September 7, 2010

Teach Good Habits Early

1 Obese Kids and Vending Foods Linked

Children who consume food and beverages from vending machines are more likely to have poor eating habits that may lead to obesity and chronic health problems, found researchers from the U of Michigan Medical School. "The foods that children are exposed to early on in life influence the pattern for their eating habits as adults," says lead study author Madhuri Kakarala, M.D., Ph.D. Previous studies assessed the nutritional value of school lunches, but this is the first study to look at foods sold in vending machines. Eighty-eight percent of US high schools have vending machines. Soft drinks, fried snacks and desserts are the most commonly vended items. Study authors recommend the restriction of unhealthy vending machine foods in schools, as well as nutrition education in the lunchroom.

More at Eurekalert.org | Posted 7 years ago by Melody Lesser

Tags: Childhood Obesity, Obesity, School Lunches, Soft Drinks, Vending Machines, University of Michigan Medical School, Madhuri Kakarala

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Timely Care Cited As Main ReAson

2 More Treated in ERs than by Primary Care Docs

Of the 354 million healthcare visits made yearly in the US, only 45 percent were to primary care doctors, finds a new Emory U study. Emergency rooms, specialists or outpatient care departments are increasingly the first stops for patients, especially those with new health problems or flare ups of chronic conditions. The research, conducted from 2001 to 2004, indicates that while fewer than five percent of the nation’s doctors are ER-trained, they now handle about 28 percent of all acute care visits. Researchers blame the way patients seek healthcare on the fact that today’s primary care doctors pack their schedules with patient visits and often don’t provide personal time and attention. The issue of “same-day scheduling” is another reason patients often seek ER doctors.

More at Eurekalert.org | Posted 7 years ago by Melody Lesser

Tags: Emergency Room Doctors, Primary Care Physician, Emory University School of Medicine, Outpatient Care Departments, Emergency Room Visits, Emory U

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Exposure Lasts Three Hours

3 BPA Exposure from Dental Sealants

Kids may be exposed to small amounts of bisphenol-A (BPA) from dental sealants, say researchers. CNN reports that tens of millions of U.S. children are exposed to the toxic chemical and endocrine disruptor called BPA when they receive dental sealants. The study, published in Pediatrics, claims that the sealants, which are recommended to prevent tooth and gum decay, have derivatives of BPA that metabolize with saliva to form actual BPA. The BPA exposure lasts for up to three hours after the dental sealant is applied. The lead author of the paper, Dr. Abby Fleisch of Children’s Hospital in Boston, indicates it's unclear how much BPA kids typically absorb from the dental sealants. Overall, the researchers believe that the benefits of the sealants outweigh the risks.

More at CNN | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: BPA on Register Receipts

Tags: BPA Exposure at Dentist, Dangers of BPA for Kids, Dental Sealant Problems

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Don't Fortify Soda!

4 FDA Warns Against Misleading Green Tea Claims

Lipton Green Tea and Canada Dry Sparkling Green Tea Ginger Ale producers have been warned to stop making unsubstantiated nutritional claims about their green tea beverages, reports MSNBC. The FDA objects to Unilever's website for Lipton Green Tea, which includes four studies about the cholesterol-lowering effect of tea. Regulators believe that including the studies on the website may make consumers believe Lipton tea treats or prevents disease. They also warned the Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, makers of Canada Dry, that they don't consider it appropriate to "fortify snack foods" like soda with vitamins. The green tea ginger ale doesn't meet federal requirements for making the claim that it's "enhanced with 200 mg of antioxidants from green tea and vitamin C."

More at MSNBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Green Tea Product Claims, Lipton Tea Health Claims, FDA Warns Beverage Makers, Canada Dry Ginger Ale with Vitamins, Lipton Green Tea, Canada Dry Sparkling Green Tea Ginger Ale, Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, Antioxidants from Green Tea, FDA, Soda

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Got Milk?

5 Vitamin D Deficiency Linked to Schizophrenia

Babies born with low vitamin D levels are twice as likely to develop schizophrenia later in life, according to new research conducted at the Queensland Brain Institute. Lead author John McGrath says there have been suggestions for some time that there may be a link between sunlight, vitamin D, and brain development. He says that schizophrenia does appear to be more prevalent in areas further away from the equator where there is less sunlight, such as in Denmark where the study was based. Although the research does not imply cause and effect, having optimal vitamin D status is also important for the prevention of other childhood conditions, such as rickets. As too much sun exposure is not recommended due to the risk of skin cancer, dietary supplements are recommended.

More at Discovery News | Posted 7 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Vitamin D Deficiency Widespread

Tags: Mental Illness, Schizophrenia, Vitamin D, Vitamin D Deficiency, Babies, Brain Development, Infants, Queensland Brain Institute, Dairy, Sunlight, John McGrath, Rickets

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Fewer C-Sections Too

6 Gastric Bypass Lowers Risk of Pregnancy Diabetes

Obese women who have bariatric surgery before pregnancy are three times less likely to develop gestational diabetes (GDM) than women who had the operation after delivery. Delivery after bariatric procedures also reduced the risk of having cesarean section. The recent study findings are published in the August issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons. According to the background information, gestational diabetes affects at least seven percent of all pregnancies in the US. Obesity increases the risk and about 33 percent of American women over 19 years old have a BMI over 30, the definition of obesity. Having a bariatric surgical procedure, such as gastric bypass, has also been shown to reduce other obesity-related pregnancy risks such as hypertension and pre-eclampsia.

More at EurekAlert | Posted 7 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Weight Loss Surgery Reduces Pregnancy Disorders

Tags: Bariatric Surgery, C-Section, Diabetes, Gestational Diabetes, Pregnancy, Hypertension, Journal of the American College of Surgeons, Obesity, Gastric Bypass Surgery, Obese Pregnancy, Pre-Eclampsia

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When Weight Loss Harms

7 Weight Loss Increases Pollutant Levels in Blood

As much as being overweight is been linked to chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes, hypertension and coronary disease, losing weight over the long run may contribute to the same diseases. Researchers analyzed the blood of 1,099 people in the United States and found that people who lost the most weight over 10 years had higher levels of a group of compounds called persistent organic pollutants (POPs) compared to those who gained weight or remained stable and have been linked to the same chronic diseases. When fat breaks down, these compounds enter the blood stream and reach tissues and organs. Other factors were considered, but weight was the one that explained the concentration levels. More studies will need to be performed to confirm these results.

More at Yahoo! Reuters | Posted 7 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Water Before Meal Helps with Weight Loss

Tags: Losing Weight, Weight Loss over the Long Term, Persistent Organic Compounds, POPs, Blood, Diabetes, Hypertension, Obesity, Weight Loss, Chronic Diseases, Persistent Organic Pollutants, Coronary Disease

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