September 11, 2013

Change Lifestyle, Live Longer

1 CDC: 200K Preventable US Deaths Per Year

According to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released last week, the number of U.S. deaths per 100,000 population due to cardiovascular diseases has fallen by 29 percent since 2001, but heart disease and stroke remain the most common causes of death, accounting for one-third of all deaths nationwide. The CDC report also estimates that as many as one-fourth of those cardiovascular-linked deaths, or roughly 200,000 per year, could be prevented simply through basic lifestyle changes, such as quitting smoking, getting more exercise, maintaining a moderate weight and a healthy diet, consuming less salt, and reducing high cholesterol and blood pressure counts. The rate of cardiovascular deaths in America remains greater for males, and highest in the South.

More at Sacandco.net | Posted 4 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Tags: Cardiovascular Deaths, Cardiovascular Disease, Causes of Heart Disease, Causes of Stroke, Preventable Deaths, CDC Report, Lifestyle and Longevity

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Will It Reduce Abuse?

2 FDA Announces New Labeling Rules for Opioids

The FDA announced labeling changes for opioid painkillers including OcyContin in an effort to reduce their misuse and abuse that result in thousands of deaths each year. For years, physicians prescribed opioids only to patients in acute pain but, in the past decade, they’ve been prescribed much more frequently for everything from arthritis to backaches. With that increase came a rise in the illicit use of opioids and in the number of people who became addicted to the drugs. The new labels will state that the drugs are intended for the management of pain “severe enough to require daily, around the clock, long term opioid treatment and for which alternative treatments are inadequate.” Current labeling recommends use of opioids for patients with “moderate to severe” pain.

More at WashingtonPost.com | Posted 4 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Most Americans Are on Prescription Drugs

Tags: Food and Drug Administration, Opioids, Oxycontin, Prescription Drug Abuse, Opioid Labeling, Oxydodone, Prescription Painkillers

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Big Meal for Two or More

3 McDonald's Introduces the Blitz Box

McDonald's wants to make it easier for you to order a whole bunch of food with the Blitz Box. The fast-food chain is trying out the boxed meal concept in Kansas City, Mo. The Blitz Box is intended to feed two or more people. It contains 10 Chicken McNuggets, two Quarter Pounders with cheese and two medium fries. It comes in at 2,940 calories, and will set you back $14.99. The Blitz Box promotion is expected to run through the end of the football season, but Time points out that McDonald's has been exploring the "large-scale approach" on an international level since 2010.

More at Time | Posted 4 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Olympian Says Athletes Really Do Eat McDonald's

Tags: McDonald's Blitz Box, Boxed Meal, McDonald's Boxed Lunches, Fast Food Trends

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Healthy Diet May Help

4 Obesity and Occasional Migraines Linked

Occasional migraines are associated with obesity, say researchers from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. The research revealed that people who experience occasional migraines are more likely to be obese than those who don't suffer from migraines. The study, published in Neurology, revealed that obese people were 81 percent more likely to experience episodic or occasional migraines (of any frequency) compared to normal weight people. "These results suggest that doctors should promote healthy lifestyle choices for diet and exercise in people with episodic migraine," said study author B. Lee Peterlin, DO. Researchers also found that the link between obesity and episodic migraine is stronger for those under 50 years old.

More at EurekAlert | Posted 4 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Those with Chronic Migraines Are Poor and Depressed

Tags: American Academy of Neurology, Obesity Associated Migraines, Occasional Migraines, Neurology Journal, Episodic Migraine, Migraines Related Weight, Risks Migraines

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