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12 weight-loss questions

Weight LossAug 19 05

Your personal trainer subsists on whey shakes, your sister’s sworn off dairy, and a book you picked up recommends watercress soup for Weight Loss. Is it any wonder you’re stymied about what to eat come mealtime? To ease the confusion, we rounded up top nutrition and weight-loss experts to answer the most burning questions.

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FDA won’t ban diet drug Meridia

Drug NewsAug 19 05

The government won’t ban the prescription diet drug Meridia but, faced with reports of deaths, says it will closely monitor a European study designed to better assess the pill’s heart risks.

The consumer group Public Citizen had petitioned the Food and Drug Administration for a ban, citing Meridia users who died of heart problems as young as their 20s and 30s. Even before Meridia was approved for sale, the FDA knew it could increase users’ blood pressure, the group contended.

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Obesity-related diabetes rising in US kids

Children's HealthAug 19 05

A tidal wave of “diabesity”, a new term coined to reflect a form of Diabetes Mellitus brought on by Obesity, is sweeping through American children, said a pediatrician who has published a new book on the affliction.

Francine Kaufman, an endocrinologist at Children’s Hospital here, compared the rise in Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus among overweight children to a tsunami starting in the mid-1990s.

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Magnetic stimulation may improve stroke recovery

NeurologyAug 19 05

The results of a small preliminary trial suggest that a type of magnetic stimulation of the brain—- repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS)—may produce short-term improvements after Stroke.

With rTMS, the head is placed close to intermittent magnetic fields. No anesthesia is required and the procedure is performed on an outpatient basis. Patients may complain of headaches during rTMS, depending on the strength of the field used.

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Obesity And Expanding Waistlines the next Epidemic in USA

ObesityAug 19 05

Obesity is defined as 30 or more pounds above ideal body weight. Obesity is slowly becoming a global problem and more so in developed countries. According to a recent report the number of obese adults in the U.S. is currently about 31 percent. In 1980 it was 23% and 15 percent in 1970.

Obesity not only causes problems with heart but also many other diseases like Arthritis, Diabetes Mellitus, impotency etc.

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Indoor air pollution heightens lung cancer risk

Lung CancerAug 19 05

While uncommon in developed nations, heating and cooking indoors with solid fuels contributes to an increased risk of developing Lung Cancer, according to the results of a multicenter study.

“High levels of indoor air pollution, which however are unlikely to occur today in industrialized countries, may contribute to Lung Cancer risk,” Dr. Jolanta Lissowska told Reuters Health. “This effect, however, is small compared to that of tobacco smoking.”

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China’s exorbitant health care fees spark suicides

Psychiatry / PsychologyAug 19 05

A Chinese security guard hailed as a hero for fighting off a purse snatcher jumped to his death from a 19th-storey hospital window because he couldn’t afford treatment, epitomizing the failure of China’s health care reforms.

The suicide, reported by state media, was not an isolated case. A 42-year-old farmer too poor to afford treatment for Lung Cancer set off a home-made bomb aboard a bus in Fuzhou, capital of the southeastern province of Fujian, on August 8 in a suicide attack that killed another passenger and wounded 30.

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Hormone linked to sugar control in diabetics

DiabetesAug 19 05

High blood levels of a hormone called adiponectin are associated with improved sugar control in women with Diabetes Mellitus, new research shows.

In addition, high adiponectin levels are associated with high levels of HDL “good” cholesterol and with reduced inflammation. Taken together, these effects could help reduce the risk of Heart Disease and Stroke.

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Russia to shoot migrating birds to fight bird flu

FluAug 19 05

Some Russian regions have opened the hunting season early in an attempt to stop the spread of a deadly outbreak of bird flu, media reported on Thursday.

In the regions of Irkutsk, in eastern Siberia, and Penza, in European Russia, local officials decided to open the hunting season for birds early, even though there have been no cases of bird flu in those regions, Itar-Tass news agency reported.

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US heroin users exposed to dangerous additive

Tobacco & MarijuanaAug 19 05

A drug that promotes lean muscle growth in cattle may be turning up in heroin on the U.S. East Coast, sickening users and stoking fears of a wave of such poisonings, U.S. health officials said on Thursday.

Traces of clenbuterol were found in the urine of eight reported heroin users who became ill in New York and Connecticut in the first three months of 2005, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a weekly health report.

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Studies find racial differences in US health care

Public HealthAug 19 05

Racial disparities still exist in U.S. medical care despite years of attempts to reduce them, with black women typically being the least likely to get the care they need, research published on Wednesday shows.

“For most of the areas studied, disparities between white patients and black patients have not substantially improved during the past decade or so,” said Nicole Lurie in an editorial in The New England Journal of Medicine, where the findings appear.

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Losing Weight After Pregnancy

PregnancyAug 19 05

You could be lucky. I was - just once. When my middle daughter was born I actually weighed 10 pounds less than I had when I’d conceived her. That’s not something you can count on, though, and I can tell you that from experience as well. Most women start their lives as a new mom with an extra 8 to 15 pounds that they didn’t have pre-baby.
There’s a very good reason for that. God designed our bodies with nurture in mind. Part of that weight that you put on during Pregnancy was meant to nurture your baby AFTER birth. While your body requires an extra 300 calories a day to keep up with the nutritional demands of your baby during Pregnancy, a Breastfeeding mother requires at least 500 extra calories a day to produce enough milk and remain healthy.

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Shopping and Lifestyle Tips for Healthy Weight Loss

Weight LossAug 19 05

Don’t you wish there was an easy-to-follow practical primer to tell you all the things you should and shouldn’t do to help you lose weight? I’m not talking about food choices here - there are dozens of eating plans available. I’m referring to a simple list of do’s and don’ts that you can follow in your everyday life to make it easier to stick to your diet. Here are ten tips that I’ve found work wonders to help avoid temptation and keep me on track.

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What Women Should Know About Smoking and Bladder Cancer

CancerAug 19 05

Many women concerned about their health are surprisingly unaware of their risk for Bladder Cancer. Yet, the number of women who have had Bladder Cancer is similar to that of ovarian and cervical cancers. Sadly, women have a higher death rate from Bladder Cancer than men because women more often are diagnosed at an advanced stage in the disease, when treatment is more complicated, invasive and expensive, making the prognosis worse.

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Antibiotics-to-go may increase STD treatment

Sexual HealthAug 19 05

Take-home antibiotics may be an effective way to ensure that the partners of men with certain Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) get treatment, a new study suggests.

Researchers found that giving male STD patients a dose of antibiotics to bring to their partners appeared more effective than the traditional method for getting at-risk partners treated.

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