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Everyone knows that diet and exercise are essential to keeping a healthy body. Sometimes, though, dangerous obesity requires cultural or medical intervention. Here are 3 other recent events that are helping the fight against obesity.

Medicines-122314.jpg Prostate cancer is one of the most dreaded forms of the disease - a major problem in men's health and in the medical community generally. Recent study results released by Medivation Inc. (MDVN) and Astellas Pharma showed that a mid-stage trial of an experimental drug showed some progress. Here a few advancements (and one step back) in the battle to alleviate prostate cancer.

pneumonia-012215.jpg Older adults who suffer a bout of pneumonia could be at an increased risk for heart disease for years to come, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Pittsburgh. For the study the researchers examined health records from 6,000 people aged 65 and up who took part in the Cardiovascular Health Study and another 16,000 between 45 and 65.

Girlsittinginchair-012215.jpg Sitting for long portions of each day could lead to increased risk for a variety of health problems including cancer, heart disease, diabetes and early death, according to researchers from the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute. For the study the researchers examined 41 adult Canadians and found that the amount of time they spend sitting was directly linked with increased health risks.

emotion-012215.jpg The emotions associated with some memories may have an impact on their recall, according to a new study from researchers at New York University. For the study the researchers tested 119 volunteers by showing them a series of photos including animals and tools. The test subjects were connected to an electrode on one wrist and received a shock with some of the images.

coffee-022113.jpg Those who drink four or more cups of coffee a day could be at a decreased risk for developing skin cancer, according to a new study from researchers in the U.K. For the study the researchers examined health records from just under 500,000 adults in the U.S. They found those who reported drinking four or more cups of coffee daily were twenty percent less likely on average to develop melanoma.

A recent study has linked poor sleeping habits during youth to other problems down the line, like drinking and drug dependency. That's just one of the many problems that can be caused by a lack of adequate shut-eye.

woman-laptop-012015.jpg Some women who carry the common stomach bacteria known as H. pylori may be at a decreased risk for multiple sclerosis, according to researchers at the Western Australian Neuroscience Research Institute (WANRI). For the study the researchers reviewed data from the Perth Demyelinating Disease Database. This data specifically looked at the presence of H. pylori in women diagnosed with MS.

Sleepproblems-012015.jpg Those who have poor sleeping habits during adolescence may be more likely to develop drinking and drug problems later in life, according to a new study from researchers at Idaho State University. For the study the researchers examined reported sleep habits, drug use and alcohol consumption in a nationwide survey carried out between 1994 and 2002.

asthma1-071411.jpg Asthma may not be more common in the inner city as once thought, according to a new study from researchers at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. For the study the researchers examined health records collected from 23,065 kids as part of the National Health Interview Survey. The researchers found that reported asthma attacks were not more common in the inner city.

pizzaslice-012015.jpg Pizza has been targeted as a main culprit in the childhood obesity epidemic by a team of researchers at the Illinois Prevention Research Center. For the study the researchers reviewed dietary health records collected from children between the ages of 2 and 19 between 2003 and 2010. They found that about 30 percent of the children and teens in the study reported eating pizza on a daily basis.

avalanche-011515.jpg Those living at higher elevations may have a decreased risk of lung disease, according to a new study from researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania the department of Biological & Medical Informatics, University of California, San Francisco. For the study the researchers examined whether oxygen could be considered a carcinogen.

Beer-030512_21Aug12.jpg A new study has shown that binge drinking kills thousands, with alcohol responsible for 88,000 deaths in the U.S. each year. The study reveals that six people die each day in the U.S. due to alcohol poisoning, most of them due to binge drinking. Three out of four of the 2,200 deaths each year caused by binge drinking took place in men between the ages of 35-64.

asthma1-071411.jpg A new study shows that asthma and sleep apnea may be connected in adults, with people with asthma facing an almost 40 percent higher risk of developing sleep apnea than those who did not have asthma. The study, run by the Wisconsin Sleep Cohort, followed 550 men and women, with over 15 percent of these participants reporting that they had asthma.

Beer-030512_21Aug12.jpg A new study has found that working too hard can lead to excessive drinking. A group of researchers examined studies of over 400,000 people from different countries and noted that working 49-54 hours a week made people 13 percent more likely to develop "risky alcohol use," while those working 55 or more hours a week were 12 percent more likely to develop risky behaviors.

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