June 29, 2011

Ban Food Ads Aimed at Kids

1 Put Kids on "Media Diet” to Reduce Obesity

The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests that parents put kids on a “media diet” by restricting TV and internet time to help reduce obesity. Studies show that these sedentary activities not only displace physical activities, but people snack more on junk food while doing them. Now, the AAP has gone a step further by calling on Congress to ban junk food and fast food ads during TV shows aimed at kids. Says pediatrician Dr. Victor Strasburger, it's "time for Congress to man up against the food industry." Kids are psychologically defenseless against advertising, he explains, citing years of studies that find they don’t understand the selling intent of ads. In the meantime, the AAP suggests that parents limit kids’ screen time by keeping TVs and computers out of kids’ bedrooms.

More at ABCNews.go.com | Posted 6 years ago by Melody Lesser

Tags: American Academy of Pediatrics, Childhood Obesity, Fast Food, Junk Food, Obesity, Television Watching and Obesity, Computer Use and Obesity, Government Regulation of Kids' TV Ads, Dr. Victor Strasburger, TV Commercials

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Heavy Smokers Benefit from Scans

2 CT Scans Reduce Lung Cancer Deaths

Low-dose CT screening reduces lung cancer deaths by 20 percent among high risk smokers, conclude researchers at UCLA who studied 53,000 people. The study, published in New England Journal of Medicine, reveals that some of the heavy smokers screened with CT not only lived longer, but were most likely cured of their lung cancer, which was detected early. CNN reports that Dr. Otis Brawley, Chief Medical Officer for the American Cancer Society, says that the study is the best one done on lung cancer mortality, and also one of the best studies ever on cancer screening. However, all is not perfect. CT screening is much more expensive than X-rays, and CT scans may also lead to false positives.

More at CNN | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: New England Journal of Medicine, Heavy Smokers, CT Scans Save Lives, CT Scans for Heavy Smokers, Reducing Lung Cancer Deaths, Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, American Society of Clinical Oncologists

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PCBs Increase Risk Nine Times

3 Study Shows Diabetes Linked to Pollution

A Swedish study involving elderly found a link between pollutants including pesticides and the risk of developing type2 diabetes. Most of the pollutants tied to the disease were pesticides and poly-chlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). PCBs were once present in many materials and even though regulations prevent their use, fatty meat and fish is heavily contaminated with them. A five-year study followed 725 elderly people who did not have diabetes at the beginning of the study. After accounting for other risk factors such as weight and exercise, individuals with elevated PCBs were nine times more likely to develop diabetes compared to those with lower levels. Results varied between different pollutants and pesticides but add to mounting evidence that pollution is yet another risk factor.

More at Yahoo! Reuters | Posted 6 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Weight Loss Increases Pollutant Levels in Blood

Tags: PCBs, Pesticides, Pollution, Type 2 Diabetes, Type 2 Diabetes Risk Factors, Pollution and Type 2 Diabetes Risk, Pollutants, Poly-Chlorinated Biphenyls, PCBs and Type 2 Diabetes

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