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Households With Kids Ate Less Junk Food In 2012 Than 2007, Report Says

Households With Kids Ate Less Junk Food In 2012 Than 2007, Report Says

(MCT) — American families with kids bought 101 fewer calories per person per day in packaged foods in 2012 than they did in 2007, according to an analysis of a pledge by big food companies to reduce calories in the marketplace. It’s an “impressive” accomplishment but not sufficient to reverse childhood obesity, experts say. The […]

Are You A Willpower Wimp? Then Change Your Environment To Lose Weight

Are You A Willpower Wimp? Then Change Your Environment To Lose Weight

(MCT) — Need to lose weight? Instead of changing yourself, you might consider changing your environment. Making changes — big and small — to the world around you is much easier than mustering the willpower to refrain from eating high-calorie foods, says Brian Wansink, who has for years studied our eating habits, currently as director […]

U.S. To Increase Medical Aid To Fight Ebola Outbreak In West Africa

U.S. To Increase Medical Aid To Fight Ebola Outbreak In West Africa

WASHINGTON (MCT) — Amid criticism that the U.S. has not done enough to block the spread of the Ebola virus across West Africa, President Barack Obama will announce a “significantly ramped up” campaign Tuesday that relies heavily on the U.S. military, senior administration officials said. The Defense Department will work with local governments to plan […]

Rate Of Fatal Overdoses Involving Pain Medications Slows, CDC says

Rate Of Fatal Overdoses Involving Pain Medications Slows, CDC says

(MCT) — Fatal overdoses involving prescription painkillers have increased every year for more than a decade, but a government study has found for the first time that the rate is slowing. Before 2006, the age-adjusted rate of painkiller-involved deaths grew by 18 percent per year, according to a report issued Tuesday by the National Center […]

Diets Work, But Brands Don’t Make Much Difference, Study Finds

Diets Work, But Brands Don’t Make Much Difference, Study Finds

(MCT) — Which diet is the best for you? Whichever one you can stick with, according to a new meta-analysis of 48 different trials involving nearly 7,300 overweight and obese adults. The findings, described in the Journal of the American Medical Association, or JAMA, show that there’s relatively little difference in the effectiveness of various […]

CVS Pulls Last Of Tobacco Items A Month Early, Plans Name Change

CVS Pulls Last Of Tobacco Items A Month Early, Plans Name Change

(MCT) — The nation’s No. 2 drugstore operator has finally kicked the habit. CVS announced Wednesday that it has pulled all remaining cigarettes, cigars, smokeless tobacco and other tobacco products from each of its 7,700 pharmacies nationwide. In doing so, the company, long known as CVS Caremark Corp., announced plans to rebrand as CVS Health, […]

Spending On Healthcare Is Still Rising, But More Slowly, Report Finds

Spending On Healthcare Is Still Rising, But More Slowly, Report Finds

WASHINGTON (MCT) –National spending on healthcare will continue to surge in coming years, but at a slower rate than the previous two decades, according to new government analysis of the nation’s $3 trillion healthcare tab. The report suggests that changes underway in medical care and insurance coverage may help rein in America’s notoriously high-cost system, […]

Mayo Clinic Offers At-Home Colon Cancer Test

Mayo Clinic Offers At-Home Colon Cancer Test

MINNEAPOLIS (MCT) — Mayo Clinic is taking another step toward making detection of colorectal cancer as convenient as possible, announcing Monday an at-home kit that arrives and is sent back in the mail, stool sample included. In a joint announcement with Cologuard kit maker Exact Sciences of Madison, Wis., Mayo said the screening test will […]

As Kids Get Fatter, Fewer Parents Can Tell Their Children Are Obese

As Kids Get Fatter, Fewer Parents Can Tell Their Children Are Obese

(MCT) — Researchers have identified a new culprit in the epidemic of childhood obesity: parents who can’t even tell that their pudgy kids are overweight. A new study in the journal Pediatrics finds that American parents are significantly less likely to make an accurate assessment of their children’s weight compared with parents from an earlier […]

Medical Marijuana Could Reduce Painkiller Abuse, Study Suggests

Medical Marijuana Could Reduce Painkiller Abuse, Study Suggests

(MCT) — Could medical marijuana be an antidote for the nation’s scourge of fatal overdoses caused by prescription pain medication? A new study suggests the answer is yes, and it’s set off a flurry of medical debate over the risks and benefits of making cannabis more widely available to patients. The new research, published Monday […]

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