A new attraction at the Betty Brinn Children's Museum in Milwaukee, Wis., is giving youths an interactive look at the body, as well as lessons for staying healthy. The "Kohl's Healthy Kids: It's Your Move!" exhibit, a partnership with the Milwaukee Children's Hospital and Health System and Kohl's Department Stores, takes visitors through a life-size board game whose stops emphasize the importance of nutrition, exercise and personal care.
U.K. researchers are readying a full-scale trial they say could lead to an effective treatment for peanut allergies in youths. The scientists say the program will test the findings of a pilot study that suggest a majority of allergic children may work up a tolerance for peanuts if given small quantities over a period of time.
Raw milk producers are putting pressure on lawmakers across the country to lower barriers that prevent them from selling their products to more people. Supporters say raw milk contains important nutrients and enzymes that are eliminated by pasteurization, but public health experts, including the CDC, warn that raw milk has an increased risk for bacterial contamination.
Food companies are working to eliminate Bisphenol A, also known as BPA, from containers because of health concerns. The process is expensive and time-consuming, as the chemical is in the linings of nearly every metal can on supermarket shelves.
An Institute of Medicine panel said high blood pressure is a neglected disease that costs the U.S. health care system $73 billion a year. It said that the CDC should promote policies that encourage Americans to exercise and diet to control their blood pressure, including consuming less salt and increasing the intake of vegetables, fruit and lean protein.