Mar 27th

Consumer Reports Probes Nutrition Claims of Nat'l Restaurant Chains

By Ronnie
Consumer Reports Probes Nutrition Claims of Nat'l Restaurant Chains

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.
Feb 22nd

Flu Causes 5-Year High in Sick Days for US Workers in January

By Frank Galvano
Flu Causes 5-Year High in Sick Days for US Workers in January

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.
Feb 22nd

FDA Approves New Breast Cancer Drug

By Betty
FDA Approves New Breast Cancer Drug

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.
Feb 19th

UK Man Dies from New SARS-like Virus

By Dave Simmons
UK Man Dies from New SARS-like Virus

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.
Feb 12th

Health Sector Stocks Heating Up in 2013

By Geno
Health Care stocks are already rallying in early 2013.   The anticipation comes from the Affordable Care Act, where the health sector will see new sources of revenue as a result.  The Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare, will extend health care to millions of people who otherwise would not have it.  By 2014, everyone in the United States must have health insurance, or be subjected to a tax penalty.  If you cannot afford health care, the government will help by providing subsidies.   As a result, the expected growth rate is around 70%, projected to grow from an almost $3 trillion industry to nearly $5 trillion by 2021. 

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.

Apr 25th

Solving your Baby Sleep Problems - Baby Sleep Training

By Frank Galvano

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 sense. 

Feb 3rd

Study Links Lower IQs to Conservative Ideology and Prejudice

By Dave Simmons
Study Links Lower IQs to Conservative Ideology and Prejudice

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.
Jan 27th

FDA Finds Banned Fungicide In OJ from Brazil and Canada

By Frank Galvano
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FDA Finds Banned Fungicide In OJ from Brazil and Canada

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.
Jun 24th

Fruits & Vegetables with Most Pesticides / Least Pesticides

By Geno
Here's the latest list of dirtiest fruits and vegetables - those with the highest amount of pesticide residue.

The Dirty Dozen

  1. Apples
  2. Celery
  3. Strawberries
  4. Peaches
  5. Spinach
  6. Nectarines (imported)
  7. Grapes (imported)
  8. Sweet bell peppers
  9. Potatoes
  10. Blueberries (domestic)
  11. Lettuce
  12. Kale/collard greens

Here's the cleanest fruits and vegetables - those with the lowest amounts of pesticide residue.

  1. Onions
  2. Sweet corn
  3. Pineapples
  4. Avocado
  5. Asparagus
  6. Sweet peas
  7. Mangoes
  8. Eggplants
  9. Cantaloupe (domestic)
  10. Kiwi
  11. Cabbage
  12. Watermelon
  13. Sweet potatoes
  14. Grapefruit
  15. Mushrooms
All fruits and vegetables listed above are based on non-organic growing methods.

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