Health News Roundup: July 30-August 6
|August 6, 2013||Posted by The Fit Scoop under News and Research|
Here’s a brief summary of recent health related news of interest:
- Scientists grew a beef burger in a lab from cattle stem cells. They then cooked it up and served it to two taste testers. It cost roughly $320,000 to grow the burger. That is about how much they would have to pay me to eat it.
- A study recently came out in the JAMA Pediatrics giving more support for the benefits of breastfeeding. The study showed that longer breastfeeding duration was associated with higher vocabulary test scores at age 3 and higher intelligence test scores at age 7. Breastfeeding can be a sensitive subject with mothers. This commentary from a pediatrician in response to the study does a great job of bridging the divide.
- Obesity rates for low-income children appear to be falling. The CDC released a report suggesting that the obesity epidemic may be turning a corner for young children. They observed small but significant declines in obesity among low-income preschoolers in 19 states.
- In keeping with childhood obesity news, a recently published study in the journal Pediatrics showed that children who consumed sugary drinks were more likely to gain excess weight and run the risk of becoming obese as compared to non-drinkers. Many times parents think juice is a healthy beverage choice for their children. While juice does contain fruit, it also contains lots of sugar and therefore calories. This study supports the idea that juice consumption should be limited. Beware the juice box!
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