U.S. plans food labels clarifying calories, sugar

Mar 2, 2014

U.S. plans food labels clarifying calories, sugar

The Obama administration is proposing new food labels that will make it easier to know about calories and added sugars, a reflection of the shifting science behind nutrition. Fat was the focus two decades ago when the labels first were created, but nutritionists are ...

Feb 27, 2014

U.S. ponders viability of three-person embryo technique

Genetic experts cautioned the U.S. government Tuesday that it could take decades to confirm the safety of an experimental fertilization technique that would create babies from the DNA of three people, with the aim of preventing children from inheriting some debilitating diseases. The Food ...

Feb 27, 2014

Stroke prevention drug found to slow mild dementia

Researchers have found that a drug used in the prevention of strokes, cilostazol, is effective in slowing the progression of mild dementia, according to a study published Thursday in the U.S. online science journal Plos One. The team including Masafumi Ihara, chief physician at ...

China smog drives face masks out of stock

Feb 26, 2014

China smog drives face masks out of stock

China’s biggest online face-mask sellers were running out of stock Wednesday as consumers rushed to protect themselves from smog that has shrouded large swathes of northern China for an entire week. Beijing’s official reading for PM 2.5 — small airborne particles which easily penetrate ...

Health environment for children in various regions differs, study finds

Feb 26, 2014

Health environment for children in various regions differs, study finds

Stark regional disparities exist in key health-related statistics involving children, such as the percentages of pregnant mothers who smoke, a health ministry-funded study has found. “Children cannot choose the environments” where they live and grow up, said Zentaro Yamagata, a University of Yamanashi professor ...

Jan 24, 2014

Lingonberries could prevent obesity and diabetes: study

Lingonberries, a fruit common in Scandinavian cuisine, may be able to help prevent weight gain and high sugar and cholesterol levels, Swedish scientists said Thursday of a new study. In the study, which was conducted by researchers at Lund University using mice with a ...

Google creates glucose monitor in contact lens

Jan 17, 2014

Google creates glucose monitor in contact lens

Google on Thursday unveiled a contact lens that monitors glucose levels in tears, a potential reprieve for millions of diabetics who have to draw their own blood as many as 10 times a day. The prototype, which Google says will take at least five ...

Jan 9, 2014

Positive thinking can help drugs work: study

Talk about mind over matter: A quirky new U.S. study suggests patients’ expectations can make a big difference in how they feel after treatment for a migraine. Boston researchers recruited 66 migraine patients in an attempt to quantify how much pain relief came from ...