September 19, 2016 |
More than two-thirds of adults in the United States are overweight or obese. But most of those who are trying to lose weight are probably failing, given the bleak data on people who manage to keep off excess weight. One of the many aids developed to help are weight loss apps for smartphones. Their usefulness is mixed, but the hunt is on to find more effective tools. Drexel University psychology professor Evan M. Forman, co-director of the Laboratory for Innovations in Health-Related Behavior Change, and his team are working on two new apps that they hope will make the weight loss quest easier.
August 28, 2016 |
Adapted from a recent online discussion. Question: I work in an environment where I'm usually the youngest in the room by at least a decade. This is my first real job, and it happens to be in an organization where people stay for years and years. Professionally, I don't mind, but socially I feel like I'm constantly finding myself roped into conversations about dieting and weight. I'm in my late 20s, still flying off the coattails of my youthful metabolism and the good luck of healthy habits and no medical history adding complications.
August 8, 2016 |
It's always important to eat wisely, even more so when you're sick. When it comes to cancer, however, researchers are discovering tantalizing new evidence that a patient's diet can actually help shrink tumors. Nicole Simone, a radiation oncologist at Thomas Jefferson University's Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center , has been studying the effect of diet on standard therapies such as radiation and chemotherapy to see whether what you eat can make a difference. So far, it appears that it does.
July 3, 2016 |
Susan A. Masino, the Vernon Roosa Professor of Applied Science at Trinity College, studies links among metabolism, brain activity, and behavior. Brain disorders are expensive, and their costs to families and society can never be calculated fully. As a neuroscientist, I know that despite heroic research efforts our current medical treatments rarely cure neurological problems - and often can't treat them effectively. Devastating and complex problems with our fragile and amazing nervous system span all ages.
June 16, 2016 |
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has agreed to let folic acid be added to corn masa flour, a change expected to spare Hispanic babies from devastating birth defects - and a change that some advocates say is long overdue. "With this approval, FDA is taking a powerful, preventive public health action," Jonca Bull, director of the FDA's Office of Minority Health, said in a statement. "Many Hispanic women don't benefit from the folic acid in cereal grain products because those products are not a mainstay of their regular diets.
June 14, 2016
THE DAILY NEWS Pet of the Week is Max, an 8-year-old domestic medium haired cat at the Pennsylvania SPCA. Max loves to be petted and brushed, although he prefers to be petted on his head. He shows mild interest in toys, and because of his handling, he would do best in a household with children 12 and up. He also has a special diet and heart murmur. Call the PSPCA at 215-426-6300; stop by the shelter at Erie Avenue near B Street, North Philadelphia, or visit pspca.org.
June 13, 2016 |
Consensus was close, but fragile. On the day Philadelphia City Council would vote on Mayor Kenney's proposed tax on sugary drinks, freshman Councilman Allan Domb found he had become a crucial swing vote. A numbers man who, as partner in a high-end restaurant chain had a personal stake in the outcome, Domb was on board - but at 1.25 cents per ounce. Kenney wanted higher. The mayor sent his financial team to Domb's office. After poring over the math, Domb locked in his vote - for 1.5 cents - and held to it in the hours to come, even as beverage lobbyists did their best to undo it. "We were having individual conversations" during the final hours before the vote, Kenney said Friday.
June 12, 2016 |
Philadelphia City Council's decision to include diet drinks in a proposed beverage tax took public-health advocates by surprise and would move the city into unstudied territory. Advocates of a soda tax for health reasons say they have never pushed to include artificially sweetened beverages, because the scientific evidence linking sugar with obesity and diabetes is so much stronger. Far from being unhappy about the development, however, some see the move as an unexpected gift. Diet beverages "are filled with artificial sweeteners and chemicals.
June 4, 2016 |
Mayor Kenney wants a tax on sugary drinks, but City Council is considering adding diet soda to the mix, according to a memo obtained by the Inquirer that is being circulated among Council members. The letter, drafted by Council President Darrell L. Clarke's office, includes 10 alternatives to Kenney's proposed 3-cent-per-ounce tax on sugary drinks. They range from a 1-cent version of Kenney's plan to a combination of what have been seen as competing proposals: a sugary-drinks tax and a container tax. "Obviously, there are an infinite number of variations that could be considered," Clarke wrote in the letter, dated Wednesday.
May 19, 2016 |
It's a fact that physically active individuals tend to be healthier, happier, and live longer than those who are inactive and not fit. Though this is overwhelmingly true for most people, it is especially true for people suffering from inflammatory conditions like rheumatoid arthritis. Yes, you read that right. It may sound counterintuitive, but exercise is one of the best things you can do for yourself if you have arthritis. Sure, exercising is likely the last thing you want to do when you are fatigued and your joints ache, but it can help manage pain and improve your energy.