Physical Health

Most Overweight Kids Don’t See a Problem

A new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) finds that 81 percent of overweight boys and 71 percent of overweight girls think their weight is OK — a feeling shared by half of obese boys and one-third of obese girls. Fox News reported July 23 that researchers asked children ages […]

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Parental Attitudes May Hamper Fight Against Obesity

Even parents of children enrolled in a hospital-based obesity clinic tend to view their kids as healthy, according to a study from the University of California at San Diego’s School of Medicine. CBS News reported July 23 that almost a third of parents of obesity clinic patients ages 5-20 characterized their children’s health as excellent […]

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Study Finds No Change in Child Obesity Rate

The childhood obesity problem in the U.S. isn’t getting better — but it’s not getting worse, either. HealthDay News reported July 21 that 18 percent of Americans ages 2-18 were obese (based on waist measurements) in 2012 — a figure that has remained relatively unchanged since 2003. When height and weight are considered, the obesity […]

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Cooking Spray Ingredients a Concern

Cooking sprays are often seen as a healthy way to grease a pan without using too much oil, but the trade-off comes in the form of some troublesome ingredients, Fox News reported July 20. These include: Dimethylpolysiloxane: a type of silicone added to prevent oil from foaming. Diacetyl: chemical sometimes used in butter flavoring; inhalation […]

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Powdered Caffeine Can Be Deadly

An 18-year-old in Ohio recently died after consuming powdered caffeine, a teaspoon of which contains as much of the stimulant as you’d get by drinking 25 cups of coffee. NBC News reported July 18 that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning against use of powdered caffeine, which is sold as […]

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States Sue Over ‘Five Hour Energy’ Claims

Five Hour Energy claims to provide “hours of energy, no crash later,” but officials in several states charge that the claim is deceptive and misleading, Today reported July 18. The attorneys general of Oregon, Washington and Vermont filed the suit, and other states are expected to join. “Plainly and simply, in Oregon you cannot promote […]

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Energy Drink and Alcohol Combo May Increase Desire to Drink More

Before you order another vodka and Red Bull, keep this study in mind: researchers say that mixing alcohol and energy drinks appears to make you want to drink more, the Toronto Star reported July 18. Australian researchers said the combination of alcohol and energy drinks increased the desire to drink more than alcohol alone or […]

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Sleeping in a Colder Bedroom Could Have Health Benefits

Men who slept in a room chilled to 66 degrees improved their insulin sensitivity as well as stores of “brown fat,” which plays a role in metabolic health, the New York Times reported July 17. Researchers drew their conclusions from a comparison among test subjects who slept in rooms with temperatures set to 66, 75, […]

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Niacin Too Dangerous to Use as Heart Medicine: Study

Recent research has not found any heart-health benefits to taking niacin (vitamin B3), which can increase levels of “good” HDL cholesterol, and a new study advises against prescribing the drug to prevent heart disease. LiveScience reported July 17 that the health risks of taking high doses of niacin –¬†¬†including liver problems, infections, and internal bleeding […]

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Bed Sharing Linked to Majority of Sleep Related Deaths

Sharing a bed with your young children could be deadly, a new study suggests. Parents and children alike enjoy the comfort of sleeping together, but Today reported July 14 that 74 percent of sleep-related deaths among infants under 4 months old occurred in a bed-sharing situation, as did 59 percent of sleep-related deaths among children […]

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