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Promoting child health care with Bill Gates

Promoting child health care with Bill Gates

By Dr. Sanjay Gupta
CNN Your Health

(CNN) -- This week, I interviewed Microsoft founder Bill Gates, who had agreed to talk with only a handful of people from the news media about his multimillion dollar gift to the United Nations to be used to better the health of the world's children.

As I prepared for the interview, one particular statistic provided by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation stuck with me: "Experts predict that by 2015, 10 million children a year, on current trends, will die before their fifth birthday."

Bill Gates is well aware of this enormous problem, and as we talked I realized that everything Bill Gates had accomplished professionally paled in comparison to what he was setting out to do as a philanthropist and humanitarian.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation so far has donated $2.1 billion for children's global health. CNN's Sanjay Gupta reports (May 9)

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That stated, just in case you can't watch it, please know it doesn't always take millions of dollars to make a difference -- it takes millions of people who care enough to work toward a higher good. Thanks for checking in and taking the time to read this.

Now here are some of the other stories making medical headlines this week:

Intelligent choices

Can breast-feeding your baby make him a smarter adult? Yes, according to a new study out of Denmark.

Researchers worked with adults who were and weren't breast-fed 40 years ago -- following up with I.Q. tests as participants became adults.

Based on their findings, those who were breast-fed for seven to nine months after birth had the highest test scores compared to those who were breast-fed less than seven months.

Click here for the study's explanation on the link between breast-feeding and intelligence.

Drink up

Tea drinkers, take heart: New research indicates drinking at least two cups of black or green tea a day could reduce your chances of dying following a heart attack -- by 44 percent.

Scientists believe there's something in tea that protects the heart. Researchers studied 1,900 heart attack survivors over the course of four years to draw their conclusions.

Even the patients who drank fewer than 14 cups a week had a 28 percent lower death rate than those who didn't drink tea.

However, herbal teas probably won't provide the same benefits since the chemical make-up is different than that of black and green tea.

Click here to find out how antioxidants found in black or green tea can protect the heart.

Do-it-yourself diet wins

Consumer Reports magazine went straight to the source to find out which diet works best.

According to the 32,000 dieters the magazine surveyed, the overwhelming majority of successful "losers" believe exercise made the difference -- not food deprivation.

However, the dieters also said they watched what they ate and stayed with typically healthy foods. They added that dieting on their own -- and not an expensive diet program -- produced the best results.

Only 14 percent of "super losers" had ever signed up with Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig or another commercial diet program, according to survey results. The vast majority -- or 88 percent -- stayed away from Slim Fast and other meal replacements.

Those who successfully lost weight did seem to have one thing in common: exercise. Dieters who exercised at least three times a week ranked it as the No. 1 reason they feel they dropped some pounds.

Many others credited a simple life style change, like taking the stairs instead of the elevator. Other dieters successfully incorporated weight lifting to peel off extra weight.

Consumer Reports also put together the following list of recommendations, based on what it learned from this survey:

  • Substitute high-fiber, whole grain carbohydrates for foods with a high glycemic index, such as white bread, potatoes, sugar and pasta.
  • Eat sufficient amounts of protein, which helps to keep insulin levels in check and stave off hunger.
  • Trick your stomach into feeling full by choosing foods with relatively few calories per unit of volume, such as water-filled fruits and vegetables.
  • Don't eliminate fat altogether; mono- and poly-unsaturated fats found in nuts, avocados, olives and fish might protect against heart disease.
  • Be persistent.
  • Click here for more information on the survey.




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