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Skin cancer rates continue to climb upwards in the U.S. The number of new cases each year – around 63,000 – warranted a Surgeon General’s call to action in July of 2014, and a total of about 5 million Americans receive skin cancer treatment each year. The deadliest type of skin cancer, malignant melanoma, is now the fifth most common form of cancer behind prostate, breast, lung and colon cancers. One of the most unfortunate aspects of the rise in melanoma rates involves the fact that skin cancer is, to a certain extent, preventable. People can greatly reduce their risk of skin cancer by not tanning, staying out of the sun, and wearing sunscreen. Apart from all that, however, one study has found another prevention strategy that you might already be taking part in: daily coffee consumption.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, obesity rates have doubled for children and quadrupled for adolescents in the last 30 years. As of 2012, over one-third of both adolescents and children were obese or overweight. It probably goes without saying that those who suffer from childhood obesity endure a plethora of other health risks such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, prediabetes, sleep apnea and joint problems. Physical activity and healthy eating are of course two of the most important factors for preventing childhood obesity, but many families and schools simply have difficulty developing overall lifestyle changes that prevent weight gain. But what if researchers could narrow down the causes of childhood obesity to one or two actionable strategies? Well, a new study in the journal Pediatrics has done just that. Put simply, kids need to eat less pizza.
Many people look to the reputed U.S. News & World Report for their rankings of things such as universities, hospitals, law schools, business schools, graduate schools, medical schools and cars. For the past five years, the magazine has also developed a ranking system for the most popular and culturally significant diet plans in an attempt to discover which diets are actually the healthiest. Anybody who’s trying to improve their health by sticking to a diet plan knows how difficult it can be to cut through all the promises and hype surrounding many diets. U.S. News determines their rankings by thoroughly combing through medical journals and government reports while also consulting with a panel of experts in nutrition, food psychology, obesity, diabetes and heart disease. This unbiased, third-party review examined 35 different diets to try cutting through the false claims.
According to a recent Marist poll, 44 percent of Americans are making a new year’s resolution in 2015. The most common resolution – cited by 13 percent of respondents – was weight loss. This isn’t really surprising, as smoking cessation, weight loss and getting more exercise are probably the most common new year’s resolutions every year. Other common resolutions include saving money, eating healthier, spending more time with family and just generally being a better person.
Of course, everybody knows that new year’s resolutions can notoriously fall flat within a few weeks. The Marist poll stated that 41 percent of those surveyed didn’t keep their resolutions from 2014 for even part of the year. So how can a person stick to a weight loss resolution? Well, it takes dedication, planning and perseverance.
Everybody knows that fast food is bad for your health. Eating too much of it can lead to all sorts of health conditions such as obesity, high blood pressure and high cholesterol – all of which are serious risk factors for heart disease and diabetes. There is some hope on the horizon, though. Some studies show that calories are dropping in general among fast food items. Also, with calorie counts becoming mandatory in many restaurants, people might start making smarter choices when eating out. But while much has been discussed about the physical aspects of junk food, the link between fast food and brainpower isn’t widely known. Does fast food have any effect on your ability to think and learn? Unfortunately, a new study says yes. Even worse, it seems to affect kids – eating too much fast food at a young age could actually impact test scores.
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