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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).

Be Warned: Internet Use Can Be Addictive

Be Warned: Internet Use Can Be Addictive

You see them in line at the movies, in their cars at stoplights, seated at the local coffee shop: Internet junkies that can’t put down the computer, iPad, or smartphone.

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UPDATE: Sweetened Beverages: The Marketing of Sugar

With childhood obesity on the rise, ads for highly sweetened beverages are targeting youth in an increasingly aggressive manner, contributing to an already serious health issue.

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Halloween Marks Birth of World’s Seven Billionth Baby

Today the world will welcome its seven billionth citizen, and sees a slowdown in population growth.

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Adolescent Substance Abuse Rising

Adolescent Substance Abuse Rising

Despite the rise of health issues in our nation, teen smoking, drinking and abuse of illegal drugs tops the list of public health concerns.

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Strict Control of Blood Sugar Has No Effect on Diabetes-related Dementia

Strict Control of Blood Sugar Has No Effect on Diabetes-related Dementia

A new study shows that tightly controlling blood sugar is not a help in controlling memory loss and other cognitive decline in type 2 diabetes patients.

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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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More Than 100 Million Americans Live with Undertreated Chronic Pain

More Than 100 Million Americans Live with Undertreated Chronic Pain

At least 116 million Americans suffer from serious chronic pain, and for many of them the suffering is not only undertreated, but is also preventable.

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HealthNews Salutes: Direct Relief International

HealthNews Salutes: Direct Relief International

HealthNews salutes the efforts of Direct Relief International, and their dedication to improving health and medical delivery in places where it is unavailable or have suffered a natural disaster.

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U.S. Rates of COPD Stabilize While Women Show Higher Occurrence

U.S. Rates of COPD Stabilize While Women Show Higher Occurrence

While the prevalence of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is stabilizing in the U.S., the incidence among women is increasing.

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Stroke Rates Among Pregnant Women and New Moms on the Rise

Stroke Rates Among Pregnant Women and New Moms on the Rise

Although strokes rarely occur among women during pregnancy and just after birth, the rates of incidence have made an alarming jump over the past decade.

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Breast Cancer Warded Off for More Than a Decade Thanks to Tamoxifen

Breast Cancer Warded Off for More Than a Decade Thanks to Tamoxifen

Breast cancer survivors who take daily doses of Tamoxifen have been shown to stay in remission longer and have higher survival rates.

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Pre-hypertension Greatly Increases Stroke Risk

Pre-hypertension Greatly Increases Stroke Risk

Pre-hypertension isn't just a warning sign. Even slightly elevated blood pressure can increase stroke risk.

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Study Reports How Many Times a Day We Think About Sex

A new study reveals the number of times per day that college students think about sex, sleep and food. Guess which one ranks highest?

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Flu Shots Given to Expectant Mothers Also Protect Their Unborn Children

Flu Shots Given to Expectant Mothers Also Protect Their Unborn Children

When mothers-to-be receive a flu vaccination, they pass protection from the virus on to their offspring while still in the womb.

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Friday 5: Top 5 Stories of the Week

This week’s top stories include new research on birth control pills reducing the risk ovarian cancer, a fix for America’s nutrition labels, and a good reason to get your child off the couch and outdoors—to improve their vision.

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