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Higher Vitamin D Intake Could Cut Cancer Risk
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Safe Toys for Dogs
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Drinking Cuts Rheumatoid Arthritis Risk
Most Kids With Type 1 Diabetes Lack Vitamin D
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Mom's Smoking May Lead to SIDS
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Smog Tougher on the Obese
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Sports Drinks May Be Tough on Teeth
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24 Million Americans Had Diabetes in 2007
Saliva Test Could Monitor Type 2 Diabetes
Abnormal Heart Rhythm Boosts Death Risk for Diabetics
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Quick Weight Loss May Be Best for Long-Term Success
Six Healthy-Sounding Foods That Really Aren't
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Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
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Prenatal Exposure to Traffic Pollution May Lead to Asthma
Walkable Neighborhoods Keep the Pounds Off
Air Pollution May Cause Appendicitis: Study Reveals
EYE CARE, VISION
When Corks Fly, Watch the Eyes
Vision Test for Young Children Called Unreliable
Poor Night Vision May Predict Age-Related Eye Disease
FITNESS
Exercise Extends Life of Kidney Patients
Meditation May Help Put Primary Insomnia to Bed
Strenuous Daily Workout May Keep Cancer at Bay
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Peppermint Oil, Fiber Can Fight Irritable Bowel
New Guidelines Issued for Management of IBS
Bowel Prep Harder on Women Than Men
GENERAL HEALTH
Bacterial Infections May Succumb to Honey
Tune Up Your Health With Music
Fructose Boosts Blood Pressure, Studies Find
HEAD & NECK
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Save Your Aging Brain, Try Surfing The Web
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
HEARING
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Omega-3, Some Omega-6 Fatty Acids Boost Cardiovascular Health
Risk Factor for Stroke More Common Among Whites
Drinking Your Way to Health? Perhaps Not
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
More Medicinal Uses for Pomegranate
Viral Infection Might Trigger High Blood Pressure
Swine Flu Closes Three Schools in NYC
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
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Play Creatively as a Kid, Be a Healthier Adult
Backpack Safety Should Be on Back-to-School Lists
MEN'S HEALTH
Drinking Green Tea May Slow Prostate Cancer
Eating Fast Until Full Triples Overweight Risk
Lots of Sex May Prevent Erectile Dysfunction
MENTAL HEALTH
Common Social Groups and Race, Seem to Help People Relate
The 3LS Wellness Program for Reversing Chronic Symptoms and Creating Lasting Health
Keeping a Healthy Holiday Balance
PAIN
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'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
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Before Conceiving, Take Folic Acid for One Full Year
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
Placebo Acupuncture Tied to Higher IVF Pregnancies
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Eating Well And Keeping Active As You Grow Old Will Help You Stay Sharp
Seniors Cope With Sleep Loss Better Than Young Adults
Martial Arts Training May Save Seniors' Hips
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Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
Pay Attention to Signs That Say You're Too Fatigued to Drive
Meditation May Help Put Primary Insomnia to Bed
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Natural Therapies for Menopause
Bitter Melon Extract May Slow, Stop Breast Cancer
Exercise As Well As Acupuncture, May Ease Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
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Diet, Exercise May Slow Kidney Disease Progression

(HealthDay News) -- Shedding pounds may be good for most people, but especially for those with kidney disease, a new study has found.

A review of previously published studies on weight loss through diet, exercise or surgical intervention found that the weight loss had a positive effect on kidney function in obese kidney disease patients, according to the article appearing online Sept. 17 in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.

Traditional weight loss from dieting and exercising cut down on proteinuria -- the increased output of protein in the urine -- while also preventing kidney function from worsening, the researchers noted in a news release from the American Society of Nephrology. In addition, surgical procedures to induce weight loss helped bring down high filtration rates, a condition that increases disease risk in kidney patients, the studies showed.

The authors of the new report, led by Dr. Sankar Navaneethan of the Cleveland Clinic, pointed out that their findings were based on their review of only 13 studies, and that a larger, more long-term look at weight loss and kidney function in obese kidney disease patients should be completed before definitive conclusions are drawn.

SOURCES: American Society of Nephrology, news release, Sept. 17, 2009 Published on: September 18, 2009