April 16, 2012

No Pain, No Difference

1 "Exercise" Video Games Offer Little Benefit

The notion that high-activity video games that require energetic bodily movement to play burn more calories than physically passive games was dealt a setback by researchers in Texas, who recently divided 84 children into two groups, playing either exercise-promoting games such as Wii Sports, or games requiring little if any physical movement such as Madden NFL. After three months, it was found that the the kids playing the "exercise" games were in fact no more active overall than those playing the inactive ones. A similar New Zealand experiment in 2011 concluded that six months of playing physically active video games would burn off just one pound more than sedentary gaming. A definitive causal connection between videogaming "screen time" and childhood overweight remains elusive.

More at Slate.com | Posted 6 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Tags: Video Games, Wii, Exergamess, Activeve Video Games, Wii and Weight Loss, Wii Video Games, Healthy Video Games, Wii Sports, Exercise Video Games

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Toying with Kids Still Legal

2 Happy Meals Toys Okay Says California Judge

A San Francisco judge has dismissed a class action suit against the McDonald's Corporation which was filed two years ago by a California mother of two and the consumer advocacy group The Center for Science in the Public Interest. The lawsuit charged McDonald's with exploiting impressionable young children in violation of consumer protection laws and using toys to manipulate youngsters to ask for Happy Meals which lack adequate nutrition and contribute to childhood overweight. It asked that the company be barred from using toys as marketing ploy. The Center, which labeled the toy giveaway as a "predatory practice that undermines parents, causes rifts in families and harms kids' health," hasn't decided whether to appeal the ruling.

More at Msnbc.msn.com | Posted 6 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: NYC Wants to Ban Happy Meal Toys

Tags: Center for Science in the Public Interest, Fast Food Toy Giveaways, Happy Meals, McDonald's Happy Meals, Toys with Happy Meals, Ban on Happy Meals Toys

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Spring Is Allergy Season

3 12 Worst Cities for Allergy Sufferers

Statistics from the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) indicate that more than 40 million Americans suffer from nasal allergies. Springtime is the beginning of allergy season when high pollen counts trigger symptoms such as nasal and sinus congestion, sneezing, watery eyes and, in severe cases, difficulty breathing. Based on data including pollen counts, the amount of both prescription and otc allergy medications residents used and the number of allergy specialists available per person, the AAFA released its list of the 12 worst cities for allergy sufferers. They are, in descending order: Knoxville, TN; McAllen, TX; Louisville, KY; Jackson, MI; Wichita, KS; Oklahoma City, OK: Chattanooga, TN; Memphis, TN; San Antonio, TX, Dayton, OH; Baton Rouge, LA; and Birmingham, AL.

More at Www.cbsnews.com | Posted 6 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Damp Houses Raise Risk of Nasal Allergies in Kids

Tags: Allergies, Nasal Congestion, Pollen, Runny Nose, Spring Allergies, Breathing Difficulty, Seasonal Allergies, Pollen Allergies, Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, 12 Worst US Cities for Allergies

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Child Injury Deaths Remain High

4 Children’s Accidental Death Rate Falls

Accidents are the leading cause of death in children, ages 1 to 19 and the 5th leading cause of death for babies. However, according to a Vitals Signs report, in the past decade, the accidental death rate among children dropped almost 30% although the rate of child injury deaths in the US is among the worst of all high-income countries. Car accidents account for the leading cause of unintentional injury in children. Experts urge all car passengers to use seat belts and, when appropriate, child car seats. Poisoning deaths are on the rise among teens, due in large part to prescription drug overdoses. The Centers for Disease Control warns parents to keep meds, cleaning solutions and other toxic products away from children. Experts urge parents to always make choices that keep kids safe.

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

Previously: Proper Use of Car Seats Save Children's Lives

Tags: Centers for Disease Control, Child Deaths, Childhood Accidents, Childhood Injuries, Poisoning, Suffocation, Children's Accidental Death Rate, Death Rate

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One Resident Calls It a Success

5 Bacon Sundae Hits Burger King in Nashville

For $2.49, people in Nashville, Tenn. can fill themselves up with a bacon sundae available at a few Burger King restaurants in the area. It remains unclear if Burger King is simply acting out for attention like a kid who used to be more popular, or if they've hit upon gold. Sam Bradley, a Nashville resident who shared her thoughts about the new bacon sundae, tells NPR that she wasn't "wowed by the two whole pieces of bacon poked into the ice cream." Bradley, a bacon fan, goes on to say she would have preferred to see the bacon mixed into the sundae, but that the new item is overall a "success." However, Bradley says that Jack in the Box's bacon milkshake is "terrible," with "fake flavor." Have you tried Burger King's bacon sundae?

More at NPR | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Taste-Testing KFC's Double Down

Tags: New Bacon Sundae, Mixing Bacon Ice Cream, Bacon Sundae Recipe, Burger King Bacon Sundae Review, Weird Ice Cream Flavors, Jack in the Box's Bacon Milkshake

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Look to Salad for Salt Relief

6 Fast Food Has More Salt in US Than UK, France

McDonald's Chicken McNuggets served in America are 2.5 times more salty than Chicken McNuggets served in the UK, finds a new study. McDonald's notes that the study used data from 2010, and they've since lowered salt levels in most U.S. chicken products. Overall, salt levels were higher in fast food tested in the U.S. and Canada compared to the same food in the UK and France, reports MSNBC. Researchers also found that chicken products at fast-food chains won the prize for highest salt content, while salad products had the lowest amounts of salt. The study, published today in Canadian Medical Association Journal, didn't uncover a reason for the salt content variation. Researchers say that the different salt levels appear to be arbitrary, and not linked with taste preferences of customers.

More at MSNBC | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: What Happens If You Only Eat Chicken Nuggets

Tags: Canadian Medical Association Journal, Salt Levels Fast Food, Varying Salt Levels, Chicken McNuggets Too Salty, Chicken McNuggets Salter in America, More Salt Fast Food America, Europe Less Salt in Fast Food

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Use by Date April 11

7 Dole Recalls Bagged Salad for Salmonella

Seven Lettuces bagged salad by Dole Food Co. has been recalled for possible salmonella contamination. The recall came after the State of New York found salmonella during random testing. The recalled lettuce has a use-by date of April 11, 2012 and the UPC code reads 7143001057 with product codes 0577N089112A and 0577N089112B in the upper right corner of the package. MSNBC reports that consumers with this lettuce should dispose of it, or return unopened bags to the store. Dole has recalled 756 cases of the affected salad in 15 states, and they're contacting stores to make sure the salads are not for sale. Salmonella poisoning symptoms occur within eight to 72 hours of eating the contaminated food, and can include abdominal cramps, fever and diarrhea.

More at MSNBC | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Sushi Suspected Cause of Salmonella Outbreak, Taco Bell Source of Salmonella Outbreak

Tags: Salmonella Outbreak, Recall Dole Bagged Salad, Bagged Salad Risk, Contaminated Salads, Dole Seven Lettuces Recall, Salmonella Poisoning Symptoms

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Affecting Six States

8 Premium Hikes Earn Two Insurers a Citation

Assurant Incorporated’s Time Insurance Company and United Security Life and Health Insurance Company have been cited by U.S. health officials for significantly raising their premium on approximately 60,000 individual and group policyholders in Arizona, Louisiana, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska and Wyoming. The companies are being told to refund their customers or rescind the increases. Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act now hanging in the balance as the Supreme Court rules on its constitutionality, premium increases over 10 percent have to be justified even though the government cannot stop them. Assurant believes that the increases will allow them to continue to provide services while consumer protection believes they are too expensive for people purchasing these plans.

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

Previously: Blue Shield Raises Health Insurance Rates

Tags: Health Care Reform, Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Assurant, Time Insurance Company, United Security Life and Health Insurance Company, Supreme Court, Health Insurance Premiums

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