Wellness: Health Beat 7.26.13
Transforming Health | 07.26.13
Health Beat is our weekly roundup of important healthcare, wellness and research news from around the web. Explore our previous roundups here.
NYC Doctors Are Now Prescribing Fruits And Veggies (NPR)
Doctors typically give patients prescriptions for medications. But a new program in New York City has doctors prescribing fruits and vegetables to obese or overweight patients.
We're exercising more but still fighting obesity, study shows (LA Times)
Residents of two-thirds of the nation's counties have become more physically active, but obesity rates have climbed, researchers concluded.
Calorie-Rich Rewards After Exercise Could Sabotage Weight Loss (Huffington Post)
According to a recent report by the University of Washington's Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, although Americans say they’re living a more active lifestyle, it hasn’t made a significant dent in the obesity epidemic.
Exercise does play a role in weight loss, but without other lifestyle modifications, there won’t be much of a change.
American Council on Exercise spokesperson Jonathan Ross says, "There's a war between exercise and nutrition in our heads. People tend to overestimate the amount of physical activity they get. They work out a little bit and treat themselves a lot."
Why Skipping Breakfast Might Raise Risk Of Heart Disease (NPR)
The new study shows that men who routinely skipped breakfast had a 27 percent higher risk of having a heart attack or dying from coronary heart disease compared to men who ate breakfast.
Law Spoils Tobacco’s Taste, Australians Say (NY Times)
Australia's tobacco warning labels swapped iconic packaging for graphic images of mouth ulcers, cancerous lungs and gangrenous limbs. And, now complaints are rolling in about the flavor of cigarettes. Australian health minister, Tanya Plibersek, said, “Of course there was no reformulation of the product. It was just that people being confronted with the ugly packaging made the psychological leap to disgusting taste.”
HPV Vaccination Might Help Reduce Risk Of Throat Cancers (NPR)
Studies shows that women who have received an HPV vaccine are much less likely to have throat infections with the virus. And, scientists think it may be effective against throat cancers, too.
Overweight? Maybe You Really Can Blame Your Metabolism (NY Times)
A new discovery in mice may help to explain why some people gain weight easily while others can eat all they want and seem never to gain an ounce.