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Redfining Obesity Leads To Awareness

Experts say obesity is defined as having a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher. Doctors also caution that the threshold for ‘morbid obesity’ is lower than many may realize.

06/19/2013

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AMA Classifying Obesity As A Disease May Open Up Treatment Options

The American Medical Association has officially recognized obesity as a disease, a decision that could change the way physicians and insurance companies deal with the condition.

06/19/2013

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Kids’ Cholesterol Down; Fewer Trans Fats Cited

Finally some good news about cholesterol and kids: A big government study shows that in the past decade, the proportion of children who have high cholesterol has fallen.

08/07/2012

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Docs At Odds Over Kids’ Cholesterol Test Guidelines

Should all U.S. children get tested for high cholesterol? Doctors are still debating that question months after a government-appointed panel recommended widespread screening that would lead to prescribing medicine for some kids.

07/23/2012

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AMA Supports Requiring Obesity Education For Kids

The American Medical Association says yearly instruction aimed at preventing obesity should be required for public schoolchildren and teens.

06/20/2012

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Medical Tattoos Offer Important Health Information

Tattoos have long served as fashion statements, but a small number of Americans are now relying on them for a more practical, potentially lifesaving purpose: to warn first responders about important medical conditions.

02/27/2012

New CPR Study Says Hands-Only

Another study has been published showing that CPR can be done without mouth-to-mouth breathing.

10/06/2010