Health Alert: Connection between obesity and BPA

(CBS) - Researchers believe there may be a connection between childhood obesity and BPA. The chemical compound is used in many plastic containers and metal cans. Most people have traces of the chemical in their bodies - but a new study in the "Journal of the American Medical Association" found children with the highest levels of BPA in their system were twice as likely to be obese. Scientists point out that the research only shows an association and does not prove BPA causes obesity.


(CBS) - For adults who are severely obese there is more proof gastric bypass surgery is an effective way to lose weight and improve health. Researchers at the University of Utah looked at patients six years after they had the procedure. 96 percent of patients took- off 10 percent of their body weight and kept it off. 76 percent lost 20 percent of their weight. Most diabetics who had the surgery saw their disease disappear.


(CBS) - Extreme temperatures may increase the risk of deadly heart attacks and strokes. Australian researchers found more people died of cardiovascular related conditions during heat waves and cold snaps. People with heart problems were most at risk when it was very hot out for two days or more. Doctors believe extreme hot or cold weather can trigger changes in blood pressure, cholesterol and heart rate.


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