Nutrition and Lifestyle

Lifestyle intervention may prevent excessive weight gain in pregnant, obese women

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According to the Institute of Medicine guidelines published in 2009, obese women – those women with a BMI of 30 or greater – should gain no more than five to nine kilograms (about 10-20 lbs) when pregnant. A new study, published in the journal Obesity, found that obese women who were part of a weight management Continue reading

Bariatric surgery does more than reduce body weight

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Dr. Leslee Subak reported on yet another benefit of weight loss via bariatric surgery — amelioration of urinary incontinence in severely obese women. Continue reading

The importance of child’s play for developing life skills

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In today’s issue of the Wall Street Journal, ACSH friend Lenore Skenazy and co-author Peter Gray discuss the educational importance of child’s play—and why missing out on playtime can hinder the development of valuable life skills. Continue reading

Later school start times may benefit teenagers

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The new school year is quickly approaching and with it comes early start times for high school students, as well as late bedtimes. But these early start times may not be ideal for these teens. According to Dr. Maida Continue reading

Don’t believe what you read about dietary supplements treating concussions

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Concussions are a major concern among athletes and it is imperative that individuals receive appropriate medical attention in the event of a Continue reading

Health News Update: August 25, 2014

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The latest health news: India and China take many steps backward in GMO advancements, E-cig company fights back, and why eating or skipping breakfast may not affect your weight Continue reading

A doubleheader of GMO stupidity—From the two most populous countries in the world.

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Two recent stories may have rendered the old saw, “one step forward, two steps backwards” obsolete. And not by a little.

In fact, it would not be incorrect to adjust the numbers a bit. Such as: “one step forward, two-and-a-half billion steps back,” because this is the combined population of China and India—two of the places where significantly more food will be required to feed their rapidly-growing countries. Together, they comprise 36 percent of the earth’s population. Continue reading

Does breakfast really play an important role in weight loss?

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Breakfast is often referred to as the most important meal of the day, with proponents of this meal arguing that consuming a “healthy breakfast” (whatever that means) is an important component of a sound weight-loss Continue reading

Exercise reduces AFib risk in older and obese women

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Atrial fibrillation (an irregular and often rapid heart rate resulting in poor blood flow) is the most common abnormal heart rhythm. According to the American Heart Association, AFib can lead to blood clots, stroke, heart failure, and other heart complications. Currently, an estimated 2.7 million Americans are affected by AFib. AFib can affect anyone, but typically people Continue reading

Rejection of vitamin K for newborns puts babies at risk—for no reason

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It’s hard to believe, but some parents are refusing to let their newborn babies receive injections of vitamin K, according to the CDC — a practice that the American Academy of Pediatrics has recommended for over 50 years. Continue reading


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