Health Headlines

Health Headlines
Less TV and Video Games Significantly Reduce Kids' Chances of Weight Gain Canada to declare plastic bottle chemical (bisphenol A, or BPA) harmful Toxicology Agency Finds Smoke but No Fire with Bisphenol-A (BPA) Self-tests 'no benefit' for Type 2 Diabetes NYC's calories-on-menus law upheld 'Jury out' on prostate screening (more…)
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More Medical Schools Teaching Spirituality in Medicine

General Health
A story in AMA News tells how more medical schools are teaching spirituality to medical students. Here are some very appropriate comments on this news, as well as the topic of spirituality in medicine, by my good friend, Al Weir, MD: Patients want and need spiritual support in their illnesses, and doctors should be providing that support as a part of competent, whole person medicine. We should be teaching this to our students in our medical and dental schools. This is all good science. (more…)
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Spanking a Child – Is it Good or Bad?

Children's Health
Spanking could be a thing of the past, at least in California. An anti-spanking bill in the California Assembly would actually criminalize spanking a child, and that worries some family advocates. According to one observer, “The way this bill is written, a legitimate spanking can be equated with cutting a child. The accepted use of a swat with a hand could be construed as child abuse.” The bill, A.B. 2943, makes no distinction between a commonly used and appropriate form of discipline and other, more violent acts. So, is spanking good or bad? (more…)
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Hopefully More States/Cities will Require Posting of Calories on Menus

Children's Health, General Health, Nutritional Health, Obesity
  Health officials in New York City won a huge victory this week in the fight against the epidemic of childhood obesity. A federal judge upheld a proposed New York City regulation which will require some chain restaurants to post calories on menus. The Judge ruled, "It seems reasonable to expect that some consumers will use the information disclosed … to select lower calorie meals ... and these choices will lead to a lower incidence of obesity."  To their credit, some outlets, including Starbucks and Chipotle, have already started to post calorie information — and it’s time for more to do the same. In my book, SuperSized Kids: How to protect your child from the obesity threat, we wrote for the reasons we favor such legislation. Here's an excerpt from…
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