Health News Roundup
The report, published in Annals of Internal Medicine, urges several deviations from long-held screening standards. For women without a genetic risk or family history of breast cancer, they recommend:
- Starting mammograms at age 50, instead of age 40.
- Getting a mammogram every two years, instead of every year.
- Complete elimination of self-exams.
This report is highly controversial, and several of the major breast cancer awareness groups—including the American Cancer Society and Susan G. Komen for the Cure—reject the findings and have no plan to discontinue their guidelines.
Dr. Donald M. Lloyd-Jones, the lead author of the analysis, is quoted in the Wall Street Journal describing sudden cardiac death as "one of the most devastating manifestations" of heart disease.
Women have a lower risk of sudden cardiac death, a one in 24 likelihood. However, as Dr. Oz has said, heart disease is the number one killer of women . The best ways to reduce risk are to quit smoking, eat a healthy diet, exercise and consult a doctor.
Now, five years later, the results are showing great promise. According to the Times of London , a report by the Institute for Social and Economic Research shows the 11-year-old students who ate Oliver's lunches had improved test scores—by 8 percent in science and 6 percent in English—and reduced absences due to illness by 15 percent.
Oliver is now trying to bring those positive results to the United States. For the TV show Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution , which will air in 2010, he is attempting to change the school lunches in Huntington, West Virginia. Oliver chose Huntington because it is, according to the Associated Press, the unhealthiest city in America.
11 healthy school lunch ideas
These beverages, which are commonly marketed to college students using social networking sites, have been linked with increased risks of injury, drunken driving and sexual assault. According a New York Times report on the FDA's announcement, "Caffeine may lead people to underestimate how drunk they are, giving drinkers a false sense of confidence that they can perform tasks they are too impaired to undertake."
The FDA has demanded that marketers prove that their drinks are safe or else face efforts to remove them from store shelves.
The most common food allergies in children include peanuts, tree nuts, seafood, dairy products, wheat and eggs.
What to do if you child has food allergies
A study by researchers at University College London published in the British Journal of Psychiatry found that those with diets full of processed, fried, fatty, and sugar-laden foods had a 58 percent higher risk of depression. Meanwhile, those who ate a healthy diet reduced their risk of depression by 26 percent.
A shift in bacteria—which can occur in as little as 24 hours—can alter how your body will digest food, break down nutrients and store fat.
For the study at the Center of Genome Sciences at Washington University School of Medicine, mice who were given the junk food–friendly stomach bacteria gained weight, even if they were placed on low-fat diets. Researchers even found evidence that the mice passed on this bacteria to their offspring.