Obesity rates among adult women in the U.S. appear to have stabilized over the past decade, according to new government data. However, the rates for adult men climbed from about 27.5% to 32% over the same period. "It's slightly good news to see that it's not increasing at the rate it was before, but we can't really relax. We still have a third of our population that's obese," said an official at the CDC.
A study of patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease found the risk of esophageal or gastroesophageal junction cancer was higher for those who smoked and lower for those who regularly used nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. The Australian researchers said the use of acid suppressants by patients with frequent GERD had no effect on cancer risk.
Two Wisconsin teenagers with Crohn's disease hope to put a young face on the painful and debilitating illness by raising awareness about the condition. Carly Sorenson, 19, and Peter Birke, 18, met at a camp for children with Crohn's five years ago and are sharing their experiences with other young people who have the chronic condition so know they are not alone.
Constipation is usually just an interruption of routines and is often minor and temporary, one expert has said. Constipation can be prevented by increasing exercise, adding more fiber to your diet and drinking a lot more water.
More than 150 commercial food products that appeared on the market in 2007 contained probiotics to help the digestive system. Public interest in the healthy bacteria is growing, but evidence supporting the efficacy of probiotics remains spotty. Nutritionist Bob Greene says more research is needed, adding some people see a big improvement after using probiotic products and some find no benefit at all.