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African-American women need to eat fewer calories -- or burn more -- to lose the same amount of weight as Caucasian women.
December 20th, 2013
11:06 AM ET

5 studies you may have missed

Here's a roundup of five medical studies published this week that might give you new insights into your health, mind and body. Remember, correlation is not causation – so if a study finds a connection between two things, it doesn't mean that one causes the other.

Text messages could improve your health
Journal of Medical Internet Research

R u eatin ur vegetables? Would you if you had a personalized text message sent to your phone to remind you?

Researchers at the University of Michigan asked 1,800 people to sign up for a 14-week pilot program called txt4health, which sends diet reminders to type 2 diabetics and those at risk of developing the disease. While only 39% of the participants stayed enrolled for the entire program, those who did say they changed their diets significantly - drinking more water, eating fruit for dessert and consuming fewer fried foods.

"It's clear that a text message program may not be appropriate for everyone," lead author Lorraine R. Buis said. "However, for a large subset of people, this may be a feasible, acceptable, and useful strategy to motivate positive behavior changes."

Read more from Medical Daily

2,000 steps a day keeps the doctor away
Journal: The Lancet

Walking an extra 2,000 steps, or about a mile, every day could significantly reduce your risk of developing cardiovascular disease, researchers in the United Kingdom say.

They gave 9,306 pre-diabetic adults around the globe pedometers, and recorded their average step totals at the beginning of the study and again 12 months later. Participants who increased their daily distances by at least 2,000 steps saw a 10% difference in risk.

The benefits were seen regardless of the participants' body weight or starting activity levels.

Read more from TIME.com

You're probably picking the wrong health care plan
Journal: PLOS ONE

About 80% of people will over-estimate their health insurance needs and pick a plan for 2014 that costs too much, research from Columbia Business School suggests. Doing so will cost the average consumer an extra $611, and cost taxpayers billions in government subsidies.

We don't blame you - health insurance can be confusing. If you need help, check out our guide to health insurance terms, or find a local Obamacare navigator.

Read more from Science 2.0

Black women have to do more to lose weight
International Journal of Obesity

For years, researchers have wondered why African-American woman struggled to lose as much weight as their Caucasian counterparts in diet and fitness studies.

"At first, it was thought that perhaps the African-American women didn't adhere as closely to their calorie prescriptions or that the interventions were not culturally sensitive," said James P. DeLany, an associate professor of medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. "But even in research projects that were designed to address those possibilities, the difference in weight loss remained."

In a new study, DeLany and his colleagues found black women need fewer calories daily than white women because they have a lower resting metabolic rate. So African-American women need to eat fewer calories - or burn more - to lose the same amount of weight in the same time frame.

Read more from Philly.com

Chewing gum makes teens' heads hurt
Journal: Pediatric Neurology

The chomping, popping, bubble-blowing guy sitting next to you on the train may be giving you a headache, but it's nothing compared the pain some teens feel while chewing gum. Researchers at Tel Aviv University-affiliated Meir Medical Center had 30 adolescents with frequent headaches quit their chewing habit; 26 reported a significant improvement. When 20 went back to chewing gum, their migraine-like pain returned.

Lead study author Dr. Nathan Watemberg believes frequent chewing may cause stress to the temporomandibular joint, or TMJ, where the jaw meets the skull.

Read more from ScienceDaily


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    December 20, 2013 at 13:50 | Report abuse | Reply
    • michael

      No you got it wrong. We want to turn them into dog food.

      December 21, 2013 at 18:44 | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      How does this have anything to do with this story?

      December 23, 2013 at 08:38 | Report abuse |
  2. Robyn

    So that study re: sistas slimming down demonstrates that race is deeper than just skin color.

    As if anyone with two neurons to rub together didn't know that by the age of eight.

    December 20, 2013 at 22:04 | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Emmanuel Goldstein

    Dr. Gupta's 'report' on Dr. Lynn Webster made me lose all respect for his 'reporting'. It is sad that such a brilliant mind has become nothing more than a tabloid journalist. The graphics with the overflowing prescription bottles was the real icing on the cake. He talks about patients going from x pills per month to x pills per month as if the increase is gross misconduct by the doctor, yet he doesn't specify what the medications are or at what doses. A patient could be on 120 Oxycontin 80mg pills per month, then get switched to 360 hydrocodone per month and it would be a DRASTIC REDUCTION in their intake of opioids, but Gupta's story was going for nothing more than shock value. To top it off he did not have even ONE comment from someone from the pain community or a pain doctor, then chases around Dr. Webster looking for him to comment on pending litigation, which he obviously can't, just to make it look like Dr. Webster is hiding something. Shame on you Dr. Gupta. Shame on you.

    December 21, 2013 at 09:46 | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Timmy Suckle

    I kissed my way up to VP at a health insurance company. Now I take over $600,000 of your health care dollars for NO VALUE ADDED to your health care. And that’s just me. Now think about how many other VPs, Directors, Managers, etc. are at my company alone. Now multiply that by thousands of others at hundreds of other health insurance companies. From 10 to 25% of your health care dollars go towards administration that adds NO VALUE to your health care. But my company’s PAC dollars will continue to fool you little people into thinking that a single payer system will be bad. Little people like you are so easy to fool. Little people also don’t realize that a single payer system is the ONLY system that would allow little people (as an entire country) to negotiate better health care prices. Little people don’t realize that the Medical Cartels already know that. And that is the reason why the Medical Cartels spend so much PAC money from the hospitals and doctors lobbying against a single payer system. Some little people say that a single payer system would cost you little people more. But if that were true, then wouldn’t the hospitals and doctors WANT that extra money? Yes they would. So why do the Medical Cartels lobby against a single payer system? It’s because the Medical Cartels know it would allow little people to negotiate better health care prices. And that’s what the Medical Cartels are afraid of. Period.
    But us big wigs at insurance companies, hospitals, and pharmacy companies don’t ever need to worry about health care no matter what it costs. We get our health care paid for one way or another by you little people. And we get the little people that work at our companies to contribute to our PACs. And us big wigs say it’s to protect the little peoples’ jobs. But in reality it would be in the little peoples’ best interest to NOT contribute to the PAC. Again, little people are so easily fooled. I won’t ever have to worry about losing my job with so many little people being brain washed by the Medical Cartels’ PAC money. Not only that, the Medical Cartels’ PAC money is used to elect so many republicans that will never allow a single payer system. Republicans have always fought against any meaningful health care reform. But that’s what our Medical Cartels’ PACs pay them for. Politicians can be bought so easily.
    Pretty soon the only people that will be able to afford health care is us big wigs. And that’s the way it should be. We don’t want you little people using up the resources when we need them. And once again, I thank you little people for capping my SS tax at the $113,700 level. Now I only pay 1.2% SS tax and you little people pay 6.2%. Also, thank you for extending my tax breaks. I’m using the extra money on my vacation houses.

    December 21, 2013 at 19:54 | Report abuse | Reply
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    December 21, 2013 at 20:14 | Report abuse | Reply
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    December 21, 2013 at 20:15 | Report abuse | Reply
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    December 21, 2013 at 20:17 | Report abuse | Reply
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    December 21, 2013 at 20:18 | Report abuse | Reply
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    DE PASADA PARECE QUE EN NUEVA YORK QUE DONDE TIENEN LOS GRUPOS DE PROGRAMACIÓN DEJARON PARTE DEL CARGAMENTO.
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    NOSOTROS CREEMOS QUE ESTAN ESPERANDO QUE MUERAN MUCHOS LATINOS EN BASE A ESTIMULACIÓN BACTERIA PATOLOGIAS PROVOCADAS POR INSECTOS, ETC.
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    December 21, 2013 at 20:19 | Report abuse | Reply
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    December 21, 2013 at 20:34 | Report abuse | Reply
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    PGI ORG.

    NO SABEMOS QUIEN PUBLICA ESTOS TEXTOS.

    RECOMENDAMOS AL FBI QUE REALICE INVESTIGACIONES.

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    December 22, 2013 at 12:25 | Report abuse | Reply
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    December 22, 2013 at 12:34 | Report abuse | Reply
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    Secretaria:
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    December 23, 2013 at 09:47 | Report abuse | Reply
  18. Sandra

    My name is Mrs sandra from united kingdom i got married at the age of 30 i have only one child and i was living happily .After 5 year of my marriage my husband behavior became so strange and i don't really understand what was going on, he packed out of the house to another woman i love him so much that i never dreams of losing him, i try my possible best to make sure that my husband get back to me but all to no avail i cry seeking for help i discussed it with my best friend and she promise to help me he told me of a man called priest Aluta he is a very great man and a real man that can be trusted and there is nothing concerning love issues he cannot do that is why they call him the great doctor. I contacted him And i told him everything that happen all he told me is that i should not worry that all my problems will be solved immediately. He told me what to do to get my husband back and i did, he said after 4 days my husband will come back to me and start begging, it really happen i was very surprise and very happy our relationship was now very tight and we both live happily again.So my advice for you now is to contact this same email address traditionalspellhospital (AT) gmail .com if you are in any kind of situation concerning love issues and any other things that give you problems contact him.
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    December 24, 2013 at 09:00 | Report abuse | Reply

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