CDC study finds more food-borne illness outbreaks caused by raw milk

Children's Health, Infectious Disease, Nutritional Health, Parenting
USA Today reports on a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study, which found that "unpasteurized milk, touted as the ultimate health food by some, is 150 times more likely to cause food-borne illness outbreaks than pasteurized milk and such outbreaks had a hospitalization rate 13 times higher than those involving pasteurized dairy products." (more…)
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Sports Legacy Institute calls for limiting head blows

Children's Health, Mental Health, Parenting, Sports Medicine
The CNN "The Chart" blog reported that due to "concern ... that sub-concussive damage – the menacing smaller blows that add up during practices and games –" could harm adolescent brains, "the Sports Legacy Institute (SLI) Friday called for the adoption of a 'Hit Count' – similar to the 'Pitch Count' system used in baseball – for youth athletes participating in contact sports.” (more…)
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Physicians with normal BMI more likely to diagnose, discuss obesity

Children's Health, General Health, Nutritional Health, Obesity, Parenting
Color me "stunned" by this report: The Baltimore Sun "Picture of Health" blog reports a study in the journal Obesity suggesting that "physicians with a normal body mass index were more likely than overweight doctors to engage their obese patients in weight loss discussions." The Sun goes on to say, "Normal weight doctors were also more likely to diagnose a patient as obese if they perceived the patient's BMI was equal to or larger than their own." The work was funded by in part by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. The Los Angeles Times "Booster Shots" blog reports, "In one of the most stunning figures in the paper ... the probability that a normal-weight doctor actually recording an obesity diagnosis for an obese patient was 93%.” For overweight…
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Kids’ snacks CAN be healthy and inexpensive

Children's Health, Nutritional Health, Parenting
It's well-documented that healthy foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables tend to cost more than "junk" foods such as chips and cookies, a phenomenon that's often cited as a contributing factor to the U.S. obesity epidemic. But a new study conducted in YMCAs found that healthy snacks aren't always more expensive, and in some cases are even more economical. (more…)
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