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Escape from Poverty Helps Explain Diabetes Epidemic in the American South

Posted by dlife on Tue, Aug 06, 13, 10:50 AM 0 Comment

August 5, 2013 (Newswise) — The strikingly high prevalence of Type 2 diabetes in the American South can be partially traced to rapid economic growth between 1950 and 1980, new research suggests.

The study tests the "thrifty phenotype" hypothesis, which suggests that if economic conditions present during fetal development improve dramatically during a person's childhood, the prospects of poor health in adulthood increase.

According to the hypothesis, children whose parents endured being poor were unprepared biolog

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Maintaining Weight Loss As Important As Losing It for Older Women

Posted by dlife on Mon, Jan 21, 13, 04:52 PM 0 Comment

December 10, 2012 (Newswise) — When you're postmenopausal and overweight, losing weight is a good thing, but gaining back just a few pounds may actually be detrimental to your cardiovascular health.

New research from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center found that gaining weight back after intentional weight loss is associated with negative long-term effects on some card

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Drug Helps Women Who Stop Smoking Keep Off Weight

Posted by dlife on Mon, Jan 21, 13, 04:49 PM 0 Comment

December 10, 2012 (Newswise) — A medication being tested to help smokers kick the habit also may help avoid the weight gain that is common after quitting but only in women, according to a study published in the December issue of Biological Psychiatry. This is the first medication shown to reduce weight gain for up to one year in women smokers who quit.

Naltrexone — an opioi

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Diabetes Prevention Program Interventions Lead To Reduced BMI over Usual Care

Posted by dlife on Mon, Jan 21, 13, 04:36 PM 0 Comment

December 10, 2012 (JAMA) — Two adapted diabetes lifestyle interventions resulted in weight loss, as well as improvements in waist circumference and fasting plasma glucose level, for overweight or obese adults compared with usual care over a 15-month period, according to a report of a randomized trial published Online First by Archives of Internal Medicine, a JAMA Network publication.

An estimated 69 percent of U.S. adults

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Physical Education Requirement at Four-Year Universities at All-Time Low

Posted by dlife on Mon, Jan 21, 13, 04:12 PM 0 Comment

January 9, 2013 (Newswise) — Even as policy makers and health experts point to an increased need for exercise, more than half of four-year colleges and universities in the United States have dropped physical education requirements compared to historic levels.

Almost every U.S. college student was required to take physical education and exercise requirements in the 1920

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