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Calcium supplements linked to boost in heart attack risk
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Although millions of people take calcium supplements to boost bone health and ward off osteoporosis, New Zealand researchers say the supplements have little effect on bone strength and contribute to a small increase in the risk for heart attack among older people. Rather than relying on calcium supplements, the researchers suggest that people get their required calcium, if possible, from foods. More



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Websites help dieters keep weight off, study finds
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Worried about whether the weight you just lost will stay lost? Seeking out the right website might help, a new study suggests. People who shed pounds and then consistently logged on to a specially designed Internet site for weight maintenance were better able to maintain a significant portion of their weight loss than people who logged on less often, new research finds. More

A new knee or hip can help with weight-loss
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Hip and knee replacement surgery is supposed to alleviate pain and allow people to move better and lead a more active lifestyle. A new study published recently in the journal Orthopedics shows that could be the case, because weight loss may be one side effect of getting new knees and hips. Researchers looked at pre- and post-surgery weight in 196 randomly selected patients who had hip or knee replacement surgery from 2005 to 2007 due to osteoarthritis. Their body mass index was noted before surgery, and patients were followed for an average 20 months. A 5 percent weight reduction was considered significant weight loss. More

Inactivity 'no contributor' to childhood obesity epidemic, new report suggests
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A new report from the EarlyBird Diabetes Study suggests that physical activity has little if any role to play in the obesity epidemic among children. Obesity is the key factor behind diabetes, heart disease and some cancers. EarlyBird is based at the Peninsula Medical School in Plymouth, U.K., and has been observing in detail a cohort of city school children for the past 11 years. A review published in 2009 of all trials using physical activity to reduce childhood obesity showed weight loss amounting to just 90g (3oz) over three years, and the EarlyBird study wanted to know why the trials were so ineffective. So they challenged some popular paradigms. More

Sleep duration linked to heart health
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No one can dispute the restorative value of sleep, but not only is a lack of sleep detrimental, so is getting too much of it. In fact, studies have conclusively shown a link between long and short sleep duration and both diabetes and hypertension. No one can dispute the restorative value of sleep, but not only is a lack of sleep detrimental, so is getting too much of it. In fact, studies have conclusively shown a link between long and short sleep duration and both diabetes and hypertension. More



Weight loss linked to reduced blood pressure
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If you're trying to bring your blood pressure to healthy levels, a new study suggests that how much you weigh is more important than how fit you are. A study at University of Texas finds overweight people are more likely to have high blood pressure, but for those with a high body mass index or BMI, their fitness only has a small impact on their blood pressure. More

Weightlifting professor attests to health benefits
The Philadelphia Inquirer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Kathryn Schmitz's goal is to weigh at age 50 what she weighed at age 40. So she runs, bikes, does yoga and, importantly, lifts weights. She is 47 now, and just six pounds shy of her aim. At 5-foot-10, Schmitz, who lives in Merion, Pa., with her two boys, carries those pounds invisibly, and it's easy to believe that for five years in her 20s, she was a dancer in New York, including a spell with the Martha Graham Dance Ensemble. For another five years, she was a personal trainer and manager of the Salomon Brothers executive fitness center in the erstwhile World Trade Center. More

Obese employees take more sick leave
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Obese people take more time off work for illness than their slimmer counterparts, a new study suggests, adding perhaps more incentive for employers to combat expanding waistlines in the workplace. The results show obese individuals took four more sick days per year on average than those of a healthy weight. Obesity is known to increase the risk of many chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. More

How will health care reform affect businesses?
Evansville Courier & Press    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
No two ways about it: The federal health care reform legislation is a massive beast. Most folks are aware that, as of 2014, individuals will be required to have health insurance or pay a tax penalty if they go without coverage. But the reform legislation, which was signed into law in March, addresses a wide range of issues in addition to insurance reform: Medicare and Medicaid, taxes, prevention and wellness, among other things. The provisions have already started rolling out, and will continue to do so between now and 2018. More
 


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