Παρασκευή, 23 Μαΐου 2014

ScienceDaily: Living Well News

ScienceDaily: Living Well News


People with low incomes less likely to use healthy weight loss strategies

Posted: 22 May 2014 02:52 PM PDT

Poorer people of all ages are less likely than wealthier ones to follow recommended strategies for weight loss, finds a recent study. "We found that compared to persons of higher household incomes, both youths and adults of lower household incomes were less likely to use strategies that are consistent with U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommendations," which include reducing fats and sweets and increasing exercise, said the lead author.

'I can' mentality goes long way after childbirth

Posted: 22 May 2014 09:35 AM PDT

The way a woman feels about tackling everyday physical activities, including exercise, may be a predictor of how much weight she'll retain years after childbirth says a professor. A study followed 56 women during pregnancy and measured their physical activity levels, along with barriers to exercise and the ability to overcome them. Six years later, the research team followed up with more than half of the participants and found that the women who considered themselves less able to take on these barriers had retained more of their pregnancy weight. Top barriers identified in the study included time, motivation and childcare issues.

Inexpensive food a key factor in rising obesity

Posted: 22 May 2014 04:47 AM PDT

An important factor fueling the obesity epidemic has been identified by a new review: Americans now have the cheapest food available in history. Today, two in three Americans are overweight or obese, with rates climbing steadily over the past several decades. Many factors have been suggested as causes: snack food, automobiles, television, fast food, computer use, vending machines, suburban housing developments, and portion size. But after examining available evidence, the authors say widespread availability of inexpensive food appears to have the strongest link to obesity.

Parents 'need to be convinced' to let children walk to school

Posted: 21 May 2014 06:11 PM PDT

Parents need to be convinced about the benefits of their children walking or cycling to school as much as the children themselves, according to research. A study of children's habits in commuting to and from school discovered that, in the vast majority of cases, parents were the main decision makers in how the children traveled.

Agricultural economist breaks down record high meat prices

Posted: 20 May 2014 08:55 AM PDT

Meat prices are at a record high and one agricultural economist expects prices to steadily increase throughout the year. The expert says several factors are contributing to the increased prices, such as the drought, the historically low number of cattle and recent animal health diseases. He suggests comparing prices of meat products and consider buying alternate products, like bone-in instead of boneless, to save some money.

Serious complications from anesthesia very rare during childbirth, new study finds

Posted: 20 May 2014 06:49 AM PDT

Expectant mothers concerned about receiving an epidural, spinal or general anesthesia during childbirth can breathe a little easier. According to a study, serious complications due to anesthesia during childbirth are very rare, occurring in one out of every 3,000 deliveries. "We were extremely pleased to find that serious complications such as bleeding, infection, paralysis and maternal death were extremely rare. However, since many complications can lead to catastrophic outcomes, it is important that physician anesthesiologists remain vigilant and prepared to rapidly diagnose and treat any complication, should it arise," said the study's lead author.

Olive Oil Supplements May Protect against the Adverse Vascular Effects of Air Pollution

Posted: 19 May 2014 08:42 AM PDT

Taking olive oil supplements may counteract some of the adverse cardiovascular effects of exposure to air pollution, according to a new study. "Our study suggests that use of olive oil supplements may protect against the adverse vascular effects of exposure to air pollution particles," said a researcher. "If these results are replicated in further studies, use of these supplements might offer a safe, low cost, and effective means of counteracting some of the health consequences of exposure to air pollution."

Your high school GPA could affect your income

Posted: 19 May 2014 06:28 AM PDT

High school grade point average (GPA) is a strong predictor of future earnings, a study concludes. The findings show that a one-point increase in high school GPA raises annual earnings in adulthood by around 12 percent for men and 14 percent for women. Although previous studies have found a relationship between higher levels of education and greater earnings, less is known about the association between academic performance in high school and income.

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