Tag: Obesity

FDA: Calorie Counts to be on All Menus

WASHINGTON (AP) — Whether they want to or not, consumers will soon know how many calories they are eating when ordering off the menu at chain restaurants, picking up prepared foods at supermarkets and even eating a tub of popcorn at the movie theater. The Food and Drug Administration announced long-delayed calorie labeling rules Tuesday, requiring establishments that sell prepared foods and have 20 or more locations to post the calorie content of food “clearly and conspicuously” on their menus, menu boards and displays. Companies will have until November 2015 to comply. The regulations will also apply to convenience...

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Rio Grande Valley to see Healthcare Improvements with Federal Grant

The Texas-Methodist healthcare ministries of south Texas announced a large investment in healthcare in the Rio Grande Valley, made possible by a federal grant. The social innovation fund, better known as SIF. A White House initiative has awarded $10 million to invest in clinics and hospitals across south Texas. Part of the money will go to support social innovation for a healthy south Texas project, also known as ‘Sí Texas. “With that funding we’re looking to fund integrated behavioral health in primary care trough south Texas and what that means, these individuals who have diabetes, obesity and depression,” explains Rebecca Brune, vice president at “Methodist Healthcare Ministries” With the goal of improving the health of thousands of low income patients, the objective of the “Sí Texas” project is to bring improvements in behavioral health and chronic diseases such as depression, diabetes, obesity and associated risk factors. “Our goal and the goal of this grant is to work integrated have medical and behavioral health integrated for the community, for the patients. To be able to provide services for behavioral health as well as medical, physical health,” says Rebecca stoker, director of HOPE Family Health Center. The first clinic to benefit from this program will be the hope clinic, located in the city of McAllen. The “Si Texas” project targets 12 counties in South Texas-including Cameron, Hidalgo and...

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Newly Advised Stroke Recommendations

The American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association update stroke guidelines to potentially prevent first-time strokes. Stroke is the fourth leading cause of the death in the world—in fact seven hundred and ninety six thousands strokes occur each year—-but they are preventable. High risk factors for stroke include high blood pressure, smoking and obesity. The new guidelines advise people to cut back on sodium and consume more potassium to regulate blood pressure. New blood thinning medications and the use of statins were also advised to high risk stroke patients in addition to maintaining a healthy diet and routine exercise. Also an online tool used to assess one’s risk for stroke is also suggested. The tool estimates your stroke risk based on race, age, gender, cholesterol, diabetes, blood pressure and smoking. There is also a downloadable app called the ASCVD risk estimator to assess your ten year stroke risk. For more information on preventing a stroke, visit...

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UTRGV Names Diabetes and Obesity Institute Director

Big news for the new university of Texas Rio Grande valley as the South Texas diabetes and obesity institute director is announced today. Dr. Sarah Williams-Blangero will be heading the institute along with a team of 22 researchers and staff, in a move that officials say will help fight the health epidemic here in the valley. The program, part of the new medical school, is expected to become a leading research institution for Texas and the rest of the country. Utrgv will begin enrolling students in the program starting next fall, while the medical school is slated to open...

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Study: Artificial Sweeteners may promote diabetes

NEW YORK (AP) — Using artificial sweeteners may set the stage for diabetes in some people by hampering the way their bodies handle sugar, suggests a preliminary study done mostly in mice. The authors said they are not recommending any changes in how people use artificial sweeteners based on their study, which included some human experiments. The researchers and outside experts said more study is needed, while industry groups called the research limited and said other evidence shows sweeteners are safe and useful for weight control. The study from researchers in Israel was released Wednesday by the journal Nature....

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