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Midwestern and Southern States Receive Least Federal Funding for Disease Prevention
Posted: Tuesday, March 10, 2009
New report finds public health programs at risk during economic downturn. Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) released a new report that found Midwestern and Southern states received less funding from the federal government than Northeastern and Western states did in fiscal year (FY) 2008 for disease prevention programs, which can amount to millions of dollars in differences.

Diabetes, High Cholesterol and Cardiovascular Disease Speed-Up Alzheimer's
Posted: Monday, March 09, 2009
Diabetes and high cholesterol speed up the process of cognitive decline in Alzheimer's patients, a recent study has shown. Cardiovascular disease was also linked to more rapid mental deterioration, but only in individuals possessing a certain "apolipoprotein" that is sometimes associated with Alzheimer's disease.

Depressed Wives at Higher Risk for Metabolic Syndrome
Posted: Sunday, March 08, 2009
Besides being more likely to suffer from depression, women in "strained" marriages are at higher risk for metabolic syndrome as well. This in turn makes these women more at risk for future incidence of cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

Forced Eating as a Child Could Lead to Future Over-Eating
Posted: Sunday, March 08, 2009
A common parental action is the encouragement, or even requirement, that their children finish all the food given to them at a meal. A recent Cornell University study has shown that this behaviour, while often well-intentioned, appears to hinder the development of the child's appetite control, which leads to over-eating outside the home.

Broccoli Helps Fight Respiratory Ailments
Posted: Thursday, March 05, 2009
Eating broccoli naturally triggers an antioxidant response in the body that helps protect against certain respiratory conditions, according to a recently published study.

Moderate Alcohol Consumption Strengthens Bones
Posted: Wednesday, March 04, 2009
One-to-two glasses of beer or wine per day, as well as other forms of moderate alcohol consumption, might help strengthen bones. Heavy alcohol consumption, however, appears to have the opposite effect, leading to decreased bone density. The results come from a recent study conducted on primarily elderly individuals, a segment of the population most at risk for osteoporosis and general bone fragility.

Statins Associated With Lower All-Cause Mortality, Even in Primary Prevention
Posted: Wednesday, March 04, 2009
Primary- and secondary-prevention patients who consistently take their statin medication have a significantly lower risk of death than those who do not adhere to therapy, a new study has shown [1]. Individuals who took their medication at least 90% of the time had a 45% reduction in the risk of all-cause mortality, compared with less adherent patients, report investigators.

Short Sprints Are The Best Way To Prevent Diabetes And Improve Your Health
Posted: Wednesday, March 04, 2009
Less is more, that is the news coming out of a new study on the best way to spend your time when exercising. New research announced on Monday says that just a few moments of concentrated exercise weekly is as beneficial as thirty minutes of normal physical activity a day for reducing the risk of acquiring type 2 diabetes.

Diabetics Can Choose Their Energy-Restricted Diets
Posted: Wednesday, March 04, 2009
For people with type 2 diabetes, diets high in either monounsaturated fatty acids or carbohydrates are good -- as long as the calories they contain are limited.

Metabolic Syndrome Increases Salt Sensitivity
Posted: Wednesday, March 04, 2009
The blood pressure of patients with metabolic syndrome showed significantly greater sensitivity to high- and low-sodium diets compared with a control group, researchers found.

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