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Highlights from the August issue of Mayo Clinic Health Letter

Highlights from the August issue of Mayo Clinic Health Letter

Here are highlights from the August issue of Mayo Clinic Health Letter. You may cite this publication as often as you wish. Reprinting is allowed for a fee. Mayo Clinic Health Letter attribution is required. [More]
Study: Low birth weight may put African American women at higher risk for type 2 diabetes

Study: Low birth weight may put African American women at higher risk for type 2 diabetes

African American women born at a low or very low birth weight may be at a higher risk for developing type 2 diabetes. The findings, which appear in Diabetes Care, may explain in part the higher occurrence of type 2 diabetes in African American populations, which has a high prevalence of low birth weight. [More]
Losing weight: A big money-saver for individuals with Type 2 diabetes

Losing weight: A big money-saver for individuals with Type 2 diabetes

Overweight individuals with diabetes who lose weight by dieting and increasing their physical activity can reduce their health care costs by an average of more than $500 per year, according to a new study. [More]
Highmark Foundation grants $311,950 to support healthy programs in Western Pennsylvania schools

Highmark Foundation grants $311,950 to support healthy programs in Western Pennsylvania schools

The Highmark Foundation has awarded schools in Western Pennsylvania with $311,950 in "Creating a Healthy School Environment" grants for innovative, healthy programs that begin in September when local students head back to schools. [More]
TOS publishes unprecedented level of obesity research

TOS publishes unprecedented level of obesity research

The Obesity Society (TOS) took the next step to advance the treatment of obesity by publishing an unprecedented level of obesity research, in print and online, as a supplement to its July and August issues of the Obesity journal: Guidelines (2013) for Managing Overweight and Obesity in Adults: Full Report. Now, the print version of the supplement is available for purchase as a reference guide for obesity treatment. [More]
Majority of states not measuring up on legislative solutions that fight cancer, shows report

Majority of states not measuring up on legislative solutions that fight cancer, shows report

A majority of states are not measuring up on legislative solutions that prevent and fight cancer, according to a new report released today by the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN). [More]
Scientists discover area of brain that could control person's motivation to exercise

Scientists discover area of brain that could control person's motivation to exercise

Scientists at Seattle Children's Research Institute have discovered an area of the brain that could control a person's motivation to exercise and participate in other rewarding activities - potentially leading to improved treatments for depression. [More]
Researchers examine effect of sleeplessness on obesity in teenagers over time

Researchers examine effect of sleeplessness on obesity in teenagers over time

Teenagers who don't get enough sleep may wake up to worse consequences than nodding off during chemistry class. According to new research, risk of being obese by age 21 was 20 percent higher among 16-year-olds who got less than six hours of sleep a night, compared with their peers who slumbered more than eight hours. [More]
Brookdale offers tips to seniors to keep themselves safe and independent

Brookdale offers tips to seniors to keep themselves safe and independent

Brookdale understands the importance for seniors to maintain and maximize their independence as they age. There comes a time when seniors look to others, including their adult children, for guidance and support, and Brookdale is here to help find solutions to the needs in their lives. [More]
Hartford/VA Scholars Program selects three geriatric social work researchers

Hartford/VA Scholars Program selects three geriatric social work researchers

The prestigious Hartford/VA Scholars Program has selected three geriatric social work researchers for a two-year award that provides career development and mentorship for projects that will improve health outcomes not only for older veterans, but for all older adults. [More]
People's educational attainment influences level of physical activity

People's educational attainment influences level of physical activity

People's educational attainment influences their level of physical activity both during the week and on weekends, according to a study whose authors include two University of Kansas researchers. [More]
Physical activity fails to show link with chronic musculoskeletal pain

Physical activity fails to show link with chronic musculoskeletal pain

Neither little nor excessive physical activity contributes to chronic musculoskeletal pain in people who are middle-aged or older, Japanese study findings suggest. [More]
Nutrition counseling by registered dietitian nutritionist can help prevent or delay diabetes

Nutrition counseling by registered dietitian nutritionist can help prevent or delay diabetes

A new study, indicating that Americans have approximately a 40 percent risk of developing diabetes during their lifetime, offers more evidence that nutrition counseling provided by a registered dietitian nutritionist can help prevent or delay diabetes and its related health problems through lifestyle and dietary changes, according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. [More]
Diet reduces inflammatory markers in ‘real world’ Type 2 diabetes

Diet reduces inflammatory markers in ‘real world’ Type 2 diabetes

Encouraging patients newly diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes to diet or to diet and increase their physical activity reduces markers of inflammation and their cardiovascular risk compared with usual care, real-world study findings show. [More]
Teachers help kids to reduce childhood obesity

Teachers help kids to reduce childhood obesity

An innovative physical activities guide developed at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute (FPG) is helping North Carolina fight childhood obesity. [More]
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics encourages parents to stock up on healthy breakfasts for kids

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics encourages parents to stock up on healthy breakfasts for kids

The back-to-school movement is in full swing. As parents scour stores for the year's school supplies, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics encourages them to stock up on healthy breakfast foods, too. [More]
Heart attack survivors who exercise vigorously are at increased risk of cardiovascular deaths

Heart attack survivors who exercise vigorously are at increased risk of cardiovascular deaths

There is strong epidemiological evidence of the importance of regular physical activity, such as brisk walking and jogging, in the management and rehabilitation of cardiovascular disease and in lowering the risk of death from other diseases such as hypertension, stroke, and type 2 diabetes. [More]
Childhood cancer survivors do not adhere to ACS' guidelines on healthy eating

Childhood cancer survivors do not adhere to ACS' guidelines on healthy eating

Having survived cancer as a child does not necessarily have a ripple effect that makes people lead a healthier lifestyle once they grow up. [More]
Adults put school violence and gun-related injuries in top 10 health concern for children

Adults put school violence and gun-related injuries in top 10 health concern for children

Childhood obesity remains the top health concern for children in 2014, but when asked about national concerns, adults put school violence and gun-related injuries in the top 10, according to a new University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health. [More]
Turn-key intervention program increases physical activity levels among kids in daycare

Turn-key intervention program increases physical activity levels among kids in daycare

Research led by Dr. Melinda Sothern, Professor and Director of Behavioral & Community Health at the LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans School of Public Health, reports that a turn-key intervention program significantly increased physical activity levels among children in daycare. [More]