The Los Angeles Times “Science Now” blog reported that “at some fast-food chains, calorie counts have gone down over 18 years; at others, they’ve gone up,” according to research published in the CDC’s journal Preventing Chronic Disease.
A survey from Consumer Reports of 27 weight-loss “supplements that had been recalled by the FDA, but were still on the market,” revealed that one-third of users “didn’t lose any weight.”
US News & World Report reports that despite the known dangers of pure powdered caffeine, the FDA is unable to regulate the substance because it is “marketed as a supplement – a group of products that does not need” the agency’s “approval to be sold.”
TIME reports that a study published in the CDC’s journal Preventing Chronic Disease reveals “some interesting connections between sugar-sweetened beverage consumption and a slew of health problems.”
The Wall Street Journal reports that according to recent studies, infants at the top of weight charts face an increased risk for metabolic syndrome, cardiovascular problems, and obesity later on.
The Wall Street Journal reports that according to a small study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, reading a real book printed on paper may be much less disruptive of sleep than reading from a tablet computer or e-book reader.
WFAA-TV Dallas reports that interest in a type of medical practice known as “concierge medicine” that no long accepts health insurance is growing.
The New York Times “Well” blog reported that according to a study published in PLoS One, “a single minute of intense exercise, embedded within an otherwise easy 10-minute workout, can improve fitness and health.”
The Huffington Post reports that according to a study published in the journal Obesity, “men who completed 20 minutes of weight training a day saw a smaller increase in belly fat than men who spent the same amount of time sweating it out in a cardio workout.”
The Los Angeles Times “Science Now” blog asked, “What do real-world doctors have to say about the advice dispensed on ‘The Dr. Oz Show?’” According to their research, published in the British Medical Journal, “less than one-third of it can be backed up by even modest medical evidence.”
The New York Times reports in its “New Old Age” blog on treatments associated with age-related macular degeneration, “the leading cause of severe vision impairment and blindness in older Americans.”
The Wall Street Journal reports that the FDA has warned consumers about the dangers of using pure caffeine powder, following the deaths of two young men who were linked to the substance.
The AP reports on the fact that the FDA’s new calorie labeling rules include a requirement for chain restaurants “to list the amount of calories in alcoholic drinks” because “people often don’t know – or even think about – how many calories they are imbibing.”
USA Today reports that a study by CDC researchers published in JAMA Internal Medicine indicates that “an estimated 1,957 indoor tanners landed in U.S.” emergency departments (EDs).
The 2014 Monitoring the Future study found that electronic cigarettes have now surpassed regular cigarettes in use by teenagers.
The Washington Post reported on a CDC report that found “more than 16 million children age 17 and under live in the District of Columbia and 10 states that allow them to buy e-cigarettes legally.”
The Atlantic reports that an FDA statement “issued the latest of a long line of alerts against non-medical ultrasounds and heartbeat monitors” amid a growing fad of expectant parents “shelling out hundreds of dollars for photos or videos of their developing (unborn baby).”
Medscape reports on a study published in Open Heart finding that “sugar, not salt, appears to contribute to the majority of the hypertension risk associated with processed food.”
The Huffington Post reports that California is facing the “worst whooping cough epidemic to hit the state in seven decades.”
HealthDay reports that just “39.7 percent of adults and 42 percent of children had received their flu shots, according to a telephone survey conducted by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,” figures “comparable with vaccination rates last year at this time, the CDC reported.”
The Washington Times reports that Senate Republicans voted “to abide by Obamacare by requiring all their staffers to sign up for insurance on the health care exchanges, a move designed to take the moral high ground when the GOP takes control of the chamber next year and moves to repeal the health care law altogether.”
USA Today reports on the annual America’s Health Rankings, which found that “Americans got fatter last year and were more slothful too” which was a return to a “steady increase in obesity” found over the state rankings’ 25 year history, from “encouraging improvement in last year’s report.”
Fox News reports that an American Cancer Society-sponsored study, published in the Annals of Epidemiology, found that “cigarettes continue to cause about three in 10 cancer deaths in the United States.” The data come from the National Health Interview Survey and “epidemiologic studies.”
Two days ago, I began a Christmas story that came from my book Bryson City Seasons (Part 1 can be found here and Part 2 here). This is the finale. I hope it’s been a Christmas blessing. And I pray you and yours have a Christ-centered, warm-memory-creating, family-filled Christmas and a Blessed New Year.
A new study in the British Medical Journal has made official something many have argued for a long time: the advice Dr. Oz and The Doctors give on their television shows is not only wrong more times than not, it may even be dangerous to follow.
On the front of its Personal Journal section, the Wall Street Journal reports in “The Informed Patient” that an increasing number of US physicians are writing prescriptions for exercise as part of patient treatment plans.
On its “Morning Edition” program and in its “Shots” blog, NPR reported that “according to a poll conducted by the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health, 81 percent of parents say they believe all children in day care should be required to be up to date on vaccines.”
MedPage Today reports that a study of 75 men with erectile dysfunction based on self-reporting and cardiac ultrasound suggests that men whose diets are least like the Mediterranean diet “showed significantly more impaired ventricular and vascular structure and performance.”
The CDC announced that the strain of influenza virus chosen as the basis of this year’s vaccine does not match the common strains of flu virus now circulating. However, the CDC is also warning us about the severity of the upcoming flu season.
The Los Angeles Times “Science Now” blog reports that according to a report from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), approximately “one in 13 (about 8% of) Americans was suffering from depression at some point between 2009 and 2012, yet only 35% of people with severe depression and 20% of those with […]