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  • Rates of Severe Obesity Among U.S. Kids Still Rising: Study

    Posted: 05/02/2016

    Rates of Severe Obesity Among U.S. Kids Still Rising: Study TUESDAY, April 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Obesity continues to plague American kids, with a new study finding rates of severe obesity climbing over a 15-year period. Examining national data from 1999 through 2014, researchers found that one-third of American children aged 2 to 19 were overweight, nearly one-quarter were obese, and more than 2 percent were severely obese. "Despite other recent reports, all categories of obesity have increased ...

  • Retirement Can Be Golden for Your Health

    Posted: 04/28/2016

    Retirement Can Be Golden for Your Health THURSDAY, April 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Although aging may mean more physical problems, retirement can help people lead healthier lives, a new study from Australia suggests. Researchers found that when folks retire they tend to increase their physical activity, sit less and sleep more soundly. "Our study paints a positive picture of retirement," said lead researcher Dr. Melody Ding, a senior research fellow at the University of Sydney's School of Public Heal...

  • Rich-Poor Life Expectancy Gap Shrinking for U.S. Youth

    Posted: 04/28/2016

    Rich-Poor Life Expectancy Gap Shrinking for U.S. Youth THURSDAY, April 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- If you're an American aged 20 or under, your expected life span is now less affected by whether you're rich or poor than it used to be, a new study finds. Researchers at Princeton University report that the life expectancy gap between rich and poor youth in the United States narrowed between 1990 and 2010. "Our big message here is that the health of the next generation in the poorest areas of the United S...

  • Regular Exercise May Boost Prostate Cancer Survival

    Posted: 04/26/2016

    Regular Exercise May Boost Prostate Cancer Survival MONDAY, April 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Sticking to a moderate or intense exercise regimen may improve a man's odds of surviving prostate cancer, a new study suggests. The American Cancer Society study included more than 10,000 men, aged 50 to 93, who were diagnosed between 1992 and 2011 with localized prostate cancer -- meaning it had not spread beyond the gland. The men provided researchers with information about their physical activity before and...

  • Radiation May Help After Surgery for 'Soft-Tissue' Cancers

    Posted: 04/21/2016

    Radiation May Help After Surgery for 'Soft-Tissue' Cancers THURSDAY, April 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Older patients with a type of cancer called soft-tissue sarcomas may benefit more from radiation therapy after surgery than younger patients do, a new study suggests. The results might change the way older patients are treated for soft-tissue sarcomas, which are cancers that develop in muscles, fat and other types of tissue, the study authors said. Surgery is typically used to treat these cancers. But...

  • Rural Kids Face Special Challenges When Seriously Ill: Study

    Posted: 04/19/2016

    Rural Kids Face Special Challenges When Seriously Ill: Study MONDAY, April 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Sick children from rural areas in the United States have more complex medical problems and cost more to treat than urban or suburban kids, a new hospital study finds. Researchers who analyzed admissions at 41 children's hospitals found significant differences between city kids and their country counterparts. Rural children, for instance, were more likely to require readmission, tended to be from poore...

  • Ridding U.S. of Hepatitis B, C as 'Public Health Problem' Possible: Experts

    Posted: 04/18/2016

    Ridding U.S. of Hepatitis B, C as 'Public Health Problem' Possible: Experts MONDAY, April 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Experts say there's real hope in someday ridding the United States of the "public health problem" of hepatitis B and C infection. The two viral strains cause serious, often fatal, liver disease for tens of thousands of Americans each year. The comprehensive new report is from a panel of experts at the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. They believe that the ...

  • Restaurants Cut Calories in Kids' Meals, Study Finds

    Posted: 04/14/2016

    Restaurants Cut Calories in Kids' Meals, Study Finds WEDNESDAY, April 6, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Popular restaurants have cut calories in children's meals and are offering some healthier side dishes, such as fruits and vegetables, a new study reports. But, the researchers added, while these restaurants appear to be making some progress in providing lower-calorie menu options, the meals are still packed with too much salt and fat. "The industry has started to make some changes, but it's focusing mostly ...

  • Right Neighborhood May Mean 90 Extra Minutes of Exercise a Week

    Posted: 04/10/2016

    Right Neighborhood May Mean 90 Extra Minutes of Exercise a Week FRIDAY, April 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- People who live in bustling neighborhoods get at least 90 more minutes of exercise a week than other city dwellers, a new global study finds. The study included more than 6,800 adults, aged 18 to 66, in 14 cities in 10 countries. On average, study participants did 37 minutes a day of moderate to vigorous physical activity, such as brisk walking or more intense exercise. Among the cities in the study...

  • Racial Gaps in Homicide Victim Rates Changing

    Posted: 04/08/2016

    Racial Gaps in Homicide Victim Rates Changing THURSDAY, March 31, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Overall homicide victim rates in the United States fell between 1990 and 2010, but the decrease was much larger among blacks and Hispanics than among whites, a new study finds. During that time, homicide victim rates fell 47 percent among Hispanics (calculated by the number of homicide victims per 100,000 Hispanics), 40 percent for blacks, and 35 percent for whites, the study showed. The findings were published in...