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Eating Out: A Recipe for Poor Nutrition, Study Finds

Eating Out: A Recipe for Poor Nutrition, Study FindsWEDNESDAY, Jan. 29, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Whether you're stopping at a casual fast-food place or sitting down to eat in a full-service restaurant, eating out is an easy way to fill up when you're hungry. But those meals may not deliver much nutritional value, a new study suggests. The researchers found that 70% of fast-food meals consumed in the United States were of poor nutritional value. For full-service restaurants, around half of the meals were of poor nutritional value. Less than 0.1% of the restaurant meals analyzed during the entire study period -- 2003 to 2016 -- were considered to be of ideal nutritional quality. "On any given day, nearly one-third of American adults eat at a full-service restaurant, and nearly half at a fast-food restaurant. The nutritional quality of...

Americans Toss Out Nearly a Third of Food at Home

28 January 2020
Americans Toss Out Nearly a Third of Food at HomeTUESDAY, Jan. 28, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Before you throw any leftovers away, heed new research that suggests the choice could hit you right in your pocketbook. It turns out that almost one-third of food in American households goes to waste, costing each household thousands of dollars a year, researchers report. "Our findings are consistent with previous studies, which have shown that 30% to 40% of the total food supply in the United States goes uneaten -- and that means that resources used to produce the uneaten food, including land, energy, water and labor, are wasted as well," said study author Edward Jaenicke. He's a professor of agricultural economics in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. Jaenicke and his team analyzed data from 4,000 households that...

Even Untrained Dogs Seem to Know Human Gestures

17 January 2020
Even Untrained Dogs Seem to Know Human GesturesFRIDAY, Jan. 17, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- There's more evidence that the canine-human bond is a tight one: New research finds that stray dogs pick up on human commands, even though they haven't been trained. Of the untrained dogs in the study, 80% went to the place a person pointed to. This suggests dogs understand complex gestures by watching humans, which might be a clue to reducing conflict between stray dogs and people, researchers in India say. For the study, a team led by Anindita Bhadra of the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research in Kolkata studied stray dogs in several Indian cities. The researchers would approach a stray and put two covered bowls on the ground near the dog. They then pointed to one of the bowls and noted if the dog went to that bowl....

Health Tip: Preventing Athlete's Foot

16 January 2020
(HealthDay News) -- Athlete's foot is a fungal infection that often occurs in people who wear damp socks or tight shoes, says Mayo Clinic. The infection is contagious and is spread by contact with an infected person or contaminated surfaces. To help prevent athlete's foot, the clinic suggests: Keep your feet dry, especially between your toes. Change socks regularly. Wear light, well-ventilated shoes. Alternate pairs of shoes. Protect your feet in public places. Treat your feet with antifungal powder. Don't share shoes.

Severe Deprivation in Childhood Has Lasting Impact on Brain Size

14 January 2020
Severe Deprivation in Childhood Has Lasting Impact on Brain SizeTUESDAY, Jan. 14, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Severe deprivation in childhood can lead to a smaller-than-normal brain, lower IQ and attention deficits in early adulthood, a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed MRI brain scans of 67 young adults, ages 23 to 28, who were institutionalized as children in Romania during the Communist regime. They had spent between 3 and 41 months in institutions, where they were often malnourished and had little social contact or stimulation. All were later adopted by families in the U.K. Their brain scans were compared to those of 21 English adoptees, ages 23 to 26, who didn't experience institutional deprivation during childhood. The brains of young adult Romanian adoptees were 8.6% smaller than the brains of English adoptees. The more time that...

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