Montgomery County, Md., recently became the first county in the U.S. to ban trans fats from licensed foodservice areas, and now restaurant owners and residents are trying to figure out how the ban will be enforced and how far it will reach. There's also confusion about what constitutes a high amount of trans fat -- "Two grams -- is that low enough for them not to care?" asked one restaurant owner.
A new study says physicians tend to provide reduced chemotherapy doses to women with breast cancer if those women are lower-income, less-educated or obese. The study said research showed severely obese women were four times more likely than lean women to receive less chemotherapy.
The FDA plans to reconsider its standards for reviewing new birth control products, after studies found that newer, lower-dose birth control drugs have higher pregnancy rates than older drugs had. One issue said to be under consideration is what represents an acceptable failure rate for such products.
Nurse practitioner Greg Lind, who is the runner-up in the 2006 NP Entrepreneur of the Year competition, is making the most of Washington state's status as offering some of the nation's most favorable laws supporting NPs opening their own practices. Lind's practice, the Lake Serene Clinic, in Lynnwood, Wash., offers walk-in service for primary care and is even open on Christmas.