Friday, August 26, 2011

Half of U.S. adults will be obese by 2010

"A team of international public health experts argued [in a recent report in the British medical journal the Lancet] that the global obesity crisis will continue to grow worse and add substantial burdens to health-care systems and economies unless governments, international agencies and other major institutions take action to monitor, prevent and control the problem.

"Changes over the past century in the way food is made and marketed have contributed to the creation of an 'obesogenic' environment in which personal willpower and efforts to maintain a healthful weight are largely impossible, the report noted."

Thursday, August 04, 2011

Scientists find new superbug strain of salmonella

"Scientists have identified an emerging 'superbug' strain of salmonella that is highly resistant to the antibiotic Ciprofloxacin, or Cipro, often used for severe salmonella infections, and say they fear it may spread around the world."

The earliest infections were recorded in Egypt between 2002 and 2005, but now people are being infected in Europe and the United States through contaminated imported poultry and secondary infections.  Read more. . .

Get juiced with summer mocktails

"Eating fruits and vegetables is good-for-you nutritious. But did you know drinking them can be fun and delicious? To judge by restaurant menus, more and more people are imbibing fruit- or veggie-based nonalcoholic drinks, whether they're dining out or eating in."  Read more. . .

Some up-and-coming chefs are skipping culinary school

"The cautionary tale of a would-be chef goes like this: A starry-eyed youth dreams of helming a restaurant kitchen and enrolls in a $60,000 culinary program but upon graduation still qualifies only for a job as a $10.50-an-hour line cook and struggles to work off crippling school loans that, with interest, can balloon to nearly $100,000. Dream crushed."  Read more. . .