Rise in Obesity Blamed on Less Exercise, Not Food

Keeping a trim figure means balancing both healthy eating habits and consistent exercise. While many believe abs are made in the kitchen, new research has found that calories are not to blame for the increasing rate of obesity in the U.S., but rather a lack of exercise is to blame.

Researchers from the Stanford University School of Medicine found that exercise during leisure time decreased for men and women significantly between the years 1994 and 2010. Furthermore, they linked this decrease to the increase of obesity rates amongst Americans.

3D Mammograms More Effective at Detecting Breast Cancer

Women over 50 are recommended to get a mammogram every two years in an attempt to catch the early onset of breast cancer. However, mammogram results often give false-positive results and sometimes even fail to provide a cancer diagnoses.

According to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), researchers found that an alternate option to a traditional digital mammogram, a tomosynthesis procedure, detects more invasive cancers and reduces the number of callbacks for secondary imaging related to false alarms.

Annual Pelvic Exams Not Necessary For All Women

Women have always been encouraged to receive a pelvic exam during their annual visit to the gynecologist. However, the American College of Physicians (ACP) is advising that these routine exams are not necessary for symptomless women and is causing more harm in these healthy women.

In a new evidence-based guideline, “Screening Pelvic Examination in Adult Women,” published in Annals of Internal Medicine, the ACP states that only women with symptoms should be having annual pelvic exams. In 2010, 62 million American women had a pelvic exam as part of their routine womanly health evaluation.

“This recommendation will be controversial,” obstetrician-gynecologist Dr. George Sawaya wrote in an accompanying editorial. “Pelvic exams have long been considered a fundamental component of the well-woman visit.”