Health Rewind: Obesity Linked to Proximity to Fast Food Joints

Plus, hoops against gun violence, HPV vaccines and more.

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Black Women’s Obesity Linked to Proximity to Fast Food  - A recent study found that Black women who lived closer to places like Burger King and McDonalds were more likely to be obese compared to those who lived farther away from them. Researchers told the Daily Beast that perhaps zoning laws to move “fast food restaurants farther away from densely populated residential areas” might make a difference. (Photo: REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni)

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African-Americans Less Likely to Call 911 After a Stroke - What stands in the way of Blacks calling 911 when someone has a stroke? Researchers from the University of Michigan found that Black adults and youth worried that they couldn’t afford an ambulance, didn’t understand that strokes were an emergency and were worried that the wait time for an ambulance would be too long, says a university press release. (Photo: meshaphoto / Getty Images)

African-Americans and ADHD - A recent report for Psych Central highlights the complicated issue of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and African-American parents. While 64 percent of Black parents have heard about ADHD, only half knew about treatment options for their kids. And only a mere 10 percent of parents knew that ADHD wasn’t caused by “eating too much sugar.” (Photo: Larry Washburn / Getty Images)

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1 in 5 Kids Suffers From a Mental Health Disorder - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have found that almost one in five kids under 18 are diagnosed with a mental health disorder each year. The report found that the most common disorders were “attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), behavioral or conduct disorders, mood and anxiety disorders, autism spectrum disorders, substance abuse and Tourette syndrome,” HealthDay News wrote. (Photo: Larry Washburn / Getty Images)

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500 Calorie or Less Pasta Dishes - The key to losing weight is preparing lower calorie meals that can fill you up. Prevention.com offers up some tasty pasta recipes — all of which are 500 calories or less. Even better: Each dish has five or less ingredients. Try Sausage, White Bean and Kale Rotini. Read all of the mouth-watering recipes here. (Photo:  Jamie Grill / Getty Images)

Protect, But Not Get Paid - "All military personnel will continue to serve and accrue pay but will not actually be paid until appropriations are available," Rep. C.W. Young (R-Florida) told the Air Force Times.  (Photo: John Moore/Getty Images)

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Why Are Suicide Rates Skyrocketing in the Military? - A recent New York Times article touches on a growing problem among active-duty troops: Suicide. In 2012, there were 350 suicide deaths — that’s twice as many deaths from a decade ago. Recent Pentagon research found that failed relationships, post-traumatic stress disorder, financial issues, past abuse and substance use are major forces in this increase. (Photo: John Moore/Getty Images)

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Violent Video Games May Numb Players to Violence and Create Stress - A new study suggests that male teens that play violent video games are more stressed than those who don’t play violent games. Researchers monitored 30 boy ages 13-15 and found that those that consumed more violence slept worse, had more anxiety and were more stressed. The study’s authors also wrote that these types of games could desensitize players to violence too, reported HealthDay News. (Photo: Bruce Laurance/Getty Images)

How Dangerous Is It to Be a Young Athlete? - While concussions and sports is a popular topic right now, a recent New York Times piece highlights the number one killer of all student athletes: Sudden cardiac arrest. Usually a symptom of a pre-existing condition, SCA kills one student athlete every three days in the U.S. Heat stroke, especially in the summer, is another issue that parents, coaches and students need to pay attention to.  (Photo: Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

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How Dangerous Is It to Be a Young Athlete? - While concussions and sports is a popular topic right now, a recent New York Times piece highlights the number one killer of all student athletes: Sudden cardiac arrest. Usually a symptom of a pre-existing condition, SCA kills one student athlete every three days in the U.S. Heat stroke, especially in the summer, is another issue that parents, coaches and students need to pay attention to.  (Photo: Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

Keep Pets Safe - Keep Fido and other furry friends inside during the hottest hours of the day. Never leave pets alone inside an enclosed vehicle. (Photo: LWA/Getty Images)

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Having a Pet May Lower Your Risk of Heart Disease - For those without a history of heart disease, owning a pet can lowers one’s risk for heart disease, says the American Heart Association. Not to mention, owning a pet increased the survival rate of heart disease patients, says Time.com. Researchers believe that pets minimize stress and help owners be more active.  (Photo: LWA/Getty Images)

High School Basketball Game Raises Awareness Around Gun Violence - In an effort to calm down the gang rivalry between Chicago’s West and South side and raise awareness around gun violence in the city, high school players from these two areas faced off in the Chicago United Hoops Classic last weekend. The third annual event boasted some of the most elite players in the state with guests including Mayor Rahm Emanuel and former NBA player Tim Hardaway, Slam reported.  (Photo: Courtesy of Chicago United)

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High School Basketball Game Raises Awareness Around Gun Violence - In an effort to calm down the gang rivalry between Chicago’s West and South side and raise awareness around gun violence in the city, high school players from these two areas faced off in the Chicago United Hoops Classic last weekend. The third annual event boasted some of the most elite players in the state with guests including Mayor Rahm Emanuel and former NBA player Tim Hardaway, Slam reported.  (Photo: Courtesy of Chicago United)

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Boosting HPV Vaccines Among Girls - Despite cervical cancer being a major consequence of genital human papillomavirus (HPV), a new study suggests that the best way to encourage teenage girls to get vaccinated is to focus on STD prevention instead. Researchers from Ohio State University believe that young girls are not concerned with the threat of cancer because it seems down the road. However, they were more concerned about the immediate effects of an STD.  (Photo: Times-Picayune /Landov)