World Health Organization: 5 percent of calories should be from sugar
LONDON -- Just try sugarcoating this: The World Health Organization says your daily sugar intake should be just 5 percent of your total calories -- half of what the agency previously recommended, according to new draft guidelines published Wednesday...
Alzheimer's buddy program pairs patients, students
CHICAGO -- At age 80, retired Chicago physician and educator Dan Winship is getting a bittersweet last chance to teach about medicine -- only this time he's the subject. In the early stages of Alzheimer's disease, Winship is giving a young medical student a close-up look at a devastating illness affecting millions of patients worldwide...
Health beat: Diabetes, high blood pressure raise kidney disease risk
Kidney disease damages kidneys, preventing them from cleaning blood as well as they should. This damage can cause wastes to build up in the body and lead to other health problems, including heart disease and weak bones. It can cause anemia, which makes people feel tired and weak as the number of red blood cells becomes low. Chronic kidney disease eventually can cause kidney failure if it is not treated...
Study: National drop in obese toddlers
ATLANTA -- Toddler obesity shrank sharply in the past decade, a new study suggests. While promising, it's not proof that the nation has turned a corner in the battle against childhood obesity, some experts say. The finding comes from a government study considered a gold-standard gauge of trends in the public's health. The researchers found that obesity among children ages 2 to 5 decreased -- to 8 percent, from 14 percent a decade ago. That would represent a 43 percent drop...
Centralizing organ removal may benefit transplants
For decades, surgeons have traveled to far-off hospitals to remove organs from brain-dead donors and then rushed back to transplant them. Now an experiment in the Midwest suggests there may be a better way: Bring the donors to the doctors instead. A study out Tuesday reports on liver transplants from the nation's first free-standing organ retrieval center. ...
Health beat: March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
The risk of getting colorectal cancer increases with age. More than 90 percent of cases occur in people who are 50 years old or older. Colorectal cancer screening saves lives, but many people are not being screened according to national guidelines. If you're 50 years old or older, getting a screening test for colorectal cancer could save your life. Here's how:...
Few eligible patients can get weight loss surgery
WASHINGTON -- Like 78 million other Americans, MaryJane Harrison is obese. And like many critically overweight Americans, Harrison cannot afford to have weight loss surgery because her health insurance doesn't cover it. The financial burden makes it nearly impossible for her to follow the advice of three physicians who have prescribed the stomach-shrinking procedure for Harrison, who is 4 feet, 10 inches and weighs 265 pounds...
Online MD reviews: cars, movie sites more popular
CHICAGO -- Doctor ratings are less popular than those of toasters, cars and movies when it comes to online consumer sites. That's according to a survey that found most adults hadn't checked online physician reviews -- and most said a conveniently located office and accepting patients' health insurance was more important...
Ovary removal aids high-risk women, research shows
WASHINGTON -- For women who carry a notorious cancer gene, surgery to remove healthy ovaries is one of the most protective steps they can take. New research suggests some may benefit most from having the operation as young as 35. Women who inherit either of two faulty BRCA genes are at much higher risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer than other women, and at younger ages. ...
Caffeine common in children, young adults; mainly soda
CHICAGO -- Nearly 3 out of 4 U.S. children and young adults consume at least some caffeine, mostly from soda, tea and coffee. The rate didn't budge much over a decade, although soda use declined and energy drinks became an increasingly common source, a government analysis finds...
Blood clot risk lasts for 12 weeks after pregnancy
Women have a higher risk of blood clots that can cause strokes, heart attacks and other problems for 12 weeks after childbirth -- twice as long as doctors have thought, new research finds. Strokes are still fairly rare right after pregnancy but devastating when they do occur and fatal about 10 percent of the time, according to Dr. ...
Animal moms customize milk depending on baby's sex
WASHINGTON -- A special blend of mother's milk just for girls? New research shows animal moms are customizing their milk in surprising ways depending on whether they have a boy or a girl. The studies raise questions for human babies, too -- about how to choose the donor milk that's used for hospitalized preemies, or whether we should explore gender-specific infant formula...
Experts increasingly contemplate end of smoking
ATLANTA -- Health officials have begun to predict the end of cigarette smoking in America. They have long wished for a cigarette-free America, but shied away from calling for smoking rates to fall to zero or near zero by any particular year. The power of tobacco companies and popularity of their products made such a goal seem like a pipe dream...
Experiment adds sense of touch to artificial hand
WASHINGTON -- To feel what you touch -- that's the holy grail for artificial limbs. In a step toward that goal, European researchers created a robotic hand that let an amputee feel differences between a bottle, a baseball and a mandarin orange...
Health beat: Love your health on Valentine's Day
Celebrate love and good health yourself, or with family and friends. Whether you celebrate Valentine's Day on your own or with someone else, take steps to be a healthy valentine. Challenge yourself to be active, healthy and smoke-free. Health Beat is a weekly spotlight on a wide range of health issues. The information contained here was provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. View the CDC features online at www.cdc.gov/features....
Study: Children's obesity risk starts before school age
Those efforts to fight obesity in schools? Think younger. A new study finds that much of a child's "weight fate" is set by age 5, and that nearly half of children who became obese by the eighth grade were already overweight when they started kindergarten...
New treatment could reduce kids' peanut allergies
LONDON -- An experimental therapy that fed children with peanut allergies small amounts of peanut flour has helped more than 80 percent of them safely eat a handful of the previously worrisome nuts. Although experts say the results of the carefully monitored study are encouraging, they warn it isn't something that parents should try at home...
Health beat: Women and heart health awareness
Although heart disease is sometimes thought of as a "man's disease," around the same number of women and men die each year of heart disease in the United States. Despite increases in awareness over the past decade, only 56 percent of women recognize that heart disease is their No. 1 killer. That's why it's important to know the signs and symptoms and how to lower the risk for heart disease...
Volunteers deliberately infected with virus
BETHESDA, Md. -- Forget being sneezed on: Government scientists are deliberately giving dozens of volunteers the flu by squirting the live virus straight up their noses. It may sound bizarre, but the rare type of research is a step in the quest for better flu vaccines. It turns out that how the body fends off influenza remains something of a mystery...
Thinking positive helps migraine drug work, study says
WASHINGTON -- Talk about mind over matter: A new study suggests patients' expectations can make a big difference in how they feel after treatment for a migraine. Boston researchers recruited 66 migraine patients in an attempt to quantify how much of their pain relief came from a medication and how much was because of what's called the placebo effect, the healing power of positive belief...
Health beat: Score big: Six game rules for a food-safe buffet
Super Bowl Sunday is an American tradition of football, friends and food. In fact, it's a daylong food fest, that -- next to Thanksgiving Day -- is the second largest day for food consumption in the U.S. While chicken wings, chips and dips are consistent favorites on Super Bowl buffets, make sure that germs are a no-show by following these six tips to avoid food poisoning...
Two bone marrow registry drives scheduled this week
The Cape Girardeau County Area Medical Society Alliance will hold two bone marrow registry drives this week. The drives will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday in the Indian Room at the University Center on the Southeast Missouri State University campus and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the J.C. Penney wing at West Park Mall in Cape Girardeau, according to a news release from the alliance...
Surgeon general adds to list of smoking's harms
WASHINGTON -- It's no secret that smoking causes lung cancer. But what about diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, erectile dysfunction? Fifty years into the war on smoking, scientists still are adding diseases to the list of cigarettes' harms -- even as the government struggles to get more people to kick the habit...
Contact lens could be option for diabetics to monitor glucose
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. -- Brian Otis gingerly holds what looks like a typical contact lens on his index finger. Look closer. Sandwiched in this lens are two twinkling glitter-specks loaded with tens of thousands of miniaturized transistors. It's ringed with a hair-thin antenna. Together these remarkable miniature electronics can monitor glucose levels in tears of diabetics and then wirelessly transmit them to a handheld device...
Health beat: Birth defects are common
Birth defects affect 1 in every 33 babies born in the United States each year. That translates into nearly 120,000 U.S. babies affected by birth defects. These conditions are a leading cause of death in the first year of life, causing 1 in every 5 infant deaths. Babies who survive and live with birth defects can have lifelong challenges, such as problems with physical movement, learning and social interaction...
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