1) Adding Micronutrients To Food Would Be Highly Cost-Effective Form Of Foreign Aid, New York Times Columnist Writes (source: Medical News Today)
“As the United States reorganizes its chaotic aid program, it might try promoting what just may be the world’s most luscious food: micronutrients,” New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof writes. Micronutrients — such as folic acid, iodine, zinc, iron and vitamin A — are “lifesaving for children and for women who may become pregnant,” and “there’s scarcely a form of foreign aid more cost effective than getting them into the food supply,” Kristof adds.
2) Bone-building drugs perhaps overused (source: Nutrition Data
In the wake of the recent move to expand the use of cholesterol-lowering (statin) drugs, it’s refreshing indeed to see health and policy experts talking about dialing back the use of drugs that are routinely prescribed to prevent osteoporosis-related fractures.
(source: NY Times)
With AIDS, malaria and other diseases costing millions of lives every year, worrying about the vision of people in the developing world may seem like an indulgence.
But for the world’s poor, eyeglasses are probably one of the most valuable investments around. Anywhere from hundreds of millions to a couple of billion people do not have the corrective lenses that would allow them to lead better, more productive lives. Tackling vision problems early, moreover, can help prevent later blindness. A study published in a World Health Organization journal in June estimated that certain types of vision impairment resulted in lost output of $269 billion a year.
1) In Battle Of The Bulge Food Aromas Could Become New Weapon (source: Medical News Today)
A real possibility does exist for developing a new generation of foods that make people feel full by releasing anti-hunger aromas during chewing, scientists in the Netherlands are reporting after a review of research on that topic. Such foods would fight the global epidemic of obesity with aromas that quench hunger and prevent people from overeating. Their article appears in ACS’ Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, a bi-weekly publication.
2) Don’t Trust Calorie Counts on Menus (source: Nutrition Data Blog)
According to researchers at Yale University, including calorie counts on menus seem to affect diner’s choices. But what use is that if the reported calorie counts are wildly inaccurate? A report in next month’s Journal of the American Dietetic Association finds that the published calorie counts for so-called “reduced calorie” meals served at various chain restaurants were wildly inaccurate. On average, the actual calories were almost 20% higher, but the range of discrepancy was huge.
3) Long Term Thinkers Make Better Health Decisions (source: Medical News Today)
Two US psychologists found that people who tend to think in the long term, who focus on later rewards rather than immediate payoffs, are more likely to make better and positive decisions concerning their health, such as what and how much to eat and drink, exercise regularly, and use sunscreen.
(source: SEED Magazine)
Suggested by: Miguel Barbosa of Simoleon Sense
Humans are made to move. Even just a century ago, few people spent their entire workday just sitting at a desk. Passive entertainment, too, is a relatively new innovation. Televisions have been widespread for barely 60 years. Radios, for less than a century. Books, for perhaps half a millennium. Sure, music and theater have existed for longer than that, but attending a live performance still involved trudging to the amphitheater or town square, sitting or standing on uncomfortable benches, and then making the same journey back home. And more people were likely to participate in making the music or plays when they couldn’t be recorded and electromagnetically transmitted through the air. Out of the hundreds of thousands of years Homo sapiens has existed, we’ve been intensely physically active for all but a few of them.
(source: CBS News)
Senate Democrats passed a landmark health care bill in a climactic Christmas Eve vote that could define President Barack Obama’s legacy and usher in near-universal medical coverage for the first time in the country’s history.
“We are now finally poised to deliver on the promise of real, meaningful health insurance reform that will bring additional security and stability to the American people,” Mr. Obama said shortly after the Senate acted.