January 12, 2010

Recent Guidelines Criticized

1 Pregnancy Weight Gain: 0 to 10 Lbs for Obese

Obese women should gain no more than 10 pounds during pregnancy, says Dr. Raul Artal, chairman of the department of obstetrics, gynecology and women's health at St. Louis University. What's more, with the supervision of their physician, Artal says that obese women can even maintain their pre-pregnancy weight throughout their pregnancy, coming out thinner after birth. The Institute of Medicine recently reaffirmed the 1999 recommendations for pregnancy weight gain, with the sole exception of putting a cap of 11 to 20 pounds on weight gain for obese women. Artal thinks that with the level of obesity these days, and in light of recent research on the health dangers to both mother and child from excessive pregnancy weight, the IOM recommendations are too high. Furthermore, he feels that a singl

More at Los Angeles Times | Posted 8 years ago by Mark

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NJ Says Yes to Medical Pot

2 NJ Approves Bill to Legalize Medical Marijuana

Medical marijuana will soon be available in New Jersey for eligible patients, according to a New York Times article. The New Jersey Legislature, in a surprise move, passed a measure on Monday to legalize the use of medical marijuana for chronically ill patients, making it the 14th state - and one of the first on the east coast - to do so. Governor Jon Corzine intends to sign the measure into law before he leaves office next week. The measure, which was approved by both the General Assembly and the State Senate, should go into effect within eight months after the law is enacted.

More at The New York Times | Posted 8 years ago by Melody Lesser

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Pass The Salt

3 NYC Leads National Drive to Reduce Salt in Food

NY became the first city in the nation to enter the assault on salt, according to an article in New York Magazine’s Grub Street. In an effort to reduce the salt content in restaurant and prepared foods, the New York City Health Department debuted its National Salt Reduction Initiative yesterday. This voluntary program calls for food providers to reduce sodium output by 20 to 25 percent by 2014. PepsiCo., A & P and Kraft are among the companies that support the national effort which also has its share of opponents.

More at New York Magazine, Grub Street | Posted 8 years ago by Melody Lesser

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