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Obesity tops 35 percent in seven U.S. states: report - Dotemirates
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Obesity tops 35 percent in seven U.S. states: report

(HealthDay)—Americans continue to fatten up, with obesity rates topping 35 percent in seven states, a new report reveals. That's up from five states two years ago. Moreover, no state had a notable improvement in its rate over the previous year, according to the from Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, both nonprofit health policy organizations. "Obesity is a complex and often intractable problem, and America's continues to have serious health and cost consequences for individuals, their families and our nation," said John Auerbach, president of Trust for America's Health. "The good news is that there is...


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Mexican tetra fish may offer heart repair clues

A fish that can repair its heart may hold clues for future treatments in people, according to a study.Scientists studying the Mexican tetra fish found three areas of the fish genome were involved in its ability to regenerate heart tissue. One gene appeared to play a particularly key role in the process. Researchers hope their study will one day make it possible to heal heart muscle in patients who have had a heart attack. Hundreds of thousands of people in the UK live with heart failure, often as a result of a heart attack. Because it is not possible for...
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Yemen crisis: 85,000 children 'dead from malnutrition'

An estimated 85,000 children under the age of five may have died from acute malnutrition in three years of war in Yemen, a leading charity says.The number is equivalent to the entire under-five population in the UK's second largest city of Birmingham, Save the Children adds. The UN warned last month that up to 14m Yemenis are on the brink of famine.It is trying to revive talks to end a three-year war which has caused the world's worst humanitarian crisis.Yemen has been devastated by the conflict. Fighting escalated in 2015 when a Saudi-led coalition launched an air campaign against the...
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Influential U.S. panel backs PrEP HIV-prevention pills

(HealthDay)—For the first time, a highly influential panel of experts says doctors should offer a daily pill to prevent HIV transmission to people who are at high risk for infection with the AIDS-causing virus. This treatment is called pre-exposure prophylaxis—PrEP for short—and it has been shown to be highly effective at preventing HIV's spread, concluded the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. USPSTF panels regularly convene to issue evidence-based guidance on a wide variety of medical matters. Their advisories help inform care and insurance coverage. The benefits of taking PrEP far outweigh the risks, which can include kidney problems and nausea,...

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Teen personality traits linked to risk of death from any cause 50 years later

Personality traits evident as early as the teenage years may be linked to a heightened or lessened risk of death around 50 years later, suggests observational research of 'baby boomers,' published online in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health. Energy, calmness, empathy, maturity and intellectual curiosity may be protective, while impulsivity may harm the chances of longevity, the findings indicate. Previous research suggests that traits in mid-life may predict the probability of dying earlier or later. But it's not clear if the potential seeds of this association might go back even further, as has already been suggested for IQ...
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Aftermath of EU referendum linked to rise in antidepressant prescribing in England

Antidepressant prescribing in England rose relative to other types of drug in the immediate aftermath of the results of the European Union referendum in June 2016, when Britons voted in favor of Brexit, reveals research published online in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health. While this finding is open to interpretation, the trend might have been prompted by the increased uncertainty experienced by some sectors of the population, in the wake of the vote, suggest the researchers. Mental service provision may need to be strengthened during such periods they add. When the UK voted to leave the EU on...
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Pace of US smoking rate decline mirrors rapid rise in popularity of vaping

The pace of the fall in smoking prevalence among teens and young adults in the US has mirrored the rapid rise in popularity of e-cigarettes, suggesting that the two may be linked, finds research published online in the journal Tobacco Control. While trying may prompt some to take up at the individual level, there is little evidence that this is the case at the , conclude the researchers. And these findings are consistent over several years, they emphasise. Earlier this year, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine published a report which concluded there was "substantial evidence" that among...