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THE SALINA JOURNAL HEALTH FRIDAY, JUNES. 1998 AB V WEIGHT Hefty decision Government lowers threshold for who is considered overweight By SALLY BUZBEE The Associated Press WASHINGTON — The federal government is reducing its threshold for defining who is overweight, determining that someone who stands 5-foot-4 and weighs 145 pounds is facing a health risk. In guidelines to be formally released later this month, a panel of experts convened by the National Institutes of Health concluded that a person with a body mass index as low as 25 — 5-foot-4, 145 pounds or 5-foot-10, 174 pounds — should be considered overweight. Anyone with a body mass index of 30 or above is obese, according to the guidelines, which were released in part Wednesday by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. That translates to a 6-foot person who weighs 221 pounds or a 5-foot-6 inch person who weighs 186 pounds. Body mass index is a way of measuring body weight, in relation to height, and is closely linked to a person's body fat. Using those new guidelines, about 97 millions American adults — or about 55 percent of the population — would be considered Under new standards, a 5-foot-4 person weighing 145 pounds or a 5-foot-10 person weighing 174 pounds is considered overweight. overweight or obese, the heart institute said. In previous studies, another government agency, the National Center for Health Statistics, has said that a woman with a body mass index of 27 or a man with a BMI of 28 is overweight. And dietary guidelines released by the federal government in 1996 defined anyone with a body mass index of 26 or above as overweight. That same standard — a body mass index of 26 — was used by outside researchers in a widely publicized report issued last week. Under that definition, about 54 percent of the population would be considered overweight. But officials from the heart and lung institute lowered the threshold, concluding that health risks can begin with a body mass index as low as 25. As body mass index levels go up, blood pressure and total cholesterol levels also rise, increasing the risk of heart disease, diabetes and some cancers, the researchers said. The guidelines are designed to give patients and doctors ways to measure when a person's weight is hazardous. They recommend that overweight people exercise and eat better to keep from gaining additional weight. Diet drugs should be reserved for those with body mass indexes of 30 or over, or people mass indexes of 27 but with other risk factors such as diabetes or high blood pressure, the researchers said. In addition to measuring body mass index, the guidelines advise doctors to measure their patients' waist circumference, a measurement closely associated with the amount of abdominal fat and another predictor of disease risk. A waist circumference of more than 40 inches in men and more than 35 inches in women indicates an increased risk in people who have a body mass index of between 25 to 34.9, the researchers say. Therapy may control sickle cell- By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — A new type of genetic therapy may provide a way to control sickle cell anemia, the painful, disabling disease that strikes many black people. In a laboratory experiment, Duke University scientists were able to change sickled blood cells into normal cells using proteins that snip, clip and correct mutated of genetic instructions. Dr. Bruce Sullenger of Duke University, lead author of the study to be published today in the journal Science, said that the new technique does not change the mutated genes but rather corrects the Children® MUSEUM STORE 211 West Iron Tiics.-Sat 10-5, Sun. 1-6 mutation in a molecule that car-, ries the genetic message to blood cells. A cell makes proteins, including' those for red blood cells, based on the blueprint contained in the genes. The protein instruction! are carried into the cell by a mole-" cule called RNA. •" In the Duke experiments, SuIT lenger said the sickle cell mutaL tion was corrected by changing the instructions contained in the RNA molecule. Other attempt's"! at gene therapy have targeted, the genes that write the instruc-. tions instead of the RNA that< carries the instructions to the,, cell. .:.:: THE RICK MACH SHOW 4pm-5pm Weekdays NEWS TALK 91O T SALMONELLA Illnesses linked to Aldi's cereal 'ATTENTION* Homeowners Three salmonella cases reported in Kansas, but more cases expected By The Associated Press A toasted oat cereal sold at Aldi supermarkets was identified Thursday as the likely source of an unusual type of salmonella infection that has poisoned nearly 200 people in 11 states since early April, state and federal health officials said. Consumption of Millville brand Toasted Oats cereal, distributed by Aldi supermarkets, "is associated with these cases," the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. "Consumers are advised to not eat Millville brand Toasted Oat cereals until further investigations by CDC, the Food and Drug Administration and the states are completed," the CDC said. Forty people have been hospitalized, but no deaths have been reported, said Tom Skinner, a CDC spokesman. The CDC reported 188 confirmed cases of salmonella poisoning in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Mis- souri, New York, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Iowa, Kansas, Wisconsin and West Virginia. But that number was sure to go up as individual states reported newly confirmed cases. In Missouri, with at least 18 cases, state health officials Thursday were awaiting information from the CDC on the victims' home counties. Kansas had three reported cases, according to the CDC. All the people were sickened by one strain of the salmonella bacteria called agona, which accounts for only about 500 to 1,000 of the estimated 2 million to 4 million salmonella cases in the United States each year, the CDC said. Like other strains, it causes food poisoning and leads to flu- like symptoms such as headache, diarrhea, vomiting and fever that can last from 24 hours to 12 days. Salmonella is rarely fatal. It is most often spread through animal products such as raw or undercooked meat, eggs, fish and poultry, but in recent years fresh fruits and vegetables have been implicated in outbreaks of the infection. Erin™ Beanie Baby , Giveaway Sign up once a day beginning June 5th Drawings to be held: Friday, June 12 Saturday, June 13 Monday, June 15 Total of 9 Ty Erin Beanie Babies to be given away! Just Arrived! New Shipment of Beanies! 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