A study of more than 30,000 postmenopausal women found those who were at normal weight and exercised vigorously reduced their breast cancer risk by 30%. Overall, the women who exercised the most were 13% less likely to develop breast cancer.
The rate of new diabetes cases nearly doubled in the U.S. in the past 10 years, and roughly 90% are Type 2 diabetes, the form linked to obesity, CDC researchers say. Nationally, the rate of new cases climbed from about 5 per 1,000 in the mid-1990s to 9 per 1,000 in the middle of this decade, with the highest rates in the South.
A 15-minute computer-based counseling program helped educate women about the benefits of taking folic acid before pregnancy to prevent birth defects. Researchers say on-screen sessions have many advantages over printed pamphlets, especially for women who don't read well.
A study of more than 40,000 U.S. women and their infants found that gaining more than 40 pounds during pregnancy almost doubles the risk of delivering a baby that weighs 9 pounds or more. Heavy babies are programmed to become overweight or obese later in life, the lead researcher said.