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Most U.S. Kids Score Low on Heart Health

Most U.S. children and adults have poor scores for heart health, according to a new assessment tool called "Life's Essential 8."

Fewer than 30% of 2- to 19-year-olds had high scores for cardiovascular health on the new American Heart Association scoring tool. And their scores got lower with age. Just 14% of 12- to 19-year-olds had high scores, compared to 33% of 6- to 11-year-olds and 56%...

Vitamin D Deficiency Common in Young Black, Hispanic Americans

Vitamin D, the "Sunshine Vitamin," boosts the immune system and helps prevent cancer, among other health benefits, but a significant number of Black and Hispanic teens have low levels of this nutrient, according to a new study.

"This paper calls attention to the need to raise...

Both Food and Drink Keep You Hydrated for Summer Exercise

Keeping your body well-fueled and hydrated is a must during outdoor summer sports and exercise, a nutrition expert says.

"For summer workouts, it's important to make sure that adequate carbohydrates, fluids and electrolytes are consumed," said sports dietitian Kristen Chang, assistant director of the master's program in nutrition and dietetics at Virginia Tech University.

"You need...

Beer Might Do a Man's 'Microbiome' Good

Putting a new spin on the term "beer gut," a small study suggests that a bottle a day may do a man's gut bacteria some good.

In a clinical trial of 19 healthy men, researchers found that a daily bottle of beer — alcoholic or non-alcoholic — changed the composition of the men's gut bacteria over four w...

Abbott Infant Formula Plant Closed Again After Flooding

EleCare specialty infant formula production at Abbott's Michigan plant has been halted after severe storms triggered flooding in the plant. The closure comes less than two weeks after the factory resumed production following a months-long shutdown that fueled a national formula shortage.

As a result of the flooding, "Abbott has stopped production of its EleCare specialty formula that was ...

Plant-Based Diet May Help Keep Breast Cancer Away

Women who follow a healthy plant-based diet after menopause appear to face a substantially lower risk for breast cancer, new French research indicates.

After tracking more than 65,000 women for two decades, investigators found those who consumed a healthy, primarily plant-based diet saw their risk for developing any type of breast cancer drop by an average of 14%.

But the accent is...

Want Reliable Diet Advice? Don't Head to TikTok

A new study warns that the social media giant TikTok is filled with confusing and wrong information about the heart-healthy, plant-based approach to eating dubbed the Mediterranean diet.

For the study, researchers analyzed 200 videos posted to the platform last August. They were the first to pop up on a search for content tagged #mediterraneandiet. By definition, that tag, or label, sugge...

Bitter or Savory, Taste Genes Could Influence Your Diet

People who have never outgrown an aversion to broccoli, or an addiction to potato chips, can place part of the blame on their genes, preliminary research suggests.

The study, of over 6,200 adults, turned up correlations between certain taste-related genes and people's preferences for particular

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  • June 14, 2022
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  • Americans Think They Eat Healthier Than They Really Do

    Many people think they make healthy food choices, but they may be viewing their diet through rose-colored glasses.

    That's the main finding of a new study that aimed to identify disconnects between how healthfully Americans think they eat and how they actually do.

    "It appears difficult for adults in the United States to accurately assess the quality of their diet, and most adults bel...

    Could Lots of Sugary Sodas Raise a Woman's Odds for Liver Cancer?

    Sodas and other sugar-sweetened drinks may raise a woman's odds of developing liver cancer, new research suggests.

    A study of more than 90,000 postmenopausal women found that those who drank at least one sugar-sweetened beverage a day had a 78% higher risk, compared with those who drank fewer than three a month.

    "Our findings suggest sugar-sweetened beverages are a potentially modif...

    Teens May Have Eaten Healthier During Pandemic

    Of all the health harms the pandemic brought, new research has uncovered one positive effect: For the first time in 30 years, teens' consumption of junk food fell following school closures, social restrictions and more parents working from home.

    The study included 452 participants,...

    Eat Lots of Fish? Your Melanoma Risk May Rise

    You've added fish to your diet to eat healthy, but now a new study delivers some bad news: Fish lovers may have a slightly increased risk of melanoma.

    Researchers followed over 490,000 older Americans and found the 20% wit...

    Could Milk Raise a Man's Odds for Prostate Cancer?

    Men who drink lots of milk may be more likely to develop prostate cancer than men who don't, new research finds.

    When compared to men who consumed just 1 or 2 teaspoons of milk every day, men who drank about 1¾ cups of milk daily were about 27% more likely to develop prostate cancer, a new study showed.

    What's more, they had about a 60% increased risk for developing prostate cance...

    Abbott Baby Formula Plant Tied to Shortage Reopens

    Production has resumed at the Michigan infant formula plant forced to close in February over product contamination and safety lapses, but it will take about three weeks before new formula from the plant makes its way to American consumers, Abbott Nutrition said Saturday.

    The plant is the largest formula factory in the United States and its closure triggered a nationwide shortage that is e...

    Amid Shortage, More Infant Formula to Arrive in US Next Week

    Shipments of infant formula from Australia and the U.K. are expected to arrive in the United States next week as part of the Biden administration's ongoing effort to ease a nationwide shortage of formula.

    Under the Operation Fly Formula program, 2...

    Abbott to Re-Open Baby Formula Plant on June 4

    Beginning June 4, Abbott Nutrition will restart producing baby formula at a shuttered factory that's been central to the ongoing shortage of infant formula in the United States, the company announced on Tuesday.

    The factory in Sturgis, Mich., has been closed since February for what the U.S. Food and Drug Administration called "insanitary conditions." In the first three months of the year...

    Your Daily Vitamin D From Tomatoes? Gene Tweak Could Make It Happen

    A genetically engineered tomato could one day rival salmon as a dietary source of vitamin D, if early research pans out.

    British scientists used gene "editing" to produce the tomato, which is chock full of provitamin D3, a precursor that the body can convert into vitamin D.

    The gene twe...

    Emergency Shipment of Baby Formula Arrives From Europe

    A 35-ton shipment of hypoallergenic baby formula from Switzerland arrived in the United States on Sunday, the first delivery in what the Biden administration is calling "Operation Fly Formula" to deal with a nationwide shortage.

    The 132 pallets of formula arrived in Indianapolis on a military C-17 cargo plane from Germany, and will be fed to babies intolerant of the protein supplied by co...

    Senate OKs Bill to Overhaul Infant Formula Rules

    A bill that would allow families in a U.S. government assistance program to buy whatever brand of baby formula they can find is on the way to President Joe Biden to be signed into law.

    The bill, which is meant to help families in the WIC program obtain baby formula in the midst of a nationwide shortage, was passed by the S...

    Closed Baby Formula Plant May Reopen by Next Week

    A baby formula plant closed in February at the heart of the current U.S. shortage of the product could reopen as soon as next week, U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. Robert Califf told House lawmakers on Thursday.

    The Abbott Nutrition's Michigan formula plant is the largest in the nation, and it was closed due to contamination issues.

    Earlier this week, the FDA...

    Biden Invokes Defense Act to Boost Supply of Infant Formula

    Faced with mounting pressure to help desperate parents, President Joe Biden on Wednesday invoked the power of the wartime Defense Production Act to get more of the precious product into American homes.

    Under the new powers, the federal government can use commercial aircraft or air cargo planes owned by the Defense Department to transport infant formula from countries abroad and fly it in...

    Could Omega-3 Fatty Acids Fight Acne?

    As many as 50 million Americans deal with acne. The blemishes can be painful and, for some, embarrassing.

    Now, researchers may have found a new weapon to fight acne — one without harsh side effects.

    A study in Germany has pinpointed omega-3 fatty acids — found in fish oil, wild salmon, nuts and seeds — as a nutrient helpful for reducing acne.

    Among 100 participants with...

    ER Docs to Parents: Please Don't Dilute Infant Formula

    As the United States faces critical shortages of baby formula, parents are being cautioned against watering down formula in an effort to stretch out what they have.

    "Adding extra water to baby formula to try and make it last longer can put a child at risk of a seizure or another medical emergency," said Dr. Gillian Schmitz, president of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP)....

    Folks Choose Healthier Foods When Around 'Outsiders'

    Will it be a cheeseburger or a salad? What will they think of me?

    A new study finds you're more likely to choose to eat healthy if you're with an "outsider" because you don't want them to have a poor opinion of you.

    The study consisted of a series of experiments with several hundred adults in a large...

    FDA Expands Baby Formula Market to Foreign Suppliers, Moves to Reopen Abbot Plant

    Dealing with a crippling shortage of infant formula that has many U.S. parents desperate, the Food and Drug Administration on Monday announced "increased flexibilities" in allowing foreign manufacturers to help boost American supply of the vital product.

    Also on Monday, the FDA announced that an Abbott Nutrition baby formula manufacturing facility in Michigan that has been closed since F...

    As Baby Formula Shortage Continues, Experts Offer Guidance to Frantic Parents

    A nationwide baby formula shortage continues across the United States, with desperate parents scouring shelves to find nutrition for their infants.

    Millions of babies rely on formula -- the only source of nutrition recommended for infants who aren't exclusively breastfed.

    Two prominent pediatricians have advice for parents who are scrambling to find formula, offering a list of do's ...

    Are 'Climate-Friendly' Options on Restaurant Menus Coming Soon?

    Is there a way to make eating out more environmentally friendly? A team of German researchers thinks the answer is a bright green yes.

    They'd like restaurants to offer menus that clearly label the environmental impact -- or "

    How Empty Cupboards Can Raise Diabetes Risk

    Young adults who struggle to afford food face an increased risk of diabetes later in life, possibly due to the long-term effects of eating cheaper, less nutritious food.

    That's the conclusion of researchers who analyz...

    FDA Moves to Ease Nationwide Shortage of Baby Formula

    The U.S. Food & Drug Administration announced Tuesday that it is continuing its efforts to boost the country's supply of infant formula.

    Amid shortages due to high demand amid recall and supply issues, stores have limited the number of products consumers can purchase. Mothers across the United States...

    Texting Your Way to Better Health After Heart Attack

    "Fill your plate up with colorful fruits and veggies for heart health."

    Such customized reminder texts may help folks who have had one heart attack avoid a second one, according to a new study out of Australia.

    "Texts provi...

    Misinformation on Cancer Nutrition Abounds on Pinterest: Study

    About one-third of cancer nutrition information on the social media site Pinterest is misleading and posted by businesses trying to sell products, according to a new study.

    "Our results revealed a significant amount of misinformation about cancer and nutrition," said study co-author Tracy Crane, an assoc...

    Better School Lunches Blunt U.S. Kids' Weight Gain

    America's kids have a weight problem, but regulations that boosted the nutritional standards for school meals may have helped slowed down weight gain among low-income students, a new study finds.

    For decades, the National School Lunch Program has provided free or low-cost meals to U.S. schoolchildren. As of 2016, more than 30 mil...

    There's a Secret to Getting Kids to Eat Vegetables

    Do you have a child who refuses to eat anything green? Rewarding them for trying new vegetables may make them more willing to eat them, a new study claims.

    "It's important to start eating vegetables from a young age," said lead rese...

    U.S. Baby Formula Shortage Worsens

    Supply chain issues around the world are fueling a shortage of baby formula -- and the problem is only getting worse.

    About 40% of the top-selling baby formula products were out of stock during the week ending April 24 in the United States, CBS News reported. That's an increase from just 11% in November and still a large bump from

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  • May 6, 2022
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  • Adding These Foods to Your Diet Could Keep Dementia Away

    A diet rich in the antioxidants that leafy, green vegetables and colorful fruit deliver is good for your body, and now new research shows it also protects your brain.

    In the study, people whose blood contained the highest amounts of three key antioxidants were less likely to develop all-cause dementia than those whose...

    Are Vegetarian Diets Healthy for Growing Kids?

    Vegetarian diets are a healthy choice for growing kids -- though they may slightly raise the odds of youngsters being underweight, a new study suggests.

    The study, of nearly 9,000 young children, found that those on vegetarian diets were, on average, of similar weight and height as their peers who ate meat. They were also on par when it came to blood levels of iron and vitamin D -- which ...

    Emotional Eating in Kids: How Much of It Is Mom's Fault?

    If a mother reaches for cakes, chocolates or other snacks when she's feeling down, her children could become emotional eaters as well.

    Kids' chances of becoming emotional eaters are shaped by both their natural eating tendencies and their parent's influence, according to a new British study.

    Emot...

    Do Dentures Take a Toll on Good Nutrition?

    Dentures may take a bite out of your nutrition, a new study warns.

    "They do not provide the same chewing efficiency, which may alter eating habits," said senior author Dr. Thankam Thyvalikakath, director of the Regenstrief Institute and the School of Dentistry Dental Informatics program at Indiana University in Indianapolis. "Dentists need to be aware of this and provide advice or a refer...

    Over Half of American Parents Give Their Picky Eaters Supplements

    If your child is a picky eater and you feel you need to give them dietary supplements, you're not alone.

    In a new poll of more than 1,200 U.S. parents with at least one child aged 1 to 10, more than half said they struggle to get their child to eat a well-balanced diet and half said they regularly give their child dietary supplements.

    About one-third of parents said their child is a...

    Avoiding Diabetes May Include Avoiding Meat

    Eating a healthy plant-based diet may help you head off type 2 diabetes, a new study suggests.

    Healthy plant-based foods include fruits, vegetables, nuts, coffee/tea, vegetable oils and legumes. Unhealthy plant-based foods include refined grains, fruit juice...

    'Good' Cholesterol in Brain May Help Keep Alzheimer's at Bay

    Higher levels of "good" cholesterol in the fluid surrounding your brain and spinal cord may help protect you from Alzheimer's disease, a new study suggests.

    "This study represents the first time that small HDL particles in the brain have been counted," said study co-author Dr. Hussein Yassine. He is an associate professor of medicine and neurology at the University of Southern California'...

    Live Healthy, Live Longer Without Dementia

    Staving off Alzheimer's disease might just take a healthy diet, exercise and an active mind, a new study suggests.

    Women and men who follow a healthy lifestyle live longer — and longer without Alzheimer's or other dementias, researchers say.

    "Eating a

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  • April 14, 2022
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  • Significant Shortages of Baby Formula Seen in U.S.

    Supply chain problems are causing significant shortages of baby formula in the United States, and some retailers are now limiting how much people can buy at one time.

    About three-quarters of U.S. babies receive formula within their first six month...

    Avocados Do a Heart Good, Study Finds

    Avocado toast has become the favored breakfast of the healthy and fit, and now new research suggests their choice may protect their hearts.

    People who ate half an avocado twice a week had a 16% lower risk of cardiovascular disease and a 21% lower risk of heart disease, compared with people w...

    Artificial Sweeteners Linked to Higher Cancer Risk

    "Sugar-free" might sound healthy, but a new study hints that people who consume a lot of artificial sweeteners may face a slightly higher cancer risk.

    Experts stressed that the findings do not prove sugar substitutes are th...

    Study Finds No Heart Benefit From Veggies. Nutritionists Disagree.

    Eating vegetables may not help protect you against heart disease, according to a new study that's triggered strong reactions from critics.

    The analysis of the diets of nearly 400,000 British adults found that raw vegetables could benefit the heart, but not cooked vegetables. However, the resea...

    Valentine's Chocolates May Do Your Heart Good — Really

    Giving dark chocolate to your sweetheart on Valentine's Day may be a win-win emotionally and physically, an expert suggests.

    But it's important to keep any potential health benefits in perspective, noted Lizzy Davis, an assistant professor of nutrition sciences at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

    "What is healthy for one person may not be healthy for another," she said in a ...

    How Calling a Food 'Light' in Calories Can Backfire

    If the label says your food is "light," will you eat more to fill up?

    Quite possibly, a new study suggests.

    Researchers invited 37 men and women to a simple lunch of penne pasta, snack tomatoes, pesto, oregano and basil.

    One time, the meal was described as "light" and not designed...

    Piling on Excess Weight Might Harm Your Thinking Skills: Study

    Being overweight or obese has long been linked to poor heart health, but could it also impair your thinking?

    New research out of Canada suggests it very well might.

    Working with thousands of young, middle-aged and older adults, the new study highlights what appears to be fat's dir...

    Meat-Heavy Diets Might Have Link to MS

    If you eat a lot of meat, you may be at increased risk for multiple sclerosis (MS), a new study suggests.

    MS is an autoimmune disease in which the body attacks the insulation around nerves. It's not clear what triggers the attack, but mounting evidence suggests bact...

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