On Fridays, we will be doing a health wrap up of what has been happening during the week. Here is this week Health News.
Obesity Rates Will Become Global and Rapidly Increase by 2025
Over one in eight adults are now obese — a ratio that has more than doubled since 1975 and will swell to one in five by 2025, a major survey reported Friday.
Of about five billion adults alive in 2014, 641 million were obese, the data showed — and projected the number will balloon past 1.1 billion in just nine years.
The research warned of a looming crisis of “severe obesity” and disease brought on by high-fat, high-sugar diets causing blood pressure and cholesterol to rise.
Read More: One in Eight Adults Now Obese: Global Survey
Zika Virus Learned to Cause More Damage to Fetus Then Thought
The Zika virus can cause extensive brain damage to a fetus, despite normal ultrasound results early in pregnancy, a provocative new study reveals.
Researchers conducted ultrasounds of a fetus of a Zika-infected mother at 13, 16, and 17 weeks. Initial results showed no telltale signs of birth defects, such as deformed head size that would indicate microcephaly — a common indicator that a fetus is infected with the virus. However, later ultrasounds revealed other brain abnormalities, specifically affecting the part of the brain dealing with decision making and the senses, such as vision, hearing, touch and taste, according to the study published in The New England Journal of Medicine Wednesday.
New Way to Determine Healthy Blood Pressure for Children
As a preventive medicine physician I find that most adults care about blood pressure. But what’s been a problem for nearly everyone, doctors and parents alike, is figuring out what a child’s healthy blood pressure level should be.
The issue for doctors is how cumbersome measuring blood pressure in children and adolescents has been. The current guidelines, last updated in 2004, call for multiple complex steps, including a complicated reference table and percentiles that necessitate using the child’s age, gender and height.