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Regulating the foods and beverages sold outside of federal meal programs at schools may help curb the child obesity epidemic, suggests a U.S. study released Monday.
Researchers found that fifth graders in states with strong “competitive food laws” packed on fewer pounds than did kids in states with no such legislation.
“I definitely see this as encouraging evidence that the laws can have a positive impact,” said Daniel R. Taber of the University of Illinois at Chicago, who worked on the study. “But we need to recognize that it is not going …

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Hi, my name is Samantha. I’m 8 years old. I have an older brother named Sean. Me and my family live in New York City. I go to P.S. 3 in Manhattan.
Sean and I were born with hearing loss. We both wear hearing aids. It’s not that hard to get used to wearing hearing aids. All you need to do is think of good things and then you put it in your ear and you hear better. That’s all there is to it!
My mom or dad used to put my …

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Diet & Nutrition »

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Attention! Attention! All chocolate lovers! A new study has found a way to replace the fat in chocolate with a healthier additive: fruit juice.
Scientists from University of Warwick have found a way to replace up to 50 percent of the fat with fruit juice, by removing much of the cocoa butter and milk fats that go into chocolate. The British scientists substitute those fats with tiny droplets of juice measuring under 30 microns in diameter.
They infused orange and cranberry juice into milk, dark and white chocolate using a method known …

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Money can be a powerful object – it can buy clothes, cars, a range of material items. It can even inspire employees to work harder. A new study looked at the impact of financial incentives for both therapists and their patients. In the study, the researchers focused on whether pay-for-performance could be an effective way to treat adolescents who use drugs or alcohol.
To begin, pay-for-performance incentives haven risen in popularity with various healthy systems. The study, published in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, allowed researchers to work with …

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Fitness & Weight Loss »

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Fast food and inactivity are just a few of the factors that have contributed to the obesity epidemic in the U.S.
A new study looked at the obesity trend in different states. Based on a new government survey by Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 12 states have very high obesity rates.
In particular the Body Mass Index (BMI), compiled with a person’s height and weight, helps measure obesity. Individuals are considered obese if they weigh thirty pounds or more than the recommended BMI healthy weight. The …

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Health Research »

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A new study from the US finds that in the process of targeting and killing off cancer cells, chemotherapy may also spur healthy cells in the neighbourhood to release a compound that stimulates cancer growth, eventually leading to treatment resistance. They hope their finding will lead to better therapies for cancer and buy precious time for patients with advanced cancer.
Senior author Peter S. Nelson, of the Human Biology Division at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, and colleagues, write about their findings in a paper published online on …

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Product Reviews & Information »

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A counterfeit Chinese drug ring has been broken up and more than 1,900 people have been arrested for the manufacture and sale of fake drugs and related goods valuing close to $182 million US, according to Chinese authorities.
The Chinese Ministry of Public Security said in a statement that the government plan to take down the operation began on July 25. The counterfeit drugs being marketed were supposed to treat various illnesses including hypertension, diabetes, and cancers, according to the Ministry. More than 18,000 authoritative agents were involved in the takedown …

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A person’s eyes can often say what they are thinking, what emotions they are going through, and even if they are lying or telling the truth. Now, you may even be able to tell if a person is gay or straight, according to new research from Cornell University.
The researchers involved in the study said their findings indicate that someone’s sexual orientation can be revealed by their pupil dilation. Scientists say that when a person becomes aroused, his or her pupils will shoot open, helping those on the prowl to know …

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Family Health »

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Results of a randomized trial, published in the journal Pediatrics on Monday, suggest that children who were exposed to age-appropriate video were about 20 percent less likely to have a sleep problem than kids whose parents didn’t follow the same advice.
“One of the things that’s exciting for me is that if families want to make these changes, it doesn’t require going to the doctor’s office or going to a person’s home,” said lead author Michelle Garrison, from Seattle Children’s Research Institute.
Previous studies had also suggested a link between the kinds …

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Diet & Nutrition, Family Health »

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Honey has long been believed to have numerous important health benefits; past studies have suggested the beeswax product helps in the healing of burns, aids in digestion and weight loss, and is even a good source of energy. And now, researchers from Tel Aviv University in Israel have found that honey may have another important health benefit: the treatment of nighttime coughing in toddlers.
Based on their study, lead author Herman Avner Cohen and colleagues suggest that a spoonful of honey before bedtime could help little kids with a cough sleep …

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