Food, Drink Industries Undermine Health Policy

Multinational food, drink and alcohol companies are using strategies similar to those employed by the tobacco industry to undermine public health policies, health experts said. In an international analysis of involvement by so-called “unhealthy commodity” companies in health policy-making, researchers from Australia, Britain, Brazil and elsewhere said self-regulation was failing and it was time the […]

New SARS-like Virus Infects British Patient in 10th Case Globally

A new virus from the same family as SARS that sparked a global alert last September has been found in a further patient in Britain, health officials said. This latest case of infection with the new virus known as a coronavirus brings the total number of confirmed cases globally to 10, of which five have […]

Rules Call for Swing to Healthier Snacks in Schools

Snacks sold in U.S. schools would need to be lower in fat, salt and sugar and include more nutritious items like fruits, vegetables and whole grains, under standards proposed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The proposal, more than a year overdue, also calls for a limit of 200 calories on items sold during the […]

U.S. Army to Build Soldier “Resilience” to Fight Suicides, Violence

The U.S. Army, grappling with a spike in military suicides, plans to take steps to improve soldiers’ resilience to mental health problems to combat such deaths as well as depression, substance abuse, and violent behavior, Army Secretary John McHugh said. McHugh ordered Army officials to lay out detailed plans by February 15 to boost soldiers’ […]

Nearby Lighthing May Be Linked to Migraines

Weather has long been considered one of many potential migraine triggers, but a U.S. study now links lightning, specifically, to the onset of the severe headaches that plague millions. Researchers. whose work appeared in the journal Cephalalgia.  found that, based on headache logs and weather data for the two U.S. states of Ohio and Missouri, […]

Could an Earlier Lunchtime Help You Lose Weight?

Dieters who ate early lunches tended to lose more weight than those who had their midday meal on the later side, in a new Spanish study. The finding doesn’t prove bumping up your lunch hour will help you shed those extra pounds. But it’s possible eating times play a role in how the body regulates […]

Cancer Gene Mutation Linked to Earlier Menopause

Women carrying BRCA mutations tied to breast and ovarian cancer may hit menopause a few years earlier than other women, according to a new study. Doctors already discuss with those women whether they want immediate surgery to remove their ovaries and breasts, or if they want to start a family first and hold off on […]

Smoke-free Laws Linked to Drop in Child Asthma Attacks

Introducing laws banning smoking in enclosed public places can lead to swift and dramatic falls in the number of children admitted to hospital suffering asthma attacks, according to a study in England published. Researchers at Imperial College London found there was a 12.3 percent fall in hospital admissions for childhood asthma in the first year […]