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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.

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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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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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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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A Diet Rich in Probiotics Could Improve Metabolism and Increase Weight Loss

You may be familiar with food products that boast about being great sources of probiotics and with all the benefits probiotics can offer, it is some welcomed marketing in the world of nutrition. A recent discovery suggests that maintaining the levels of healthy bacteria in our digestive tracts may be more important than we could have ever imagined. Vanessa Ridaura, a grad student from Washington University, and her fellow researchers decided to investigate the link between the composition of gut bacteria and obesity. What Ms. Ridaura found was nothing short of astonishing.

How Gut Bacteria Influences Weight Gain

The gut bacteria from lean and obese mice were obtained and inserted in mice that had been born and raised in sterile conditions so no bacteria were present in their digestive tract prior to the treatment. These germ-free mice were then fed a diet of standard low fat chow and what resulted may have carved a new path in the understanding of obesity. The sterile mice which received gut bacteria from the obese rodents accumulated body fat much quicker than the mice which received gut bacteria from their lean counterparts.

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How Diet DNA Testing May Assist in Weight-loss

Dieting is mostly an unending cycle of losing weight momentarily and regaining it within a few weeks. There are numerous diet plans in existence each with different success stories (or stories of utter failure). The question which consistently baffles dieters is “which diet plan suits me best and which will work?” Nothing is more disheartening than rigorous and careful dieting efforts all in vain. The reply to the question posed may probably lie in your DNA. Latest innovations and discoveries in genetics and DNA testing have revealed that the best diet is that which is suited to the personal DNA makeup of a given individual.

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90% of Weight-Loss Diets Fail, According to Research and Experts

Ninety percent of popular diet regimens fail according to studies and health experts. The latest data on weight-loss and diet reveal that almost a third to two-thirds of overweight individuals regain the weight they have lost after a year dieting, and go back to their full weight in a span of five years. According to experts, this indicates a loophole in the current approaches to weight-loss, and that includes diet. What are the reasons behind this failure?

We Might Be Believing Too Much

According to a review done for the Scientific and Technical Council in Turkey, weight-loss programs might be deviating away from the hands of true experts. The review described how specialists such as endocrinologists are rarely called to give their expert views about obesity, while non-physicians and non-specialists often appear in the media, talking about obesity issues. The review also described how people are greatly influenced by the media, and how quickly people believe a claim without examining it if appropriate evidence is indeed available.

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Electric Shocks Could Help You Lose Weight

Bliss Spa is a well-known resort in the United States. The operators claim to have found an innovative procedure to help patients lose weight. According to a spokesperson who applies the procedure, patients can lose weight by applying electric currents over their muscles.

The new treatment has been hailed as a revolutionary approach to promote weight loss. Rather than discouraging the patient from eating by manipulating his or her senses, the treatment (known as FatGirlShrink) is believed to promote weight gain directly by targeting excess water weight.

PHOTO: The new weight loss technique,  which claims to remove inches within minutes, stimulates muscles through electrical currents and gets rid of water weight (source).

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New Research Shows that Acupuncture Benefits Are Real

While it has been practiced and observed in China for centuries, acupuncture has never found mainstream acceptance in the US. To many, this ancient practice was merely the placebo effect in action, an unproved method of alleviating pain by harnessing the power of the mind through unsubstantiated claims to true medical benefit.

A new study however shows that acupuncture delivers a 30% decrease in chronic pain. While not the first medical study to show demonstrate this, the new study is unprecedented in its size and thoroughness.

Acupuncture's Recent Growth

Acupuncture has grown rapidly in the last decade, with over 3 million Americans using it to help alleviate chronic pain of all kinds. The military now prescribes it as part of the rehabilitative treatment given to wounded war veterans, and California recently passed legislation that includes acupuncture in the list of treatments covered by the nation’s new health law.

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