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40th Annual CDC Report Presents Health of the United States

40th Annual CDC Report Presents Health of the United States

The report includes trends of data for past 40 years, with an increase in life expectancy and a drop in infant mortality.

Physician Attitude Significant Factor in Retaining Patients

Physician Attitude Significant Factor in Retaining Patients

Other variables that encourage patients to leave include cost, bedside manner and comfort of the facility.

Sourdough or Sour Don't? A Closer Look at Glycemic Index

Sourdough or Sour Don't? A Closer Look at Glycemic Index

Consumption of higher glycemic index foods has been shown to be associated with increased rates of diabetes, obesity, cancer and all-cause mortality.

Why Are We So Afraid of GMOs?

Why Are We So Afraid of GMOs?

Farmers have been intentionally changing the genetic makeup of plants for more than 10,000 years.

Global Heart Disease Burden Worsens with Limited Fruit, Vegetable Consumption

Global Heart Disease Burden Worsens with Limited Fruit, Vegetable Consumption

A new analysis finds that low consumption is linked to more lost years of healthy life.

Exercise Shown to Improve Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Prognosis

Exercise Shown to Improve Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Prognosis

"Simple interventions such as recreational exercise might hold the potential to improve disease course in the long run."

High-Intensity Aerobic Exercise Reverses Cellular Aging

High-Intensity Aerobic Exercise Reverses Cellular Aging

More robust increase in gene transcripts for high-intensity interval training versus other modalities.

Depression Improved with Yoga and Coherent Breathing

Depression Improved with Yoga and Coherent Breathing

Weekly sessions, plus deep breathing, help patients with treatment-resistant depression.

Cardiovascular Deaths Reach 400,000 in 2015 Due to Poor Diets

Cardiovascular Deaths Reach 400,000 in 2015 Due to Poor Diets

Adding healthy foods such as nuts, seeds, vegetables and whole grains might help.

Healthy Food Consumption Increases with Lowering Costs

Healthy Food Consumption Increases with Lowering Costs

Raising the cost of unhealthy foods significantly reduces their intake.

Breast Cancer Risk Higher with Poor Diets During Adolescence

Breast Cancer Risk Higher with Poor Diets During Adolescence

Those with diets with the highest inflammatory score had an increased risk of pre-menopausal breast cancer.

Exercise Regimens Most Beneficial in Addressing Cancer-Related Fatigue

Exercise Regimens Most Beneficial in Addressing Cancer-Related Fatigue

Psychological treatment and education can be useful, too, more so than drugs, researchers find.

High Produce Consumption Linked to Great Health Benefits

High Produce Consumption Linked to Great Health Benefits

Reductions were seen in risks of cardiovascular disease, cancer and early death.

Fruit and Vegetable Consumption Associated with Reduced Risk of COPD

Fruit and Vegetable Consumption Associated with Reduced Risk of COPD

In current smokers, each extra daily serving was associated with an 8% lower risk of COPD.

Long-Term Weight Loss More Successful With Maintenance Intervention

Long-Term Weight Loss More Successful With Maintenance Intervention

Coaching sessions seem to help patients from regaining the weight.

Does A Fitbit Actually Make You Fit?

Does A Fitbit Actually Make You Fit?

If you really want to give your fitness and weight loss efforts a boost, track calories — and get enough exercise.

ALS Risk Increases with Consumption of Mercury-Laden Seafood

ALS Risk Increases with Consumption of Mercury-Laden Seafood

Certain types of seafood may be linked to the disease, early research suggests.

Breast Cancer Survivor Mortality Decreases with Exercise

Breast Cancer Survivor Mortality Decreases with Exercise

Those who exercised were about 40% less likely to die from the disease, review suggests.

Increased Levels of Toxic Metals Associated with Gluten-Free Diets

Increased Levels of Toxic Metals Associated with Gluten-Free Diets

Those on gluten-free diets had a higher concentration of urinary total arsenic and total blood mercury.

Yoga Associated with Lower Back Pain and Improved Function

Yoga Associated with Lower Back Pain and Improved Function

A review of 12 studies found small improvements in pain levels and function after 3 to 6 months.

Exercise Counseling Proves Cost-Effective for Older Men

Exercise Counseling Proves Cost-Effective for Older Men

The total direct cost of the intervention was $459 per participant; mainly for counselor effort.

Faster GI Transit with Coffee Post-Gynecologic Surgery

Faster GI Transit with Coffee Post-Gynecologic Surgery

These were findings for patients after complete staging surgery.

Meal Timing May Affect Cardiovascular Event Risks

Meal Timing May Affect Cardiovascular Event Risks

American Heart Association report suggests eating more earlier in the day may be healthier.

ADHD Risk Lowered with Mediterranean Diet

ADHD Risk Lowered with Mediterranean Diet

Children with medium to low adherence to the diet were 3 to 7 times more likely to have ADHD.

Daytime Sleepiness Improved with Intentional Weight Loss

Daytime Sleepiness Improved with Intentional Weight Loss

There was a large improvement in daytime sleepiness with surgical weight loss interventions.

Initial Step in Total Fitness Plan: Reduce Sitting Time

Initial Step in Total Fitness Plan: Reduce Sitting Time

This study supports physicians in advising male patients to reduce sitting time to help avoid obesity.

Reduced Physical Activity Common After Cancer Diagnosis

Reduced Physical Activity Common After Cancer Diagnosis

Researchers say physical activity can improve odds of recovery and survival in cancer patients.

Steps Per Day Increases with Step Count Prescription Strategy

Steps Per Day Increases with Step Count Prescription Strategy

A net increase of 20% in steps/day was seen with a physician-delivered step count prescription strategy.

Shorter Telomeres in Women Linked with Sedentary Behaviors

Shorter Telomeres in Women Linked with Sedentary Behaviors

Cells of elderly women who sit most of the day look much older than their actual age.

Grilled, Smoked Meat Intake Increases Mortality Risk in Breast Cancer

Grilled, Smoked Meat Intake Increases Mortality Risk in Breast Cancer

A high grilled and smoked meat intake is linked to 23% increased risk of all-cause mortality.

FDA, EPA Issues New Guidance on Fish Consumption

FDA, EPA Issues New Guidance on Fish Consumption

Recommendations are aimed at pregnant women, breastfeeding mothers and parents of young children.

Inflammation Reduced with Brief Episodes of Moderate Exercise

Inflammation Reduced with Brief Episodes of Moderate Exercise

About 20 minutes on a treadmill can drop immune cell levels tied to inflammation.

Moderate Activity Linked with Longer Survival in Advanced CRC

Moderate Activity Linked with Longer Survival in Advanced CRC

Patients only appeared to derive benefits from moderate -- not vigorous -- activity.

Age-Related Inflammation Reduced by Caffeine

Age-Related Inflammation Reduced by Caffeine

There seems to be a connection between advancing age, systemic inflammation, cardiovascular disease and caffeine.

Pediatric Cancer QoL Improved with Yoga Intervention

Pediatric Cancer QoL Improved with Yoga Intervention

Fairly high levels of interest were demonstrated by patients and family members in this pilot program.

Diverticulitis Linked with High Dietary Red Meat Consumption in Men

Diverticulitis Linked with High Dietary Red Meat Consumption in Men

There was no association seen between poultry or fish and the risk of diverticulitis.

Depression Risk Associated with Physical Activity Level in Childhood

Depression Risk Associated with Physical Activity Level in Childhood

Higher moderate-to-vigorous physical activity predicts fewer symptoms of major depression in children.

Decreased Mortality Seen for 'Weekend Warriors'

Decreased Mortality Seen for 'Weekend Warriors'

Those who exercise one or two days a week may see similar health benefits to those who work out regularly.

Aerobic Exercise May Improve Behavioral Issues in School

Aerobic Exercise May Improve Behavioral Issues in School

The use of 'cybercycles' reduces classroom disruptions for children with autism, ADHD and other behavioral disorders.

Running Beneficial in Reducing Inflammation in Knee Joints

Running Beneficial in Reducing Inflammation in Knee Joints

Researchers suggest that running might actually slow the development of osteoarthritis.

Addition of Exercise Improves Asthma Control in Obese Patients

Addition of Exercise Improves Asthma Control in Obese Patients

Adding exercise to a weight-loss program improves lung function and inflammatory biomarkers.

Mediterranean Diet Preserves Brain Health in Elderly

Mediterranean Diet Preserves Brain Health in Elderly

Older adults who favor this eating style lose less brain volume, researchers find.

DASH Diet Ranked Among the Best Diets in 2017

DASH Diet Ranked Among the Best Diets in 2017

The US News & World Report ranks Mediterranean diet as second -- up from fourth place.

Fish Oil Supplements in Pregnancy Reduce Asthma Risk in Offspring

Fish Oil Supplements in Pregnancy Reduce Asthma Risk in Offspring

Supplementation is linked to a reduction in risk of persistent wheeze and asthma in offspring.

Pokemon Go Produces Short-Term Boost in Physical Activity

Pokemon Go Produces Short-Term Boost in Physical Activity

This study found that the virtual reality game got adults moving -- but only for a while.

Vegetarian Diets Deemed Healthy and Environmentally Safe

Vegetarian Diets Deemed Healthy and Environmentally Safe

These food plans are safe at all stages of life, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics says.

Risk of A-Fib Found with Moderate, Regular Alcohol Consumption

Risk of A-Fib Found with Moderate, Regular Alcohol Consumption

The risk of atrial fibrillation increases by 8% for each daily alcoholic drink.

Yoga Proves Beneficial in Patients with Pre-Hypertension

Yoga Proves Beneficial in Patients with Pre-Hypertension

Patients who added yoga to a healthy lifestyle experienced a decrease in their blood pressure levels.

Veterans with PTSD May Benefit from Tai Chi

Veterans with PTSD May Benefit from Tai Chi

The Chinese exercise regimen may help veterans cope with distressing symptoms of PTSD.

Low Carb Meals Lower Insulin Resistance in PostMenopausal Women

Low Carb Meals Lower Insulin Resistance in PostMenopausal Women

Low carb diets shown to lower insulin resistance in postmenopausal women, a new study shows. Study also showed exercising before eating raised blood glucose levels.

Specific Sport Participation Associated with Significant Health Benefits

Specific Sport Participation Associated with Significant Health Benefits

Participating in racquet sports, swimming and aerobics were tied to lower risks of early death.

Beta-hCG, the FAD Diet That Just Won't Go Away

Beta-hCG, the FAD Diet That Just Won't Go Away

What does this mean for clinicians? It means they're doing harm.

Yoga Proves Beneficial in Patients with Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Yoga Proves Beneficial in Patients with Irritable Bowel Syndrome

There were significantly decreased bowel symptoms, disease severity and anxiety when compared to conventional treatment.

Exercise During and After Treatment is Beneficial in Cancer Patients

Exercise During and After Treatment is Beneficial in Cancer Patients

Studies show better physical function and quality of life for those who did strength training and aerobic activity during and after treatment.

Omega-3 Intake Associated with Reduced BP in Young, Healthy Adults

Omega-3 Intake Associated with Reduced BP in Young, Healthy Adults

This study found that higher blood levels of fatty acids were linked with lower blood pressure.

Physicians Need More Education on Herbal Weight Loss Products

Physicians Need More Education on Herbal Weight Loss Products

Study shows that more than 80% felt that weight loss products have severe adverse effects and its use should be limited.

Antioxidant and Carotene Intake Associated with Increased ALS Functioning

Antioxidant and Carotene Intake Associated with Increased ALS Functioning

Study shows that a higher intake of antioxidants and carotenes from vegetables is tied to a better ALS functional rating score.

Diet Beverages Substituted for Water Beneficial for Diabetic Women

Diet Beverages Substituted for Water Beneficial for Diabetic Women

There was a greater decrease in weight, body mass index, fasting plasma glucose, fasting insulin and HOMA-IR.

Association Found Between Herbal Supplements and Hepatotoxicity

Association Found Between Herbal Supplements and Hepatotoxicity

The major implicated agents causing hepatotoxicity include anabolic steroids, green tea and multi-ingredient nutritional supplements.

Vague Food Labels Poses Risk for Patients with Allergies

Vague Food Labels Poses Risk for Patients with Allergies

This study suggests that misunderstanding food label warnings could be dangerous for those with food allergies.

The Much-Maligned Egg

The Much-Maligned Egg

A new research study says that eating 1 egg a day is associated with a 12% reduction in their risk for stroke.

Excessive Energy Drink Consumption Associated with Acute Hepatitis

Excessive Energy Drink Consumption Associated with Acute Hepatitis

This case report details a patient who reported drinking 4 to 5 energy drinks per day for 3 weeks before admission for acute hepatitis.

Limited Benefits of Moderate-Intensity Physical Activity on Resting Pulse Rate

Limited Benefits of Moderate-Intensity Physical Activity on Resting Pulse Rate

Long-term moderate-intensity physical activity was statistically significant, but had a clinically small average effect on resting pulse rate.

Popular Theory Debunked Regarding Cranberries and UTIs

Popular Theory Debunked Regarding Cranberries and UTIs

In female nursing home residents, there was no significant effect on bacteriuria plus pyuria over 1 year in those receiving cranberry capsules.

High-Intensity Resistance Training Associated with Improvements in Cognitive Impairment

High-Intensity Resistance Training Associated with Improvements in Cognitive Impairment

This study shows significant improvements in cognitive function, muscle strength and aerobic capacity with resistance training.

New Evidence Further Supports Health Benefits of Chocolate

New Evidence Further Supports Health Benefits of Chocolate

According to this analysis, a component in cocoa seems to help control blood glucose and inflammation.

Vegetarian Diets Not Associated With Lower Risk of CVD

Vegetarian Diets Not Associated With Lower Risk of CVD

This study has found no significant difference in 10-year cardiovascular risk among vegetarians, but still have other health benefits.

Fitness Tracking Devices Fail to Improve Overall Health

Fitness Tracking Devices Fail to Improve Overall Health

This study found that there were no signs of step increases in short-term or any health effects in the intermediate-term.

International Olympic Committee Suggests Strenuous Exercise Safe During Pregnancy

International Olympic Committee Suggests Strenuous Exercise Safe During Pregnancy

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) finds little evidence that strenuous exercise prolongs labor or increases premature birth risk.

Resistance Interval Training Improves Endothelial Function, Especially in Diabetics

Resistance Interval Training Improves Endothelial Function, Especially in Diabetics

Resistance interval training (R-INT) shown to improve flow-mediated dilation throughout 2-hour post-exercise period in type 2 diabetics.

Alternative Supplements Becoming More Popular Among Americans Than Traditional Ones

Alternative Supplements Becoming More Popular Among Americans Than Traditional Ones

Alternative supplements, such as vitamin D, fish oil and probiotics, are replacing traditional multivitamins among Americans.

Hatha Yoga Shows Potential in Reducing Anxiety

Hatha Yoga Shows Potential in Reducing Anxiety

A new study shows that Hatha yoga may be beneficial in reducing anxiety.

Higher Intake of Animal Protein Linked to Increased Early Mortality Risk

Higher Intake of Animal Protein Linked to Increased Early Mortality Risk

Individuals who obtain most of their protein from animal sources have an associated higher mortality risk.

New Study Aims to Help Medical Students Improve Fitness, Reduce Stress and Increase Test Scores

New Study Aims to Help Medical Students Improve Fitness, Reduce Stress and Increase Test Scores

This new study from NYITCOM will monitor the wellness of their medical students via fitness trackers and monthly seminars.

Trending Paleo Diet Seem to Have Major Health Benefits for Post-Menopausal Women

Trending Paleo Diet Seem to Have Major Health Benefits for Post-Menopausal Women

The trending Paleo diet may be beneficial in lowering cholesterol, decreasing body weight and reducing disease risks in postmenopausal women.

Stress May Reverse Health Benefits Gained from Consuming 'Good' Fats, Study Shows

Stress May Reverse Health Benefits Gained from Consuming 'Good' Fats, Study Shows

This study suggests that stress may reverse any health benefits gained from eating a meal rich in healthy fats, but does not worsen the effects of bad fats.

Compounds Found in Ginger and Pepper Have Additive Benefits in Cancer Prevention

Compounds Found in Ginger and Pepper Have Additive Benefits in Cancer Prevention

This study suggests that 6-gingerol and capsaicin can prevent more cases of cancer together than either eaten alone.

Risk of Diabetic Retinopathy Lowered With High Fatty Fish Consumption

Risk of Diabetic Retinopathy Lowered With High Fatty Fish Consumption

This study found that 2 servings a week of fatty fish had a 48% reduced risk of developing diabetic retinopathy.

Just 1 Hour of Exercise May Reverse Mortality Risk of Sitting 8 Hours a Day

Just 1 Hour of Exercise May Reverse Mortality Risk of Sitting 8 Hours a Day

This study suggests that by exercising for just 1 hour a day, the mortality rate associated with sitting daily for 8 hours can be reversed.

Lack of Fitness a Major Risk Factor in Overall Early Mortality, Study Finds

Lack of Fitness a Major Risk Factor in Overall Early Mortality, Study Finds

This study shows that low fitness levels have a greater effect than even high cholesterol and blood pressure on overall early mortality.

Higher Odds of Obesity Associated With Inadequate Hydration, Study Finds

Higher Odds of Obesity Associated With Inadequate Hydration, Study Finds

Researchers of this study have found that adults who are properly hydrated tend to weigh less.

Wine Consumption Proves to be More Beneficial in Reducing Diabetes Risk Than Other Alcohol Types

Wine Consumption Proves to be More Beneficial in Reducing Diabetes Risk Than Other Alcohol Types

This study shows that wine has been proven to decrease risk of diabetes much more than either beer or spirits.

Study Shows High-Fat Mediterranean Diets May Still Have Major Health Benefits

Study Shows High-Fat Mediterranean Diets May Still Have Major Health Benefits

A study released suggests that a Mediterranean diet high in fat may still have some major health benefits, including decreased rates in breast cancer, diabetes and CVD.

Improved Inflammatory Profiles Linked With Plant-Based Diets

Improved Inflammatory Profiles Linked With Plant-Based Diets

A plant-based diet has been associated with improved inflammatory biomarker profiles, including a decrease in mean concentrations of C-reactive proteins and interleukin-6.

Not All Fats Are Bad

Not All Fats Are Bad

There seems to be a lot of confusion as to whether fat is good or bad for you. After all, with the word fat having such a negative connotation, why would anyone think it can be good? The truth is, fats are much more complex than to be labeled in such simple terms as either good or bad.

Green Leafy Vegetable Intake Associated With Lower Risk Of Glaucoma

Green Leafy Vegetable Intake Associated With Lower Risk Of Glaucoma

Greater intake of dietary nitrate and green leafy vegetables was associated with a 20 percent to 30 percent lower risk of primary open-angle glaucoma, according to a study published online by JAMA Ophthalmology.

Good News for Coffee Drinkers: Research Reveals Potential to Reverse Liver Damage

Good News for Coffee Drinkers: Research Reveals Potential to Reverse Liver Damage

Go ahead, pour yourself another cup of coffee, if you know what's good for you. The results of a recent study are receiving attention after it found that drinking at least 2 cups of coffee a day can reduce liver damage, even damage to the liver caused by alcohol consumption.

Fructose More Toxic Than Table Sugar in Mice

Fructose More Toxic Than Table Sugar in Mice

When University of Utah biologists fed mice sugar in doses proportional to what many people eat, the fructose-glucose mixture found in high-fructose corn syrup was more toxic than sucrose or table sugar, reducing both the reproduction and life span of female rodents.

Not All Obese People Develop Metabolic Problems Linked to Excess Weight

Not All Obese People Develop Metabolic Problems Linked to Excess Weight

New research demonstrates that obesity does not always go hand in hand with metabolic changes in the body that can lead to diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.

Did Cavemen Have a Healthier Diet Than Modern Man?

Did Cavemen Have a Healthier Diet Than Modern Man?

Cavemen lived during a much simpler time. You would never catch one texting at dinner, nor would he or she be spending all hours of the night watching television.

Study Suggests the Human Body Cannot Be Trained to Maintain a Higher Metabolism

Study Suggests the Human Body Cannot Be Trained to Maintain a Higher Metabolism

New research suggests that high- and normal-protein diets are tied to higher metabolism and 45% more storage of lean tissue, or muscle mass, versus fat when compared to low-protein diets.

A New Study Conducted at the University of Haifa Has Found Omega-3 Reduces Smoking

A New Study Conducted at the University of Haifa Has Found Omega-3 Reduces Smoking

Taking omega-3 supplements reduces craving for nicotine and even reduces the number of cigarettes that people smoke a day, according to a new study conducted at the University of Haifa.

Montmorency Tart Cherry Juice Lowered Blood Uric Acid Levels and a Marker for Inflammation

Montmorency Tart Cherry Juice Lowered Blood Uric Acid Levels and a Marker for Inflammation

Tart cherries have long been researched for their association with pain relief, ranging from gout and arthritis joint pain to exercise-related muscle pain. A new study published in the Journal of Functional Foods is the first to report consumption of Montmorency tart cherries caused changes in uric acid metabolism, which can have an impact on joint pain. The study also detected increases in specific anthocyanin compounds in the bloodstream after consuming tart cherries.

Would You Eat That Doughnut if You Knew You Had to Walk 2 Miles to Burn It Off?

Would You Eat That Doughnut if You Knew You Had to Walk 2 Miles to Burn It Off?

A new study at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will examine whether adding the amount of walking it takes to burn off the calories in food items will lead consumers to make healthier choices.

Diabetes: Complexity Lost

Diabetes: Complexity Lost

For millions of people in the US living with type 1 or type 2 diabetes, measuring the daily rise and fall of blood glucose (sugar) is a way of life. Our bodies energy is primarily governed by glucose in the blood, and blood sugar itself is exquisitely controlled by a complicated set of network interactions involving cells, tissues, organs, and hormones that have evolved to keep the glucose on a relatively even keel, pumping it up when it falls too low or knocking it down when it goes too high. This natural dynamic balance becomes lost when someone develops diabetes.

Sweet! Honey Making a Comeback as a Topical Treatment for Wounds

Sweet! Honey Making a Comeback as a Topical Treatment for Wounds

Honey has been used since ancient times as a delicious natural sweetener, but did you know that the substance was also known for thousands of years for its medicinal properties? Healers would wrap wounds with dressings made of sugar and honey, but with the development of antibiotics over half a century ago, the treatment faded into the recesses of history. Today, some doctors are reviving the old remedy at times when modern medicine has failed in treating a patient.

Brain Benefits From Weight Loss Following Bariatric Surgery

Brain Benefits From Weight Loss Following Bariatric Surgery

Weight loss surgery can curb alterations in brain activity associated with obesity and improve cognitive function involved in planning, strategizing, and organizing, according to a new study published in the Endocrine Societys Journal of Clinical Endocrinology Metabolism.

Yoga Relieves Multiple Sclerosis Symptoms

Yoga Relieves Multiple Sclerosis Symptoms

Paula Meltzer was only 38 when out of nowhere everything she looked at was blurry. For the single mother, who had a lucrative career as a gemologist and spent hours examining valuable pieces of jewelry, it seemed as if—in a split second—her life changed.

Pepper and Halt: Spicy Chemical May Inhibit Gut Tumors

Pepper and Halt: Spicy Chemical May Inhibit Gut Tumors

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine report that dietary capsaicin—the active ingredient in chili peppers—produces chronic activation of a receptor on cells lining the intestines of mice, triggering a reaction that ultimately reduces the risk of colorectal tumors. The findings have been published in the August 1, 2014 issue of The Journal of Clinical Investigation.

Colon Cleanse Trends: The Truth About Cleansing

Colon Cleanse Trends: The Truth About Cleansing

Many physicians are fielding questions from patients about detox or other scheme diets and colon cleanse products these days. Other patients are just listening to the hype and trying these fad diets, diet scams, and cleanse products (often to help lose weight) without consulting a medical professional.

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