October 30, 2006 In a mounting war against trans fat, officials at Kentucky Fried Chicken announce that the company will begin frying most of its foods with an oil that doesn't contain trans fat. Omitting trans fat, which is especially bad for people's arteries, may affect not only the food's taste, but also costumers' health, and the company's business.
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October 26, 2006 Osteoarthritis is one of the nation's leading causes of disability, affecting approximately 20 million adults. There's no cure, but there are new treatments for easing pain, such as a lubricating fluid and an implant that cushions joints.
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October 17, 2006 This morning, the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies said the FDA and NOAA are confusing consumers about the pros and cons of eating seafood. Later today, the Journal of the American Medical Association will publish an analysis of the science on fish benefits and risks.
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October 17, 2006 A new report by the Institute of Medicine at the National Academies says the federal government should stop sending mixed messages about seafood, boost testing for contaminants and make it easier for consumers to find up-to-date information.
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October 12, 2006 So long. I go back to my regular gig as health reporter tomorrow. Your blogger tomorrow is my Science Desk colleague Nell Boyce.
October 12, 2006 If you happen to be in Raleigh this month, stop by the North Carolina State Fair for a Coca-Cola-infused funnel cake. Or not. Here's how it's made: Take funnel cake batter. Add Coke. Pour into deep fryer. Serve in Coca-Cola cup with coke syrup, powdered sugar and a cherry. Deep-fried Coke cake seems to be making the fair circuit this year. It was served up in Texas last month. As a health reporter, I'm interested to know how many people actually try it. Would you?
October 12, 2006 Science correspondent Joe Palca has a fascinating little story on All Things Considered tonight. Joe reports on how many genes it takes to make a bacterium called Carsonella. There's nothing special about this particular bacterium. But the research into the bacterium sheds light on how few genes are needed to make an independent life form. In this case, it's just 182.
October 12, 2006 Sometime this month the U.S. population will reach 300 million. The Pew Research Center and the Pew Hispanic Center have compiled an analysis of the population growth, broken down by race/ethnicity and nativity of the 100 million people who were added to the population since 1966. It turns out, 36 percent of the new population is Hispanic, followed by 34 percent white, 16 percent black and 13 percent Asian and Pacific Islander. For a much better visual of these numbers, check out the Pew site which is full of lots of interesting reports and analysis chronicling the Latino experience.
October 12, 2006 NPR's Ari Shapiro made the New York Times crossword puzzle today (paid subscription required). He's 16 across. "Shapiro of NPR." This isn't the first time the puzzle's turned to the useful string of letters "A-R-I." Ari's debut in the Times crossword was last February. He says he hung a framed copy of that puzzle in his bathroom. And crossword puzzles aren't the only place where you can spot a familiar name from NPR. According to an article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, one of Wisconsin's top goat cheesemakers...
October 12, 2006 As I mentioned earlier, outgoing Gallaudet University President I. King Jordan was initially scheduled to be on Talk of the Nation today, but canceled due to the crisis on his campus. If you want to understand the tensions surrounding the events at the university and the protests over incoming president Jane Fernandes, I suggest checking out a few blogs. Ridorlive.com describes itself as "home to arguably the most controversial deaf blogger in America." The most recent posting is a copy of a letter sent to Dr. Jordan by some parents of Gallaudet students...
October 12, 2006 Emily and Michael live in New York. Lots of them. Of the 122,725 babies born in the city in 2005, these two names are the most popular according to a list compiled by the city’s health department. Among the 59,714 baby girls, Emily, Ashley, Kayla and Sarah held onto the top four most popular names. Isabella and Samantha come next. It seems, there will be lots of Rachels growing up in the city too. Rachel bumped Brianna off the top 10 list. For boys, Michael hangs on for the 20th consecutive year in first place. Runners-up are Daniel, Joshua and David.
October 12, 2006 During today's 9:30 meeting, editors were asked to describe the best of what they have for today's shows. The Foreign Desk is following the Security Council's work on a draft resolution of sanctions against North Korea. Editors expect the Security Council to vote tomorrow. The National Desk has a profile on Lt. Cmdr. Swift, a Navy lawyer who worked on the Hamdan case and who won't be staying with the Navy. The National Desk's Peter Overby will be on Capitol Hill today following the developments related to the testimony of Foley's former chief of staff on what/when he told the House speaker's office...
October 12, 2006 If you're fumbling for your glasses as you get out of bed in the morning, listen to Patti Neighmond's story on Morning Edition about the new, bladeless Lasik. Originally the procedure was used only to correct nearsightedness. Now, Lasik is used to correct most vision problems, including farsightedness and astigmatism. Surgeons say it's better because they don't use a 'blade' to trim off the top of the cornea. The all-laser Lasik is said to be more precise...
September 28, 2006 For people who love coffee, it's more than just a drink. The morning cup is part ritual, part pick-me-up. But what most people don't know is that a small amount of caffeine can give many people the lift they want, without producing jitters.
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September 14, 2006 Putting one foot in front of the other comes easily. But saving your joints from hard landings is another matter. A new technique, using the principles of t'ai chi, may help some runners save their joints.
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