Fitness experts say running is great exercise and has many health benefits, but although it can be part of a weight-loss program, it may not be the best workout for weight loss. Research suggests high-intensity interval training is more efficient for weight loss, and registered dietitian nutritionist Samantha Heller says people should focus their dietary decisions around food quality and appropriate calorie intake.
About 17% of parents in the UK permitted their children to drink alcohol at age 14, which may increase their risk of developing health and social problems, researchers reported in the Journal of Adolescent Health. The findings also showed more permissive attitudes on early teen alcohol consumption among parents who were employed, had higher educational attainment and drank alcohol, while child gender, teen or single parenthood, and parental drinking levels weren't tied to the odds of allowing alcohol use.
A New York City council member's proposal would require every city police precinct to have a licensed clinical social worker on duty around the clock. "Many times police precincts come across individuals who have social and emotional needs," council member Mark Treyger said, adding that "precincts don't have the capacity to deal with those kinds of issues."
Senate and House Republican leaders say they have enough votes to pass their tax legislation this week after Sens. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Bob Corker, R-Tenn., declared their support for the bill. The final legislation eliminates the Affordable Care Act tax penalty for individuals who do not purchase health insurance, a move that's expected to drive up costs as young, healthy Americans leave the individual market.
A federal judge has granted Pennsylvania's request for an injunction temporarily blocking enforcement of Trump administration rules that would allow more employers to stop offering coverage of contraceptives at no additional cost on moral or religious grounds. Judge Wendy Beetlestone said the regulation introduces "sweeping" exemptions, calling them the "proverbial exception that swallows the rule."
Researchers studying data from patients with dementia with Lewy bodies found that DLB shares some genetic loci associated with Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases and that a different portion of the SNCA locus, which is tied to Parkinson's, is linked to DLB. The findings in The Lancet Neurology could be used to better determine dementia types and improve treatments, researchers said.
Cerveau Technologies and KU Leuven University in Belgium have reached an agreement for the manufacturing and supply of Cerveau's F-18 MK-6240, an investigational PET tracer for imaging neurofibrillary tangles in the brain, to support future research projects. KU Leuven will also have access to Cerveau's pharmaceutical partners to support research into preventive therapies for Alzheimer's disease, said Cerveau President and CEO Rick Hiatt.
A new $13 million health and wellness center for employees and students at Missouri State University will consolidate and expand services that are scattered around the university. The Taylor Health and Wellness Center, which is expected to open in the spring, will include a clinic with five full-time physicians and will focus on preventive and primary care to help manage stress and chronic illness.
The CDC reports influenza was widespread in 12 states during the week ending Dec. 9, up from seven states with widespread activity the previous week, and high flu activity was observed in Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina and Texas. Testing suggests H3N2, a severe form of influenza, is the dominant form of influenza this season, but none of the samples tested so far has been resistant to treatment.
European researchers found that children with a higher Healthy Dietary Adherence Score at baseline had improved self-esteem as well as fewer peer and emotional problems after two years, compared with those with lower HDAS scores. The findings in the journal BMC Public Health also showed better self-esteem and no peer and emotional problems among those who ate fish two or three times a week, as well as no peer problems among those who ate whole meal products.
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