February 21, 2013 |
1 OBESITY Carrying extra pounds is a risk factor for nearly every preventable disease. No, it's not about being skinny - and it's not about being obese. It's about being at an optimal, healthy weight for your height. Forget the BMI and just look at yourself in a full-length mirror naked. 2 PHYSICAL INACTIVITY Don't worry about running a marathon. Just commit to walking every day for a minimum of 30 minutes and doing a few calisthenics in your bedroom. It doesn't have to be complicated.
May 18, 1999 |
Despite the economic good times, 9.2 million American children - one in seven - are in serious distress and at risk of having continuing problems later in life. These youngsters are at risk not just for one reason, but for many. What makes their situation especially dire is that each is burdened with four or more measurable risk factors, as identified by the Annie E. Casey Foundation in its new Kids Count Data Book, which was released today. The factors are: the child is growing up in a single-parent home; the household head does not have a high school diploma; family income is below the poverty line; a parent does not have steady full-time employment; the family is receiving welfare benefits; and the child lacks health insurance.
November 28, 1997 |
Ahlayshia Holmes. Amire Lowe. Charnae Wise. Raymond Graves. These young Philadelphians all died this year, allegedly at the hands of adult relatives. Though the abuse they suffered is extreme compared to what social workers normally encounter, it is still indicative of the harsh realities that thousands of city preschoolers face day in and day out. According to a new city-commissioned report, an alarmingly large number of young children are exposed to myriad risk factors that keep them from excelling once they begin school.
May 24, 1999 |
Jeff Jacoby (column, May 12) challenges the science used by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to estimate how many people die from cigarette smoking each year in the United States. The column was based on an article by Robert Levy and Rosalind Marimont in Regulation magazine, which contains numerous errors about the harm of smoking. Levy and Marimont claim the government counts as a smoking-related death all smokers who die from a certain disease, even if they had other risk factors.
November 22, 1994 |
Every year, more than 45,000 American women die from breast cancer. Seventy-five percent of those women have no risk factors. These women are among the most susceptible to the disease because they feel that since they have no risk factors, they are immune. Because of this false sense of security, these and many more women will die from breast cancer this year, although they could greatly increase their chances of survival by taking a few minutes out of their routines to conduct breast examinations.
December 17, 1990 |
THE SPORTING LIFE What is this? Runners swilling beer after an important race? Yes, but it is nonalcoholic beer that runners increasingly are reaching for after they hit the finish line, Runner's World magazine reports. Not only are such brews palatable and refreshing, they also supply needed carbohydrates and fluids. The alcohol in regular beer acts as a diuretic, but nonalcoholic beer, which is less than 0.5 percent alcohol, does not leave you dry or drunk, the magazine says.
February 24, 1993 |
Baldness can be bad for your heart. That's the conclusion of a report published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association. That baldness is bad for the heart is no secret to thousands of lighter- on-top men toiling in the singles bars and computer dating files of America. But romance isn't the interest of the JAMA report. Dr. Samuel M. Lesko of Boston University School of Medicine studied 1,437 men ages 21 to 54 at 35 New England hospitals and found that men with male- pattern baldness may face a "modest" increased risk of heart attack.
February 14, 2013
AS WE celebrate Valentine's Day on Thursday, this is an opportune time to talk heart health with the ones we love. Just in case you need a little reminder, the No. 1 silent killer of all Americans, regardless of education, race or social-economic status, is coronary heart disease, the result of plaque blockages in the arteries that supply oxygen to the heart. Approximately every 30 seconds, an American is stricken with some kind of coronary event, according to the American Heart Association.
February 21, 2013
FORMER ATHLETE-turned-restaurant manager Stephanie Varela, 29, attributed her sweating, shortness of breath and slight chest pains to the stress of hard work and rushing around. Neither she nor the paramedics would realize she was having a heart attack. It happened on a Saturday evening last September, the Philadelphia resident recalled recently. "I was on the phone trying to calm down an irate guest, and the minute I hung up, it felt like someone was sitting on my chest. I felt this stabbing pain in my shoulder that traveled down to my arm, elbow and finally to my fingers, which went numb.
January 27, 2012 |
Albert Einstein is reputed to have said that "everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler. " The current debate about the global epidemic of non-communicable diseases - chronic conditions such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and cancer - has ignored this advice. Policymakers have oversimplified the challenge by focusing on the growing prevalence of non-communicable diseases - the sheer number of people with these diseases - which is not really the problem. True, almost all regions of the world are experiencing an increase in the prevalence of these diseases, partly because as deaths from acute infectious diseases and injuries decline, people live long enough to develop them.