Health Beat 5.31.13
Transforming Health | 05.31.13
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Diners badly underestimate calories in fast-food meals.
Diners badly underestimate calories in fast-food meals (USA Today)
A new study shows that many diners are consuming far more calories in their fast-food meals than they realize. In fact, some diners underestimate the calories in their fast-food meals by at least 500 calories and teens underestimated the calories by 34%, resulting in them eating about 259 more calories than they realize.
Joblessness Shortens Lifespan of Least Educated White Women, Research Says (NY Times)
A new study aims to explain the growing gap in mortality between white women without a high school diploma and those with a high school diploma or more. Research shows that the two factors most strongly associated with higher death rates for these women were smoking and not having a job.
How the next battle over Obamacare could be the ugliest yet (CNN)
This summer, Republicans and Democrats in Washington will square off in a battle to sell or roll back Obamacare. The administration is hoping to begin enrollment for health plans October 1st, but Republicans are working to cripple existing measures and halt new ones. And, according to a recent poll, many Americans remain confused by the law.
Health Law Is Fostering Competition, U.S. Says (NY Times)
The Affordable Care Act is creating competition within insurance markets nationwide, drawing more companies into states long dominated by a few carriers.
Climate change will mean more heat deaths (CNN)
Higher temperatures worldwide, as a result in greenhouse, will correlate to an increase in heat-related deaths, researchers say. The research shows that in the 2020s, heat-related deaths could rise about 20% compared with the 1980s.
Nurse Practitioners Playing Doctor More Often (The Daily Beast)
Obamacare is on the horizon. And so is the fast-growing shortage of primary-care physicians. Many practices are looking to nurses to fill that void in care. But, are they good enough?
Time to back away from the cookie jar? Introducing nutrition info in search (Google)
Google released a new search feature designed to help you figure out the smarter choices about some of our favorite foods. They’re hoping to make calorie information easier to find by providing extensive nutrition information for over 1,000 fruits, vegetables, meats and meals in search. They said on the Google site, “From the basics of potatoes and carrots to more complex dishes like burritos and chow mein, you can simply ask, ‘How much protein is in a banana?” or “How many calories are in an avocado?’ and get your answer right away. You'll hear the answer to your specific question, see relevant nutrition information under an expansion, and be able to switch to other related foods or serving sizes.”
Yoga in Africa (NY Times)
The Africa Yoga Project is a nonprofit group that teaches and employs yoga teachers and conducts free classes in institutions like prisons and orphanages.