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THURSDAY, Jan. 20, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Online grocery shopping has skyrocketed during the pandemic, but many websites are making it hard to find nutrition information on products, a new study shows.

In the United States, packaged foods are required to have a

As air pollution worsens, fruits, flowers and the creatures that pollinate them could pay a price.

That's the takeaway from British researchers who used special equipment to control levels of two common pollutants — diesel exhaust and ozone — in a field of black mustard plants, and then monitored pollinating insects over two summers.

"We knew from our previous lab studies that ...

Parents struggling with infant feeding issues may have another reason to persevere: New research ties feeding problems with an increased risk of developmental delays.

For the study, the mothers of nearly 3,600 children were surveyed about feeding problems at 18, 24 and 30 months of age, such as gagging, crying during meals or pushing food away. The children were also screened for developm...

Images of people eating and drinking are a staple of social media, but new research finds such posts from celebrities often puts the spotlight squarely on junk food.

Profit isn't always the reason why, investigators found: Celebrities often highlight unhealthy food favorites without getting paid for it.

"Ninety-five percent of photos that contain foods and beverages on celebrities' ...

Swapping out the butter or other artery-clogging fats in your diet for heart-healthy olive oil may add years to your life, researchers say.

Folks who consume more than 1/2 a tablespoon of olive oil a day are less likely to die from heart disease, cancer, neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's or lung disease when compared to people who consume less of this

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  • January 11, 2022
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  • Eat right to protect your sight.

    That's the advice of the Glaucoma Research Foundation, which offers its recipe for healthier eyes.

    Glaucoma is group of eye diseases that cause progressive vision loss through damage to the optic nerve. It is the second-leading cause o...

    First, there was Beyond Meat. Next up? Beyond Fried Chicken.

    KFC announced Wednesday that it will begin offering a plant-based chicken in some of its meals on Jan. 10, from the same company known for its meat-free burgers, Beyond Meat.

    Beyond Fried Chicken was developed by Beyond Meat exclusively for KFC, according to a

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  • January 6, 2022
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  • Can eating a highly restrictive “few-foods diet” ease the classic symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in kids?

    New research suggests that short-term nutritional intervention, which tests whether certain foods are a trigger for ADHD symptoms through the process of elimination, might make a ...

    Was your New Year's resolution to eat healthier? Try ordering a recently added menu item at your favorite chain restaurant, instead of a long-time favorite.

    That's because newer dishes served by large restaurant chains tend to contain fewer calories now that menus must list the calorie content of all items.

    New research finds that menu items introduced after calorie labeling went in...

    Check your packaged salad greens: More than a dozen people have been infected by a strain of E. coli in six U.S. states, health officials report.

    The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a food safety alert linking the outbreak to Simple Truth Organic Power Greens and Nature's Basket Organic Power Greens. The greens may be contaminated with E. coli and may be making peop...

    Red-meat lovers may raise their risk of heart disease through a chain of events that plays out in the gut, a new study suggests.

    Many studies over the years have tied diets heavy in red and processed meats to a heightened risk of heart disease and stroke. That type of evidence does not, however, prove red meat is the problem -- or, if it is, why.

    The new findings offer more clues ab...

    Meat eaters are far more apt to choose plant-based foods at restaurants if menus are at least 75% vegetarian, according to a new study.

    Along with the health benefits, British researchers said getting more people to eat plant-based foods could help fight climate change.

    "Th...

    Fresh Express packaged salads have been linked to a listeria infection outbreak in eight U.S. states, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says.

    The outbreak has caused 10 illnesses, one hospitalization and one death. It is under investigation by the FDA, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local health agencies.

    The illnesses started on dates ranging from July ...

    TUESDAY, Dec. 21, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Intermittent fasting is all the rage due to its potential health benefits, and now a new review shows this style of eating really does produce weight loss and may even improve certain markers of heart health.

  • Denise Mann HealthDay Reporter
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  • December 21, 2021
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  • Americans in the prime of their lives are worried about the pounds they packed on during the pandemic and plan to do something about it in the new year, a new Harris Poll/HealthDay survey finds.

    Nearly 2 of every 3 U.S. adults (63%) plan to change up their diet in 2022, either by eating less or cutting back on specific foods, poll results reveal.

    Adults between the ages of ...

    Like Mr. Grinch, heartburn can crush your holiday, but there are easy ways to prevent it.

    "Heartburn is caused by acidic stomach content moving into the esophagus, or gullet, which is much less resistant to acid," said Dr. James East, a gastroenterologist at Mayo Clinic Healthcare in London. "This results in irritation and damage to the lining of the esophagus, literally a burn, that caus...

    Children and teens who use livestreaming gaming platforms may be bombarded with influencer-endorsed ads for energy drinks, junk food and alcohol, new research shows.

    "This type of marketing can normalize high-fat, high-sugar and high-sodium foods at a time in young viewers' live...

    Margarine has gotten a bad rap for years, but a U.S. ban on partially hydrogenated oils may have made it a healthier choice than butter, a new study suggests.

    Before the U.S. Food and Drug Administration banned such oils in 2018, margarine...

    This time of year can be hard on the heart.

    The United States has more heart attack deaths between Christmas and New Year's Day than at any other time of year, so the American Heart Association (AHA) offers some holiday health tips.

    "The holidays are a busy, often stressful, time for most of us," said Dr. Donald Lloyd-Jones, volunteer president of the

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  • Planning ahead will reduce the risk of allergies and asthma interfering with your holiday plans, an expert says.

    "In addition to concerns about COVID-19, those with allergies and asthma sometimes have an added layer of anxiety because they need to always be thinking about allergy and asthma triggers that can cause serious symptoms," said Dr. Mark Corbett, president of the American College...

    If you've had a heart attack or stroke, you might want to avoid ultra-processed foods, new research suggests.

    The study found that a high intake of such foods significantly increases the risk of another heart attack or stroke, and it's more likely to be fatal. This was true even in people following what seems to be a heart-healthy diet.

    Ultra-processed foods are made in part or enti...

    Coffee lovers know a steaming cup of java can quickly deliver energy and mental clarity every morning, but new research suggests it may also guard against Alzheimer's disease in the long run.

    "Worldwide, a high proportion of adults drink coffee every day, making it one of the most popular beverages consumed," said lead researcher Samantha Gardener, a post-doctoral research fellow at Edith...

    Worried about climate change? You can do something about it every time you lift your fork, a new study suggests.

    Folks can reduce their personal carbon footprint by eating less red meat, nibbling fewer sweets and cutting back on tea, coffee and booze, according to the findings.

    "We all want to do our bit to help save the planet," said senior researcher Darren Greenwood, a senior lec...

    Giving your baby fruit juice too early in life could lead to greater intake of sugary drinks later in childhood and much higher odds for obesity and tooth decay, a new study of more than 4,000 American mothers has found.

    According to a team led by Edwina Yeung, of the U.S. National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, introducing fruit juice to infants before they were a year ...

    The COVID-19 pandemic, heart-healthy eating, and better ways to treat and prevent heart disease were among the hot topics that emerged during the American Heart Association's annual meeting this week.

    "I was at the sessions yesterday, I was actually in clinic this morning, and there were things I learned at the sessions that are affecting how I care for my patients," Dr. Manesh Patel, cha...

    Many women dread having to give up coffee during their pregnancy, but new research suggests that consuming a little caffeine while expecting might not necessarily be a bad thing.

    "While we were not able to study the association of consumption above the recommended limit, we now know that low-to-moderate caffeine is not associated with an increased risk of gestational diabetes, preeclampsi...

    As many parents know, children can be notoriously picky eaters. In some cases, their chronically fearful approach towards food amounts to what is considered a serious psychiatric condition.

    But a new survey of adults who were, and continue to be, finicky eaters suggests that rather than forcing a child to eat foods they don't like, parents will probably make more headway by embracing a no...

    Eating lots of fruits, veggies, beans and other foods with inflammation-cooling properties may lower your odds of developing dementia as you age.

    But, if your diet is loaded with pro-inflammatory foods, you may be up to three times more likely to experience memory loss and issues with language, problem-solving and other thinking skills as you age, new research suggests.

    "A less infl...

    Sorry, parents, but giving your babies enriched formula won't improve their chances of doing well in school when they're in their teens, a new study shows.

    The research was prompted by claims that enriched formula promotes brain development.

    To learn more, researchers analyzed data from seven randomized trials of nutritionally modified infant formula conducted at five British hospit...

    Young, Black Americans are experiencing significant spikes in obesity, type 2 diabetes and smoking, all risk factors for heart attack and stroke.

    Between 2007 and 2017 -- before the COVID-19 pandemic and the concerns it has created -- hospitalized Black Americans aged 18 to 44 had sharp increases in these risks. They were also having higher rates of health complications and poor hospital ...

    People who get their dietary fat from olive oil rather than steak may help reduce their risk of suffering a stroke, a preliminary study suggests.

    The study, of more than 100,000 health professionals, found that those who favored vegetable oils and other plant foods as their source of fat generally had a lower risk of stroke over the years.

    Overall, the 20% of people with the highest...

    Eating alone may be a recipe for heart trouble if you're an older woman, Korean researchers suggest.

    Those who eat by themselves are likely to eat faster and less healthily, which can lead to weight gain, higher blood pressure and cholesterol levels, increasing the risk for heart disease, the new study found.

    "Women who live alone, who aren't cooking for a family or their husband, t...

    Feeding eggs to infants could reduce their risk of egg allergy later on, new research suggests.

    For the study, researchers at the University at Buffalo in New York, analyzed U.S. government data from more than 2,200 parents who were surveyed about their children's eating habits and food allergies from birth to 6 years of age.

    "We found that children who hadn't had egg introduced by ...

    Older folks who eat fish a couple of times a week may be doing their brains a favor.

    New research suggests that fish, even in moderate amounts, helps stave off vascular disease that may ultimately lead to dementia.

    "Previous studies, including work from our team in France and others in the U.S., reported protective associations of eating fish against cognitive decline and risk of de...

    Wine lovers, beer drinkers and those who enjoy a martini now and then have long been told that moderate drinking beats total abstinence.

    Unfortunately, new German research is throwing some cold water on that advice, finding that premature death among non-drinkers is likely the result of unrelated health problems that have little to do with the decision to forgo Chardonnay or Tanqueray.

    It's often called luster dust, and it can add some sparkle to your cake decorations. But health officials warn it also might contain poisonous heavy metals that are not meant to be eaten.

    Luster dust is used to add glitter or color to desserts. However, Rhode Island and Missouri saw cases of heavy metal poisonings linked with commercial and homemade cakes decorated with luster dust in 201...

    Living near a fast-food restaurant may provide a quick fix if you're famished and pressed for time, but it may boost your odds for type 2 diabetes, a large study of U.S veterans suggests.

    Neighborhoods with more supermarkets, however, may protect you against developing diabetes, especially in suburban and rural areas, the researchers said.

    "The food availability choices in your envi...

    Just days before Halloween, attorneys general in several states have issued warnings about cannabis edibles that look like candy and snacks.

    "These look-alike cannabis products are unregulated, unsafe and illegal," Connecticut Attorney General William Tong said in a

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  • October 29, 2021
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  • Do you like your burgers well done with a side of plastic?

    Probably not. But a new study suggests that fast food often comes with a sizable helping of plastic-softening chemicals that could potentially lead to hormone disruption, infertility and learning disabilities.

    At issue are phthalates and other so-called "replacement plasticizers." Manufacturers use these chemicals to help so...

    People who've lost their ability to smell and taste due to COVID-19 have significant struggles, but they can find ways to cope with their situation, a new study shows.

    One of the most common side effects of COVID-19 is the loss of the sense of smell, which severely affects the sense of taste. This can lead to anxiety, depression and reduced quality of life.

    In this study, five women...

    Serving more dairy products to nursing home residents could be a simple way to reduce their risk of falls and fractures, a new study suggests.

    Many consume low levels of calcium and protein, which can result in weak bones that increase the likelihood of falls and fractures. Dairy products such as milk, yogurt and cheese are high in calcium and protein.

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  • October 22, 2021
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  • Onions from Mexico have been linked to a salmonella outbreak that's sickened 652 people in 37 states, federal health officials said Wednesday.

    So far, there have been 129 hospitalizations, but no deaths.

    Investigators have traced one source of the outbreak to whole red, white and yellow onions that were imported from Chihuahua, Mexico, and distributed across the United States by Pro...

    China and the United States are super powers of salt consumption.

    The two world leaders emerged with the highest salt levels in processed meat and fish products among five countries assessed in a new study.

    High salt levels in food is a major cause of high blood pressure and its related risks of heart and kidney diseases and death. The World Health Organization recommends a maximum ...

    Americans' increasing consumption of ultra-processed foods is putting their health at risk, researchers warn.

    Ultra-processed foods are ready-to-eat or heat, include additives, and contain little, if any, whole foods. They include frozen pizza, soda, fast food, sweets, salty snacks, canned soup and most breakfast cereals.

    Previous research has shown that eating ultra-processed foods...

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Wednesday that it is lowering the recommended levels of sodium in processed, packaged and prepared foods.

    The goal of the new, voluntary guideline is to help reduce Americans' average sodium intake from 3,400 milligrams (mg) to 3,000 mg per day — roughly a 12% reduction — over the next 2.5 years.

    "It's really a pivotal day for the ...

    Maple Island Inc. announced Friday that it has recalled three lots of Parent's Choice Rice Baby Cereal because of elevated levels of arsenic in the products.

    A sample from the three lots, which were sold only at Walmart, tested above the guidance for naturally occurring inorganic arsenic, according to a company announcement on the recall from Maple Island that was posted on the U.S. Food ...

    Parents frazzled by their little ones' finicky food choices often sigh in exasperation, thinking: "They'll grow out of it by college."

    Maybe not, suggests a new study from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. Some young people continue their picky eating into early adulthood, often restricting their diets to 10 foods or even fewer.

    Such a limited diet can mean they're not getting...

    Iron is vital to health, and too little in your diet might lead to heart disease, European researchers report.

    They said about 1 in 10 new cases of heart disease in middle-aged people might be prevented if they had sufficient levels of iron in their diets.

    "Our findings are based on an observational study and can therefore only report on associations, not on causality," said lead re...

    Trying to slim down? Diet drinks aren't likely to help, researchers warn.

    And those containing the artificial sweetener sucralose may even increase food cravings and appetite in women and people who are obese, according to a University of Southern California study.

    "There...

    Despite the troubling findings of a congressional report released earlier this year on toxins in baby foods, a new report finds even more manufacturers are selling baby foods that contain potentially unsafe levels of heavy metals.

    The toxins in question include dangerous levels of arsenic, lead, cadmium and mercury, among others.

    "No level of toxic heavy metals and exposure to them ...

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