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AMERICANS' VEGETABLE CONSUMPTION DROPS 2% IN A DECADE

Nearly three-quarters of all Americans eat fewer vegetables each day than the national health objectives for fruit and vegetable consumption advises them to, says a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 67.5% of US adults consume fewer than two fruits per day, the report informs.


2 GLASSES OF MILK A DAY TONES MUSCLES, KEEPS THE FAT AWAY IN WOMEN, STUDY SHOWS

Women who drink two large glasses of milk a day after their weight-lifting routine gained more muscle and lost more fat compared to women who drank sugar-based energy drinks, a McMaster study has found. The study appears in the June issue of Medicine and Science in Sport and Exercise. "Resistance training is not a typical choice of exercise for women," says Stu Phillips, professor in the Department of Kinesiology at McMaster University.


500 DEATHS LINKED TO DIABETES DRUG MEDIATOR, FRANCE

Over the last thirty years approximately 500 patients in France who took Mediator have died, French health agency CNAM (Caisse Nationale d'Assurance Maladie) has announced today. French watchdog Agence Française de Sécurité Sanitaire des produits de Santé (AFSSAPS) is urging all patients who have taken the medication to see their doctor to check for dangerous thickening of the heart valves.


NEARLY 1 IN 4 OVERWEIGHT WOMEN THINKS HER WEIGHT IS NORMAL, US STUDY

A new study found that nearly 1 in 4 overweight American women "misperceives" her body weight as normal, while conversely, around 1 in 6 normal weight women regards herself as overweight. The study is published in the December issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology, and is the work of lead author Dr Mahbubur Rahman, Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in Galveston, and Dr Abbey Berenson, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Pediatrics Chief in the UTMB Division of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology.


21.8% INCREASE IN ADHD DIAGNOSES IN KIDS IN 4 YEARS IN USA

9.7% Of children aged between 4 and 17 years had at some time been diagnosed with Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in 2007, up from 7.8% in 2003, a 21.8% increase, according to data published today in the CDC's (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).


ADHD COULD BE MISDIAGNOSED IN NEARLY 1 MILLION US KIDS SAY RESEARCHERS

Two studies published recently suggest there could be something wrong with the way ADHD is diagnosed in young children in the US, one found that nearly 1 million kids are potentially misdiagnosed just because they are the youngest in their kindergarten year, with the youngest in class twice as likely to be on stimulant medication, while the other study confirmed that whether children were born just before or just after the kindergarten cutoff date significantly affected their chances of being diagnosed with ADHD.


WHAT IS SUPERBUG NDM-1?

NDM-1 refers to a gene that is carried by some bacteria. A bacterial strain that carries the NDM-1 gene will be resistant to even some of the strongest antibiotics. There are no current antibiotics to combat bacteria that have the NDM-1 gene, and this makes it potentially very dangerous. NDM-1 stands for New Delhi metallo-ß-lactamase-1.


NUTRITION PROFESSOR LOSES 27 POUNDS ON JUNK FOOD DIET IN 10 WEEKS

Imagine a diet of Twinkies, Doritos chips, and other foods high in sugar and saturated fats, and losing lots of weight on it. That is exactly what Mark Haub, a professor in human nutrition from Kansas State University did - and he lost 27 pounds in ten weeks. On top of that, his blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels improved considerably.


"OBESOGENIC" AMERICA: NINE STATES NOW OVER 30 PER CENT OBESE, CDC

American society has become "obesogenic" according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): their latest report shows that nine states now report more than 30 per cent of adults are obese, yet it was only ten years ago that no state had a 30 per cent or more rate of obesity in its adult population.


TODDLER CONQUERS 40 PER DAY CIGARETTE ADDICTION

Ardi Rizal, from Musi Bayuasin, South Sumatra, Indonesia was smoking two packets of cigarettes per day. He became addicted to nicotine in tobacco after his father had given him a cigarette. According to his parents, his addiction became so bad that he would throw violent tantrums if they did not give him a cigarette.


INHALING DIABETES? STUDY SUGGESTS LINK BETWEEN AIR POLLUTION AND TYPE 2 DIABETES IN WOMEN

Traffic-related air pollution, known to raise the risk for cardiovascular disease, may also increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes in women. Low-grade inflammation may contribute to the higher incidence of type 2 diabetes in women exposed to air pollution, according to German researchers. Published online May 27 ahead of print in the peer-reviewed journal Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP), the study comprised German women living in highly polluted industrial areas and in rural regions with less pollution.


OVER 2,400 CHOLERA DEATHS IN WEST AND CENTRAL AFRICA

UNICEF says it is fighting "one of the worst ever" outbreaks of cholera in West and Central Africa that has made over 85,000 people sick and killed 2,466 people so far this year. The magnitude of the outbreaks mean this part of the world is facing one of the most devastating epidemics in its history, the United Nations agency added.


10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF ANTHRAX ATTACKS IN OCTOBER, TFAH STATEMENT

With the 10th anniversary of the anthrax attacks in the United States coming up this October, Jeff Levi, PhD, Executive Director of the Trust for America's Health (TFAH) marked the occasion making the following statement: "All of us at the Trust for America's Health want to take this anniversary to remember those we lost and their loved ones and to commemorate the public health community and other responders who worked tirelessly and heroically to respond and protect us.


SUICIDE BOMBS IN IRAQ CAUSED 200 COALITION SOLDIER AND 12,000 CIVILIAN CASUALTIES FROM 2003-10

In The Lancet's special 9/11 issue, a report details the devastating impact of suicide bombs on both Iraqi civilians and coalition troops. The editorial is by Dr Madelyn Hsiao-Rei Hicks, Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London, UK, and Iraq Body Count, London, UK, and colleagues. In Iraq, two data sets recorded suicide bomb casualties from March 20, 2003 to December 31, 2010, and examined and compared by investigators.


SALMONELLA TAINTED CILANTRO - OVER 6,000 CARTONS RECALLED, USA

The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) informs that 6,141 cartons of Cilantro are being recalled after some samples tested positive for Salmonella at distributor level. Pacific International Marketing has issued the recall and the FDA says they and Pacific are liaising closely. Pacific says the potentially contaminated cartons come in 60, 30 bunches and 20-3 bunched sleeves.


EXTREMELY OBESE PEOPLE MORE LIKELY TO DIE FROM H1N1 SWINE FLU

Extremely obese individuals, those with a BMI (body mass index) of over 40, have a significantly higher chance of dying from 2009 A(H1N1) swine flu infection compared to other people, researchers revealed in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases. The scientists gathered data from a public health surveillance database in California and found extreme obesity to be a "powerful risk factor for death".


TYLENOL MAXIMUM DAILY DOSAGE TO DROP TO 3,000MG PER DAY FROM 4,000MG

Tylenol, whose active ingredient is acetaminophen, will now have a lower recommended daily dose, which is aimed at reducing the risk of accidental overdose, McNeil Consumer Healthcare, a Johnson & Johnson company announced today. The recommended daily maximum for Extra Strength Tylenol 500mg tablets will go down from 8 per day to 6 per day, i.


ADHD DRUG PRESCRIBING GREW STEADILY OVER 12 YEARS, USA

The number of children aged 4 to 17 years being prescribed ADHD medications in the USA has been steadily rising since 1996, researchers from the NIH (National Institutes of Health) and AHRQ (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality) have reported in the American Journal of Psychiatry. The authors wrote that attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, which often persists right into adulthood, is one of the most common disorders among children.


CHILDHOOD ADHD PREVALENCE RISES BY 28% IN TEN YEARS IN USA

Over a ten-year period, the prevalence of children diagnosed with ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) rose from 7% to 9% of all children, an increase of 28%, according to a report issued by the National Center for Health Statistics, part of the CDC. The period studied was from 1998-2000 through 2007-2009.


BAP1 GENE MUTATION RAISES MESOTHELIOMA AND MELANOMA OF THE EYE RISK

People with gene mutation BAP1 have a higher risk of developing mesothelioma and melanoma of the eye, researchers have reported in Nature Genetics. The authors added that individuals with the BAP1 mutation who are exposed to asbestos have a considerably higher chance of developing mesothelioma than those without the mutation.