Health

Public health experts say farm bill is a “mixed bag” for nutritional assistance program

Kids, seniors will be affected by $9 billion cut
February 3, 2014

The final version of the farm bill awaiting action in Congress includes policy improvements for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, but it also cuts $8.6 billion over 10 years from the program, according to the American Public Health Association. Under the measure, which has been debated by Congress for more than two years, SNAP and SNAP nutrition education provide millions of seniors, children and families with food assistance and nutrition education to improve access to healthy food and food security.


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What are the limits of robots as caregivers?

February 3, 2014

Like many other countries, Japan is experiencing an increasingly elderly population and a shortage of care workers. Of course machines have been used for decades in the care of the elderly. Everyone is familiar with hoists, electric beds, wheel chairs and so on, but with computer technology the potential range of activities increases massively.


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Opening up food safety data to better protect public health

February 3, 2014

An estimated one million illnesses can be attributed to Salmonella every year. USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) recently announced its Salmonella Action Plan to help reduce the number of illnesses associated with FSIS-regulated products using new standards, strategies and innovation.


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Many U.S. health protections lag behind or don’t exist

February 3, 2014
Where do U.S. workplace conditions stand among other countries and how do these conditions influence the health of our nation? Let’s take a snapshot of conditions.


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Hand pain causes

January 29, 2014

Hand pain has many causes, including injury and disease. Fortunately, many of those causes can be treated and the symptoms eased. Here are some of the most common conditions that cause hand pain:


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Healthcare staff needs proper protection

January 29, 2014
Today, the healthcare sector employs around 10% of all workers throughout the EU. More than three-quarters of them are women.


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CDC wants restaurants to reduce salt content in food

The strategy: reduce, replace, reformulate
January 28, 2014

Think fast food is especially unhealthy? When it comes to sodium, dine-in restaurant fare is even worse. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) would like both types of eateries to reduce sodium in their menu items – and it has suggestions for how to do that.


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Exercising more, sitting less reduces heart failure risk in men

January 24, 2014

Sitting for long periods increases heart failure risk in men, even for those who exercise regularly, according to new research published in the American Heart Association journal Circulation: Heart Failure.


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New smartphone app encourages physical activity among youth

The American Heart Association and NFL partner on project
January 23, 2014

The American Heart Association and the NFL have launched the NFL PLAY 60 app, which encourages kids to get active and healthy through an endless runner game. Funded by a grant from the NFL Foundation, the app encourages players to get their 60 minutes of daily recommended physical activity through an interactive running experience.


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At what point does safety become overly intrusive?

January 21, 2014

With the rising costs associated with healthcare, an aging workforce more likely to require treatment for chronic illness, and the simple fact that people in good physical condition tend to be injured less severely than those who are out of shape,  organizations are increasingly able to argue that what you do on your own time is indeed their business.


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