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2010-05-26 09:58:00

WASHINGTON, May 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The creation of the Office of Indian Men's Health to complement the existing Office of Indian Women's Health within the Indian Health Service is a momentous achievement and important step toward improving the health of American Indian men and their loved ones. Men's Health Network (MHN) is thrilled that this essential health initiative was included in the Indian Health Care Improvement Act (IHCIA) which was made permanent on March 23, 2010 when...

2010-05-26 10:41:17

A study examining the relationship between body mass index (BMI) and illness suggests that a BMI of 30 or above, a signal of obesity according to federal health standards, does not translate into current illness among adults under age 40. In addition, researchers found that across all age groups studied, from 25 to 70 years, there was little difference in the current health status in normal-weight vs. overweight people based on the medications they took. Body mass index is a common health...

2010-02-09 09:00:00

WASHINGTON, Feb. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- During the past year as the nation debated health care reform, the need to address the health impacts of obesity and obesity-related chronic diseases became all too clear. These medical conditions are damaging the nation's health status and leading to premature death. Yet, they are preventable. We know that major contributors to the obesity epidemic, particularly among children, are food and physical environments that make it difficult for people to make...

2009-09-01 23:18:00

WASHINGTON, Sept. 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Heart Association commends the Institute of Medicine and National Research Council for recommending a solid array of meaningful community actions in their new report Local Government Actions to Prevent Childhood Obesity. Overweight children have a 70 percent chance of becoming overweight adults. With childhood obesity rates on the rise nationwide, our youngsters have substantially greater risks for developing and dying from...

2009-08-03 14:28:25

It is widely believed that providing better access to medical care can improve the health of Americans. New research at National Jewish Health indicates, however, that having insurance and a medical provider is not enough to improve asthma control among elementary and middle school students. National Jewish Professor of Pediatrics Stanley Szefler, MD, and his colleagues report in the August 2009 issue of the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology  that asthma control was poor among...

2009-07-15 10:15:47

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today released the second in a series of health care success story reports that document innovative programs and initiatives that can serve as models for a reformed American health care system.  Today's report highlights the Nebraska WISEWOMAN program. WISEWOMAN is a community intervention program funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that helps prevent heart disease and stroke by providing screenings and counseling for low-income women....

2009-07-07 14:57:03

A surveillance tool for scientists, health professionals and the public can track environmental exposures and chronic conditions, U.S. health officials say. Officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta announced Tuesday the creation of the Web-based Environmental Public Health Tracking Network, designed to help improve and protect the nation's health. The Web-based tool unites environmental information from across the country, such as air and water pollutants and...

2009-06-23 11:30:00

While Ontario women live longer than men, a majority are more likely to suffer from disability and chronic conditions, according to a new women's health study by St. Michael's Hospital researcher Dr. Arlene Bierman. What's more, low-income women have more chronic conditions, greater disability and a shorter life expectancy than women in high-income groups.While inequities in health among men and women have been well documented, the findings strongly suggest that the size of the inequities...

2009-05-14 11:33:00

WASHINGTON, May 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- An obese 70-year-old will spend approximately 20 percent more on health care over their lifetime - nearly $40,000 - than a peer of normal weight, according to the second annual Almanac of Chronic Disease, released today by the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD). The Almanac is a comprehensive resource that outlines the critical role that preventing and reducing chronic diseases can have on health care reform, economic stability and the...

2008-12-15 10:31:23

A Kansas State University doctoral student in nutrition found a correlation between childhood obesity and asthma. Sara Rosenkranz and colleagues found healthy children with higher levels of body fat and lower levels of physical activity had greater amounts of airway narrowing after exercise. Kids who are overweight and inactive are having a negative response to exercise challenge tests, which might be contributing to the increase that we've been seeing over the past several decades in...


Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.