Researchers are studying the effects of an old, cheap cousin of aspirin to demonstrate that obesity and disease are not inextricably linked. Some scientists have proposed that the drug, salsalate, could help reduce inflammation that contributes to illnesses like Type 2 diabetes.
A report from a former FDA economist says illnesses related to tainted foods cost the U.S. $152 billion a year in medical costs, lost work, disabilities and deaths. The FDA had not yet reviewed the report, but a spokesman said the agency welcomes information to contribute to a better understanding of the impact of food safety in the country and supports legislation to provide new food safety tools for the FDA.
Whole Foods is promoting products that deliver healthy energy throughout March as part of the chain's "Be Good to Your Whole Body" campaign. In-store lectures and podcasts will address topics including herbs, vitamins and minerals that can enhance energy.
A team of six students who won a cooking competition designed to promote the Healthy Schools Campaign got the chance to travel to Washington, D.C., this week to share their recipes with elected officials. The culinary students from Tilden High School in Chicago, with a winning meal of chicken-vegetable jambalaya, jalapeno cornbread and cucumber salad, used the opportunity to urge members of Congress to increase funding to promote more nutritious school lunches.
A review of 17 peer-reviewed studies showed that increasing vitamin D and calcium intake through supplements may not reduce the risk of heart disease or stroke. The researchers said, however, that the literature was sparse and the studies all were designed for other purposes.