Kids Not So Stuck on Sugary Breakfast Cereals, Study Finds

Nutritional Health, Obesity, Parenting
It turns out that when kids are given a choice of cereals, and there is fruit on hand, most will be happy with low-sugar fare. In other words, getting your kids to happily eat nutritious, low-sugar breakfast cereals may be child's play, researchers report. This was exactly what I predicted in my book, SuperSized Kids: How to protect your child from the obesity threat, currently on sale here. The recent study finds that children will gladly chow down on low-sugar cereals if they're given a selection of choices at breakfast, and many compensate for any missing sweetness by opting for fruit instead. Here are the details from HealthDay News: The 5-to-12-year-olds in the study still ate about the same amount of calories regardless of whether they were allowed to choose from…
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Obama Admin Working to Rescind Conscience Rights on Abortion

Bioethics, Medical Economics
The Obama administration is still working to overturn conscience rights for medical professionals on abortion that were put in place at the tail end of the Bush administration. Here are the chilling details in a report from LifeNews: In 2008, the Bush administration issued a rule that prohibited recipients of federal money from discriminating against doctors, nurses and health care aides who refuse to take part in medical procedures to which they have religious or moral objections, such as abortion. The rule implemented existing conscience protection laws that ensure medical professionals cannot be denied employment because they do not want to assist in abortions. New information about the state of those protections and efforts to repeal them comes from legal papers the administration filed in a case the state of…
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Surgeon general issues new tobacco warnings

Cancer
Congrats to the new Surgeon General, for taking an even stronger stand on tobacco in her recent report, "How Tobacco Smoke Causes Disease.: The Los Angeles Times and Orlando Sentinel write that the report has found that "ANY exposure" to tobacco smoke can cause immediate damage to the human body. "There is NO safe level of exposure to cigarette smoke," Surgeon General Regina Benjamin said. "Inhaling even the SMALLEST amount of tobacco smoke can also damage your DNA, which can lead to cancer." The report also finds almost NO difference between being a light smoker and a heavy smoker. "That's because of the inflammatory processes occur at very, very low doses," said cardiologist Dr. Stanton Glantz. The AP notes that the report "is the 30th issued by the nation's surgeons general…
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As Healthcare Reform Takes Hold, 74% of Physicians Will Retire or Seek Other Alternatives

Medical Economics
Healthcare reform, should it survive legal challenge, repeal, and/or non-funding, will usher in a new era of medicine in which physicians will, according to a report in Modern Medicine, "largely cease to operate as full-time, independent, private practitioners accepting third party payments. Instead, they will work as employees, as part-timers, as administrators, in cash-only 'concierge' practices, or they will walk away from medicine altogether." Here are the details from Modern Medicine: These are some of the findings of a new report commissioned by The Physicians Foundation entitled "Health Reform and the Decline of Physician Private Practice". The report outlines provisions in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (aka "Obamacare") and examines economic, demographic, and other forces impacting the way doctors structure their practices and deliver care. The report offers a…
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My Take on the new Vitamin D and Calcium Recommendations

General Health, Nutritional Health
You're likely hearing a fair bit of controversy over the Institute of Medicine's (IOM's) new recommendations (RDA) for vitamin D and calcium. I first reported on this in my blog, "Institute of Medicine says megadoses of vitamin D, calcium unnecessary." The IOM calls for MORE vitamin D and LESS calcium ... but many experts say the vitamin D doses are still not high enough. Vitamin D The new RDA is: 400 IU for infants, 600 IU for ages 1 to 70, and 800 IU for over 70. But these RDAs are based ONLY on the amount needed to prevent bone problems, such as rickets, osteomalacia, osteopenia, osteoporosis, and fractures. Higher amounts of vitamin D are associated with a lower risk of falls, cancer, heart disease, autoimmune disorders, etc. But the…
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Institute of Medicine says megadoses of vitamin D, calcium unnecessary

General Health, Nutritional Health
In a front-page article, the New York Times says, "The very high levels of vitamin D and calcium that are often recommended by doctors and testing laboratories – and can be achieved only by taking supplements – are unnecessary and could be harmful, an expert committee says" in a low-awaited report. The "group said most people have adequate amounts of vitamin D in their blood supplied by their diets and natural sources like sunshine." Dr. Clifford J. Rosen, "a member of the panel and an osteoporosis expert at the Maine Medical Center Research Institute," said, "For most people, taking extra calcium and vitamin D supplements is not indicated." The AP reports, "Long-awaited new dietary guidelines say there's no proof that megadoses prevent cancer or other ailments – sure to frustrate…
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