March 4, 2012

Encouragement & Accountability

1 Weight Loss Is Contagious, Say Researchers

Participants in the 2009 Shape Up Rhode Island weight loss campaign tended to lose more weight if their team members also lost significant weight. The social influence of successful team members helped increase weight loss by 20 percent, according to researchers from Brown University. Shape Up America is a not-for-profit organization founded by former U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop that among other activities organizes mass weight loss events, and the Rhode Island event involved 5,000 participants. Lead author Tricia Leahey pointed out that previous studies had shown a clustering of obesity within social networks, and that her team was interested in looking into whether weight loss success also was influenced by social networks.

More at Obesity | Hat tip to The Atlantic | Posted 6 years ago by Mark

Previously: A Healthy Lifestyle Is Contagious

Tags: Brown University, Weight Loss Is Contagious, Obesity Is Contagious, Tricia Leahey, Shape Up America, Shape Up Rhode Island

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Do the Right Thing

2 Live Well Now to Affect Heart Health Later

Healthy lifestyle choices made in young adulthood benefit heart health in middle age, says a new Northwestern Medicine study. In the 1st year of the study, with 24 as the average age of participants, almost half had a low cardiovascular disease risk profile. Twenty years later, 1/4 of participants had a low cv disease risk. Researchers say 60% of those who followed 5 healthy lifestyle factors - maintaining a lean BMI, healthy diet, regular exercise, non-smoker and only moderate alcohol intake - had a low cv disease risk in middle age, despite family history, compared with 5% of participants who followed none of the factors. If young people adopt and maintain healthy lifestyles, they will be heart healthy and have a better quality of life overall, say researchers.

More at Eurekalert.org | Posted 6 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Routine Periodic Fasting Good for Heart Health

Tags: Cardiovascular Health, Healthy Lifestyle Habits, Heart Health, Northwestern Medicine, Healthy Lifestyle Choices, Physical Activity and Heart Health

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A Bitter Pill to Chew

3 CVS Dispensed Breast Cancer Drug to Kids

A CVS pharmacy in New Jersey mistakenly dispensed the breast cancer drug Tamoxifen instead of chewable fluoride pills to about 50 kids. The families involved have been contacted. According to CVS Caremark officials, only a few kids ingested the breast cancer pills, which are unlikely to cause serious adverse effects when used for a short time. The mistake occurred between December 1 and February 20, reports MSNBC. The fluoride pills and the breast cancer drug have similar appearances, but different tastes. Kids who tried to chew Tamoxifen, which blocks estrogen, would have noticed it tasted bad. The pharmacy has been ordered by the state attorney general's office to provide information about the mixup and appear before officials to answer questions under oath on Friday.

More at MSNBC | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Breast Cancer Drug Linked to Diabetes

Tags: Tamoxifen Risk, Tamoxifen Mixup CVS, Tamoxifen Dispensed Kids, CVS Dispenses Wrong Drug, Fluoride Pill Mixup CVS

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Last Trimester Exposure Critical

4 In Utero Exposure to Smoke Linked to Eczema

A new study involving over 1400 2 to 18 month old infants found that those whose moms were exposed to tobacco smoke in the third trimester had higher eczema rates. The mothers’ exposure in the first trimester did not increase the risk and in babies exposed from birth to six months and beyond. The results have led researchers to conclude that in utero exposure to smoke in the third trimester affects how the immune system develops in a way that promotes the development of eczema which manifests as dry, itchy skin. Researchers want to stress that this unpublished study that will be presented at the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology in Orlando, Florida demonstrates a link between tobacco smoke exposure during the third trimester and eczema, not a cause and effect relationship.

More at Yahoo! HealthDay | Posted 6 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Daycare Before 2 Years Linked to Developing Eczema

Tags: Asthma and Immunology, Cigarettes, Eczema, Healthy Pregnancy, Smoking During Pregnancy, Tobacco Smoke, Skin Problems, The American Academy of Allergy

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