June 12, 2013

Just 2-3% of Sales? Goodbye

1 McDonald’s Cuts Healthy But Lagging Salads

McDonald's, which began adding entree salads (as distinguished from side salads) to its menu ten years ago to create a healthier public image, has decided to remove two of them, the Chicken Selects and Fruit & Walnut Salads, from its product line. The reason is purely financial: according to Donald Thompson, the company's CEO, salad entrees comprise just two to three percent of its U.S. restaurant sales. For the same reason, it will also eliminate the pricey Angus Third Pounder hamburger at the other end of the calorie spectrum. The company will focus on its Dollar Menu items, which now contribute some fifteen percent of sales, and has added as "healthy" menu items a Subway-competitive chicken McWrap, and Egg McMuffins made with egg whites and whole grains.

More at Huffingtonpost.com | Posted 4 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: McDonald's to Phase Out Pink Slime in Burgers

Tags: McDonald's, McDonald's Salads, McDonald's Menu Changes, Healthy Fast Food, Fast Food Salads

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Timing Is Everything

2 Walk After Meals to Lower Diabetes Risk

A 15-minute walk after each meal regulates blood sugar levels in older people and may reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes, say researchers at The George Washington University. The study followed ten people, ages 60+, who were healthy but at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Researchers had them complete different exercise protocols that included either a post-meal 15-minute walk after eating standardized meals or a 45-minute walk in the morning or afternoon. Researchers noted that the post-meal walks significantly decreased the spike in blood sugar that accompanies eating and confirm that exercise, even in small doses and when timed just right, has greater overall benefits to blood sugar control among older people than one large sustained dose.

More at Eurekalert.org | Posted 4 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Green Veggies May Reduce Type 2 Diabetes

Tags: Blood Sugar, Exercise, The George Washington University, Type 2 Diabetes, Type 2 Diabetes Risk Factors, Walking, Type 2 Diabetes and Exercise, Older Adults and Diabetes Risk, Older Adults and Exercise

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Contrary to Popular Belief

3 Hands-Free Devices and Driving Are Unsafe

Contrary to what is currently believed, using hands-free devices to talk and text while driving is unsafe according to a new U of Utah study issued by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. Hands-free is not risk-free, says lead study author Professor David Strayer. "These new, speech-based technologies in the car can overload the driver's attention and impair their ability to drive safely,” says Strayer who adds, “If you don’t pay attention then you are a potential hazard on the roadway.” Strayer first brought attention to the hazards of hands-free devices in 2006 - but the public didn’t listen. Now, with the backing of the AAA, Strayer hopes the message will sink in and that drivers will abstain from talking, texting and social media - with or without hands-free devices - while driving.

More at Eurekalert.org | Posted 4 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Distracted Driving Kills Thousands

Tags: AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, Distracted Driving, Traffic Accidents, University of Utah, American Automobile Association, David Strayer, Traffic Safety

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Online Trumps Offline

4 It's Better to Meet Your Spouse Online

Science has spoken: Meeting your spouse online can lead to a more successful marriage. Scientific American reports that social neuroscientist John Cacioppo from the University of Chicago and his colleagues found that online meetings frequently result in successful marriages. According to an online survey of more than 19,000 American adults who tied the knot between 2005 and 2012, more than a third of marriages now begin online. The research, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, also found that meeting your spouse online was associated with fewer breakups (5.96 percent) compared to offline meetings (7.67 percent). In addition, couples who met online reported more martial satisfaction. In case you're wondering: Yes, all couples met in person before getting married!

More at Scientific American | Posted 4 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Marriage Is Great for Mental, Physical Health

Tags: How Meet Spouse, Online Love Matches, Online Marriages More Successful, Meeting Spouse Online Results Happier Couples, Social Neuroscientist John Cacioppo

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Time to Lighten Up

5 Lego Faces Are Getting More Angry

Lego has been adding more angry faces to its mini-figures and decreasing the number of happy faces, says robot expert Dr. Christoph Bartneck, the acting director of the University of Canterbury's Human Interface Technology Laboratory in New Zealand. Bartneck is expected to present a paper on his findings at the First International Conference on Human-Agent Interaction in Sapporo, Japan. Bartneck, who has studied all 6,000 Lego mini-figures, says that it's important to consider how children's toys are perceived. He wonders how the move away from positive faces may impact children's play. While the themes for the mini-figures are increasingly based on conflict, the "facial expressions are not directly matched to good and evil," notes the robot expert.

More at University of Canterbury | Hat tip to NPR | Posted 4 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Kitten with Two Faces Born in West Virginia

Tags: Angry Lego Faces, Christoph Bartneck, Human Interface Techology Laboratory, Children's Toys

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Worming Is Intimate

6 Eyeball Licking Spreads Pinkeye in Japan

Eyeball licking (also known as worming or oculolinctus) is spreading pinkeye among preteens in Japan. The practice of eyeball licking is considered the next base after French kissing. During eyeball licking, the licked person holds his or her eyelid open while the lickee applies tongue! Experts warn that the dangers of eyeball licking go beyond pinkeye. If the licker has a cold sore, it's possible to spread herpes into the eye. Worse, eyeball licking could also lead to corneal abrasions or even blindness!

More at Huffington Post | Hat tip to Gawker | Posted 4 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: African Worm Grows in Human Eyeball

Tags: Eyeball Licking Japan, Oculolinctus, Pinkeye Spreading Japan, Worming

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