Health Alert 6-20-12

By: Gina Pitisci Email
By: Gina Pitisci Email

June 20, 2012 - When it comes to preventing obesity, exercise doesn't have the same effect on African American girls as white girls. That's according to a new study published in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. Researchers say black girls are less responsive to the benefits of physical activity. They looked at the exercise levels and food intake of more than 11 hundred adolescent girls at age 12. The study found black girls were more likely to be obese by age 14 than white girls.

Also, a new study suggests more depressed people might get and stick with psychotherapy if they could get it by phone. According to USA Today, adults with major depression assigned to phone therapy were more likely than those sent to traditional therapy to complete an 18 week treatment plan and just as likely to feel better at the end, researchers report. People who got face-to-face therapy were less likely to be depressed six months later. Experts say, traditional therapy may have advantages, but it won't matter to people who won't or can't show up.

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