August 22, 2012

Prescription: Hit the Gym

1 Exercise As Medicine

Studies show that a lack of exercise may lead to obesity, diabetes, heart disease, bone and muscle atrophy, high blood pressure and postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS), in which the heart races when standing or during certain levels of exertion. Mayo Clinic physiologist Dr. Michael Joyner, says that a sedentary lifestyle should be considered a medical condition with exercise as the prescribed treatment. If inactivity were medicalized, he argues, we could recommend lifelong treatments that focus on behavioral modifications and physical activity. Too often, medication is prescribed, he says. Researchers found that 3 months of exercise can reverse or improve POTS symptoms, indicating that physicians should consider prescribing monitored exercise before they prescribe medication.

More at Eurekalert.org | Posted 5 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: More ExercIse Is Best During Cancer Treatment

Tags: Diabetes, Exercise, Heart Disease, Joint Pain, Mayo Clinic, Obesity, Exercise As Medicine, Michael Joyner, POTS, Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome, Muscle Atrophy

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Children at Risk

2 Eating Disorders in Children on Rise

Eating disorders in children, once a rarity, are on the rise, finds a study by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. The study showed that hospitalizations for eating disorders in children under 12 increased 119% from 1999 to 2006. Current statistics are unavailable but health experts say the problem continues. Dina Zeckhausen, founder, Eating Disorder Information Network, says that at risk children share some personality traits including perfectionism, obsessive-compulsive tendencies and high anxiety, which may be exacerbated by our nation’s emphasis on obesity. Early recognition and intervention are key to effective treatment. Besides weight loss, parents should be concerned if their child suddenly reduces portion size, avoids fat calories or eliminates foods they once enjoyed.

More at CNN.com | Posted 5 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Stress of College Can Trigger Eating Disorders

Tags: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Anorexia Nervosa in Kids under 12, Eating Disorders, Obesity, Eating Disorders in Children, Dina Zeckhausen, Eating Disorder Information Network

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Pills Linked to Bleeding, Death

3 FDA Warns Against Taking Reumofan

Reumofan Plus and Reumofan Plus Premium dietary supplements contain potentially harmful active pharmaceutical ingredients that aren't listed on the product label, warns the FDA. The supplements are marketed for treating bone cancer, arthritis, osteoporosis, muscle pain and other conditions. Since the FDA first warned about Reumofan Plus on June 1 of this year, they've received dozens of additional reports of adverse effects from taking the supplements, including stroke and death. Other potential adverse effect include severe bleeding, liver injury, weight gain, swelling, leg cramps, sudden worsening of glucose control, adrenal suppression and withdrawal syndrome. The products are produced by Riger Naturals in Mexico, and sold in the U.S. at retail outlets, online and flea markets.

More at FDA | Posted 5 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Daily Ginger Intake Eases Exercise Muscle Pain

Tags: Weight Gain, Reumofan Plus Warning, Reumofan Plus Premium Warning, Dangerous Dietary Supplements, FDA Warning Reumofan, Liver Injury, Severe Bleeding, Sudden Worsening of Glucose, Swelling, Leg Cramp, Reumofan Side Effects

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Cattle Enjoying Sweet Feed

4 Cows Are Eating Candy Instead of Corn

Consumers don't have to worry over grass-fed or corn-fed beef, because now there's another option: candy-fed beef! WPRI News reports that one struggling rancher has shunned expensive corn in favor of feed that consists of discounted second-hand candy, mixed with an ethanol by-product and a mineral nutrient. WPRI interviewed Mayfield's United Livestock Commodities owner Joseph Watson who said that the price to feed corn to his 1,400 cattle became too expensive, thanks to the drought. Watson says his cows are gaining weight normally and not experiencing health problems due to the sweet feed. Oh, and the candy folks are happy to have a place to dump their stuff that's not fit for store shelves!

More at WPRI | Hat tip to Grist | Posted 5 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Genetically Modified Cows Producing Human Milk

Tags: Corn Prices, Cows Fed Candy, Cow Food, Drought Affecting Food Prices, Mayfield's United Livestock Commodities, Joseph Watson

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