November 2, 2014

Popular Science Gave It a Try

1 Figuring Your Child’s Daily Candy Limit

The World Health Organization recently lowered its suggested limit on daily added-sugar consumption to just five percent of our total calorie intake, a special challenge when dealing with our children's post-Halloween candy munching. What, after all, does the WHO limit equal in actual candy? As a guide, Popular Science magazine calculated the sugar limit for an active 10-year-old at some 23 grams, or 5.8 teaspoons, per day, and determined that this amount was the equivalent of the following: 2.3 mini-sized Butterfinger bars, five mini Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, eight Starbursts, 14.2 Sour Patch Kids, 15.7 of those little candy corns, and a rather generous 39 M&M's. On average, trick-or-treaters collect about 600 total grams of sugar in the typical candy haul.

More at Popsci.com | Posted 3 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Dentists Buying Halloween Candy

Tags: WHO Sugar Recommendations, Sugar in Candy, Halloween Candy Limits, Children's Sugar Limits

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The Debate Rages On

2 Most Back Quarantines for Ebola Workers

Nurse Kaci Hickox’s refusal to comply with a mandatory quarantine after her return to the U.S. from treating Ebola patients in W. Africa raised the issue of whether Ebola health care workers are a danger to the public, even if they are asymptomatic. A new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll finds that 7 in 10 Americans back mandatory 21-day quarantines for all returning health care workers. The issue has become politicized with 85% of Republicans and 91% of Tea Partiers favoring quarantines vs. 65% of Democrats. Older Americans are also more likely to back quarantines as are those with lower levels of education. 80% of those with a high school education or less favor isolation while 63% of those with college or post-graduate educations are in favor.

More at NBCNews.com | Posted 3 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Ebola Drug ZMapp Saves Americans

Tags: Ebola, Health Care Workers, Wall Street Journal, West Africa Ebola Outbreak, Quarantine, Mandatory Quarantine, NBC News, Kaci Hickox

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Death with Dignity Advocate

3 Brittany Maynard Has Ended Her Life

Death with Dignity advocate, Brittany Maynard, 29, who moved to Oregon, a state that allows terminally ill patients to end their lives with doctor-prescribed medication, has ended her life. Maynard who became an outspoken advocate for patients’ rights, moved to Oregon following a diagnosis of brain cancer, glioblastoma. "I am not suicidal," she wrote in a blog post. "I do not want to die. But I am dying. And I want to die on my own terms." She wrote on Facebook, “Goodbye to all my dear friends and family that I love. Today is the day I have chosen to pass away with dignity in the face of my terminal illness ... the world is a beautiful place, travel has been my greatest teacher, my close friends and folks are the greatest givers ... goodbye world. Spread good energy. Pay it forward!"

More at Www.people.com | Hat tip to www.huffingtonpost.com | Posted 3 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Stephen Hawking Backs Assisted Suicide

Tags: Assisted Suicide, Brain Cancer, Glioblastoma, Brittany Maynard, Death with Dignity, Oregon

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