Category Archives: General Health

WHO recommends reduction in daily intake of “free” sugars

The Washington Post reports that the World Health Organization “recommended that adults and children reduce their daily intake of ‘free’ sugarssuch as fructose or table sugar added to foods and drinks by manufacturers, as well as those naturally present in honey, syrups and fruit juicesto less than 10 percent of their total energy take.” Continue reading

Adhering to Mediterranean diet reduces risk of heart disease

The Los Angeles Times “Science Now” blog reports that research to be presented at the American College of Cardiology’s annual meeting suggests that “whatever one’s age, gender or health status, sticking with the Mediterranean diet is the single most powerful step a person can take to drive down his or her heart disease risk.” Continue reading

Study finds wide variation in hospital rating systems

The New York Times reports that a new study published in the journal Health Affairs found that the U.S. News & World Report, Consumer Reports, Healthgrades, and the Leapfrog Group rating systems for hospitals “frequently come to very different conclusions about which hospitals are the best — or worst — potentially adding to the confusion over health care quality, rather than alleviating it.” Continue reading

CDC survey shows high incidence of dating violence among high school students

USA Today reports on a study led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published online at JAMA Pediatrics that found that “twenty-one percent of high school girls have been physically or sexually assaulted by someone they dated,” while “ten percent of high school boys also report having been physically or sexually assaulted by a dating partner.” Continue reading

Exposing kids at risk for peanut allergy to peanuts may actually help prevent an allergy

A study suggesting that exposing kids at risk for peanut allergy to peanuts may actually help prevent an allergy received extensive coverage online and in print. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, which provided funding for the trial, is quoted in nearly every article. Most sources tout the study, with some calling the findings a “landmark” or “ground-breaking.” Continue reading