Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene in New Hampshire was named a Million Hearts 2013 Hypertension Control Champion for its multidisciplinary program to control hypertension and prevent heart attacks and stroke. The initiative, which increased the portion of patients who improved their blood pressure control from 69% in 2010 to more than 84% in 2013, included no-cost nurse clinic checkups and educational materials to teach families about blood pressure.
After liposuction, normal-weight women who remained sedentary had a 10% increase, on average, in visceral fat four months later. However, no gain was seen in those who started exercising after the surgery, Brazilian researchers reported in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. The study followed 36 women.
Washington Post columnist Jay Mathews is offering teachers some no-cost solutions to improve student achievement, given the current economic climate. He suggests ditching expensive textbooks in favor of free reading time in class, daily calls or e-mails to parents, encouraging high-school students to read nonfiction and other ideas.
Governments in several Latin American countries are paying poor families a monthly stipend for taking their children to regular medical checkups and keeping them in school. By 2006, Brazil's President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva hopes an expanded Family Grant program will assist 11.4 million families, about a quarter of the country's population.
The $4 million program will work with doctors, families and community groups to teach parents how to help their children lose weight. Doctors will work to identify those children most at risk of becoming obese and will offer lifestyle counseling to families.