- Steven Reinberg of HealthDay News reports a new study calls into question people's ability to accurately interpret nutrition labels. Researcher Dr. Russell L. Rothman explains:
"We found that a lot of people have a hard time understanding the label and make mistakes when trying to interpret the label," Rothman said. "This can lead to people grossly overestimating or underestimating how much they are taking in of certain nutrients."
- Aetiology examines some research claiming the key to stopping E. coli is to change cattle's diet . She's not really sold on the idea:
I have a bit of first-hand knowledge of this, as one of my studies involves taking samples from cattle and growing E. coli out of it. In the place pictured, their cattle almost exclusively graze, supplemented with hay and a bit of corn. (Actually, now that I think about it, I'm not even 100% sure that they give *any* corn...) Anyhoo, we've isolated O157 from some of these grass-fed cows. So certainly, diet isn't a cure-all, and it's not necessarily even beneficial as far as carriage of O157 goes, despite the one paper Planck cites.
- Sally Squires of The Los Angeles Times offers up some tips to help parents keep kids from ballooning up to standard American proportions :
Limit your child's screen time. The more hours spent sitting in front of the television or computer, the more likely kids are to be overweight or obese. The surprise: Research suggests that sedentary kids are most motivated to get active when television (in limited quantities, of course) is offered as a reward for healthy activity. One tool that may help: TV Allowance, a $99 timer that plugs into either the television or the computer. Both parents and children have a code that must be keyed into the timer to turn on the television or computer. When the time is up, the device turns off.
- Aurelie Toulemonde of the Associated Press reports French doctors are gearing up to perform zero gravity surgery :
The experiment by the French National Center for Space Studies is an effort to develop robotic techniques for future surgeries in space, the doctors said. The surgeons will be strapped to the walls of the aircraft as they remove a cyst from a man's forearm in a three-hour operation.
- Diet Blog isn't exactly shocked over research showing walking to be less effective than more vigorous forms of exercise :
Researchers from the University of Alberta compared fitness levels between the 10,000 step program, and a slightly more intense fitness regime. Not surprisingly they found that "gentle exercise was not enough to get fit."