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2010-08-04 06:10:00

More than 72 million U.S. adults, or 26.7 percent, are now obese, while the number of states with an obesity prevalence of 30 percent or greater has tripled in two years, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported on Tuesday. The figures represent a 1-percentage point increase during the past two years in the number of obese Americans, with nine states now having obesity rates higher than 30 percent, according to latest CDC Vital Signs report. The nine states are...

2010-07-27 15:32:57

Thanks to rising obesity rates in Latin America and the Caribbean, elderly people there are becoming more likely to suffer from disabilities, according to a paper recently published by University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston researchers in the American Journal of Epidemiology. The UTMB study drew on data from a Pan-American Health Organization and National Institute on Aging survey that covered more than 6,000 people over age 65 in six cities: Bridgetown, Barbados;...

2010-04-16 09:19:34

If your home region has a hot, wet climate and a lot of different kinds of birds and mammals living in it, there's a really good chance the region will also contain numerous kinds of pathogens that cause human diseases. A new study examining the geography of human disease, led by Dr. Rob Dunn at North Carolina State University alongside an international team of biologists and social scientists, shows that that one can predict the number of kinds of disease-causing pathogens in a region just...

2010-04-15 08:00:00

ATLANTA, April 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Arthritis causes more pain and limitations for African-Americans and Hispanics than for whites, according to a study released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. African-Americans were 17 percent less likely to report having arthritis than whites, and Hispanics were 46 percent less likely to report the condition than whites, the study said. However, African-Americans and Hispanics with arthritis were almost twice as likely...

2010-01-14 12:57:31

The prevalence of adults in the U.S. who are obese is still high, with about one-third of adults obese in 2007-2008, although new data suggest that the rate of increase for obesity in the U.S. in recent decades may be slowing, according to a study appearing in the January 20 issue of JAMA. The study is being published early online because of its public health importance. "The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey [NHANES; a nationally representative sample of the U.S. population]...

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2009-11-20 07:20:00

The CDC's first-ever county survey of obesity confirms previous study findings which show the highest rate of obesity lies in the areas of the Southeast and the Appalachias. The Centers For Disease Control And Prevention issued its findings in its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report on Thursday. The CDC acknowledged that while surveillance systems function well at the national or state level, few are able to provide information at the local level, where many policies are implemented. The...

2009-10-26 13:19:00

NEW YORK, Oct. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Reportlinker.com announces that a new market research report is available in its catalogue. Reportlinker Adds Disease and Therapy Review: Asthma http://www.reportlinker.com/p0155804/Reportlinker-Adds-Disease-and-Therapy-Review--Asthma.html#utm_source=prnewswire&utm_medium=pr&utm_campaign=prnewswire The Asthma Disease and Therapy Review provides incidence and prevalence numbers and percentages for major countries worldwide, an overview of...

2009-10-26 13:18:00

NEW YORK, Oct. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Reportlinker.com announces that a new market research report is available in its catalogue. Reportlinker Adds Disease and Therapy Review: Back Pain http://www.reportlinker.com/p0155792/Reportlinker-Adds-Disease-and-Therapy-Review--Back-Pain.html#utm_source=prnewswire&utm_medium=pr&utm_campaign=prnewswire The Back Pain Disease and Therapy Review provides incidence and prevalence numbers and percentages for major countries worldwide. Information...

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2009-07-23 14:55:00

One in seven low-income, preschool U.S. children are obese, but the obesity epidemic in this age group may be stabilizing, federal health officials said. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Mortality and Mobility Weekly Report said the prevalence of obesity increased from 12.4 percent in 1998 to 14.5 in 2003, but has since remained essentially the same, with 14.6 percent prevalence in 2008. Prevalence has remained constant or declined since 2003 among approximately half of CDC...

2009-07-16 15:40:35

Non-Hispanic blacks have the highest rate of obesity, followed by Hispanics and non-Hispanic whites, federal health officials said. Federal researchers analyzed the 2006-08 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System data to identify racial and ethnic differences in obesity prevalence in U.S. adults, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Weekly Report said Thursday. Among non-Hispanic blacks, 40 states had an obesity prevalence of 30 percent or more, including five states with a...


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  • A goblin in English folklore, often appearing in the shape of a large dog and believed to portend imminent death or misfortune.
  • A ghost, wraith, hobgoblin, elf, or spirit.
The origin of 'barghest' is not known, but it may be from perhaps burh-ghest, town-ghost, or German Berg-geist (mountain spirit) or Bär-geist (bear-spirit).
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