April 12, 2010

A Taste of New York

1 McDonald's Debuts Cupcakes to Dubious Germans

Saying that New Yorkers are "crazy about" cupcakes, McDonald's restaurants in Germany have begun serving the pint-sized confections, which many in that country have never tasted before. The cakes are said to be inspired by New York City: chocolate for Chelsea, vanilla for SoHo, cappuccino for the East Village and strawberry, of course, for Strawberry Fields in Central Park. The tiny bites cost $2.40 each and weren't proving popular when The New York Times checked in. Cupcake Berlin, a rare purveyor of cupcakes in the country, says many in the nation don't know about cupcakes or what to do with them, though some have learned from old episodes of "Sex in the City." The owner says he just hopes people don't get a bad impression of all cupcakes if they have their first at McDonald's.

More at New York Times City Room Blog | Posted 7 years ago by Sarah E. White

Tags: McDonald's, Germany, New York City, Cupcakes

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Term Creates Stigma for Kids

2 Liverpool Wants to Dump Word Obesity

The City Council of Liverpool is considering dumping the words "obese" and "obesity" from public health campaigns aimed at helping kids improve their health because the terms could stigmatize youngsters. Instead, they suggest the term "unhealthy weight" be used because it has less of a negative connotation and won't turn young people off. But some think that idea goes too far, such as Tam Fry, director of obesity prevention efforts for the Child Growth Foundation, who says "if you're obese you're obese" and there's no reason to sugarcoat it. The idea came from members of the Liverpool School Parliament, which says a change in terminology could help improve kids' lives. The group also said "food heroes" should be appointed to encourage healthier eating in schools.

More at UK Telegraph | Posted 7 years ago by Sarah E. White

Previously: Obesity Journal Changes Focus to Children

Tags: Childhood Obesity, Obesity, England, Obese Children, Liverpool

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Work Stress a Factor

3 Rates of Depression Higher for Medical Interns

Depression increases significantly for medical interns, states a new report that will be published in the June issue of Archives of General Psychiatry. Researchers point to a heavy work load, genetic predisposition, stressful life events and, in general, all that’s required to become a doctor in the US. Using an online survey, researchers assessed 740 interns at the beginning of their residency programs and at intervals during them and found that, before their internships about 4 percent of participants met the criteria for depression. That statistic spiked to almost 26 percent of participants during their internships. This study is one of the first to explore the specific factors responsible for depression in the medical community.

More at ScienceDaily | Posted 7 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Exercise the Magic Drug for Anxiety and Depression

Tags: Depression, Archives of General Psychiatry, Stress, Medical School, Medical Intern, Heavy Work Load, Genetic Predisposition

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Three Percent Drop

4 Premature Births Decline for 2nd Year in a Row

For the second year in a row, the birth rate of premature babies born in the US has dropped. According to a report released by the National Center for Health Statistics, the preterm birth rate declined three percent from the previous year. Dr. Jennifer L. Howse, president of the March of Dimes said, "It means about 14,000 babies were spared the health risks of an early birth. We hope that this is just the beginning of what's possible, and that efforts such as health care reform and our programs to make women and their doctors aware of things they can do to lower the risk of a preterm birth will continue to bear fruit in years to come." Strategies that lower this risk include quitting smoking, avoiding multiple births from fertility treatments and avoiding unnecessary C-sections.

More at EurekAlert.org | Posted 7 years ago by Melody Lesser

Tags: Babies, Quitting Smoking, Premature Babies, Preterm Babies, Preterm Birth, National Center for Health Statistics, Dr. Jennifer L. Howse, March of Dimes, Health Risks of Babies, Babies Born in US, Health Care Reform, C-Sections, Fertility Treatments, Multiple Births

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