Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown and other officials are expected today to confirm that the remaining 46 hospitals that have not previously participated in the state health exchange have adopted the HIE. The exchange goes by the name Chesapeake Regional Information System for our Patients, or CRISP. The first to join the statewide HIE were medical facilities in Montgomery County and rural Western Maryland, while the last were those in Baltimore City, said CRISP President David Horrocks.
Researchers randomly placed teens, who were either deficient or insufficient in vitamin D, on placebo or vitamin D-3 supplement for six months and found that obese teens were only about half as efficient at taking vitamin D compared with lean teens. The findings indicate that 4,000 IUs are needed to raise the vitamin D status of obese teens, and that "if obese adolescents only consumed the recommended 600 IUs, they would be in trouble," study researcher Catherine Peterson said. The study was presented at an Experimental Biology meeting.
The American Public Health Association passed a resolution calling for federal regulation and reduction of sodium in food. The goal is to reduce sodium in restaurant and processed food by 75% in 10 years through FDA regulation that would be triggered by removing or changing sodium's status as generally recognized as safe.
Children with disabilities are 38% more likely to be obese or overweight than children without disabilities, according to a report by the online community AbilityPath.org. Experts say weight gain in children with disabilities may be because of side effects from medication, narrow food preferences or parents' reluctance to allow them to participate in sports, among other causes.
Golden Temple's Yogi brand has introduced Granola Crisps in three varieties: Baked Cinnamon Raisin, Fresh Strawberry Crunch and Mountain Blueberry Flax. The crunchy snack comes in resealable bags, and a serving contains more than half the recommended daily allowance for whole grains.