Category Archives: Proactive Prevention

Predicting healthy aging from a blood sample may be possible soon






Metabolites found in our blood are linked to ageing and can signpost the risk of developing age-related diseases. This may help avoid such risks and reduce the rate at which we age biologically. We age in two ways. There is … Continue reading






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Up to 40 percent of annual deaths from each of five leading US causes are preventable






Each year, nearly 900,000 Americans die prematurely from the five leading causes of death – yet 20 percent to 40 percent of the deaths from each cause could be prevented, according to a study from the Centers for Disease Control … Continue reading






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The experimental drug that is prolonging life span in mice






CHICAGO — Northwestern Medicine® scientists have newly identified a protein’s key role in cell and physiological aging and have developed – in collaboration with Tohoku University in Japan — an experimental drug that inhibits the protein’s effect and prolonged the … Continue reading






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7 simple lifestyle changes can add a decade or more healthy years: new Canadian study






Vancouver − Health prevention strategies to help Canadians achieve their optimal health potential could add a decade or more of healthy years to the average lifespan and save the economy billions of dollars as a result of reduced cardiovascular disease, … Continue reading






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CDC obesity prevention conference call for papers, deadline October 2






The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention presents Weight of the Nation™ 2012, its national conference on obesity prevention and control. The theme for the 2012 conference is Moving Forward, Reversing the Trend. Conference organizers will illustrate this theme through … Continue reading






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Uh-oh. Exercise metrics are ticking downward.






Americans Feel It’s Easy to Access a Safe Place to Exercise, Yet Exercise Levels Remain Lower Than in 2008 The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index Reveals That June Exercise Levels are Still Lower Than in 2008; Biggest Disparities in Race and Income … Continue reading






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Why the prevention trade association needs to speak up






Read in between the lines of today’s story on WellPoint and Aetna’s Q2 results and you will see some positive signs for the prevention industry. If there were such a thing. The two companies are number two and number three … Continue reading






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Why some of us will be fat forever






The Cheesecake Factory Celebrates National Cheesecake History Month and National Cheesecake Day Offering Any Slice at Half Price on July 30 Hershey’s Chocolate Bar Cheesecake Introduced to Culminate National Cheesecake Month CALABASAS HILLS, Calif.-(BUSINESS WIRE)-As National Cheesecake History Month concludes, … Continue reading






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Heart attack: predictors of dying suddenly versus surviving






Is it possible to predict whether someone is likely to survive or die suddenly from a heart attack? A new study by researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center has answered just that. “For some people, the first heart attack … Continue reading






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Alzheimer’s preventable more than half of the time, suggests UCSF study






Over half of all Alzheimer’s disease cases could potentially be prevented through lifestyle changes and treatment or prevention of chronic medical conditions, according to a study led by Deborah Barnes, PhD, a mental health researcher at the San Francisco VA … Continue reading






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Healthy lifestyle is medicine: new data in the Journal of the American Medical Association






Adhering to a healthy lifestyle, including not smoking, exercising regularly, having a low body weight and eating a healthy diet, appears to lower the risk of sudden cardiac death in women, according to a study in the July 6 issue … Continue reading






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Exercise among low income groups: why it’s so rare and what to do about that






Why some do but most don’t. Barriers and enablers to engaging low-income groups in physical activity programmes: a mixed methods study Janet Withall, Russell Jago and Kenneth R Fox BMC Public Health 2011, 11:507doi:10.1186/1471-2458-11-507 Published: 28 June 2011 Abstract (provisional) … Continue reading






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In 1100 words about the US prevention plan, none are individual, responsibility (or fitness or exercise)






The National Prevention and Health Promotion Strategy is a comprehensive plan that will help increase the number of Americans who are healthy at every stage of life. Created by the National Prevention, Health Promotion, and Public Health Council in consultation … Continue reading






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National prevention strategy to be announced today by US government






WASHINGTON-(BUSINESS WIRE)-Thursday, June 16, HHS Secretary Sebelius, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, U.S. Senator Tom Harkin, Melody Barnes, domestic policy adviser and the director of the Domestic Policy Council at the White House and Surgeon General Regina Benjamin will join with … Continue reading






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Employee health engagement increased by using simple messaging protocol






While America’s employers are spending millions of dollars each year to incentivize their employees to change their health behaviors, a newly published study by leading researchers reveals that simple, interactive messaging may be the most effective strategy of all. The … Continue reading






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Rising BMIs will probably trump heart attack decline: study






Better control of cholesterol levels and blood pressure and a decline in smoking have contributed to a 74% drop in the risk of heart attack among nearly 10,000 civil servants working in London over a 20-year period, according to new … Continue reading






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Sitting raises death risk, REGARDLESS of physical activity level






This is from a study, “Screen-Based Entertainment Time, All-Cause Mortality, and Cardiovascular Events: Population-Based Study With Ongoing Mortality and Hospital Events Follow-Up,” Journal of the American College of Cardiology, Volume 57, Issue 3, 18 January 2011, Pages 292-299 (abstract here) … Continue reading






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Some teens with Type 2 diabetes already have compromised heart function: new study






Heart function may be affected in people with Type 2 diabetes as early as adolescence, according to a new study that will be presented Sunday at The Endocrine Society’s 93rd Annual Meeting in Boston. “Past studies in adults with Type … Continue reading






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Gamifying wellness






With rising healthcare and insurance costs, and lost productivity due to absenteeism, workplace wellness programs are rapidly moving from a “nice to have” to a business imperative, and it is no longer acceptable for only 15% of employees to engage … Continue reading






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Anti-obesity housing launched in NYC






A new Bronx co-op apartment building is designed to help combat obesity. The building, called the Melody, has a backyard with brightly colored exercise equipment for adults, and climbing equipment for children. It also has both indoor and outdoor fitness … Continue reading






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Fitness as cancer prevention: a worldwide Twitter challenge, Get Fit, from GE Healthcare






Today GE Healthcare (NYSE:GE) launched a global competition on Twitter to raise public awareness about cancer prevention and healthy living. For the next two months, the “Get Fit” campaign will encourage people from all over the world to tweet about … Continue reading






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Lifestyle programs planned by Johns Hopkins, Walgreens partnership






Johns Hopkins Medicine and Walgreens on Wednesday announced an agreement between the two companies that will promote collaboration on population-based research. Also part of the agreement, Johns Hopkins and Walgreens will jointly review and develop protocols to improve outcomes of … Continue reading






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Prevention of cardiovascular disease series launched by Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association






Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association has launched a year-long themed series that will focus on the prevention of cardiovascular disease (CVD). The series highlights the importance of preventive strategies as a first-line strategy in the fight against CVD … Continue reading






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Fitness, nutrition industries ignored by CDC in its new list of accomplishments for this century






The major public health achievements of the first 10 years of the 21st century included improvements in vaccine preventable and infectious diseases, reductions in deaths from certain chronic diseases, declines in deaths and injuries from motor vehicle crashes, and more, … Continue reading






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Graphic ads change health behavior intentions: study






Health warnings on cigarette packages prompt smokers to think about quitting, according to a 14-nation study. Effective warning labels as a component of comprehensive tobacco control can help save lives by reducing tobacco use, said a report released by CDC. … Continue reading






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