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More years of childhood education may reduce adult heart disease risk, finds study

In the study, the researchers conducted a natural experiment by evaluating state compulsory schooling laws, which legislate the number of years children must attend school. From two large, national surveys conducted from 1971 to 2012, they identified more than 75,000 people born from 1900 to 1950, when states required children to attend school between 0 […]

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Even in young children, being overweight leads to high blood pressure

According to the World Health Organization, childhood obesity is one of the most serious public health challenges of the 21st century. The problem is global and the prevalence has increased at an alarming rate. In 2016, more than 41 million children under the age of five were overweight. “The myth that excess weight in children […]

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Sleep habits linked with blood sugar control in diabetes and prediabetes, finds study

Irregular sleep schedules and poor sleep quality are known to be associated with poor blood sugar control in people who already have diabetes. In the current study, however, 73% of participants had ‘prediabetes’ – meaning they weren’t yet diabetic but their blood sugar levels were almost in the diabetes range. The rest had recently been […]

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Body fat distribution linked to higher risk of aggressive prostate cancer

Published early online in Cancer, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, the findings may lead to a better understanding of the relationship between obesity and prostate cancer and provide new insights for treatment. Previous studies have shown that obesity is associated with an elevated risk of advanced prostate cancer and a poorer prognosis […]

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Heavy teenage boys at increased risk of heart disease risk as adults

It included about 1.7 million Swedish men who began military service at ages 18 or 19 between 1969 and 2005. They were followed for up to 46 years. During the follow-up, nearly 4,500 were diagnosed with cardiomyopathy, an uncommon heart muscle condition that can lead to heart failure. Average age at diagnosis was 45.5 years. […]

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Children who walk to school less likely to be overweight or obese, study suggests

Based on results from more than 2000 primary-age schoolchildren from across London, the researchers found that walking or cycling to school is a strong predictor of obesity levels, a result which was consistent across neighbourhoods, ethnicities and socioeconomic backgrounds. The results are reported in the journal BMC Public Health. The study, led by researchers from […]

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‘Tummy tuck’ can be safely performed on obese patients with complications

“Abdominoplasty, with or without concurrent liposuction, in obese patients is a safe and effective procedure with similar perioperative complication rates as the non-obese patient population,” write ASPS Member Surgeon Laurence Glickman, MD, MSc, FACS, and colleagues of Long Island Plastic Surgical Group, Garden City, New York. The findings help to alleviate concerns that obese patients […]

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Excess pregnancy weight gain tied to risk for delivery complications

In particular, women who gained more than 20 pounds above the guideline amounts had significantly higher rates of heart failure, severe high blood pressure and needing a transfusion or ventilation, researchers report in Obstetrics & Gynecology. “We have seen a huge surge in maternal mortality in this country, and when we look at the risk […]

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#WorldKidneyDay: Kidney function worsens as people get more obese, reveals study

With or without existing kidney disease, kidney function is more likely to decline over time the more severely obese a person is, a large study suggests. “Excess weight, particularly around the belly, causes many adverse metabolic effects that impact the kidney,” said lead study author Dr Alex Chang of the Geisinger Health System in Danville, […]

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