August 2, 2011

Unhappy News

1 Why Do People Choose Fast Food?

It’s unhealthy, loaded with sodium and calories so why would parents feed fast food to their kids? Researchers at UC, San Diego found out by surveying 544 economically and ethnically diverse families who ate at a fast food chain located in a local hospital. Families were asked to retain and present their food purchase receipts at the end of 6 weeks.The number one reason cited for going to the restaurant was “the children like the food” followed closely by it’s “convenient.” More than half the families said it was a “reward for visiting the hospital.” 49% said the toys included in the meal didn’t sway their decision “at all.” Researchers say that any intervention to decrease consumption of fast food will have to consider that people like the way it tastes.

More at Eurekalert.org | Posted 6 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Happy Meals to Have Fewer Fries, More Apples

Tags: Fast Food, Happy Meals, University of California at San Diego, Kids' Meals, Reasons for Choosing Fast Food

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No Artificial Nipples!

2 Hospitals Should Support Breastfeeding

Most hospitals aren't fully supporting breastfeeding, finds the CDC. Breastfeeding can lower medical costs by $2.2 billion a year and help fight childhood obesity, says the CDC. Also, mothers who breastfeed have lower risks for ovarian and breast cancers. The CDC says that when hospitals routinely give formula to breastfeeding babies, wait to start the first breastfeed, or separate babies and mothers, they make it more difficult for babies and mothers to breastfeed later. The CDC offers several steps that hospitals can take to become more baby-friendly, including helping mothers breastfeed within one hour of giving birth, allowing mothers and infants to stay together 24 hours a day, and not giving pacifiers or artificial nipples to babies.

More at CDC | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Fighting Childhood Obesity, Hospital Breastfeeding Support, Encouraging Breastfeeding, Breastfeeding Fights Obesity, Hospitals Not Showing Support Breastfeeding

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Smoking Is Greatest RIsk Factor

3 Poor Health Habits May Shrink Your Brain

Researchers evaluating data from over 1,300 volunteers who participated in the Framingham Offspring Study have found that poor health and lifestyle choices such as smoking, obesity, and out of control blood pressure and blood sugar are each linked to potentially dangerous vascular changes which can cause the brain to shrink, leading to mental declines in old age. The study group, who were all initially healthy with an average age in the mid-fifties, underwent MRI brain scans over the course of a decade. Smokers lost the most overall brain volume while those with diabetes experienced brain shrinkage in the hippocampus, the portion of the forebrain which regulates emotion and memory. Those who were obese showed the most rapid decline in tests of executive function.

More at US News | Posted 6 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: More Education Lowers Dementia Risk, Brain Atrophy Shows Up 10 Years Before Alzheimers

Tags: Alzheimers, Brain, Brain Atrophy, Brain Shrinkage, Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, Obesity, Smoking

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The Co-Pay Has Gone Away

4 Insurance Must Eliminate Co-Pay for the Pill

The Health and Human Services Department has made it the law of the land that U.S. health insurance companies have to completely cover the cost of birth control, eliminating co-pays because they argue it falls under the category of preventative care. It also includes gestational diabetes screening, testing for HPV in women over 30, STD and HIV counseling and identifying domestic violence. Whether the "morning after pill" which is used to prevent pregnancy after sexual intercourse will be covered is uncertain. Proponents see this as victory for women’s health and hope birth control becomes more affordable and accessible. Opponents say this makes pregnancy look like a disease. An exemption was given to religious institutions who believe covering birth control runs contrary to their values.

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

Previously: Pelvic Exams Not Necessary for Birth Control Pills

Tags: Birth Control, Birth Control Guidelines, Birth Control Pills, Contraception, Pregnancy, Women's Reproductive Health, No Co-Pays for Birth Control, Health and Human Services Department, Insurance Co-Pays, Women's Preventative Care

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