take 'meaningful' enforcement action, a House committee report released yesterday found." The Washington Post

Stop smoking for happy babies
"Mothers who stop smoking while pregnant tend to have cheerier, more adaptable babies." Reuters

March 12, 2008

One-on-one helps diet
"The personal touch really counts when it comes to keeping off weight." Reuters

Drink, hormones up cancer risk
"Even moderate drinking may raise the risk of breast cancer among postmenopausal women on hormone replacement therapy." Reuters

Education ups life span
"It's no secret that over the last few decades, life expectancy in the United States has been steadily rising." Reuters

March 11, 2008

US diets lack omega-3s
"New research from the Child & Family Research Institute shows the typical North American diet of eating lots of meat and not much fish is deficient in omega-3 fatty acids and this may pose a risk to infant neurological development." Child & Family Research Institute

Diesel fumes boost stress
"Inhaling diesel exhaust triggers a stress response in the brain that may have damaging long-term effects on brain function." Reuters

Magnesium drops stroke risk
"Diets rich magnesium, found in whole grains and vegetables, could help reduce stroke risk in smokers." Reuters

March 10, 2008

Lab make soy power cereal
"Breakfast of champions? That would be a soy protein-packed, low-fat, high-fiber cereal that meets the requirements for three different FDA health claims and leaves you feeling full so you won't be tempted to eat again until lunch." American Heart Association

Meds found in US tap water
"A vast array of pharmaceuticals -- including antibiotics, anti-convulsants, mood stabilizers and sex hormones -- have been found in the drinking water supplies of at least 41 million Americans, an Associated Press investigation shows." Associated Press

Health food vendors step up
"Like lots of business plans, the one for a bug-like contraption offering healthful food on the streets of Washington bubbled up from some buddies kicking ideas back and forth." The Washington Post

March 9, 2008

Stress linked to breast cancer
"Research findings from a Queen's University study have for the first time uncovered a possible biological link between severe psychological stress and an increased risk of developing breast cancer." Queen's University

Tree loss hurts health
"It has houses, yards and roads, but no large trees to shade them, no oaks to catch the rain." The Washington Post

Soaking drops acrylamide
"Good news for chips lovers everywhere -- new research in the journal Science of Food and Agriculture shows that pre-soaking potatoes in water before frying can reduce levels of acrylamide." Society of Chemical Industry

March 8, 2008

Exercise aids insulin function
"Sedentary older people at risk of developing diabetes showed significant improvement in the function of their insulin-making beta cells after just one week of exercise, University of Michigan researchers found." Reuters

Goals get unconscious boost
"Whether you are a habitual list maker, or you prefer to keep your tasks in your head, everyone pursues their goals in this ever changing, chaotic environment." Association for Psychological Science

Autism, vaccine debate heats
"Study after study has failed to show any link between vaccines and autism, but many parents of autistic children remain unconvinced." The New York Times

March 7, 2008

'Lung age' helps smokers quit
"The concept of lung age -- measured by comparing a smoker's lungs to the age of a healthy person whose lungs function the same -- has helped patients better understand how smoking damages health, researchers had already found." Reuters

Broccoli ups immune system
"If you want to stay healthy as you grow older, then don't make a face when it comes to eating broccoli, for researchers at the University of California - Los Angeles have found that the green veggie and other cruciferous vegetables may help boost the aging immune system." ANI

Happy attitude can be inherited
"You can't buy happiness but it looks like you can at least inherit it, British and Australian researchers said on Thursday." Reuters

March 6, 2008

Parents ignore passive smoke
"Parents worldwide are doing little to protect their children from exposure to secondhand smoke." Johns Hopkins University

Alcohol ups hypertension risk
"Previous observational studies have reported that heavy alcohol intake is a risk factor for hypertension but such studies may be confounded by factors such as diet, smoking, exercise levels and socio-economic position." University of Bristol

Day fasts boost health
"Recent health studies show that those who fast for 24 hours at a time are more likely to have a healthier heart arteries and pancreas." The Lariat

March 5, 2008

Cancer docs seek herbal cures
"Curing cancer with natural products -- a case for shamans and herbalists?" Helmholtz Association

Pricey placebos work better
"In marketing as in medicine, perception can be everything. A higher price can create the impression of higher value, just as a placebo pill can reduce pain." The New York Times

Hormone therapy risks persist
"A follow-up analysis of women taking hormone replacement therapy found that their heightened risk of breast cancer persisted even after they stopped taking the drug combination." Reuters

March 4, 2008

Device cuts kids TV time
"A monitoring device that cut TV and computer time in half helped young, overweight children eat less and lose weight, U.S. researchers said on Monday." Reuters

Drinking boosts BP
"Drinking alcohol, even moderate amounts, may boost blood pressure more than previously thought, British researchers said on Tuesday." Reuters

Toxins, smoke hurt bones
"A toxic pollutant spread by oil spills, forest fires and car exhaust is also present in cigarette smoke, and may represent a second way in which smoking delays bone healing" University of Rochester Medical Center

March 3, 2008

Low-fat better than low-carb
"Low-fat diets are more effective in preserving and promoting a healthy cardiovascular system than low-carbohydrate, Atkins'-like diets." Medical College of Wisconsin

Breakfast keeps teens slim
"Teenagers who regularly eat breakfast tend to weigh less, exercise more and eat a more healthful diet than their breakfast-skipping peers, U.S. researchers said on Monday." Reuters

Vitamins may hurt smokers
"Vitamin supplements do not protect against lung cancer, according to a study of more than 77,000 vitamin users. " American Thoracic Society

March 2, 2008

Music relaxes, improves work
"Jennifer Weiksner and her co-workers at The Alison Group have made it a Monday morning ritual." Augusta Chronicle

Dairy video raises questions
"The more you exercise, the more you can exercise for prolonged periods of time with less fatigue." The Chicago Tribune

Pills prompt fish recall
"Gorton's Inc. recalled about 1,000 cases of frozen fish in 10 states on Friday after confirming that items a Pennsylvania customer reported finding in her food were pills." Associated Press

March 1, 2008

Wake up with exercise
"Couch potatoes who complain of fatigue have an easy solution -- a little light exercise." Reuters

Exercise 'switch' revealed
"The more you exercise, the more you can exercise, for longer times with less fatigue." Deseret Morning News

Info does not equal health
"People who take a proactive role in their healthcare may be better-informed, but that may not necessarily translate into better health, results of a study hint." Reuters


February 29, 2008

US sleep debt climbs
"With late-night TV watching, Internet surfing and other distractions, Americans are getting less and less sleep." Reuters

Broccoli extract fights cancer
"A concentrated extract of freeze dried broccoli sprouts cut development of bladder tumors in an animal model by more than half" American Association for Cancer Research

Scale fear ups health risks
"A new study from the University of Pennsylvania points to increased health risks for women owing to their higher level of discomfort about being weighed in public." University of Pennsylvania

February 28, 2008

Eye disease, stroke linked
"People with age-related macular degeneration, a leading cause of severe vision loss, have double the usual risk of dying from a heart attack or stroke, Australian researchers reported on Thursday." Reuters

'Green carts' fight fat
"New York City will issue 1,000 new permits for mobile fruit and vegetable stands in its latest drive against obesity and unhealthiness among its residents." Reuters

Ginko may aid memory
"Taking the herbal supplement ginkgo biloba may help delay the onset of cognitive impairment in normal elderly adults, according to a study published online Wednesday." Reuters

February 27, 2008

Antibiotic overuse likely
"Many people would say yes. But a provocative new study suggests that antibiotics are overused in people dying of dementia diseases and should be considered more carefully because of the growing problem of drug-resistant superbugs." Associated Press

Mid-life stroke, obesity linked
"The rapidly rising incidence of stroke among Americans is primarily due to the increasing number of middle-aged women who are having strokes." Reuters

Depression meds questioned
"Antidepressants, such as Prozac, are prescribed for clinical depression, but may not be as effective as believed, a British meta-analysis found." UPI

February 26, 2008

Calorie tools get upgrade
"We want to indulge in the foods we love, but we don't want to worry about whether our eating habits will give us a heart attack." The Washington Post

Fill heart meds, say docs
"Among patients who survive a heart attack, those who don't fill their prescriptions for heart medications appear to have a higher mortality rate one year after they're discharged from the hospital, Canadian researchers report." Reuters

Bed bug return draws concern
" Nobody had seen one in decades. Then, five years ago, they started showing up in homes and hotels across the country, prompting a flood of calls to pest control professionals. And nothing, it seems, can stop them." The New York Times

February 25, 2008

Obesity ups stroke risk
"As more middle-aged women face obesity, they may also have to cope with having a stroke." American Heart Association

Cats, heart health link found
"A new study shows that cat owners are less likely to die of a heart attack and other cardiovascular diseases than people who have never had a pet cat." American Stroke Association

Smart clothes to watch vitals
"Pretty soon your gym gear will be more high tech than the groaning treadmill that you're running on. " ICT Results

February 24, 2008

Stroke risk falls with exercise
"A moderate level of aerobic fitness can significantly reduce stroke risk for men and women." American Heart Association

Call 911 first for stroke aid
"Calling a primary care doctor instead of 9-1-1 at the first sign of a stroke can delay patients from reaching an emergency room during the most critical period" American Heart Association

Insurance fears prompt test halt
"The first, much-anticipated benefits of personalized medicine are being lost or diluted for many Americans who are too afraid that genetic information may be used against them to take advantage of its growing availability." The New York Times

February 23, 2008

Diet impacts cancer risk
"A new study suggests that women who eat diets rich in meat and dairy may have a decreased risk of breast cancer, while those who bulk up on fiber, fruits and vegetables show a lower risk of ovarian cancer." Reuters

1 in 4 know heart attack signs
"Only about 1 in 4 Americans know the warning signs of a heart attack and what to do first, according to a new government report. That's a decline in knowledge since the last survey in 2001, which showed nearly 1 in 3 to be well informed." American Heart Association

US flu season worsens
"Influenza is widespread in 49 states, and this year's epidemic has killed at least 22 children." Reuters

February 22, 2008

Swimming eases fibromyalgia
"Swimming can significantly alleviate the debilitating pain of fibromyalgia, a currently incurable ailment." Reuters

Heart meds often underused
"Full prescription coverage of heart drugs could help heart attack survivors live longer, better lives and lower the nation's healthcare costs." American Heart Association

Lead, obesity linked
"Scientists know exposure to low levels of lead can result in learning disabilities, hearing loss, language impairments and vision loss, but a newly discovered side effect may be adult-onset obesity in men." University of Houston

February 21, 2008

High BMI ups stroke risk
"Among men who've suffered a stroke, the likelihood of dying from the stroke is increased if their body mass index (BMI) puts them in the overweight range; BMI is not a factor in stroke mortality for lean men." Reuters

Cut salt to slim kids
"Children who eat less salt drink fewer sugar-sweetened soft drinks and may significantly lower their risks for obesity." American Heart Association

Memory loss down in US
"Older Americans are having less trouble with their memories, and it may be because they spent more time in school, U.S. researchers said on Wednesday." Reuters

February 20, 2008

Night heart attacks more fatal
"The graveyard shift is the worst time to call code blue, a new study finds. Patients who go into cardiac arrest while in the hospital are more likely to die if it happens after 11 p.m., when staffing might be lower or patients watched less closely." The Boston Globe

Probiotics give runners a boost
"Endurance runners' strenuous training can erode their immunity and make them more vulnerable to catching colds, but a daily dose of 'good' bacteria could bring their immune systems back up to speed, Australian researchers have shown." Reuters

Music aids stroke recovery
"A little Beethoven is good for the brain, according to a Finnish study published on Wednesday showing that music helps people recover more quickly from strokes." Reuters

February 19, 2008

Social net aids recovery
"Having a large network of friends and family, a new study suggests, may help surgical patients experience less anxiety and pain before their operations and a quicker recovery afterward." The New York Times

Exhaust, heart attacks linked
"City pollution from car exhausts could be causing heart damage, say scientists, who have also found increasing evidence linking smoke from fires and tobacco to heart attacks, cardiovascular disease and clogged arteries." The Guardian

Healthy 90s within reach
"Five behaviors in elderly men are associated not only with living into extreme old age, a new study has found, but also with good health and independent functioning." The New York Times

February 18, 2008
Largest beef recall issued
"A California meat company on Sunday issued the largest beef recall in history, 143 million pounds, some of which was used in school lunch programs" The New York Times

Circulation finding brings hope
"Researchers have solved a longstanding mystery about how flexing muscles 'tell' nearby blood vessels that they need more blood to perform." University of Rochester

TV with meals adds pounds
"It's the French paradox redux: Why don't the French get as fat as Americans, considering all the baguettes, wine, cheese, pate and pastries they eat?" AAAS

February 17, 2008

Play for good health
"If you look at what produces learning and memory and well-being, play is as fundamental as any other aspect of life, including sleep and dreams." The New York Times

Chefs cook up immune boosts
"Now, restaurant menus here are marrying the broader commercial movement of 'functional' foods, those stuffed with heavy doses of vitamins and antioxidants, and a national fixation on immunity boosting." The New York Times

One fitness plan won't fit all
"It is clear that different genders, ethnicities and income levels have very diverse influences and choices when it comes to being physically active." University of Alberta

February 16, 2008

Dirty air linked to lower IQ
"Kids who live in neighborhoods with heavy traffic pollution have lower IQs and score worse on other tests of intelligence and memory than children who breathe cleaner air, a new study shows." Reuters

Tea protects arteries
"Women who drink tea may be protecting themselves from a build-up of artery-clogging plaque, so lowering their risk for heart disease and stroke, findings from a French study suggest." Reuters

Money can't heal back pain
"Although expenses related to back and neck problems have increased substantially in the last decade, outcomes like functional disability and work limitations do not seem to be improving." JAMA

February 15, 2008

Heart drug killed 22,000
"22,000 patients could have been saved if U.S. regulators had been quicker to remove a Bayer AG drug used to stem bleeding during open heart surgery." Reuters

Exercise cuts gallstone risk
"A new University of Illinois study shows that exercise-trained mice get far fewer gallstones than sedentary mice and identifies potential mechanisms to explain why this occurs." University of Illinois

Obesity doubles cancer risk
"Obesity can double the risk of several cancers, according to a study published on Friday that for the first time also links being overweight with a number of less common forms of the disease." Reuters

February 14, 2008

Heart patients quit with help
"Counseling and self-help programs can help people with heart disease quit smoking." Reuters

Diabetes, heart study refuted
"One week after U.S. researchers announced that pushing down blood sugar levels as close as possible to normal might be dangerous for high-risk diabetes patients." The Washington Post

Sleep, weight impact weakens
"Regularly getting 5 hours or less of shut eye a night does not appear to have a considerable influence body weight or waist size over time." Reuters

February 13, 2008

Reaching 100 is not difficult
"Living to 100 is easier than you might think." The Washington Post

Airport noise boosts BP
"Living near an airport isn't just irritating, it is also unhealthy, researchers said on Wednesday, in a study that showed loud noise instantly boosts a sleeping person's blood pressure." Reuters

Body image predicts health
"In a study to examine the impact of desired body weight on the number of unhealthy days subjects report over one month." Columbia University

February 12, 2008

Muscle fatigue unraveled
"One of the great unanswered questions in physiology is why muscles get tired." The New York Times

Heart disease upswing likely
"Autopsies of adults who died young of unnatural causes show many already had clogged arteries, U.S. and Canadian researchers said on Monday in a study that suggests heart disease may be on the upswing." Reuters

Heart fears don't prompt diet fix
"A one-year follow-up study of patients with heart disease found that few are meeting recommendations for fruit, vegetable and fiber intake" Reuters

February 11, 2008

Cold ups heart attack risk
"People with heart disease and other health problems are more likely to have a fatal heart attack when it's cold outside." The Oklahoman

Diet sweeteners, weight linked
"Want to lose weight? It might help to pour that diet soda down the drain. Researchers have laboratory evidence that the widespread use of no-calorie sweeteners may actually make it harder for people to control their intake and body weight." American Psychological Association

Study reveals what's in a kiss
"In people, kissing to express affection is almost universal. About 90 percent of human cultures do it." The Washington Post

February 10, 2008

ER failures found nationwide
"The popular antiwrinkle drug Botox and a competitor have been linked to dangerous botulism symptoms in some users, cases so bad that a few children given the drugs for muscle spasms have died, the government warned." Associated Press

Don't ignore heart signs
"Heart failure is a condition in which the heart muscle weakens and does not pump blood efficiently. " Deseret Morning News

Acidic foods hurt teeth
"Sugar isn't the only enemy of teeth." Mayo Clinic

February 9, 2008

ER failures found nationwide
"People who have trouble exercising on a treadmill are at increased risk of suffering a heart attack or other heart-related event and of dying, according to results of a study." The Los Angeles Times

Body fat decides loss need
" Measuring body fat, rather than body mass index, appears to more accurately identify people who need lifestyle interventions to lose weight, study findings suggest." Reuters

Close ties make healthy kids
"Parents who have close, reciprocal relationships early on reap the benefits in preschool, a U.S. study found." Johns Hopkins University

February 8, 2008

Exercise signals heart trouble
"People who have trouble exercising on a treadmill are at increased risk of suffering a heart attack or other heart-related event and of dying, according to results of a study." Reuters

Nature impact weight more
"Diet and lifestyle play a far smaller role than genetic factors in determining whether a child becomes overweight, according to a British study of twins published on Thursday." Reuters

Less sleep ups obesity risk
"Less sleep can increase a child's risk of being overweight or obese. " Johns Hopkins University

February 7, 2008

Diabetes treatment hurt heart
"Aggressively reducing blood sugar levels as low as possible in high-risk diabetes patients appears to increase the chance of dying from a heart attack or stroke, according to major government study that stunned specialists." The Boston Globe

Heart disease deaths drop
"Heart disease deaths in American women continued to decline in 2005, and for the first time, have declined six years consecutively." National Institutes of Health

Toxins disrupt development
"Although scientists have speculated over the negative effects of environmental toxins for years, new data suggest that certain environmental toxins may disrupt the normal growth and hormonal development of girls. " Elsevier Health Sciences

February 6, 2008

Popular drug, heart risk linked
"Patients treated for heart attack or angina and given the anticlotting drug Plavix had a sharply increased rate of death or heart attack within 90 days after being taken off the drug, researchers found." The Wall Street Journal

Beet juice helps hypertension
"A daily glass of beetroot juice can do wonders for hypertension and many cardiovascular diseases, say researchers at Barts and The London School of Medicine." ANI

Pop sends unhealthy message
"Approximately one-third of popular songs include reference to explicit drug, alcohol or tobacco use, although this portrayal varies widely by musical genre, according to a new report." Reuters

February 5, 2008

Hawthorn extract helps heart
"In a review of 14 studies, researchers have found that the herbal supplement hawthorn extract is effective in treating symptoms of chronic heart failure." The New York Times

Diet soda ups heart risk
"Researchers have found a correlation between drinking diet soda and metabolic syndrome, the collection of risk factors for cardiovascular disease and diabetes that include abdominal obesity, high cholesterol and blood glucose levels and elevated blood pressure." The New York Times

Sleep problems plague smokers
"For smokers, getting a good night's sleep is no slumber party, scientists said on Monday." Reuters

February 4, 2008

Baby good chemistry debated
"Baby shampoos, lotions and powders may expose infants to chemicals that have been linked with possible reproductive problems, a small study suggests." Associated Press

Heart treatment helps mind
"The standard therapy for congestive heart failure may not only improve your cardiac health, it could also improve your attention, concentration and memory." Clinical Cardiology

Sugary drinks, gout linked
"Gulping down sugary soft drinks could increase your risk of developing the painful joint condition commonly known as gout." British Medical Journal

February 3, 2008

Naps boost memory
"A brief bout of non-REM sleep (45 minutes) obtained during a daytime nap clearly benefits a person's declarative memory performance, according to a new study." American Academy of Sleep Medicine

Hypertension on the rise
"High blood pressure may be one of the top killers in the country, but you'd never know it by the way we're behaving." Duke University Medical Center

Suicide rates up globally
"Suicide is the primary cause of violent deaths globally with more than 1 million people taking their own lives annually." McClatchy Newspapers

February 2, 2008

Women go red for heart month
"And we thought nothing could top Lisa Rinna's eye-popping prance down the runway in a tiny red-fringed number, or the prospect of Camyrn Manheim's girls making a run for it during a precarious shimmy." The Star Ledger

Flu plan criticized
"The federal government's voluminous plans for dealing with pandemic flu do not adequately account for the overwhelming strain an outbreak would place on hospitals and public health systems trying to cope with millions of seriously ill Americans." The Washington Post

Game day proves heart hazard
"Late Sunday afternoon, before a capacity crowd at University of Phoenix Stadium and a worldwide audience of millions, the New England Patriots and New York Giants will meet in Super Bowl XLII." The News and Eagle

February 1, 2008

Epsom salts cut brain damage
"Doctors were able to dramatically cut the rate of disabling brain damage among premature babies using a remedy that is safe, widely available and costs just pennies a dose." The Sun News

Nutrition, success linked
"Better nutrition not only helps small boys grow up taller and stronger but can boost earning power, a long-term study in Guatemala showed on Friday, with the researchers saying childhood feeding would help reduce poverty." Reuters

Epsom salts cut brain damage
"Drugs for epilepsy, bipolar illness and mood problems double the risks of suicidal thoughts and behavior, and patients taking them should be watched for sudden behavioral changes, drug regulators have said." The New York Times


January 31, 2008

Diet, exercise best for heart
"Shedding excess pounds may restore some of the heart's youth, whether the weight loss comes from eating less or exercising more, the results of a small study suggests." Reuters

Autism, vaccine link debated
"The mercury in a vaccine preservative is pumped out of a baby's body too quickly for it to do any damage, researchers reported on Wednesday in a study they say should further absolve shots of causing autism." Reuters

Stay active to stay young
"The investigators find that while you will slow down as you age, you may be able to stave off more of the deterioration than you thought." The New York Times

January 30, 2008

Beware shared snacks
"Just in time, a scientific report has some new findings that may cause football fans to take a second look at that communal bowl of dip." The New York Times

Anti-smoke plans work
"U.S. state tobacco control programs are effective at cutting the number of smokers, and states that spend more get the best results, federal health officials said on Tuesday." Reuters

Drug mix-ups hurt patients
"Dr. Julius Pham's stomach churned when he saw a critically ill heart patient getting an antibiotic instead of a drug to support his blood pressure -- the kind of mix-up that is increasingly common in the United States, according to a new report." Reuters

January 29, 2008

Herbs gain new followers
"The dark months after the holidays leave many people returning unwanted gifts to store shelves and reaching instead for remedies to combat seasonal fatigue and midwinter blahs." The Washington Post

A little worry is healthy
"Cambridge scientists are advocating additional research into the little understood links between environmental pollution and type 2 diabetes." Reuters

Cold meds land kids in ER
"Over-the-counter cough and cold drugs send an estimated 7,000 U.S. children under the age of 12 to emergency rooms every year, most for overdoses, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported on Monday." Reuters

January 28, 2008

Caffeine boosts blood sugar
"Cutting down on caffeine could help people with the most common form of diabetes better control their blood sugar levels, researchers said on Monday." Reuters

Diabetes, pollution linked
"Cambridge scientists are advocating additional research into the little understood links between environmental pollution and type 2 diabetes. " University of Cambridge

Hunger ups addiction risk
"Babies conceived during a period of famine are at risk of developing addictions later in life." Erasmus University Rotterdam

January 27, 2008

Alcohol fight goes global
"World Health Organization (WHO) experts will recommend ways to fight dangers linked to alcohol, including heart and liver disease, road accidents, suicides and sexually-transmitted infections, a spokeswoman said on Friday." Reuters

Meat rich diets rethought
"The two commodities share a great deal: Like oil, meat is subsidized by the federal government. Like oil, meat is subject to accelerating demand as nations become wealthier, and this, in turn, sends prices higher. " The New York Times

Personality, discipline linked
"A new study from Northwestern introduces personality types used frequently in consumer research to the realm of self-improvement." University of Chicago

January 26, 2008

Youth drinking ups heart risk
"People who drink heavily in their youth may have a higher risk of developing a collection of risk factors for heart disease and stroke, new research suggests." Reuters

Laughter, health linked
"Laughter is the best medicine. We've heard the expression time and again." Canisius College

Stress, mind impact proven
"Acute and chronic stress can have devastating effects on the brain." Reuters

January 25, 2008

Food safety revamp underway
"The F.D.A. intends to post inspectors to embassies and consulates in the developing world in hopes of improving the quality of imported food and medicines." The New York Times

FDA defends cloned food
"Meat and milk products of offspring from the 600 cloned animals in the United States most likely have not entered the nation's food supply, an official with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Thursday, as the agency downplayed the long-term impact of cloning." Reuters

Health info agency likely
"For patients weary of scary headlines about popular treatments like the heart drug Vytorin, a new report issued on Thursday by U.S. Institute of Medicine may offer welcome relief." Reuters

January 24, 2008

Olympians prepare for smog
"American runners are trying out wearing face masks. Dutch cyclists are training in South Korea." The Washington Post

Suit filed for probiotic claim
"A proposed class action filed on Wednesday in California accuses The Dannon Co Inc of mounting a massive false advertising campaign to convince consumers to pay more for yogurt containing 'probiotic' bacteria because of the products' health benefits." Reuters

Plan seeks antibiotic reduction
"An effort to change doctors' prescribing habits for antibiotics and to educate parents of small children about the proper use of antibiotics was only moderately successful at curbing antibiotic use, Boston researchers report." Reuters

January 23, 2008

Work stress can kill
"Work really can kill you, according to a study on Wednesday showing the strongest evidence yet of how on-the-job stress raises the risk of heart disease by disrupting internal systems." Reuters

Meat, diet soda up heart risk
"People who eat two or more servings of red meat a day are much more likely to develop conditions leading to heart disease and diabetes, U.S. researchers reported on Tuesday." Reuters

Cell phones disrupt sleep
"Apparently it doesn't help much, according to a study by Dutch investigators." Wayne State University

January 22, 2008

Saline proves cold aid
"A saline nasal wash solution made from processed seawater appears to improve nasal symptoms and may help prevent the recurrence of respiratory infections when used by children with the common cold, according to a new report." JAMA

Popular drug ups BP risk
"Bayer AG and Onyx Pharmaceutical Inc.'s key cancer drug Nexavar significantly raises the risk of high blood pressure, U.S. researchers said on Tuesday." Reuters

Drugs don't stall depression
"Apparently drugs don't help much with the mental ailments, according to a study by Dutch researchers." Psychotherapy And Psychosomatics

January 21, 2008

Olive oil fights disease
"According to several studies performed in Italy, Spain and Greece (the main olive-oil-producing countries), the incidence of diseases is lower in these countries than in Northern Europe." University of Granada

Caffeine ups miscarriage risk
"Caffeine consumption by pregnant women can significantly increase the risk of miscarriage, according to new research." The Washington Post

Sleep helps mind absorb
"Most people know it from experience: After so many hours of being awake, your brain feels unable to absorb any more--and several hours of sleep will refresh it." Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics

January 20, 2008

Cloned food labels considered
"With the Food and Drug Administration having declared that meat and milk from cloned animals are safe, opponents of food from clones are shifting their fight to how such fare is labeled." The Washington Post

Lifestyle key to recovery
"Diet and lifestyle may play a much more significant role in a person's ability to respond favorably to certain drugs." University of Manchester

Stress causes bitter disorder
"The term 'posttraumatic embitterment disorder' was recently introduced to describe a subtype of adjustment disorders, characterized by prolonged embitterment." Psychotherapy And Psychosomatics

January 19, 2008

Anxiety doubles heart risk
"Matters of the mind can affect matters of the heart. A new study by McGill University and Université de Montréal researchers has found that major anxiety and/or depression, can double a coronary artery disease patient's chances of repeated heart ailments." University of Montreal

Smokeless tobacco is not safer
"Millions of Americans make the New Year's resolution to stop smoking, but far too many break ranks before Jan. 2." University of Florida

Botulism warning issued
"New Era Canning Co is expanding a recall of canned green beans and garbanzo beans because of potential botulism contamination, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Friday." Reuters

January 8, 2008

Cells remap after trauma
"The human central nervous system can reorganize itself and follow new pathways to restore cellular communication after spinal cord damage, a U.S. study found." UPI

US ranks low in prevention
"France, Japan and Australia rated best and the United States worst in new rankings focusing on preventable deaths due to treatable conditions in 19 leading industrialized nations, researchers said on Tuesday." Reuters

More sun is healthy
"A little more sunshine might help you live longer, according to a study published on Monday. It suggests that for some people health benefits from the sun outweigh the risk of skin cancer." Reuters

January 7, 2008

Medicinal plants need saving
"Poor or non-existent collection controls are threatening the survival of many of the plant species used in traditional and modern medicines." World Wildlife Fund

Smoking ups diabetes risk
"Another reason to throw away the cigarettes: Smoking, already known to cause lung cancer, heart disease and stroke, also raises one's risk for the most common form of diabetes." The Daily Herald

Natural fertility methods work
"Many women feel helpless when their doctor's tell them they are unable to conceive a child." Harvard Medical School

January 6, 2008

Drinking begins at home
"Most studies of alcohol use among youth have focused on drinking by children in middle or high school. This study is one of the few to examine the earliest exposure to alcohol -- sipping or tasting -- in a large community sample of children." Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research

Kids fight cancer with music
"To the list of weapons in fighting cancer add an unconventional one: the recording studio." The New York Times

Protein offers asthma hope
"Activating a protein found on some immune cells seems to halt the cells' typical job of spewing out substances that launch allergic reactions." Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions

January 5, 2008

Diets dropped for healthy eats
"Dieting has fallen out of favor while trying to eat more healthfully is in, a marketing research firm that tracks what Americans consume said on Friday." Reuters

Pollution cancer risk falls
"A study released Friday found the cancer risk from air pollution in Southern California is down 15 percent, but the good news was tempered by the reality that the region still has some of the dirtiest air in the country." Associated Press

Plastic health risks weighed
"It is the old conundrum about risk versus benefits." The New York Times

January 4, 2008

Cloned livestock to get OK
"The U.S. Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) is expected to declare as early as next week that meat and milk from cloned animals and their offspring is safe to eat, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday." Reuters

Placebo prescriptions common
"Of 231 internists in Chicago who answered a survey, 45 percent say they've used placebos on occasion." Scientific American

Drugs no help for aggression
"The drugs most widely used to manage aggressive outbursts in intellectually disabled people are no more effective than placebos for most patients, researchers report." The New York Times

January 3, 2008

Happiness is good for health
"A happy heart just might be a healthier one as well, new research suggests." Reuters

Healthy food gets pricey
"The price of fruits and vegetables is climbing faster than inflation, while junk food is actually becoming cheaper, the findings of a new study suggest." Reuters

Neti pots gain favor
"Originally part of a millennia-old Indian yogic tradition, the practice of nasal irrigation jala neti is performed with a small pot that looks like a cross between Aladdin's lamp and your grandmother's gravy boat." The New York Times

January 2, 2008

Skip hormone pill, say experts
"Testosterone supplements don't do older men much good, according to Dutch researchers." Reuters

Ancestor, cancer link found
"A married couple who sailed to America from England around 1630 is the reason why thousands of people in the United States are at higher risk of a hereditary form of colon cancer, researchers said on Wednesday." Reuters

Illinois smoke ban begins
"A strict ban on smoking went into effect in Illinois on Tuesday, sending clusters of bundled smokers here out into frigid temperatures and the thick pile of snow that also arrived with the new year." The New York Times

January 1, 2008

RLS, heart disease linked
"People with restless legs syndrome or RLS are twice as likely to have a stroke or heart disease and those with the most severe symptoms are at greatest risk, U.S. researchers said on Monday." Reuters

Most make, break resolutions
"Only 10 percent of people who make resolutions actually succeed, according to surveys. The rest of us are stuck revolving, resolving, re-solving those problems whose slippery solutions have eluded us in the past." The Washington Post

Less sleep ups diabetes risk
" Deep, restful sleep may be important for keeping type 2 diabetes at bay, U.S. researchers said on Monday." Reuters


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