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US Obese workers more likely to file compensation claims for injuries on the job
Obese individuals appear more likely to file workers’ compensation claims for injuries on the job, according to a report in the April 23 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. A second report in the same issue suggests that older Americans with a body mass index (BMI) of between 25 and 30—considered to be overweight—may have a higher risk of disability but a lower risk of death than those with BMI in the recommended range of 18.5 to 25. (24-04-2007)
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Maternal omega-3 again linked to children's coordination

Increased intake of the omega-3 DHA during pregnancy could produce improved motor function in the offspring in later life, suggests a new study from Canada.

Ban six food colourings, say European consumer organisations

Recent UK research has showed a link between six food colourings and hyperactivity in some children. Despite these indings and agreement on the fact that there are strong grounds to suggest that these additives affect children's ehaviour, no action is foreseen at EU level to remove these substances from food.

New child obesity stats inform UK strategy

The UK government has reported progress in its bid to identify children who are or who are at risk of becoming overweight, providing new trend data to help inform anti-obesity strategies.

'Stranger danger' threat and lack of green spaces put kids off walking

Relationship between walking levels and perceptions of the local neighborhood environment   Perceived 'stranger danger' and lack of green spaces put off children from walking more, suggests research in the Archives of Disease in Childhood.  

Clever kids go veggie

Researchers at Southampton University have found a link between IQ and becoming vegetarian. The team investigated the link because people who are more intelligent have a lower risk of heart disease, which puzzled doctors.

Children who drink sugary drinks every day are likely to be a stone heavier, according to research quoted in a new report.

 “One of the greatest challenges for soft-drink manufacturers and retailers is the growing perception of an association between drinks with large quantities of sugar, and obesity,” says Emma Conroy in her report ‘Challenges for the Soft Drink Manufacturer’.

Clear link between childhood obesity and behavior problems found

In a study that points to the importance of considering both mind and body in children’s health, researchers report that they have found a clear link between childhood obesity and behavior problems. 

US Children proven to Benefit from Drinking Flavoured Milk

A new US study released today in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association found that children who drink flavored or plain milk consume more nutrients and have a lower or comparable body mass index (BMI ??� a measure of body fatness) than children who don??�t drink milk.

NICE guideline will help women with diabetes plan for a healthy pregnancy and baby

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) and the National Collaborating Centre for Women's and Children's Health have today (26 March 2008) issued guidance providing clear and consistent advice to doctors and midwives on how to help women with diabetes manage their condition when they are preparing to conceive, after they have given birth and in the cycle towards their next pregnancy.

Overweight American Women less likey to get screened for Breast, Cervical Cancer - but need it the most

A review of cancer screening studies shows that white women who are obese are less likely than healthy weight women to get the recommended screenings for breast and cervical cancer, according to researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill??�s School of Public Health.

Soya Allergy Alert . Vitalite

Dairy Crest is withdrawing from sale a limited number of tubs of its 2kg Vitalite spread because some of the labels say that the product is "Soya Free" when it contains a small amount of soya lecithin.

'normal' outside weight can mean 'obese' insides!

More than half of American adults considered to have normal body weight in America have high body fat percentages -- greater than 20 percent for men and 30 percent for women -- as well as heart and metabolic disturbances, new Mayo Clinic research shows.

Low-Fat Diets More Likely to Reduce Risk of Heart Disease Than Low-Carb Diets

Low-fat diets are more effective in preserving and promoting a healthy cardiovascular system than low-carbohydrate, Atkins’-like diets, according to a new study by researchers at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee.

Weight Loss easier if you're not on your own!

Weight-loss program participants who had a brief, monthly personal contact intervention ??� most often a 10-15 minute phone conversation ??� regained less weight than participants who were in a Web-based intervention or self-directed program, according to a study in the March 12 issue of JAMA.

Diet treatment ready for human trials

A new generation of diet drug which could be as effective as weight-loss surgery could soon be on the market after the announcement that it was ready for human trials.

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