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Slow and steady might not win the weight-loss race

| Sunday, July 18, 2010

If you're trying to lose weight and keep it off, new research suggests you take up a diet and exercise plan that will help you lose a big chunk of weight right off the bat.

Some doctors and dieticians think that losing lots of weight fairly quickly makes it more likely that dieters will gain most of it back, and so, they often encourage overweight and obese patients to lose weight in small increments.

Health care overhaul mandates free preventive care

A range of preventive-care services soon will be available at no extra cost to consumers under new health insurance plans, U.S. health officials said on Wednesday. Under the new rules, insurance companies will be required to cover mammograms, immunizations, colonoscopies and other preventive services without charging customers through a deductible or a co-payment.

Suicide tied to air pollution, asthma

Air pollution and asthma symptoms might increase suicide risk, two new studies from Asia suggest. According to Taiwanese researchers, as many as 1 in 14 suicides among Taiwanese youth might have been caused by asthma, a condition that affects about 10 percent of children.

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