February 19, 2010

Obesity in Part to Blame

1 More Kids Have Chronic Illnesses

Half of all kids have had a chronic illness at some point in their lives, and 25 percent of children have a current chronic illness like obesity, asthma or a learning disability, according to a report in the Journal of the American Medical Association. That's more than twice the number of kids who had a current chronic health problem in 1988 to 1994 (the new numbers are based on the years 2000 to 2006). Researchers say obesity is a big part of that numbers jump, but the statistics also show that change is possible: 70 percent of obese kids later lost enough weight to be removed from that category. They say modern medicine might also be saving kids with problems like cystic fibrosis who might have died in earlier generations.

More at USA Today | Posted 8 years ago by Sarah E. White

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Let a Smile be Your Umbrella

2 Upbeat People Less Likely to Have Heart Disease

Upbeat people, who are often smiling, optimistic and content, are less likely to develop heart disease than their less happy counterparts, according to a new study conducted at Columbia University Medical Center in New York. The study, which appears in the European Heart Journal, is the first to correlate positive emotions and their impact on heart disease. The findings have particular importance to medical experts as well as patients who, by cultivating a positive outlook, might be able to help prevent heart disease. Said lead researcher Dr. Karina Davidson, "We desperately need rigorous clinical trials in this area. If the trials support our findings, then these results will be incredibly important in describing specifically what clinicians and/or patients could do to improve health.”

More at ScienceDaily | Posted 8 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Studies Don't Link Sat Fat, Heart Disease

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What a Headache

3 Those with Chronic Migraines Are Poor & Depressed

Sufferers of chronic migraines are less likely to have full-time jobs, tend to have lower household incomes and are more depressed than those who suffer from episodic migraines, says research published in the Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery and Psychiatry. In addition, people with chronic migraines, characterized as a severe headache for 15 or more days of the month, are twice as likely to have job related disabilities and are much more likely to have other serious health problems such as diabetes and heart disease. The findings are based on long-term research from the American Migraine Prevalence and Prevention study of 24,000 American headache sufferers. The study surveys participants annually on issues ranging from their health to their socioeconomic situations.

More at ScienceDaily | Posted 8 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Migraines Tied to Risk of Heart Attack

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