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By Vito Stellino and Vito Stellino,SUN STAFF | February 3, 1999
Choking back tears at an emotional news conference, Hall of Fame running back Walter Payton announced yesterday that he is suffering from a rare disease and will need a liver transplant to survive.Payton, 44, has a disease called primary sclerosing cholangitis, an autoimmune disorder in which the immune system attacks its own tissues and scars the bile ducts. It affects only three of 100,000 people.The most obvious symptom is that Payton has lost a lot of weight. His gaunt appearance was a shocking contrast to the well-sculptured look he had when he became the NFL's all-time leading rusher for the Chicago Bears.
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By FROM STAFF REPORTS | February 8, 2002
House approves bill that would double limit on small claims The House of Delegates unanimously approved a bill yesterday that would make it easier for people to go to small claims court. The measure would increase the monetary amount for which a person could sue in small claims court from $2,500 to $5,000. Disputes involving more than that amount often are heard in Circuit Court, where many defendants and plaintiffs feel that they need a lawyer to navigate the complicated and often clogged system.
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By NEWSDAY | August 24, 2005
Despite a smattering of government initiatives to curb the trend, Americans continued to gain weight last year. The adult obesity rate inched up to 24.5 percent from 23.7 percent in 2003, a new report says. More than a quarter of adults in 10 states are obese, and seven of those 10 states are in the Southeast. Colorado had the lowest adult obesity rate, at 16.8 percent. Maryland ranked 29th with rate of 21.7 percent. Co-written by former Maryland Gov. Parris N. Glendening, the report was the second such annual report released by the Trust for America's Health, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit, nonpartisan health advocacy organization.
NEWS
January 26, 2009
Women are less able to suppress hunger Faced with their favorite foods, women are less able than men to suppress their hunger, a discovery that may help explain the higher obesity rate for females, a new study suggests. Gene-Jack Wang of Brookhaven National Laboratory and his colleagues were trying to figure out why some people overeat and gain weight while others don't. They performed brain scans on 13 women and 10 men who had fasted overnight to determine how their brains responded to the sight of their favorite foods.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | July 13, 1997
The University of Maryland basketball team received good and bad news last week regarding its two incoming recruits: Forward Terence Morris of Frederick finally received the college board score he needed for eligibility as a freshman, but guard Juan Dixon of Baltimore did not.It means that Morris, pending the approval of his score later this summer by the national clearinghouse, will likely play for the Terrapins next season. Dixon, who can still try to gain his eligibility for the spring semester beginning in January, might redshirt.
FEATURES
By Joyce Hendley and Joyce Hendley,Contributing Writer United Feature Syndicate | July 22, 1993
As a young man watches his slim fiancee approvingly from a distance, an old man shatters his reverie. "Better look now," he warns. "After the first kid, she's gonna blow up like a balloon."Thus did the 1989 movie "True Love" immortalize the stereotype that after marriage, and especially after having children, only women, not men, gain weight. But a new study suggests that exactly the opposite may be true: Marriage, pure and simple, causes men to put on weight.When researchers at Cornell University analyzed weight and marriage data from 3,025 men and women, they found that both married men and women tend to be heavier than their single counterparts.
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By Dr. Simeon Margolis and Dr. Simeon Margolis,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | October 22, 1996
Are there any surgical treatments for obesity?Over the years a number of surgical procedures have been used to treat obesity either by restricting the intake of food or by reducing its absorption from the intestine.One of the simplest methods is to wire the jaws shut so that the diet is limited to liquids taken through a straw. Although this approach generally leads to weight loss (the author of this column managed to gain weight when his jaws were wired shut for a broken jaw), weight is usually regained as soon as the wires are removed.
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By Bill Free and Bill Free,Sun Staff Writer | November 6, 1994
When Kristy Matthai trots on the field for Westminster this week in the state field hockey tournament, it will be the continuation of a touching story of a driven teen-ager who has overcome a serious eating disorder to pursue a field hockey career.A little more than two years ago when it was discovered that Matthai had anorexia, she had to decide whether she wanted to remain painfully thin at 5 feet 6, 100 pounds or gain a mandated 15 pounds to play field hockey again.After many tears, battles with her parents, therapy, working with a nutritionist and doctor, and finally a threat from her mother (Linda)
NEWS
By Gailor Large and Gailor Large,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | April 29, 2005
There's a trainer at my gym who's always working out in thick sweat pants. He's really fit and seems to know exactly what he's doing when it comes to everything from the chest press to wind sprints. If you want to lose weight this way, how exactly would heavy clothes help shed the pounds? If you're trying to "make weight" for the next season of The Contender, that's one thing. For everyone else, working out in heavy clothing is a mistake. Why? The extra weight you're shedding through perspiration is water weight.
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By Linell Smith and Linell Smith,SUN STAFF | December 31, 1996
Jakhaila Miracle Braxton is resting her 3-pound-something body on a tiny piece of sheepskin in an incubator at Mercy Hospital. Meant to be born in 1997, she's spending her first Christmas in the neonatal intensive care unit with 16 other preemies. Lying in their transparent isolettes, these infants appear as fragile, precious and untouchable as museum exhibits.Neptina Jones, 25, stares at Jakhaila longingly. Born seven weeks premature, Jakhaila is Jones's fourth child and first girl -- her miracle, she says.
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