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Can you be healthy and have obesity? Not really, says major study

Sun, 21 May 2017 00:00:00 PDT

The largest study of its kind to date investigates the idea of 'healthy obesity' and deems it a myth. Obese people are still at a higher risk of illness.

Healthcare access and quality has improved globally, but inequality between countries has grown

Fri, 19 May 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Despite global improvements in healthcare quality and access over 25 years, inequalities between the best and worst-performing countries have grown.

Cities need to 'green up' to reduce the impact of air pollution - but in some cases trees can make pollution worse

Thu, 18 May 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Cities need to "green up" to reduce the impact of air pollution on residents as well as buildings.

Lactose intolerance linked to lower vitamin D levels

Tue, 16 May 2017 07:00:00 PDT

If you are lactose intolerant, you might want to think about boosting your vitamin D intake with non-dairy foods; your levels of the vitamin may be low.

Diabetes Awareness Month: When is it and what happens?

Sat, 13 May 2017 06:00:00 PDT

Every November, Diabetes Awareness Month helps communities and healthcare professionals highlight the impact of diabetes on millions of lives.

Experts define obesity as a disease

Fri, 12 May 2017 07:00:00 PDT

In a consensus statement, the World Obesity Federation argue that obesity is a chronic, progressive, relapsing disease with food as the primary agent.

Geographic disparities in life expectancy among U.S. counties

Thu, 11 May 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Life expectancy at birth increased between 1980 and 2014 to 79.1 years for men and women combined, but life expectancy differed by as much as two decades between counties with the lowest and highest...

Low vitamin D does not raise risk of asthma or dermatitis, study shows

Wed, 10 May 2017 00:00:00 PDT

A new study examines whether vitamin D supplementation decreases the risk of childhood and adult-onset asthma, atopic dermatitis, or allergies.

Women perform worse in CPR

Tue, 09 May 2017 06:00:00 PDT

Does it matter whether a man or a woman carries out CPR? Researchers at the University of Basel and University Hospital Basel have shown that female resuscitation teams performed cardiopulmonary...

Could 'curbside consultations' go digital?

Mon, 08 May 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Primary care and specialty doctors are rarely in the same room these days. How can they consult on complex patient care? Find out how technology can help.

Living in a poor area increases the risk of anxiety in women, but not in men

Mon, 08 May 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Women living in the most deprived areas are over 60% more likely to have anxiety as women living in richer areas.

Sugar-sweetened beverages becoming more affordable around the world

Mon, 08 May 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Increasing affordability expected to hamper efforts to address global obesity epidemic.

Antipsychotics: Do they do more harm than good?

Fri, 05 May 2017 00:00:00 PDT

A new study investigates the benefits and side effects of antipsychotic medication for people with schizophrenia and related mental health conditions.

African-American death rate drops 25 percent

Thu, 04 May 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Progress reducing leading causes of death, still more are likely to die at a younger age.

Extending weight loss programme helps people who are overweight keep more weight off, and is cost-effective

Thu, 04 May 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Offering a year-long programme of weight loss classes could prevent an additional 1,786 cases of disease (hypertension, diabetes, heart disease) for every 100,000 people compared to a 12-week...

Why do some of us have a sweet tooth? Study investigates

Wed, 03 May 2017 00:00:00 PDT

A new study finds a link between a hormone secreted by the liver and the preference for consuming sweet foods, drinks, and candy.

Inhibiting key enzyme may prevent midlife weight gain

Tue, 02 May 2017 09:00:00 PDT

New study shows that a certain enzyme plays a key role in midlife weight gain. Scientists inhibited the enzyme and lowered the risk of being overweight.

Medical marijuana laws linked to greater increase in illicit use, disorders

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 09:00:00 PDT

A new study published in JAMA Psychiatry finds that states with medical marijuana laws have seen a higher increase in illicit marijuana use and disorders.

Geophagy: Eating soil could harm babies

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Up to 80% of people in Africa, especially women, regularly eat clayey soil - this habit is known as geophagy.

Good news for cyclists: You might live longer

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Commuting to work on a bicycle reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease and death from all causes. Forget the bus, and get back in the saddle.

Researchers find strong link between fast-food ads and consumption among pre-schoolers

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Pre-school age children who are exposed to child-targeted fast-food advertising on television are considerably more likely to consume fast-food products, according to a recent Dartmouth-led study...

Some strategies to limit sugary drinks may backfire

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PDT

In response to policy efforts aimed at limiting individuals' intake of sugary drinks, businesses could enact various strategies that would allow them to comply with the limits while preserving...

Magnesium may prevent bone fractures

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 09:00:00 PDT

A new study investigates the link between low levels of serum magnesium and the risk of bone fractures in a large-scale, long-term study.

Being either overweight or underweight may increase risk of migraines

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PDT

A new meta-analysis finds a link between body mass index and migraine risk. Weighing either too much or too little may increase the risk of migraines.

CDC assisting investigation of animal material found in packaged salad

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 06:00:00 PDT

Experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are working with the Florida Department of Health and the U.S.