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Wear a Helmet When Hitting the Slopes

Research studies have shown repeatedly that wearing a helmet on the slopes while engaging in snow sports can reduce the risk of serious head injury by as much as 60 percent. Read more.

Mom Illustrates What It Takes To Raise A Child With Special Needs

Cristin Lind had trouble find the right words to explain what it’s like raising a child with special needs. She drew a picture, instead. “The artistic inspiration hit about a year ago, after she’d been asked to speak to a meeting of primary care physicians, telling them what it took to manage the complex care . . . → Read More: Mom Illustrates What It Takes To Raise A Child With Special Needs

What Would Ideal Food Labels Look Like?

Mark Bittman shows us what an ideal food label (ideal for consumers, not marketers!) would look like.

“Even the simplest information — a red, yellow or green “traffic light,” for example — would encourage consumers to make healthier choices. That might help counter obesity, a problem all but the most cynical agree is closely related . . . → Read More: What Would Ideal Food Labels Look Like?

Sugarless Gum Good For Teeth Health?

Oncologist and professor Ezekiel J. Emanuel recommends that children chew sugarless gum for good teeth health.

He writes that “the best way to ensure that all children take advantage of xylitol gum is to have them chew it in school, in kindergarten and beyond. Ideally, they would chew gum three to five times a day . . . → Read More: Sugarless Gum Good For Teeth Health?

Jane Brody on Improving Quality of School Lunches

Jane Brody from the New York Times writes how “nutritionists and health-conscious parents applauded when last year the Department of Agriculture finally set new standards for the nation’s school lunches in an effort to foster good health and counter the epidemic of obesity afflicting youngsters.” Read more.

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Who Made Dental Floss?

Find out how “a pioneering dentist, Levi Spear Parmly, urged patients to clean between their teeth with silk thread — a revolutionary technique that could protect the gum line and prevent tooth decay.” Read more.

A Smattering of Food Links

Mark Bittman writes about farm-related pollutants, gene engineered fish, antibiotic-resistant bacteria, Type 2 diabetes, what climate change is doing to our vegetable crops, and much more.

Stay informed about our food sources and what our farming practices do to the health of our children and families. Read more.

Why Do Stars Think It’s O.K. to Sell Soda?

Celebrities are frequently seen on soft drink and soda commercials. Packed with empty calories that provide no nourishment, sodas have been proven to cause weight gain, tooth decay and dangerous diseases like diabetes. Still, celebrities seem to have no qualms about lending their image to a product known to be harmful – especially for children.

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Does Sugar Free Gum Help Prevent Cavities?

Many popular brands of sugar -free gum make the claim that the product prevents cavities. Is this really true?

Anahad O’Connor from the New York Times looks at these claims and concludes that “many brands contain an additive called xylitol, a natural sweetener known to fight cavity-causing bacteria. In practice, though, it’s not clear that . . . → Read More: Does Sugar Free Gum Help Prevent Cavities?

Survey Shows That Energy Drink Related ER Visits Have Doubled In Just A Few Years

Although the beverage industry claims that energy drinks are safe and that there is no proof linking the products to adverse reactions, a new government surrey is calling these claims into question. The surrey shows that “the number of people seeking emergency treatment after consuming energy drinks has doubled nationwide during the past four years, . . . → Read More: Survey Shows That Energy Drink Related ER Visits Have Doubled In Just A Few Years