Round-Up of Global News In Health and Complementary Medicine
Week Beginning 5 August 2002
Lifestyle 'sets in early'
It emerged yesterday (23/07/02) that the 'couch potato' lifestyle sets in long before a child starts school. Research at Glasgow University shows that three- and four-year-olds in the UK spend 80 per cent of their waking hours immobile as their parents fail to ensure they have enough physical activity. This is the same level of inactivity recorded among teenagers in the US, the country with the worst obesity problem.
The Daily Mail
Men 'becoming pear-shaped'
The majority of UK men are becoming pear-shaped, according to research. Whereas traditionally they have put weight on their waists, in the form of the beer belly, men’s hips have grown by two inches in the past 30 years. One effect has been embarrassment, with 1 in 10 men surveyed by Nimble bread admitting they never undress in front of their partner. The study also shows that one in six men watches at least seven hours of sport a week on TV, and one in three does no exercise at all.
The Daily Express
Weight stability 'key factor in older adults’ health'
A new US report suggests that older adults who maintain their weight over time may have a lower death risk than those who gain or shed pounds. Researchers at the University of Tennessee in Memphis say that among a group of men and women they monitored for several years, 'weight stability' was associated the lowest risk of death from any cause, whether participants had a low or high body mass index to begin with. The research is reported in the American Journal of Epidemiology.
The Daily Telegraph
Acupuncture during labour reduces need for analgesia
Swedish researchers say women who receive acupuncture during labour may be less likely to ask for an epidural to relieve their pain than those who go without the ancient Chinese treatment. The researchers, from Orebro University Hospital, found that there were no negative effects on women who received acupuncture in these circumstances. The research is reported in the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
The Daily Express
Personality trait may link smoking to panic attacks
New research suggests that cigarette smokers are more likely than nonsmokers to experience panic attacks, and people who are neurotic are more likely than others to exhibit both behaviour patterns. The findings suggest that smoking and panic attacks – which previous research has shown can be associated with one other – may stem from a common source: neuroticism, according to researchers from the New York State Psychiatric Institute and Columbia University. The research is reported in the American Journal of Psychiatry.
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