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Health News and Reviews

The Health News and Reviews section addresses current health- and lifestyle issues as they are discussed in the press and respective publications. You may search by topic, by key word(s) or by date. At the end of each article, you are invited to leave your own insights, comments or questions.


Looking Ahead — Food Politics in 2012
What’s on the food politics agenda for 2012? Can we expect anything good to happen? By “good,” I mean actions that make our food system safer and healthier for consumers, farmers, farm workers and the planet. Ordinarily, I am optimistic about such things. This year? Not so much. The crystal ball is cloudy.
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Signs of Memory Loss Found in Younger People
Loss of memory and other cognitive functions may start much earlier in life than previously thought, according to a clinical study from England. A modest decline of mental abilities such as reasoning and problem-solving was found in participants who were only in their forties.
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How Long Will You Live? A New Set of Assessment Tools May Be Able to Tell
Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) have come up with new assessment tools to determine the likelihood of death within a certain period of time. For this, they established a number of prognostic indices to predict the life expectancy in older and terminally ill patients. The main purpose of this project is to provide doctors, care givers as well as patients and their family members with information that can help prevent overtesting and overtreatment.
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One Out of Five Americans Found to Be Mentally Ill
Nearly 50 million Americans suffered from one or another form of mental illness in 2010, according to a report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA), a federal government agency founded in 1992 to survey and reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on communities throughout the country. The survey found that young adults and especially young women were susceptible to mental illness to a degree that it substantially interfered with their lives. SAMHSA defines mental illness as “diagnosable mental, behavioral or emotional disorders.”
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Low-Income Families Want to Eat Healthy Too
I was invited to a press event to announce the results of a survey conducted by Share Our Strength’s “Cooking Matters” program. The program and the survey, “It’s Dinnertime – A Report on Low-Income Families’ Efforts to Plan, Shop for and Cook Healthy Meals,” were sponsored by the ConAgra Foods Foundation.
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For Weight Loss, Cutting Back on Calories Matters Most
People who swear by a particular diet to lose weight may be fooling themselves. There is no real evidence that low-carb, low-fat or high-protein diets make as big a difference as overall calorie reduction when it comes to weight loss.
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Despite of Recommendations for Total Ban, Trans Fats Stick Around
Just as you thought it was safe to indulge again in your favorite pastries, crackers and chips because you were told that trans fats have been all but eliminated by food manufacturers under the mounting pressure from health advocates and lawmakers, you may have to realize that you exhaled too soon.
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The Right Food For Your Brain
Healthy eating is good for your body, but it also benefits your brain more than previously thought, according to a new study published in the “Archives of Neurology” that suggests the right kind of food may protect the brain against small blood vessel damage, thereby reducing the risks of stroke, memory loss and possibly Alzheimer’s disease.
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Americans Prefer Eating at Home But Still Don’t Cook and Don’t Eat More Healthily
The average American family eats at home on most days but is too rushed to make meals from scratch, according to a survey by Gallup-Healthways. In terms of nutritional quality, overall eating habits in America are not improving and have in some ways become even worse. Fewer Americans reported eating healthily by including fruits and vegetables on a weekly basis last year than the year before. Produce consumption is down especially among young adults, seniors, women and Hispanics, according to the Gallup poll.
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A Renewed Effort to Fight Alzheimer’s Disease
The Obama administration has tasked the science community with finding some effective treatments for Alzheimer’s disease by 2025. Experts consider the quest as ambitious. Still, health advocates applaud the government’s initiative, calling it an important step towards prevention, delay and, eventually, cure of the disorder.
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Your Eating Habits – What Makes Them, What Breaks Them
Neuroscientists from M.I.T. have discovered how habit forming takes place in the brain. Based on a recently published New York Times article, this piece sheds a light on the latest scientific insights and potential implications for weight loss and treatment options for eating disorders and addictions.
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Know our Farmer, Know Your Food
In 2009, the Obama administration tasked the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) with the development of a program for the promotion of a local and regional food supply system. It seemed an idea whose time had come. Locally grown produce and locally sourced meats and seafood are in higher demand than ever. The number of farmers markets has more than tripled in the last decade or two.
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