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28Apr
2020

In COVID Crisis, Nearly Half of People in Some U.S. States Are Going Hungry

TUESDAY, April 28, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- With job losses skyrocketing because of the coronavirus pandemic, hunger is a growing issue for millions of Americans, according to a new report. Surveying more than 10,000 people across the United States late last month, researchers found that nearly 4 in 10 had too little to eat or difficulty obtaining healthy foods. Southern states have been especially hard hit, with nearly half in some states having "food insecurity," the survey shows. "Food insecurity was high in America before the pandemic, and it has gotten even worse," said lead researcher Kevin Fitzpatrick, a sociology professor at the University of Arkansas. "The U.S. food system is in the middle of a crisis." Food insecurity is both uncertainty about being able to buy food...

FDA Bans Products That Help Kids Hide Vape Use From Parents

27 April 2020
MONDAY, April 27, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- With more American teens taking up e-cigarettes, there's a flood of products designed to allow them to vape without getting caught by parents or teachers -- and federal officials want to put a stop to it. On Monday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced it was sending warning letters to 10 manufacturers to stop making these products targeting youth. "The public should really be outraged by these products," said Mitch Zeller, director of the FDA's Center for Tobacco Products. The products being targeted by the FDA include: backpacks and sweatshirts designed with stealth pockets to hold and conceal an e-cigarette; vaping products that resemble smartwatches or children's toys such as a portable video game system or fidget spinner;...

As Demand for Hand Sanitizer Soars, FDA Warns of Makers'...

27 April 2020
MONDAY, April 27, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Some companies are selling hand sanitizers with unproven claims that they'll protect you from the new coronavirus, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns. Last week, the agency issued its first warning letter for a hand sanitizer marketed with unproven COVID-19-related claims that violated federal law. The letter was issued to Prefense LLC for making misleading statements about its hand sanitizer, such as "Prefense … protects you from germs with just one application per day! It's like wearing an invisible glove." The company's website also wrongly claims that Prefense can "protect you from pathogens up to 24 hours or for 10 hand washes," according to an FDA news release. There is no evidence that hand sanitizing products can protect...

Navigating the Grocery Store Safely

27 April 2020
MONDAY, April 27, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Grocery shopping has become a daunting endeavor during the coronavirus pandemic, but there are things you can do to protect yourself and others, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says. Prepare a shopping list in advance and buy just one to two weeks' worth of groceries at a time. Buying more than you need can create temporary shortages, the FDA said in a news release. Wear a face covering or mask while you're in the store. Some stores and localities may require it. Check your state, county or city guidelines for any other requirements. Carry your own wipes, or use those provided by the store to wipe down the handles of the shopping cart or basket. If you use reusable shopping bags, ensure they are cleaned or washed before each...

A Surprising Way to Make a Sweet Treat Taste Even Sweeter

24 April 2020
FRIDAY, April 24, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Like your sweets really sweet? Try enjoying them with a cup o' joe. Coffee makes sweet foods taste even sweeter, a new study shows. European researchers tested 156 volunteers' sense of taste and smell before and after they drank coffee. Their sensitivity to smell didn't change, but coffee did heighten their sense of taste. And this was true whether they drank caffeinated coffee or decaf, according to findings published recently in the journal Foods. "When people were tested after drinking coffee, they became more sensitive to sweetness, and less sensitive to bitterness," said lead author Dr. Alexander Fjældstad, an associate professor of clinical medicine at Aarhus University in Denmark. "It's probably some of the bitter substances in...
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