Stretching before a workout has long been the norm, but fitness experts now say it is counter-productive and potentially harmful. They say traditional stretching causes muscles to tighten, not relax, making it more likely people will pull a muscle or sustain an injury.
A Government Accountability Office report said government nutrition programs are successful but have inefficiencies and duplicate services. Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., said the government "needs to go on a diet" and he will propose legislation to "eliminate, consolidate and improve the programs."
A new study contradicts earlier evidence that people who consume large amounts of the flavor enhancer MSG are more likely to be overweight. The analysis of 1,282 Chinese men and women over a five-year period found no connection between MSG intake and weight gain.
A British study found that a pregnant woman's risk for premature delivery triples with continued intake of prenatal multivitamins into the third trimester. "Eating a healthy diet is likely to be sufficient for expectant mums," a researcher said. Larger studies need to be conducted to validate these findings, the researchers said.
A number of health experts recently launched a Web site designed to warn people about the dangers of drinking raw milk. The site features videos of hospital cases linking raw milk to certain human illnesses. The launch of the site comes days after raw-milk advocates gathered in Wisconsin to promote the benefits of the drink.