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Cheers to…

Corporate Accountability International, an advocacy group trying to convince hospitals to remove McDonald’s and other fast food restaurants from their cafeterias.  The group wants hospitals to “stop fostering a food environment that promotes harm, not health.”  Hospitals around the nation have food establishments like Pizza Hut, Subway and Chick-fil-A in their cafeterias, and the group believes this sends a mixed message.  Read more about the group’s effort here: http://yourlife.usatoday.com/health/healthyperspective/post/2012-04-10/do-mcdonalds-burgers-and-fries-belong-in-hospitals–/668362/1

Karen Carmeli, the mother of an autistic boy who recently created an app to make the life of a parent with an autistic child a little easier.   The app, called My Autism Day, helps parents track different aspects of their child’s behavior, health and activities.  The app is now available on iTunes.  Read more about the app here:


Jeers to…

Menthol cigarettes, which may increase the risk for stroke compared to regular cigarettes.  New research from St. Michael’s Hospital and Queen’s University in Toronto found that from 2001 to 2008, people who smoked menthol cigarettes were twice as likely to have had a stroke than non-menthol cigarette smokers.  Women who smoke menthol cigarettes were found to be at particularly high risk, being 3.28 times more likely to suffer from a stroke than non-menthol smokers.  Learn more about the study here:


Dental X-rays, which may increase the risk for brain tumors.  A recent study published in the scientific journal of the American Cancer Society found the X-rays can double the risk for developing meningiomas, a generally benign tumor.  Still, the tumor can press on parts of the brain and create problems for the patient.  Researchers are urging people to continue going to the dentist, but not have unnecessary X-rays.  Read more here: http://vitals.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/04/10/11106520-dental-x-rays-can-double-brain-tumor-risk-study-finds?lite