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Study suggests obesity disparities among races are poorly understood

The reasons for disparities in obesity rates between African-American and white women are far more complex than the usual go-to culprits of socioeconomics, fruit and vegetable intake and exercise, according to a new study.

More importantly,  the research shows the need to delve further into the questions of obesity, say […]

Childhood obesity rates leveling off, despite long-term increases

Childhood obesity rates leveled off during a 14-year period between 1999 and 2012, according to research published Monday in the Journal of the American Medical Association: Pediatrics. But the rate of severe obesity increased, especially in Hispanic girls and black boys, according to the study.

The study indicated that rates […]

CDC study shows rapid rise in e-cigarette-related calls to poison control centers

Poison center calls related to e-cigarette exposure grew from one a month to 215 a month between September 2010 and February 2014, according to a study released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  More than half the e-cigarette exposure calls – 51.1 percent – involved children under 5 […]

Investing in prevention key to fight against heart disease, stroke

Preventing heart disease and stroke should be a top priority in public health initiatives and is the best strategy for fighting the leading killers of Americans, according to a new report released Monday by the National Forum for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention.

The Public Health Action Plan to Prevent Heart […]

Big changes in store for food labels

The Food and Drug Administration for the first time in two decades proposed sweeping changes to the nutrition labels on packaged foods at a White House announcement on Thursday.

The proposals would require food manufacturers to list added sugars, nutrition counts for more-realistic portion sizes and total nutrition information for multiple […]

Dramatic drop in childhood obesity reported by CDC

The obesity rate in children ages 2 to 5 dropped 43 percent during the past decade,  according to research published Tuesday in the Journal  of the American Medical Association.

The prevalence of obesity for these young children fell from 14 percent in 2003-2004 to just over 8 percent in 2011-2012 – based on the Centers […]

Health leaders urge worldwide effort to fight heart disease

A massive effort is needed from health, government, business and education leaders to stop premature deaths from heart disease – the leading cause of death in the world – American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown said Thursday during a panel discussion in Washington on fighting the global crisis.

“Heart disease […]

Tobacco prevention efforts fall short by billions

 

States will spend about $481 million on programs to prevent or curb tobacco use next year, well below the $3.7 billion recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Smoking is the leading preventable cause of death in the United States, killing 440,000 people each year.

Although states are expected to earn […]

Teamwork key to controlling blood pressure, advisory says

Doctors, other healthcare providers and hospitals need to collaborate on programs that help patients control high blood pressure, which is on the rise despite proven treatments being available, according to a new science advisory from the American Heart Association, American College of Cardiology and the Centers for Disease Control […]

Unlocking school playgrounds and gyms encourages physical activity

The United States is facing an obesity epidemic. Nearly one in three children and teens are overweight or obese and many are inactive, according to the American Heart Association. About 50 percent of U.S. adults and 65 percent of adolescents do not currently get the recommended amount of daily […]