March 18, 2014

Especially Those under 45

1 US Consumers Cooling to Frozen Meals

According to the market research firm Euromonitor, America's love affair with TV dinners and other frozen meals, which saw their sales increase every year from 1953 to 2008, may be ending. Their sales in the past 5 years have flatlined in dollar terms, and given price rises, have in fact decreased. Almost all of the decline is attributable to persons under 45; sales are still slightly up for older demographics. The main reasons given by those who no longer buy frozen meals: the economic squeeze in general and the cost of packaged meals in particular; a growing preference for food prepared and cooked at home; widespread doubts about the nutritional value of frozen meals; concern about dieting and weight gain; portion control; and a desire among younger consumers to eat "fresh."

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

Previously: Calorie Counts in Fast Food May Be Wrong

Tags: TV Dinners, Frozen Food, Frozen Meals, American Food Trends, Americans Eat Less Frozen Food, Supermarket Sales

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Oldest Case of Metastatic Cancer

2 Found: Ancient Human Skeleton with Cancer

British archaeologists have unearthed what they say is the oldest complete skeleton of a human being with metastatic cancer. The 3,200 year old skeleton of an adult male between the ages of 25 and 35 years old, was found at the archaeological site of Amara West in northern Sudan, 465 miles downstream from Khartoum. Scientists were able to get clear imaging of cancerous lesions on the bones by using radiography and a scanning electron microscope. This enabled them to tell that the cancer had spread to the shoulder blades, upper arms, vertebrae, ribs, pelvis and thigh bones. "Insights gained from archaeological human remains like these can really help us to understand the evolution and history of modern diseases," said lead researcher Michaela Binder, a Durham Ph.D. student.

More at NBCNews.com | Posted 4 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Cancer Deaths Decline Overall

Tags: Archaeology, Ancient Skeleton with Cancer, Metastatic Cancer, Michaela Binder, Cancerous Lesions, Oldest Example of Metastatic Cancer

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