Babies in Nepal get quarter of calories from junk food, study finds

Diets heavy on snack foods linked to undernutrition and stunting, say researchers Children under the age of two in Nepal are getting a quarter of their calories from junk food, according to groundbreaking research that warns their diet is linked to Assessment and Research on Child Feeding project. Packaged snack food products typically high in sugar and salt and low in micronutrients are increasingly available across the globe. There is already growing global concern in the health community over the role of junk foods or Original Article : HERE ; The Ultimate Survival Food: The Lost Ways

Ebola outbreak in Congo is a public health emergency of international concern, WHO says

(CNN)The ongoing Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo now constitutes a public health emergency of international concern, the World Health Organization announced on Wednesday. The facts about Ebola The WHO International Health Regulations’ Emergency Committee for Ebola Viral Disease in Congo convened at the organization’s world headquarters in Geneva on Wednesday to discuss whether or not the outbreak constitutes international concern. “The fight is ongoing for a full year now,” Robert Steffen, chairman of the committee, said during a press conference on Wednesday. The meeting was the fourth time the committee has convened to review the outbreak. In a deliberation on Friday, it was decided that the outbreak does not constitute a public health emergency of international concern. …

Seattle Children’s Hospital operating rooms shut down after a patient dies of mold infection

(CNN)A patient at Seattle Children’s Hospital has died from a mold infection. Gaps in air filtration is believed to have been key in the presence of mold, Bernal said. While the hospital works with outside industrial hygienists to clear the rooms of Aspergillus contamination, all 14 of the hospital’s main operating rooms remain closed, Bernal said. “We are systematically implementing improvements and corrective actions, and then retesting the air to validate our efforts have been effective. It is difficult to predict when we will be able to safely resume operations but our patients’ safety is our priority and we will reopen our operating rooms when we are confident they are safe for patient care,” Bernal said. Aspergillus is a common …

How your health is at risk during a heatwave

(CNN)Many places in Europe are experiencing their hottest June on record. A record temperature of 38.6 degrees Celsius — 101.5 degree Fahrenheit — was recorded in Germany this week. There are different ways your health can be put at risk during a heatwave. Here’s what to know and how to protect yourself. Sign up here to get The Results Are In with Dr. Sanjay Gupta every Tuesday from the CNN Health team. Make sure your beverage will also replace the salt and minerals you have lost due to sweating — sports drinks can do the job. Apply sunscreen on exposed skin and wear light clothing that will reflect heat away from you. Make sure to enjoy the warm weather in …

Want Your Kid to Play Pro Soccer? Sign Her Up for Basketball

The Women’s World Cup is in full swing, and today the Americans will face off against France in a battle to advance to the semifinals. This year’s American team is a strong one, both in personality (they are currently engaged in an equal-pay dispute with the US Soccer Federation) and in style—they started the tournament with a 13-0 rout over Thailand. This year’s squad is also unique because it’s the first US women’s soccer team with women who chose to skip college soccer and go straight to the pros. Mallory Pugh and Lindsey Horan were the first American women soccer players to make that decision, but they are hardly the last. This year, Olivia Moultrie became the youngest American woman …

Paramedics could use a 5G-powered ‘robo glove’ to make quicker diagnoses

(CNN)5G technology could allow paramedics to diagnose medical problems more quickly, experts say, with the help of a “robo-glove” that can carry out remote-controlled ultrasound scans in an ambulance, or at the scene of an accident. “5G has the potential to help us provide better care, at the patient’s side, and provide increasingly diverse treatment plans for patients,” Craig Cooke, Strategic Operations Director at the West Midlands Ambulance Service, added in a statement.

Facebook debuts US blood donation tool, its latest public health move

(CNN)Facebook is no longer just a place to connect with former high school buddies; the social media giant now wants to make it easier for you to connect with blood banks, too. Saving lives: The story of blood donations Now, “taking the results that Facebook has achieved in Brazil and India and Pakistan, we can actually, conceptually, could double the number of blood donors in the United States,” Cliff Numark, senior vice president of the American Red Cross, told Gupta on Tuesday. Each year, an estimated 6.8 million people in the United States donate blood, according to the American Red Cross. “This could really totally change the blood banking system in America,” Numark said. The blood donation feature hits close …

The two groups that reach the peak of human endurance? Extreme athletes and pregnant women

(CNN)In pushing the boundaries of human endurance, extreme athletes and pregnant women are unmatched, a new study says. Longer pushes require lower intensities, but over a short period of time, the human body can successfully exert 4,000 calories on average before hitting the wall. That’s 2.5 times the basal metabolic rate, or amount of calories a body needs to operate while at rest. The average person won’t reach those limits in a typical workout (except maybe Crossfit, Pontzer noted), but pregnant women and extreme athletes cut it close. Weeklong races and nine-month pregnancies similarly push the body to its limits, often burning calories at a rate the body can’t keep up with. Original Article : HERE ; The Ultimate Survival …

Ten years after abortion doctor’s murder, one woman carries the fight for reproductive rights

In 2009, George Tiller was shot dead in Kansas. Today, as Americas discord over abortion reaches fever pitch, Julie Burkhart is keeping the flame alive Julie Burkhart remembers all too vividly the morning of 31 May 2009. It was a Sunday and she was in a meeting in Washington DC when, shortly after 10am, her phone started buzzing incessantly with calls from her home town of Wichita, Kansas. When she got through to one of her co-workers she thought at first he was making a surreal joke. George Tiller, her mentor with whom she had worked side-by-side for the past eight years at the frontlines of Americas abortion wars, had been accosted at Sunday service in his Wichita church and …

The Apple Watch Is Now the Control Center for Your Health

This week at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple executive Kevin Lynch announced multiple updates to WatchOS, the operating system that powers the company's smartwatch. (Voice memos, a calculator, streaming audio, oh my!) But the most telling features were the new additions to the watch's suite of health-monitoring tools. Beginning this fall, Apple Watch will track your activity trends over time, help protect your hearing by alerting you to harmful levels of ambient noise, and allow users to track their menstrual cycles. Individually, these improvements might look small or trivial. But given the watch's existing health and fitness features, this new bundle of capabilities underscores Apple’s push to make its smartwatch the control center for your personal health. Sure, calculating a …

Burnout is an official medical diagnosis, World Health Organization says

(CNN)It’s a feeling of extreme work stress that’s long been embedded in the cultural lexicon, and now it might be codified in your medical records as well. 2. increased mental distance from one’s job, or feelings of negativism or cynicism related to one’s job 3. reduced professional efficacy Before making the call, the document says doctors should first rule out adjustment disorder as well as anxiety and mood disorders. And the diagnosis is limited to work environments, and shouldn’t be applied to other life situations. Researchers have been studying burnout for decades Burnout has long been a blurry cultural concept that has defied attempts to create a specific consensus definition scientists can all agree on. Psychologist Herbert Freudenberger is credited …

The DNA diet: How knowing your genes can help you fit into your jeans

(CNN)“One man’s food is another man’s poison.” – Lucretius (99-55 B.C.) This interaction has led to a field called nutrigenetics, which looks at how our genes determine our response to nutrients in food and beverages. By better understanding an individual’s response to specific nutrients, health-care practitioners could deliver more precise and effective nutrition recommendations. While an overall healthy diet that includes a large variety of foods can help mitigate many of these individual genetic variations, some of the controversy over what constitutes a healthy diet may be due, in part, to individual genetic variances. One interesting example involves a nutrient that doesn’t get a lot of attention: choline, commonly found in egg yolks. When public health officials began to target …

Abortion clinics report ‘alarming’ rise in picketing, vandalism and trespassing

Last year, trespassing hit highest level since 1999 while vandalism occurred at highest rate since 1990 US abortion providers reported an alarming escalation in incidents of disruption and intimidation in 2018, according to new recently enacted ban on abortions after about six weeks of pregnancy; civil liberties and reproductive rights organizations filed a signed a ban on abortions after eight weeks of pregnancy. Anti-choice individuals and groups have been emboldened by the rhetoric of President Trump, Vice President Pence and other elected officials and we are seeing this play out in more instances of activities meant to intimidate abortion providers and disrupt patient services, said Katherine Ragsdale, interim president and CEO of NAF, in a statement. Trump and other politicians …

Why smelling good could come with a cost to health

Fruity, floral, musky from candles and cleaning products to lotions, soaps, lipstick and cologne, we live in a scented world. What is lurking in the air? About 50 to 300 distinct chemicals. BCPP study of personal care and cleaning brands. The chemicals identified were linked to chronic health issues, including cancer. When we took a harder look at beauty and personal care products we found that many chemicals of concern were hiding under the word fragrance, said Nudelman. While virtually all Americans are exposed to fragrance chemicals on a daily basis, women have a greater body burden, largely from beauty and cosmetics products absorbed through the skin. The average American woman uses 12-16 products a day, many containing fragrance. Besides …

1 in 7 babies is born underweight, with dire consequences for their health, global study says

(CNN)Over 20 million babies around the world — about 1 out of every 7 — were born underweight in 2015, a slight improvement over rates in 2000 but not enough to meet goals and prevent global health consequences, according to a new study. In the United States, 8% of babies born in 2015 had low birth weight, compared with 7.5% in 2000. High-income countries as a whole showed some of the slowest progress, with a combined low birth weight rate of 7% that persisted between 2000 and 2015, according to the study. “Weight is the single most important factor about you at your birth that predicts your future health,” said Professor Joy Lawn, director of the London School of Hygiene …

‘We’re in the fight of our lives’: Alabama abortion law spurs lawsuits and protests

Womens health advocates and Democratic leaders vow to fight the measure and the conservative-led effort to challenge abortion rights nationwide The fight to prevent one of several recent abortion restrictions enacted at the state level designed as a direct challenge to Roe v Wade, the supreme court ruling that legalized abortion across the US four and a half decades ago. Alabamas Republican governor, Kay Ivey, signed the legislation on Wednesday. Womens health advocates and Democratic politicians have promised to fight the new law, as well as the conservative-led effort to challenge abortion rights nationwide. Leana Wen, the president of Planned Parenthood, said: At Planned Parenthood we will do whatever it takes to stop these dangerous bans so that our patients …