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STUDY: Severe Obesity Shortens Lifespan As Much As Smoking

People who are severely obese may lose as many as 14 years off their life, a new study suggests. Researchers pooled data from 20 previous published studies and found that a body mass index (BMI) greater than 40 — classified as severe obesity — raises the odds of dying early from heart disease, cancer, and … Continue reading

CDC: Half Of All American Adults Have A Chronic Disease

Half of all adults in the US have at least one chronic condition, such as diabetes, heart disease or obesity, according to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published in The Lancet. The paper – part of a new series in the journal, ‘The Health of Americans’ – says the proportion … Continue reading

Stress During Pregnancy Associated With Increased Risk Of Obesity In Offspring

Unborn children that are exposed to excess levels of stress while in the womb are at a higher risk of obesity as adults, a new study finds. This is shown by a new study from Aarhus University published in the journal PloS ONE. The researchers have previously shown that severe stress experienced by pregnant women can … Continue reading

Dr. Oz Grilled By Congress, Admits Weight Loss Products He Touts Don’t Pass ‘Scientific Muster’

Under pressure from Congress, celebrity Dr. Mehmet Oz on Tuesday offered to help “drain the swamp” of unscrupulous marketers using his name to peddle so-called miracle pills and cure-alls to millions of Americans desperate to lose weight. Oz appeared before the Senate’s consumer protection panel and was scolded by Chairman Claire McCaskill for claims he … Continue reading

Why Gender-Specific Research Matters: The Case Of Heart Disease

The American Heart Association have published a new statement emphasizing that it is because of gender-specific research that diagnosis of coronary heart disease in women has become more accurate. Coronary heart disease (also known as ischemic heart disease) happens when blood flow to the heart is decreased. This decreased blood flow is usually caused by … Continue reading

CDC Reports Teen Cigarette Smoking At ‘Lowest Level Since Survey Began’, But Other Risky Behaviors On The Rise

Cigarette smoking among high school students in the United States has reached a landmark low in a survey health officials have been conducting every two years since 1991. 15.7% of teens were current smokers in 2013, down from 27.5% when the survey began and 36.4% in the peak year of 1997, the federal Centers for … Continue reading

Study: Most Americans In Denial About Being Overweight

Although the obesity rate is increasing in the United States, Americans seem to be in denial about their own expanding waistlines. More than half of adults (55 percent) said they don’t think they are overweight and aren’t making an effort to shed pounds, according to a new Gallup poll. In contrast, recent studies have shown … Continue reading

Rise In Diabetes Cases Is ‘Alarming,’ Say CDC Experts

A new report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that the number of Americans with diabetes continues to rise, with over 12% of the adult population estimated to have the disease, and more than a third of those aged 20 and over in the US now thought to have prediabetes. Describing … Continue reading

Shocking Number Of Americans With Diabetes Don’t Know They Have It

More than 29 million people in the United States have diabetes, up from the previous estimate of 26 million in 2010, according to a report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. One in four people with diabetes doesn’t know he or she has it. Another 86 million adults – more than … Continue reading

Millions Of People Have Gained Access To Health Care, But Republicans Still Say Obamacare Is Worse Than 9/11, Slavery, And The Holocaust

Nine months after the official rollout of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), things are looking pretty good for the new health care law. In total, counting those who signed up for coverage via the state exchanges, healthcare.gov, and the Medicaid expansion, an estimated 17.2 million people have gained access to health insurance under the law. The percentage of … Continue reading

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