Health Highlights: Aug. 7, 201308/07/13
Here are some of the latest health and medical news
developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
Dustin Hoffman 'Cured' After Cancer Surgery
Dustin Hoffman has been "surgically cured" of cancer after the
disease was detected at an early stage, according to his
The 75-year-old Oscar-winning actor is "feeling great and in
good health," said spokeswoman Jodi Gottlieb,
BBC Newsreported Tuesday.
She did not provide any further details.
Peoplemagazine reported that Hoffman would undergo
treatments to prevent the cancer from returning, according to
Hoffman, who won best actor Oscars for "Kramer vs. Kramer" and
"Rain Man," will appear in the comedy movie "Chef" next year.
Bigger Meals Earlier in the Day Promote Weight Loss: Study
Eating your heaviest meal at breakfast and your lightest at
dinner can help you lose weight, a new study says.
The Israeli study included 93 overweight and obese women in
their mid-40s who ate 50 percent of their allotted 1,400 daily
calories at breakfast, 36 percent at lunch and 14 percent at
dinner, or 14 percent of their calories at breakfast, 36 percent at
lunch and 50 percent at dinner, the
Wall Street Journalreported.
The women who got most of their calories at breakfast lost an
average 19.1 pounds over 12 weeks, compared to 7.9 pounds for the
women who got most of their calories at dinner, according to the
study in the journal
The researchers at Tel Aviv University noted that the study was
too short to assess the potential long-term health benefits of
consuming the largest amount of daily calories at breakfast,
Sleep Influences Food Choices: Study
Poor sleep leads to poor food choices, a new study says.
Researchers looked at 23 healthy young adults and found that
they were more likely to favor unhealthy snack and junk foods, such
as pizza and doughnuts, when they were sleep deprived. Brains scans
revealed that sleep deprivation was linked with impaired activity
in the brain's frontal lobe, which governs complex decision making,
and increased activity in brain areas associated with rewards.
"What we have discovered is that high-level brain regions required for complex judgments and decisions become blunted by a lack of sleep, while more primal brain structures that control motivation and desire are amplified," study senior author Matthew Walker, a professor of psychology and neuroscience at the University of California, Berkeley, said in a university news release.
He added, "High-calorie foods also became significantly more
desirable when participants were sleep-deprived. This combination
of altered brain activity and decision-making may help explain why
people who sleep less also tend to be overweight or obese."
The study was published in the journal
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