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Saturday, January 17, 2015

1/17/15 Health News: Obesity experts recommend weight loss drug ♦ chronic pain ♦ Children of melanoma survivors need protection from sun ♦ Positive youth - better heart health

Obesity experts recommend weight loss drugs, surgery as supplement to lifestyle interventions
A Clinical Practice Guideline (CPG) has been released by experts on strategies for prescribing drugs to manage obesity and promote weight loss. Obesity is a worsening public health problem. According to the 2012 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, about 33.9 percent of adults ages 19-79 were overweight, 13.4 percent were obese and 6.4 were extremely obese Continue Reading
Study reveals lack of data on opioid drugs for chronic pain
Researchers have found little to no evidence for the effectiveness of opioid drugs in the treatment of long-term chronic pain, despite the explosive recent growth in the use of the drugs. Continue Reading
Children of melanoma survivors need better protection from sun's harmful rays
Children of melanoma survivors are not adhering optimally to sun protection recommendations, researchers have discovered in a groundbreaking new study. This is concerning as sunburns are a major risk factor for melanoma, and children of survivors are at increased risk for developing the disease as adults Continue Reading
Positive factors in youth linked to better heart health later in life
Children with favorable psychosocial experiences may have better cardiovascular health in adulthood, according to new research. Favorable socioeconomic status and self-regulatory behavior, meaning good aggression and impulse control, in youth were the strongest predictors of ideal cardiovascular health in adulthood. Continue Reading

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