14th December 03:49
WebMD Health Releases Top Ten Health Stories of 2003 (diabetes down virus cardiovascular cancer)
WebMD Health Releases Top Ten Health Stories of
Food, SARS and Hypertension Concerns Top the List
NEW YORK, Dec. 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- WebMD Health, the leading
source of online health information and educational services for
consumers and physicians, today released a list of the most
significant health stories from
2003, as determined by the physicians and medical editors at WebMD
Health at http://my.webmd.com/content/pages/15/95910.htm :
#1 - Nutrition: Obesity and Weight Loss At the top of WebMD's list of
stories for 2003 is a topic, in one form or another, that is rarely
off people's minds: food. Consumer's complex relationship with food
lies at the root of widespread obesity, one of this nation's largest
health problems. Americans choose diets -- and defend them
relentlessly -- to try and contain their waistlines; they undergo
major surgery to limit what they can eat; they worry about lurking
dangers of trans fats, that until this year most of us knew nothing
about. Food: It's much more than what's for dinner.
#2 - A New Infectious Disease: SARS It started in a province of China
and quickly spread around the world. Severe Acute Respiratory
Syndrome, quickly dubbed SARS, infected thousands and killed hundreds,
all the while reminding us that nature still holds all the cards. Are
we still at risk, are we more prepared for future outbreaks, and have
we learned anything?
#3 - New Rules and Risk for Cardiovascular Disease One night last May
many people went to bed healthy, only to wake up the next day and find
out they weren't quite as healthy as they thought. When new federal
guidelines created a new risk category called "pre-hypertension," more
people found out they were at increased risk of cardiovascular
disease. What did this mean for you?
#4 - Cancer Cancer makes the WebMD Top 10 for the third year in a row,
as scientists continue to make strides against this dreaded disease.
Two developments top the list: the success of a whole new way of
treating it -- an approach called anti-angiogenesis -- and an advance
in preventing recurrence of breast cancer with a new drug called
#5 - An 'Extreme' Year: Plastic Surgery New products, new techniques,
new TV programs ... plastic surgery is increasingly on everyone's
minds. What was once an oddity associated only with Hollywood is now a
staple for many more women -- and men -- from all walks of life. But
that doesn't mean the controversy has died down, as this year's
revival of debate over silicone breast implants reminds us.
#6 - Prescription Drugs and Seniors More people are living longer, and
staying healthier in their later years, thanks in part to prescription
drugs. But there is a price tag to that success, and it's hitting
seniors right in the wallet. To help, many seniors have been making a
run for the border to buy their drugs more cheaply in Canada. Others
have been using the Internet. Are these safe -- and truly cheaper --
alternatives? Does Congress, which passed a prescription drug plan
this year, have a better idea, or is it just political posturing?
#7 - Flu Fear Flu season hit early and hard this year, clogging
doctors' offices and clinics full of sick people and people seeking
flu shots. The virus is worrying people across the nation, and the
rush for flu shots may be straining the supply of flu vaccine. Is the
flu really worse this year, and if so, why?
#8 - ADHD Grows Up Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder as a
condition has been around for a while, but this year you could say it
grew up. Not only do many consider the condition a problem in
children, but now in adults, too. There's also a new drug, and others
in the pipeline. And there's still a lot of controversy over whether
it's really a legitimate problem that calls for medicating more kids
and more adults.
#9 - Diabetes Wake-Up Call Diabetes is a serious condition that many
people don't take seriously ... until they're told they have it. And
the numbers are growing by more than a million people a year. And this
year, doctors lowered the threshold for a condition called
pre-diabetes -- which means an estimated 20 million Americans now have
this problem. Isn't it time we finally all start paying attention?
#10 - Erectile Dysfunction (ED) The term E-D became a lot more
recognizable this year, not because the problem of erectile
dysfunction got any worse, but because the solution got easier. Viagra
started the revolution, and this year two new medications were
approved in the U.S., Levitra and Cialis, to give men even more
choice. What does this mean for men, and their relationships?
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