October 7, 2010

Test While You Wait for License

1 Free HIV Tests at the DMV in DC

People visiting a Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) branch in southeast Washington, D.C. can receive a free HIV test, reports CNN. The confidential testing won't become part of DMV records. The DMV is just providing space for the testing, completed by the nonprofit Family and Medical Counseling Service. This particular DMV branch, known as the Penn Branch, was chosen for the pilot program because infection rates have gone up in that area. Angela Fulwood Wood, chief operations officer for Family and Medical Counseling Service, told CNN that offering HIV testing at the DMV is a way of "normalizing HIV and extending testing opportunities."

More at CNN | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Breastfeeding with HIV

Tags: Department of Motor Vehicles, Free HIV Tests, HIV Testing at the DMV, Angela Fulwood Wood, Family and Medical Counseling Service

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Fighting Fat at the Register

2 NYC Seeks to Ban Soda Purchases with Food Stamps

The Mayor of New York City doesn't want food stamps used to purchase sodas or other sugary drinks, reports New York Times. New York's Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg asked for federal permission to ban food stamp recipients from buying soda or other sugared drinks with food stamps. To allow time for a study to determine if the ban is successful and should be permanent, Bloomberg has asked that it last for two years. The move is part of Bloomburg's anti-obesity push, which has also included stricter rules on food sold in schools and advertisements to fight obesity. Bloomberg also unsuccessfully tried to implement a tax on sugared drinks. In New York City, 1.7 million people receive food stamps.

More at New York Times | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Food Stamps, Using Food Stamps to Buy Junk Food, Using Food Stamps to Buy Soda, Food Stamp Law, New York Bans Food Stamps to Buy Soda

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3 Food Trends in New York City from Zagat

According to the 2011 Zagat Survey out this week, New Yorkers are eating out less than they did a year ago and when they do go to restaurants, they are spending less. According to the survey, 27 percent of over 40,000 local food lovers say they eat out fewer times per week than six to twelve months ago. Patrons are also choosing less expensive restaurants and as a result, more casual eateries, such as sandwich shops, pizza places, and burger joints, have opened. High-end restaurants are struggling due to the economy, but the good news is that those who want a special night out do not have the long waits they did a year ago. Brooklyn has emerged as a foodie hot spot, according to the survey. Eight of the top restaurants in the guide are located in the borough.

More at New York Daily News | Hat tip to Crain's New York | Posted 7 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: FDA Issues Guidance on Restaurant Menu Labeling

Tags: Restaurant, Food Trends

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An Un-Happy Meal

4 Ban on Happy Meals Closer in San Francisco

A San Francisco board committee has ruled in favor of banning toys in McDonald’s Happy Meals and other kids meals unless the nutritional content is improved, according to a news report from the San Francisco Chronicle. The ban, recommended by Supervisor Eric Mar, will be placed before the full board on October 19th. The committee is asking for fast food companies to lower the sugar, sodium, and fat content in the popular kid’s meals and to add a half-cup serving of fruit and vegetables. Although many support the ban, Mayor Gavin Newsom has pledged to veto it should it be passed. Although a supporter of healthy eating, a mayoral spokesperson says “It’s one thing to educate people and make sure they have healthy choices, but this is over the line.”

More at San Francisco Chronicle | Hat tip to Eat Drink and Be | Posted 7 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: McDonald's Serving Local Fries

Tags: Childhood Obesity, Children's Nutrition, McDonald's, McDonalds, Happy Meal

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Move over Inhaler

5 Bacteria Linked to Asthma Attacks in Kids

A study involving 361 children ages four weeks to three years shows that both bacterial respiratory infections and viral infections are linked to asthma attacks. Children with both types of infections had high rates of asthma attacks and the relationship observed between bacterial infections and asthma attacks was “above and beyond the expected relationship between viral infections and attacks," according to Hans Bisgaard, professor of pediatrics at Danish Paediatric Asthma Centre in Copenhagen where the study was conducted. Viral infections cannot be cured, but bacterial infections can be treated with antibiotics and this study has prompted the development of a larger study looking at whether antibiotics would treat asthma attacks in children with bacterial infections.

More at Science Daily | Posted 7 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Tylenol May Double Asthma Risk

Tags: Asthma, Child, Children, Asthma Attacks in Kids, Asthma Attacks and Bacterial Infections, Asthma Attacks and Viral Infections

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