Many children with autism don't receive a diagnosis until they are five or even older.
April 28, 2011 A new test aims to identify 1-year-olds with autism — that's much younger than most kids are currently diagnosed. But it also flags many babies who don't have autism.
The new nutrition law gives local providers preference when they bid for school food contracts.
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April 27, 2011 Getting schools to partner with local farms and food producers is a good first step to improving nutrition, says food activist Alice Waters. But just offering the food doesn't guarantee that kids will eat it, she says.
Treadmills desks can be built at home as long as you have a treadmill.
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April 27, 2011 As a backlash brews against the office chair, the treadmill desk is gaining a loyal following. Two treadmill desk users say that walking while working not only burns calories but makes them more productive and gives them more energy.
April 26, 2011 It's hard to exercise when you have heart failure; shortness of breath and lack of energy are common. Tai chi, the ancient Chinese exercise, seems tailor made for people with this chronic condition. New research shows boosts mood, and improves quality of life.
If you can't wrinkle your brow, you might not know how I'm feeling.
April 25, 2011 That Botox-smoothed brow may make it harder for someone to empathize with other people's feelings. That's because we tend to mirror each others' expressions while talking. And it may be the muscles of the face that help us key into those emotions.
Public Enemy No. 1?
April 21, 2011 Sugary foods can lead people to pack on the pounds. But there's scant science behind claims that sugar directly causes cancer, heart disease, and high cholesterol.
April 20, 2011 As more brand-name drugs lose patent protection, use of inexpensive generic medicines continues to rise. Later this year cholesterol-fighter Lipitor will become available as a generic in the U.S., a change that will add more fuel to the trend.
April 20, 2011 The Federal Trade Commission has asked federal courts to put a stop to the activities of 10 different outfits that allegedly use "fake news websites" to tout acai berry weight-loss products.
A Taco Bell Cheesy Beefy Melt.
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April 19, 2011 A law firm that claimed fast-food company Taco Bell was using too much filler in its beef product said Monday it was calling it quits on the lawsuit. Taco Bell had launched a multimillion dollar campaign defending its beef, which it says has always been 88 percent meat.
Forget snakes. There could be measles on the plane.
April 18, 2011 Measles was declared eliminated in the United States more than 10 years ago, but a few cases still crop up. The biggest problem is travelers who pick up the disease overseas and bring it home.
April 18, 2011 A distinguished vascular surgeon who was on tap to become the next president of the American College of Surgeons has stepped aside. In a publication for surgeons, he wrote a controversial Valentine's Day editorial that said semen had mood-enhancing effects on women.
Gardening for health in Petaluma, Calif.
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April 12, 2011 Children help grow fruits and vegetables outside a California health clinic where they are patients. Once harvested, the kids get to eat the fruit of labor, with tips on preparation from weekly cooking demonstrations. The project is part of the clinic's work to combat childhood obesity.
HIV viral particles as seen under an electron microscope.
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April 11, 2011 Ending a ban on transplants of HIV-positive organs could help HIV patients get kidneys and livers. About 500 people a year could benefit, according to an analysis from Johns Hopkins researchers.
Moms might want to try a little more of this, with or without the kids.
April 11, 2011 A persnickety analysis of the eating and exercise habits moms and dads with young found they exercised less than similar people without kids. The moms also ate quite a bit more junky stuff and consumed more calories than women without kids.
April 8, 2011 An investigation into microbial contamination that led to blood infections of 19 hospitalized patients in Alabama has found a genetic match between bacteria cultured from a dozen infected patients and water samples from a faucet in a pharmacy that prepared IV nutrition products.
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