A study found 30% of patients with anorexia nervosa achieved remission, along with 40% of a subgroup analyzed in a 20-year follow-up. Researchers reported in the International Journal of Eating Disorders that many patients do not achieve remission and that anorexia nervosa can have negative long-term effects.
Cutting back on unhealthy carbohydrates is a good idea but adopting a very-low-carb or ketogenic diet can make the body run less efficiently, lead to gastrointestinal problems, and restrict intake of needed vitamins and minerals, says registered dietitian nutritionist Barbara Quinn. Ketogenic diets are useful for patients with neurological disorders, and could help with short-term weight loss, but experts say they are not right for everyone and could be harmful, Quinn says.
Registered dietitian Samantha Cassetty says eating more vegetables and healthy carbohydrates can promote weight loss but people also should reconsider how they view calories and their ability to use exercise to counter the effects of poor dietary habits. Cassetty says people may have to rethink their ideal weight, make peace with their scale, and accept that a diet may be hard work.
People may not achieve their wellness goals if they fail to adopt consistent healthy habits, including nightly routines that allow for adequate sleep and good nutrition throughout the next day, writes registered dietitian Jae Berman. Pack lunches and even prepare breakfast the night before, limit caffeine, sugar and alcohol later in the day, make time for exercise, and get enough sleep, Berman recommends.
A Swedish study in Neurology found that youths who became overweight between ages 8 and 20 were 80% more likely to have a stroke as adults, compared with those with average weight gain, while those who were overweight at ages 8 and 20 had a 70% higher stroke risk. The findings also showed that every two-point increase in body mass index was associated with a 20% higher odds of stroke occurrence.
The microbiome may be a factor in the development of food allergies, according to a study that evaluated bacterial colonization and food sensitization and allergy in toddlers. The study in the journal Allergy found that for children with food sensitization, the genera Haemophilus, Dialister, Dorea and Clostridium were underrepresented, while among those with a food allergy, the genera Citrobacter, Oscillospira, Lactococcus and Dorea were underrepresented.
Taking a 2-minute brisk walk every half-hour may reduce levels of fatty acids, which are linked to development of clogged arteries, according to a study in the Journal of Clinical Lipidology. While long periods of sitting may increase the risk for cardiovascular and other diseases, 30 minutes of exercise daily, short walking breaks and the two combined may result in better metabolic health, the study said.
A Los Angeles Community College District survey found 20% of students are homeless, 65% cannot afford balanced meals and 60% do not have money to buy more food if they run out. The district is looking to build below-market housing on some campuses and it may require its food vendor to accept meal cards from homeless students.
FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb emphasized the continuing need for strong regulatory oversight of compounded drugs and other safety provisions of the 2013 Drug Quality and Security Act in a statement released June 26. He noted that, from the time the DOSA was enacted to the beginning of this month, the FDA has issued more than 150 warning letters to compounding facilities for significant violations.
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