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Half of EU citizens are overweight Rising, obesity rings alarm bells in Brussels

Half of EU citizens are overweight Rising, obesity rings alarm bells in Brussels

May 18, AP – For decades, EU member states have seen obesity levels rise. The UN and World Health Organization (WHO) are now sounding the alarm. Obesity, their recent report says, is becoming an epidemic. Half of EU citizens are overweight. Among these people, serious obesity is on the rise. It’s a heavy and expensive […]

May 18, 2013 | By More
Smoke free rules: Most Americans Say ‘No’ to Smoking in Their Homes, Cars

Smoke free rules: Most Americans Say ‘No’ to Smoking in Their Homes, Cars

May 17, AP – Four out of five adults now have smoke-free rules in their homes, while about three out of four have enacted the same ban in their cars, according to the national survey from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Getting tough on smoking is always a good idea, experts say. […]

May 17, 2013 | By More
Study Says: Get Fit in Middle Age to Cut Heart Failure Risk

Study Says: Get Fit in Middle Age to Cut Heart Failure Risk

May 16, AP – What’s more, the reduction in risk is independent of other modifiable risk factors, such as smoking, high blood pressure and high cholesterol, the researchers said. People who are obese or out of shape in their 40s or 50s might think it’s too late to start getting fit, but new research finds […]

May 16, 2013 | By More
Study finds: Sugary Sodas, Fruit Punches May Raise Kidney Stone Risk

Study finds: Sugary Sodas, Fruit Punches May Raise Kidney Stone Risk

May 16, AP – Although drinking extra fluids usually helps prevent stones from forming, researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston warn that beverages may come with varying risks or benefits. Coffee, tea and orange juice, for example, are associated with a lower risk of kidney stone formation. Drinking large amounts of sugary sodas […]

May 16, 2013 | By More
People With High Blood Pressure May Crave Salt

People With High Blood Pressure May Crave Salt

May 15, AP – In a small study of older adults, researchers from the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil found that participants with high blood pressure, or hypertension, favored bread dusted with the highest concentration of salt more than twice as much as those with normal blood pressure. Adding other seasonings to the salted […]

May 15, 2013 | By More
No Drop in Teens’ Use of ‘Smokeless’ Tobacco

No Drop in Teens’ Use of ‘Smokeless’ Tobacco

May 15, AP – Researchers led by Israel Agaku of the Harvard School of Public Health compared data from the 2000 and 2011 U.S. National Youth Tobacco Survey. The 2000 survey included nearly 36,000 students at 324 middle and high schools, while the 2011 survey included nearly 19,000 students at 178 middle and high schools. […]

May 15, 2013 | By More
How to Quickly Spot Signs of Stroke: Experts Prompt recognition and treatment offer best chance of full recovery

How to Quickly Spot Signs of Stroke: Experts Prompt recognition and treatment offer best chance of full recovery

May 14, – Sudden numbness or weakness in the face, arms or legs on one side of the body, confusion and trouble speaking are among the signs that someone is having a stroke. The sooner a stroke is recognized and treated, the greater the chance of recovery, experts say. “When someone has a stroke, they […]

May 14, 2013 | By More
New Guidelines Say Doctors Should Screen All Adults for ‘Risky’ Drinking

New Guidelines Say Doctors Should Screen All Adults for ‘Risky’ Drinking

May 14, AP – The new guidelines, published online May 14 in the Annals of Internal Medicine, are the panel’s “final” recommendations on screening for problem drinking. The last recommendations came out in 2004. Primary care doctors should screen all adults for drinking problems, and offer them counselling if needed, new guidelines from the U.S. […]

May 14, 2013 | By More
Study finds: Many Heart Defects Aren’t Inherited

Study finds: Many Heart Defects Aren’t Inherited

May 13 AP – At least 10 percent of severe genetic heart defects are caused by new gene mutations that were not passed down from patients’ parents, a new study finds. Congenital heart disease is the most common form of birth defect and occurs in nearly 1 percent of newborns. “These findings provide new insight […]

May 13, 2013 | By More