Childhood Obesity :: Discouraging fizzy drink consumption has no long term impact on childhood obesity

An education programme which successfully cut the level of obesity in children by teaching them about healthy eating and discouraging fizzy drinks was no longer effective three years after the intervention came to an end, according to a study published on today.

Cholesterol :: Older American women better informed about cholesterol than younger women

Older adult American women are better informed about cholesterol and more likely to monitor it than younger adult women, but gaps remain in cholesterol knowledge and efforts to screen for it adequately, according to results of a national survey released by the Society for Women’s Health Research, a Washington, D.C., based advocacy organization.

Heart Attack :: New WHO pocket-charts to identify heart attack & stroke risk

A new book of pocket-charts that will help health workers to identify people at risk of heart attacks and strokes and save lives by prescribing the most appropriate treatment is published by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Diet :: Back to school with 5 a day

The number of children achieving their 5 A DAY target has increased by 13% in 2 years according to a report out by the UK Department of Health. The Further Evaluation of The School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme, launched in the week when millions of children are about to begin a new school year, shows that the scheme is working and could contribute to a reduction of heart disease, stroke and cancer later in life.