US to assign 3,000 from US military to fight Ebola

The Obama administration is ramping up its response to West Africa’s Ebola crisis, preparing to assign 3,000 U.S. military personnel to the afflicted region to supply medical and logistical support to overwhelmed local health care systems and to boost the number of beds needed to isolate and treat victims of the epidemic. President Barack Obama […]

Soda sales in US decline at faster pace

Americans cut back on soda at an accelerated pace last year, extending a slow retreat from the category that began nearly a decade ago. U.S. sales volume of carbonated soft drinks fell 3 percent in 2013, according to a report released Monday by Beverage Digest, an industry tracker. That represents a steeper drop than the […]

Older kids can teach younger peers to be healthy

Elementary school children who took part in a healthy living program with older peers reduced their waist sizes and showed improvements in self-esteem, according to a new Canadian study. In the so-called Healthy Buddies program, students learn about healthy foods, physical activity and positive body image from older kids, rather than adult teachers or coaches. […]

Social media erupt over ‘Biggest Loser’ winner

A day after Rachel Fredrickson won the latest season of “The Biggest Loser,” after shedding nearly 60 percent of her body weight, attention wasn’t focused on her $250,000 win — but rather the criticism surrounding her loss. Experts cautioned that regardless of her current weight, the criticism being levied on social media about her losing […]

An apple a day really keeps the doctor away

An apple a day really does keep the doctor away. That is the succinct conclusion of a new study from the University of Oxford, where researchers have determined that a daily apple may rival preventative medicine when it comes to easing the burden of cardiovascular disease. Aside from adding some scientific evidence to the 150-year-old […]

Exercise “as good as medicines” in treating heart disease

Exercise may be just as good as medication to treat heart disease and should be included as a comparison when new drugs are being developed and tested, scientists said on Wednesday. In a large review published in the British Medical Journal, researchers from Britain’s London School of Economics and Harvard and Stanford universities in the […]

Saudi King intervenes to help 1,345-pound man

King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia has intervened to help a man who has become one of the heaviest people in the world. The king ordered Khalid bin Mohsen Shaari, who weighs 1,345 pounds (610kg) and is unable to move by himself, be transferred from the Southern border province of Jazan to the country’s capital Riyadh […]

People choose larger portions of ‘healthy’ foods

People will choose larger portions of food if they are labeled as being “healthier,” even if they have the same number of calories, according to a new study. “People think (healthier food) is lower in calories,” said Pierre Chandon, a marketing professor at the INSEAD Social Science Research Center in France, and they “tend to […]

Controversial feast and famine diet

The hottest British export might be boy band mania, from the Beatles to One Direction. And Americans are fascinated with Kate Middleton and her royal baby bump, but the next big British invasion, hitting stores in the United States this week, might be “The Fast Diet.” According to its creators, tons of Brits are losing […]

Toni Tipton-Martin: Learning for the future

Toni Tipton-Martin is a local food journalist and founder of the SANDE Youth Project, a non-profit organization based in Austin that enriches lives through culture, cuisine, and community, and The Jemima Code, a pop-up exhibit and blog that engages social history.  Through her work, Tipton-Martin advocates learning from ones past to improve ones future. Tipton-Martin […]


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