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Strength Training Benefits for Kids

With childhood obesity rates on the radar, researchers are investigating different exercise strategies to help increase physical activity in kids. Whether children can and should participate in strength training has been a debatable issue.  Recently, there has been a barrage of evidence claiming strength training for kids is both effective and safe.  A recent study, published in the journal Pediatrics, found guided strength training increased muscular strength for both girls and boys and increased daily spontaneous physical activity for the boys.

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Weight Loss Surgery May be an Effective Treatment for Severely Obese Teens

It’s hard to deny her happiness when you see Chelsea Hale smile into the camera.  She holds a picture of herself three years ago at the age 17 when she weighed in at 314 pounds.  After years of failed attempts at changing her diet, trying medication, and exercising more, Chelsea Hale opted to have obesity surgery.  She now weighs about 170 pounds, almost half her previous size, and relates that she can now physically do anything.  What causes a young teen to take such drastic measures?

In a recent study published by JAMA Pediatrics, researchers found that most teens opting to get weight loss surgery have a staggering number of health problems that used to be seen in adults only. Fifty perceont of the teens had a minimum of four major illnesses linked to their excess weight to include high cholesterol, sleep apnea, back and joint pain, high blood pressure and fatty liver disease. The study also demonstrated that weight loss surgery could be an effective and safe treatment for severely obese teens. 

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Taxing Sugary Drinks a Possible Solution to Reduce Obesity?

In a recent study published in the BMJ, researchers from the Universities of Oxford and Reading in the UK, found that introducing a 20% tax on sugar-sweetened drinks could aid in the battle against obesity. This high tax on sugar-sweetened drinks was estimated to reduce the number of obese adults by 1.3% or 180,000 cases.  It also reduced the number of overweight adults by 0.9% or 285,000 people. The taxation of sugar- sweetened drinks could prove to be a promising measure to reduce the number of obese adults.

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Sugar Drinks Increase the Risk of Obesity, Diabetes, and Heart Disease

It is no secret that excess sugar consumption leads to a multitude of health problems for people to include obesity, diabetes, and heart disease.  Evidence has come out showing sugary drinks as a major contributor to the obesity epidemic. Beverage companies spend billions of dollars marketing to entice people to buy their products. They continue to find ways to make their drinks more appealing to the general public. 

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Risk of Hypertension High for Overweight and Obese Children

High weight and hypertension come hand in hand.  Generally, youth with diagnosed hypertension are overweight.  In this latest study, researchers from Kaiser Permanente Southern California, found overweight youth are likely to develop hypertension.  The study was published in The Journal of Clinical Hypertension in October 2013.

Kaiser Permanente

Kaiser Permanente conducted a transformational health research study using their electronic records. They are able to do a large study of this kind because Kaiser Permanente contains the largest private patient-centered electronic health record system in the world called HealthConnect.  This multifaceted system securely connects 9.1 million patients to 17,000 physicians in 611 medical offices and 37 hospitals all over the United States. Moreover, it also provides research scientists with one of the most prolific collections of medical data for research studies or discoveries that help shape future health care.

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Improving Diet and Health for Low Income Rural American Children

Counter to the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommendations, children across the United States are eating more sugars and fats and less fresh fruits and vegetables. In low income rural communities there is a disproportionate number of high risk overweight and obese children.  This gives rise for concern as obesity leads to diseases such as hypertension and diabetes. In a recent study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, researchers found that children who were part of the study consumed significantly more fruits and vegetables.

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Probiotics Inconclusive as to Whether or Not they Help Excessively Crying Babies

In a recent study published in JAMA, researchers from the Murdoch Children’s Institute and Royals Children Hospital examined the use of priobiotics (Lactobacillus reuterl) to prevent or treat excessive crying. Results from the study still lacked sufficient evidence to demonstrate that probiotic use improved the crying in formula fed babies.  However, the study did suggest that probiotic use could be an effective treatment plan for colicky babies who are breastfed exclusively.

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Colic

Mothers all have war stories about their child’s infant days, especially if the infant didn’t sleep through the night. There are books and techniques out to address a colicky baby.  Colic is defined as “crying for more than three hours a day, three days a week for more than three weeks in an otherwise well-fed, healthy baby.”

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Buffaloberry, Chokecherry, and Sea Buckthorn: Nutrient Rich Powerhouse Prairie Fruits

The names of prairie fruits alone are enough to have the public go out and try them.  With unique strong names like buffaloberry, chokecherry, and sea buckthorn, these fruits are proving to be just as nutritionally powerful as their names.  According to a new study published in the Canadian Journal of Plant Science, researchers working at the University of Saskatchewan have discovered prairie fruits to be nutrient rich foods. This discovery has fruit growers in Saskatchewan ecstatic as the results could provide the push needed to develop these fruits for the commercial markets as food and medicinal extracts.

Buffaloberry

Buffaloberry is a native plant that is commonly seen in the western and central North American Great Plains.  It is primarily a wildcrafted plant and the fruit are red, 6 to 9 mm in diameter, and slightly fleshy with a large single seed. Currently there is little data on the physiochemical properties of this fruit in literature.

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Junk Food Makers Targeting Children with Online Games

How do you get little Bobby to ask his Mom for a double cheeseburger?  Have him play a free online game. Advergames are now the latest avenue for Junk Food Makers to advertise to young children. The latest research found that free children online games promoted food products that tended to be high fat and sugary products

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Advergames

What are advergames?  Simply, they are video games that features an advertisement for a product, service, or company.  Companies use them to target a specific demographic and reinforce their branding.  Researchers looked at 143 of the advertised websites marketing foods to children and found most of the emphasis was on high fat, sugar laden products.

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Large Study Set to Stop the Uprise of Type 2 Diabetes through Diet and Exercise

The number of diabetics globally is staggering. It is no longer a lifestyle disease of the elderly. It crosses all spectrums as now diabetes is seen in the young, the middle aged, the poor, and the rich. The numbers have risen so dramatically that the EU Commission has deployed funds towards a large research project called PREVIEW.  The largest study of its kind, PREVIEW seeks to find the most efficient methods to prevent type-2 diabetes through diet, exercise, and lifestyle.

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Type-2 Diabetes

Currently there are twenty one million Europeans who are treated for diabetes.  Around the world, the number is estimated to be more than 371 million people.  While those numbers are already high, it does not account for all diabetics.  There are also a number of people who go undiagnosed. 

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Too Little Sleep and Too Much Sleep Associated with Diabetes, Heart Disease, Anxiety, and Obesity

Remember the tale of Goldilocks and the Three Bears?  Goldilocks spent the entire story looking for the item that was “just right.”  She didn’t want the porridge that was too hot or too cold, but ate the porridge that was “just right.” She didn’t sleep in the bed that was too hard or too soft, but slept in the bed that was “just right.”   Like Goldilocks, scientists are finding that the “just right” amount of sleep is 7-9 hours.  This is the optimum duration to receive sleep health benefits.

In a recent study, conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), researchers found that too little sleep and too much sleep are associated with chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, anxiety, and obesity.

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