Swaying to and fro can help you rest easier.
June 25, 2011 In this week's podcast, we discuss new research that shows food allergies in kids are more common — 1 in 13 children — than previously thought. We've also got some news about hammocks: It turns out the gentle rocking motion makes people fall asleep faster, and they sleep deeper.
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June 24, 2011 Reporting in Current Biology, researchers write that a rocking motion, long employed by parents to lull infants to sleep, synchronizes brainwaves, leading to deeper sleep with a quicker onset. Study author Michel Muhlethaler discusses how motion may affect the sleeping brain.
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A chubby baby may not be a healthy baby.
June 23, 2011 Almost 10 percent of babies and toddlers are overweight, and children's health researchers are concerned. The Institute of Medicine wants child care centers, preschools and parents to play a bigger role in keeping these young kids from gaining too much weight.
Skip the chips to help keep weight gain at bay.
June 23, 2011 Eating more nuts, fruits, vegetables, whole grains and yogurt can keep help keep age-related weight gains in check, according to a new study. Potatoes — from french fries to mashed — are associated with the biggest weight gains.
June 22, 2011 The U.S. Department of Agriculture says Americans spend on average 10% of their income on food, while those in the world's poorest countries spend over 50%. To talk more about food shortages, security and prices, host Michel Martin speaks with Dr. Raj Shah, the Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development, which aims to provide economic and humanitarian assistance around the world.
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June 22, 2011 The World Bank says wheat prices have more than doubled since June 2010. Corn, rice and oil prices have also spiked, which means there are millions more hungry people worldwide. The dire situation brings together agriculture secretaries and ministers from the top 20 economies in the world. They convene today and tomorrow. Host Michel Martin discusses the meeting with David Nabarro, United Nations Special Representative on Food Security and Nutrition.
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June 17, 2011 Yankees pitcher Bartolo Colon reportedly received a novel stem cell remedy to treat his ailing shoulder and elbow, and has since returned to pitching. Ira Flatow and guests discuss the use of such treatments, and the controversy over using untested therapies in pro athletes.
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A genetically engineered AquAdvantage salmon looms behind an Atlantic salmon sibling of the same age.
Courtesy of AquaBounty Technologies
June 17, 2011 The House of Representatives' 2012 farm and food spending bill contains deep cuts to programs that feed poor women and their babies, but it avoids making big cuts to farm subsidy programs.
June 16, 2011 Some 17 federal agencies are expected to be involved in executing a national prevention strategy. The plan would draw on a wide range of health workers, institutions, community-based organizations and government agencies for help.
June 15, 2011 The move by the Los Angeles Unified School district is only one of many efforts in the last few years to ban flavored milk in schools in an effort to combat childhood obesity. But the dairy industry warns that milk consumption will go down.
June 14, 2011 While Republican Agriculture Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers says the reduced funding proposed in his bill reflects hard decisions, Democrats say the decisions are too hard on programs to feed the hungry.
June 14, 2011 Food and Drug Administration inspectors found Listeria monocytogenes, a germ that can cause serious illness and sometimes death, at a Georgia factory that makes Keebler and Famous Amos cookies. Kellogg says it is taking the agency's concerns about plant quality seriously.
A pesticide sprayer rolls through an apple orchard.
June 13, 2011 An advocacy group came up with a shopping guide for consumers concerned about pesticide residues in produce. The group's "Dirty Dozen" is headlined by apples, celery and strawberries. The fruits and vegetables lowest in pesticides were led by onions, sweet corn and pineapples.
Probably free of arsenic.
June 9, 2011 A drug used to promote growth of poultry and pigs is coming off the market. The Food and Drug Administration found higher levels of inorganic arsenic, a carcinogen, in the livers of chickens treated with the drug than those who didn't get it.
A Chinese man stands behind counterfeit cooking oil products placed next to the authentic ones during an event in Beijing Sunday to promote awareness of economic crimes.
Ng Han Guan/AP
June 8, 2011 With China's rapid rise as an exporter of food to the U.S., a consumer group is calling for tougher quality checks and higher standards to make sure the products are safe.
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