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Three Billion People Cook Over Open Fires ― With Deadly Consequences

Tackling the health risks of wood burning, open fire stoves…. On Easter Sunday morning, in the small town of San Antonio Aguas Calientes in central Guatemala, Elbia Pérez and her sister, daughters, and 18-month-old grandson are crowded around their kitchen table. On the table, a large pot of tamales, handfuls of spicy meat and corn […]

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Some Tuna Can Carry Up To 36 Times The Toxic Chemicals Of Others. Here’s Why

Not all tuna is alike…. A new study may prompt hand wringing among you tuna poke and sushi lovers. When it comes to pollutant levels, researchers now say where your tuna was caught matters. In a first-of-its-kind global study, scientists from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego analyzed 117 yellowfin […]

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A Fresh Idea to Improve Food Access

  A food truck that brings healthy food to those in need… Every Friday afternoon at 3:30 p.m., a school bus parks outside the South End Community Health Center in Boston, opens its doors, and invites local residents to come inside and purchase groceries. Fresh Truck is more than just a mobile supermarket, however; the nonprofit […]

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New C.D.C. Chief Saw Coca-Cola as Ally in Obesity Fight

Using Coca-Cola’s money to solve obesity…. When she was health commissioner of Georgia, the state with one of the highest rates of child obesity, Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald faced two enormous challenges: How to get children to slim down and how to pay for it. Her answer to the first was Power Up for 30, a […]

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Traces of Controversial Herbicide Are Found in Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream

  Traces of controversial glyphosate found in Ben & Jerry’s ice cream…. A growing number of foods commonly found in kitchens across America have tested positive for glyphosate, the herbicide that is the main ingredient in the popular consumer pesticide Roundup, which is widely used in agriculture. But few brands on that list are as […]

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Holistic Efforts are Making a Dent in Childhood Obesity

  On reducing childhood obesity… When it comes to childhood obesity, it might just take a village. Or that’s the implication of a two-year, community-wide intervention in two low-income Massachusetts towns, Fitchburg and New Bedford, which took place between 2012 and 2014. The effort focused on messages about: reducing screen time and soda consumption, replacing nutrient-poor foods […]

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‘We’re Losing More People To The Sweets Than To The Streets’: Why Two Black Pastors Are Suing Coca-Cola

  Soda may be more deceptive than you think…. William Lamar, the senior pastor at D.C.’s historic Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church, is tired of presiding over funerals for parishioners who died of heart disease, diabetes and stroke. So on Thursday, he and another prominent African American pastor filed suit against Coca-Cola and the American Beverage […]

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Why Taste Buds Dull As We Age

  The science behind taste buds… Sometimes people develop strange eating habits as they age. For example, Amy Hunt, a stay-at-home mom in Austin, Texas, says her grandfather cultivated some unusual taste preferences in his 80s. “I remember teasing him because he literally put ketchup or Tabasco sauce on everything,” says Hunt. “When we would […]

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Fresh Food By Prescription: This Health Care Firm Is Trimming Costs — And Waistlines

  The story of the Fresh Food Pharmacy… The advice to eat a healthy diet is not new. Back around 400 B.C., Hippocrates, the Greek doctor, had this missive: Let food be thy medicine. But as a society, we’ve got a long way to go. About 1 out of every 2 deaths from heart disease, […]

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Forcing People At Vending Machines To Wait Nudges Them To Buy Healthier Snacks

  Researchers aim to help consumers make healthier choices… If you wanted a bag of Doritos from one of Brad Appelhans’ experimental vending machines, you’d have to wait. The associate professor of preventative medicine at Rush University Medical Center designed a device that fits inside of vending machines and waits 25 seconds before releasing the […]

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