Registered dietitian nutritionist Sara Haas says "nutrifying" an apple pie can include using a whole-grain crust, reducing the amount of sugar in the recipe and piling on the apples. After the pie is baked, Hass says, cut it into 12 slices, instead of the usual eight, for portion control.
Research published in the journal Nature found that although consuming a lot of salt can affect the gut microbiome, there are some intestinal bacteria may help protect against hypertension. A high-salt diet depleted Lactobacillus murinus in mice, but modulating T helper 17 cells helped protect against hypertension, the study found.
A social worker at Sacred Heart Children's Hospital in Spokane, Wash., runs a classroom where young cancer patients can keep up with their studies, which in turn provides other benefits. "There's a huge body of research and evidence behind keeping kids mentally strong and focused and distracted in a lot of ways to help them cope with some of the worst experiences that they could have in the hospital," says social worker Maggie Rowe.
Los Angeles County is working with a child-focused ride-sharing service to transport foster children to their school of origin. Ride-share service HopSkipDrive will receive $400,000 through the end of June, and its drivers will get trauma training.
A US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study finds drug overdoses, suicide attempts and self-injuries are dramatically increasing for girls, with the sharpest increase for those age 10-14. The rate for that age group has almost tripled from 2009 to 2015.
Nebraska state senator Lynne Walz is calling for an investigation into state-licensed care facilities with repeated violations. Walz seeks an investigative committee "to examine why our state continues to rely on assisted-living facilities and mental health centers that segregate, congregate and, unfortunately, warehouse people with mental illness."
A study in Circulation found patients who had a first-time myocardial infarction had an elevated risk of vascular dementia and not Alzheimer's disease. The findings, based on 314,911 patients who had a heart attack between 1980 and 2012 and more than 1.5 million individuals who did not have heart attacks, showed that among those who had stroke after experiencing heart attack, the risk increased substantially.
A federal jury ruled that Johnson & Johnson must pay $247 million to settle claims that it failed to warn doctors and patients about possible defects with its Pinnacle artificial hips. J&J plans to appeal the ruling.
Auxilium, a unit of Endo International, is not liable for a heart attack suffered by a man who was taking the company's testosterone replacement drug Testim, a federal jury ruled last week. Endo is facing more than 1,200 other lawsuits involving Testim.
A UK study found men with stereotypically male gender traits, such as being aggressive or competitive, may skew research results because they are more likely to volunteer for pain studies. Researchers said this could affect study demographics and how scientists interpret differences between men and women.