Study: Sin taxes promote healthier food choices

A recent study examining the potential impact of sin taxes—increasing the cost of junk food, in particular—as a means to promote healthier choices found that, in a lab setting at least, when unhealthy foods cost more, people tended to eat them less. Now, new research attempts to size up the value of sin taxes in the real world. A …

Can baby slings be dangerous?

The Consumer Product Safety Commission is preparing a safety warning about baby slings, which can potentially pose a suffocation risk for infants, according to the Associated Press. The warning comes as a result of the fact that several infants have died in the fabric carriers, likely due to the fact that they fell into a position that …

Beverage makers voluntarily cut soda sales to schools

Even former President Bill Clinton, not always the model of healthy eating, admitted he was surprised by the results of a three-year program to remove full-calorie soft drinks from schools. At a press conference in New York City on Monday, Clinton announced that since 2006, 88% fewer beverage calories were shipped to U.S. elementary, …

McNuggets—on the Weight Watcher’s plan?

As part of a broader effort to shed their unhealthy food reputation, in Australia and New Zealand McDonald’s is teaming up with Weight Watchers to market some menu items as healthy options that fit into the diet program’s points system, the Telegraph reported last week. The collaboration means that McDonald menus will bear the Weight …

Bedazzling… below the belt?

Recently, on the George Lopez Show, actress Jennifer Love Hewitt gushed about “vajazzling,” a new trend in ladies’ intimate fashion that involves rounding out a bikini wax with the decorative application of Swarovski crystals, Salon reports. The procedure, which is offered at Completely Bare spa in New York City for $115, including the …

Keep liquid detergent capsules out of kids’ reach

A recent surge in eye injuries among small children caused by exposure to capsules of liquid detergent prompted eye specialists to issue a warning about keeping the soap packets out of children’s reach. Writing in the British Medical Journal this week, a team of British eye doctors said that problems caused by exposure to the capsules …

Migraine treatment with a magnetic pulse

Administering a small magnetic pulse to the back of the head may be an effective, and drug-free, method for combating migraine pain, according to new research published online this week, and in the April issue of the journal Lancet Neurology. Previous research has suggested that this single-pulse transcranial magnetic stimulation (sTMS) …

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