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Menus With 'Climate Change Impact' Info Sway Diners' Choices

Menus With `Climate Change Impact` Info Sway Diners` ChoicesTHURSDAY, Dec. 29, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Adding climate-impact labeling to fast-food menus can have a big effect on whether or not consumers go “green" when eating out, new research suggests.The finding is based on an online survey that asked consumers to order virtual meals after randomly looking over menus that either had some form of climate labeling or none at all.The result: Compared with those who chose from a regular, non-labeled menu, 23.5% more who ordered from a menu that flagged the least green choices ended up making a “sustainable” meal choice. (That's another way of saying, for example, that they steered clear of red meat -- a food whose production has a big climate impact.) Similarly, about 10% more of respondents made more sustainable choices when reviewing...

Diet Drinks May Not Affect Urinary Function in Women

28 December 2022
Diet Drinks May Not Affect Urinary Function in WomenWEDNESDAY, Dec. 28, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- If you struggle with urinary incontinence and worry that diet drinks may make matters worse, new research suggests they may not have a significant effect."This study is important in that it may guide clinicians counseling women with urinary incontinence to focus more on behavioral modifications, such as total volume intake, rather than on the type of beverage consumed," said Dr. Stephanie Faubion, medical director for the North American Menopause Society (NAMS)."Further, given the multiple potential adverse health effects associated with consuming sugar-containing beverages, counseling should be directed away from avoidance of artificially sweetened beverages," Faubion added in a NAMS news release.Past research on rat models had found that...

In U.S., Minority Communities More Likely to Have Water...

28 December 2022
In U.S., Minority Communities More Likely to Have Water Contaminated by Toxic MetalsWEDNESDAY, Dec. 28, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. communities with higher Hispanic, American Indian or Black populations also have the highest concentrations of metal in public water systems, new research reveals.Researchers from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health in New York City found significantly higher arsenic and uranium levels in public drinking water in Hispanic and American Indian/Alaska Native communities nationwide, as well as in Black communities in the West and Midwest. These areas have more arsenic and uranium.The researchers said this study could be done now only because estimates of contaminant concentrations are finally available for the majority of public water systems.“Our findings are particularly relevant to public health because there is no safe...

Another Mediterranean Diet Bonus: Healthier Pregnancies

27 December 2022
Another Mediterranean Diet Bonus: Healthier PregnanciesTUESDAY, Dec. 27, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- The Mediterranean diet delivers plenty of health dividends, and new research now discovers it may lower complications during pregnancy.Specifically, women who stuck to the diet had a 21% overall reduced risk of preeclampsia, gestational diabetes, preterm birth, delivery of a small baby and stillbirth, researchers report."We know adverse pregnancy outcomes are becoming more common in the United States," said lead researcher Dr. Natalie Bello, director of hypertension research at the Smidt Heart Institute at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.These bad outcomes can have serious consequences for mom and baby, Bello said. "While we still need more information, it seems like the adoption of a Mediterranean-type diet could be an important...

Buyer Beware: Bogus Flu Meds Are Out There

26 December 2022
Buyer Beware: Bogus Flu Meds Are Out ThereMONDAY, Dec. 26, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- With flu rampant in the United States, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers to be wary of over-the-counter products that promise to cure you of influenza, prevent it or reduce its severity.Sellers offering these products may make claims that are not accurate or safe, the FDA cautions. "These products can be found online, including popular marketplaces, and in retail stores. They may be labeled as dietary supplements, foods, hand sanitizers, nasal sprays or devices," according to an FDA news release. Fraudulent products also include some herbal teas, certain air filters and light therapies that claim to prevent or cure the flu, or treat symptoms, such as fever, muscle aches and congestion.Putting faith in these bogus...

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