Even A Little Exercise Has Health Benefits
August 22, 2007 03:09 PM - Reuters Health
A new study shows that even low levels of weekly exercise - below currently recommended levels -- has major health benefits. In the study, 30 minutes of brisk walking three days per week was enough to drive down blood pressure and improve overall fitness in a group of healthy sedentary adults. For optimum health, adults are currently recommended to engage in 30 minutes of moderately strenuous exercise on at least five days of the week. But few people achieve this level of weekly activity, often citing lack of time as the reason.
Children's Fear Of New Foods May Be Genetic
August 22, 2007 02:17 PM - Reuters
NEW YORK - UK researchers have provided an explanation for why some children hate to try new foods -- it's in the genes. In a large study of twins, which included both identical and fraternal twin pairs, Dr. Lucy J. Cooke of University College London and her colleagues found that nearly 80 percent of children's tendency to avoid unfamiliar foods was inherited.
High Blood Pressure Often Undiagnosed In U.S. Kids
August 22, 2007 02:12 PM - Reuters
CHICAGO - High blood pressure among children and adolescents, a growing problem linked to increasing juvenile obesity, often goes undiagnosed in the United States, according to a study published on Tuesday. This is dangerous, as high blood pressure can quietly damage the organs, especially the kidneys, the researchers reported in this week's Journal of the American Medical Association.
States Seek Fed Crackdown On Energy Drinks
August 22, 2007 02:01 PM - Reuters
BOSTON - The attorneys general of 28 states, Washington D.C., and Guam asked the federal government on Tuesday to crack down on the makers of energy drinks with alcohol and caffeine, arguing their advertisements don't warn of health and safety risks. "Combining alcohol with caffeine hardly seems healthy - and that false claim is what we seek to halt," said Connecticut's Attorney General Richard Blumenthal.
UN Says Human Trafficking Spreads HIV/AIDS In Asia
August 22, 2007 01:45 PM - Ranga Sirilal, Reuters
COLOMBO - About 300,000 women and children are trafficked across Asia each year, accelerating the spread of HIV/AIDS, the United Nations said on Wednesday. "Trafficking ... contributes to the spread of HIV by significantly increasing the vulnerability of trafficked persons to infection," said Caitlin Wiesen-Antin, HIV/AIDS regional coordinator, Asia and Pacific, for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
Breaking Up May Not Be As Hard As The Song Says
August 22, 2007 01:11 PM - Northwestern University
EVANSTON, Ill. --- The devastation caused by a broken heart has been a dominant theme throughout the ages of great literature and pop culture alike. But a new Northwestern University study shows that lovers, especially those madly in love, do much better -- almost immediately -- following a breakup than they imagined they would.
Fat On Chest And Upper Back Increases Risk Of Insulin Resistance
August 22, 2007 11:31 AM - San Francisco VA Medical Center
San Francisco - Upper trunk fat -- deposits of fat on the chest and back -- is associated with an increased risk of insulin resistance, a condition that is a precursor of type 2 diabetes, according to a study led by researchers at the San Francisco VA Medical Center. It is the first time such an association has been demonstrated, say the researchers.
Working Families Rely Heavily on "Convenience" Foods for Dinner, But Save Little Time, Study Finds
August 22, 2007 11:19 AM - University of California, Los Angeles
Los Angeles - Two-income families in Los Angeles don't live so much in a fast food nation as they do in a Hamburger Helper hamlet on the edge of a packaged lettuce greenbelt, according to the first academic study to track American families moment by moment as they make dinner.
Researchers Want To Contain Flesh-Eating ”˜Super-Bug’ In Jails
August 22, 2007 11:16 AM - University of California, Los Angeles
Los Angeles - Researchers have developed a mathematical model that mimics a particularly nasty and ongoing outbreak at the Los Angeles County Jail of the flesh-eating bacteria known as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA.
Bednet Best Defense Against Malaria, Say Researchers
August 22, 2007 10:05 AM - Kennedy Abwao, SciDevNet
NAIROBI - Children sleeping under insecticide-treated nets (ITNs) are less likely to die from malaria and nets should be distributed free to all who need them, according to research from Kenya.