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  • Healthy Eating
    • Giving Holiday Thanks for Pumpkins

      In mid-November I drove over to Half Moon Bay, California, pumpkin capitol of the world, and was saddened to see so many pumpkins languishing in the fields post-Halloween. The majority of American consumers seem to think that this thick-fleshed squash is good only as an October porch decoration, carved and candled to light the way for trick-or-treaters, but it is so much more than that. And their loss is my gain, as I was able to pick up pumpkins for a mere $1/apiece at my favorite farm stand.

    • Breakfast Cereal: The Marketing of Sugar

      It’s not often you see an advertisement for Shredded Wheat, All Bran, or low-sugar organic cereals. What you do see, in a very repetitive and aggressive way, are ads for high-sugar, low-fiber content cereals. You know, Trix (Trix are for kids!), Lucky Charms (they’re magically delicious), Corn Pops, and Cap’n Crunch (one of my childhood favorites).

  • Fitness from the Inside Out
    • Giving Holiday Thanks for Pumpkins

      In mid-November I drove over to Half Moon Bay, California, pumpkin capitol of the world, and was saddened to see so many pumpkins languishing in the fields post-Halloween. The majority of American consumers seem to think that this thick-fleshed squash is good only as an October porch decoration, carved and candled to light the way for trick-or-treaters, but it is so much more than that. And their loss is my gain, as I was able to pick up pumpkins for a mere $1/apiece at my favorite farm stand.

    • Breakfast Cereal: The Marketing of Sugar

      It’s not often you see an advertisement for Shredded Wheat, All Bran, or low-sugar organic cereals. What you do see, in a very repetitive and aggressive way, are ads for high-sugar, low-fiber content cereals. You know, Trix (Trix are for kids!), Lucky Charms (they’re magically delicious), Corn Pops, and Cap’n Crunch (one of my childhood favorites).

  • The Fit Family
    • Giving Holiday Thanks for Pumpkins

      In mid-November I drove over to Half Moon Bay, California, pumpkin capitol of the world, and was saddened to see so many pumpkins languishing in the fields post-Halloween. The majority of American consumers seem to think that this thick-fleshed squash is good only as an October porch decoration, carved and candled to light the way for trick-or-treaters, but it is so much more than that. And their loss is my gain, as I was able to pick up pumpkins for a mere $1/apiece at my favorite farm stand.

    • Breakfast Cereal: The Marketing of Sugar

      It’s not often you see an advertisement for Shredded Wheat, All Bran, or low-sugar organic cereals. What you do see, in a very repetitive and aggressive way, are ads for high-sugar, low-fiber content cereals. You know, Trix (Trix are for kids!), Lucky Charms (they’re magically delicious), Corn Pops, and Cap’n Crunch (one of my childhood favorites).

  • Healthy Alternatives
    • Giving Holiday Thanks for Pumpkins

      In mid-November I drove over to Half Moon Bay, California, pumpkin capitol of the world, and was saddened to see so many pumpkins languishing in the fields post-Halloween. The majority of American consumers seem to think that this thick-fleshed squash is good only as an October porch decoration, carved and candled to light the way for trick-or-treaters, but it is so much more than that. And their loss is my gain, as I was able to pick up pumpkins for a mere $1/apiece at my favorite farm stand.

    • Breakfast Cereal: The Marketing of Sugar

      It’s not often you see an advertisement for Shredded Wheat, All Bran, or low-sugar organic cereals. What you do see, in a very repetitive and aggressive way, are ads for high-sugar, low-fiber content cereals. You know, Trix (Trix are for kids!), Lucky Charms (they’re magically delicious), Corn Pops, and Cap’n Crunch (one of my childhood favorites).

Daily Diet: Consumer Reports on Arsenic-Contaminated Apple Juice

Consumer Reports has released a report finding high levels of arsenic in apple and grape juice, both common and plentiful drinks that we give our children.

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Breakthrough in Ovarian Cancer Research Brings Hope

Breakthrough in Ovarian Cancer Research Brings Hope

Researchers may not only be able to detect the onset of ovarian cancer but also target genetic weaknesses in cancer cells.

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Friday Five: Top 5 Stories of the Week

Friday Five: Top 5 Stories of the Week

A weekly recap of the top HealthNews stories…just in case you missed them.

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ALERT: Tylenol Extra Strength Caplet Recall

ALERT: Tylenol Extra Strength Caplet Recall

McNeil Consumer Healthcare has announced its third recall of 2011, following recalls in January and March of this year.

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The Super-Antibody That Could Save You From Annual Flu Shots

The Super-Antibody That Could Save You From Annual Flu Shots

An annual flu shot will no longer be necessary if doctors are correct in their predictions for the newly discovered “super-antibody.” Just imagine never having to stand in those long lines again.

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New Dosage Limits for Tylenol Products

New Dosage Limits for Tylenol Products

McNeil Consumer Healthcare, manufacturers of the popular Tylenol family of products, today announced plans for new dosing instructions on Extra Strength Tylenol in an effort to reduce the risk of accidental overdose.

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No Evidence Linking Children’s Cell Phone Use to Increased Cancer Risk

No Evidence Linking Children’s Cell Phone Use to Increased Cancer Risk

Children who use cell phones are not at an increased risk of brain cancer, according to a new European study recently published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

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Thinking Outside the Box: New Medical Use for Duct Tape

Thinking Outside the Box: New Medical Use for Duct Tape

Rolls of plain red duct tape can save hospitals time and money, without sacrificing patient care.

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Got PMS? Campaign Revoked by the Milk Advisory Board

Got PMS? Campaign Revoked by the Milk Advisory Board

A week ago, a new Got Milk campaign launched that many found much more controversial than humorous. The uproar has now led to the ad being pulled.

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ALERT: Birth Control Pill Recall

ALERT: Birth Control Pill Recall

A voluntary recall on oral contraceptives manufactured by Qualitest Pharmaceuticals is underway, due to a packaging error that has the potential for incorrect use resulting in unintended pregnancy.

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FDA Warns of Changes in Infant Acetaminophen Dosage

Consumers need to be aware of new lower-concentrate pain and fever reducers manufactured for children: read those labels carefully.

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National HIV Testing Day: New Initiatives and Breakthroughs

National HIV Testing Day: New Initiatives and Breakthroughs

Join the crowd and get tested. Free and low-cost HIV testing is available on National HIV Testing Day.

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Less Tests Mean Less Costs for Early-Stage Breast Cancer Patients

Less Tests Mean Less Costs for Early-Stage Breast Cancer Patients

Researchers find that specific testing for lymph node micrometastasis doesn’t affect breast cancer survival rates and can be eliminated from protocol.

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Science Fiction Meets Reality: Lab-Grown Blood Vessels Help Diabetic Patients

Science Fiction Meets Reality: Lab-Grown Blood Vessels Help Diabetic Patients

Scientists are constantly rising to the challenge when it comes medical mysteries and obstacles, and today's breakthrough, manufacturing human blood vessels, is no different.

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Toxic Chemical BPA Found in Child-Targeted Canned Foods

Toxic Chemical BPA Found in Child-Targeted Canned Foods

The new villain lurking on our pantry shelves just may be canned foods, including those we are feeding our children.

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