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Health News - Fitness/Obesity

New recommendations for treating urinary incontinence in women
Kegel exercises to strengthen pelvic floor muscles, bladder training, and weight loss and exercise are effective nonsurgical treatment options for women with urinary incontinence (UI), according to a... (Medical News Today)

Final pieces to the circadian clock puzzle found
Sixteen years after scientists found the genes that control the circadian clock in all cells, the lab of UNC's Aziz Sancar, M.D., Ph.D. (Medical News Today)

American waistlines continue to grow
A recent study has found that both the average waist circumference and the prevalence of abdominal obesity have increased in American adults from 1999-2012. (Medical News Today)

Battling modern threats to food, land and health with applied evolutionary biology
The age of the Anthropocene - the scientific name given to our current geologic age - is dominated by human impacts on our environment. A warming climate. Increased resistance of pathogens and pests. (Medical News Today)

Cities with more nature trails have higher levels of youth activity and lower youth obesity
As youth obesity levels in America remain at record high levels, health professionals and policymakers continue to search for solutions to this national health issue. (Medical News Today)

New cellular connection makes scientific history
Researchers led by Dr. Helen McNeill at the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute have revealed an exciting and unusual biochemical connection. (Medical News Today)

Kegel exercises, weight loss among ACP's recommendations for treating urinary incontinence
Kegel exercises to strengthen pelvic floor muscles, bladder training, and weight loss and exercise are effective nonsurgical treatment options for women with urinary incontinence (UI), according to... (Medical News Today)

Lifestyle intervention helps people taking antipsychotic medications lose weight and reduce diabetes risk
People taking antipsychotic medications for serious mental illnesses lost significant amounts of weight and improved their glucose levels by participating in a lifestyle-change program, according... (Medical News Today)

Infants' social learning boosted by linguistic diversity
Experiencing diverse communities by hearing different languages at the park, on a bus or in the grocery store may make babies more open-minded in their social learning, a new study finds. (Medical News Today)

Cycling or walking to work 'improves psychological health'
Researchers from the UK find that swapping driving for walking or cycling is accompanied by a boost to psychological well-being, on top of the well-known health benefits. (Medical News Today)

Neural response to food commercials can lead to weight gain in teens
New research suggests that food commercials 'get under the skin' of teens by activating reward regions when they are viewing ads for milk shakes, or burgers, or colasChildren and adolescents see... (Medical News Today)

The cultural threshold for overweight in African-American women higher than the medical definition
African American women and their female children have the highest obesity prevalence of any demographic group and are more likely to underestimate their body weight than white women. (Medical News Today)

Dietary self-monitoring aided by smartphone apps
Smartphones have seen wide adoption among Americans in recent years because of their ease of use and adaptability. (Medical News Today)

Calorie restriction improves sleep apnea, hypertension in obese people
Restricting calories may improve obstructive sleep apnea and reduce high blood pressure in obese adults, according to a study presented at the American Heart Association's High Blood Pressure... (Medical News Today)

Encouraging healthier food choices via weekly text messages
Many people are unaware that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's mandated nutrition labels are based on a 2,000-calorie-a-day diet, but a simple weekly text message reminder can greatly improve... (Medical News Today)

High levels of physical activity linked to early academic achievement
A recent Finnish study has found that high levels of physical activity are linked to better academic achievement during the first 3 years of education, particular in boys. (Medical News Today)

Mangos may lower blood sugar in obese adults
Research published in the journal Nutrition and Metabolic Insight found that regular consumption of mango by obese adults may lower blood sugar levels and does not negatively impact body weight. (Medical News Today)

Factors related to increased blood pressure
Hypertension is the most prevalent chronic disease worldwide. Lifestyle behaviors for its prevention and control are recommended within worldwide guidelines. (Medical News Today)

'Fat shaming' doesn't encourage weight loss
Discrimination against overweight and obese people does not help them to lose weight, finds new UCL research funded by Cancer Research UK. (Medical News Today)

Small weight gains of 5 pounds can raise blood pressure
New research highlights that even gaining a few pounds - easily done by some while on vacation - can lead to an increase in blood pressure in otherwise healthy adults. (Medical News Today)

'Fingerprinting' cell metabolism points toward study of obesity, diabetes
Researchers have shown how to use a new imaging platform to map lipid metabolism in living cells, discovering specifically where cholesterol is stored and pointing toward further studies in... (Medical News Today)

Eating is addictive but sugar and fat are not like drugs, study says
People can become addicted to eating for its own sake but not to consuming specific foods such as those high in sugar or fat, research suggests. (Medical News Today)

Race and ethnicity important when evaluating risk of fat around the heart
A man's likelihood of accumulating fat around his heart - an important indicator of heart disease risk - may be better determined if doctors consider his race and ethnicity, as well as where on his... (Medical News Today)

Children have stronger food cravings but they are more controllable
Children show stronger food craving than adolescents and adults, but they are also able to use a cognitive strategy that reduces craving, according to new research published in Psychological Science... (Medical News Today)

When talking about body size, African American women & doctors may be speaking different languages
African American women and their female children have the highest obesity prevalence of any demographic group and are more likely to underestimate their body weight than white women. (Medical News Today)

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