Over the past few years, a growing number of American eateries have begun publishing nutrition info on the menus, though some critics have charged that many publish false data to make their offerings appear healthier than they are. In its May issue, Consumer Reports magazine published a report on the accuracy of these menu nutrition stats, testing several locations from each of a dozen popular restaurant chains whose menus contain nutrition info. The good news is that the majority of the chains checked out, with the menu nutritional stats matching what Consumer Reports found, though there were two menu items in particular found to have higher calories than the restaurants advertised.
January took a heavy toll in Americans, who suffered bouts with the flu at an elevated level, but it also took a toll on productivity for American businesses as more workers called in sick during the month than in any month in the last five years. According to a study released from the Bureau of Labor Statistics this week, nearly 2.9 full-time workers were forced to take time off during the month because of illness. In fact, a whopping 1.2 million people surveyed were forced to take off an entire week, the survey showed. It's the highest number of Americans calling in sick in a month since February 2008, when 3.3 full-timers took days off and 1.3 million missed an entire week.
The US Federal Drug Administration on Friday approved a new drug for treating late-stage breast cancer. Referred to as T-DM1 during clinical trials, the drug will be marketed under the brand name Kadcyla and sold by Genentech, a San Francisco-based biotech firm, who says it will make the drug available to breast cancer patients within two weeks of the approval. The cost of Kadcyla treatments, according to a Genentech spokesman, will be just under $10,000 a month for a little over nine months, which the company says is about on par with other treatments for late-stage cancers.
British health officials reported Tuesday that a man has died from a relatively new coronavirus, bringing the death toll from the SARS-related virus to six. Also known as NCoV, the virus has been around for decades, but did not infect humans until last year, when a Middle Eastern man contracted and died from the virus. There have now been a total of 12 cases of humans infected with NCoV, with half of those patients dying from the disease. The identified cases include several from members of a family in Britain, spurring health authorities to follow up with more than 100 people who have had contact with the family. Those follow-ups did not reveal any new cases.
One health stock to watch is Rite Aid. They are one of the top drugstore chains in the United States and saw 2012 annual revenues of more than $26 billion, swinging to a net income of nearly $61.9 million in the 3Q - Compare that to a net loss of $52 million year-over-year.
Solving your Sleep Problems
If you are like me, then you envisioned having a baby as a
wonderful time of your life filled with happy, soapy baths,
chubby little hands and feet, and peacefully sleeping angelic
infants! For many though, the reality is not
what is pictured on television or in books.
Sleeping like a baby takes on a whole new meaning when you
realize that babies are perhaps the lightest, most finicky
sleepers on the planet. There are many reasons
for this and they are, of course, good in an evolutionary
A new study conducted by researchers at Brock University in Ontario, Canada suggests that people who scored low on IQ tests in childhood are more likely to grow up with racially prejudiced beliefs and conservative political leanings. IQ stands for intelligence quotient, and tests measuring the IQ of people have long been determined by standardized tests. But psychologists have long argued over whether IQ is actually a measure of intelligence, or just a measure of test-taking ability.
The US Food and Drug Administration announced Friday it has detained several shipments of orange juice from Canada after they tested positive for low levels of a banned fungicide previously found in shipments from Brazil. The agency began testing all foreign shipments of OJ earlier this month after Coca-Cola subsidiary Minute Maid found minute amounts of a fungicide called carbendazim in juice it had obtained from Brazilian growers. Still legal in Brazil, Canada, and many other parts of the world, the fungicide has been banned in the US. The FDA says that of the 80 shipments it has tested so far, the chemical has been found in six shipments from Canada and five from Brazil.
The Dirty Dozen
- Nectarines (imported)
- Grapes (imported)
- Sweet bell peppers
- Blueberries (domestic)
- Kale/collard greens
Here's the cleanest fruits and vegetables - those with the lowest amounts of pesticide residue.
- Sweet corn
- Sweet peas
- Cantaloupe (domestic)
- Sweet potatoes