Lawrence Summers is emerging as a potential pick for the Federal Reserve chairman position, rivaling Janet Yellen, whom analysts have thought to be a favorite. President Barack Obama's choice may hinge on how he views the strengths of their resumes, reputations and personalities.
Doctors at two New York City hospitals have signed onto a program in which they will prescribe diets high in fruits and vegetables to patients battling obesity. Coupons from the city will offset the cost of fresh produce at the city's 142 farmers markets, including markets at Lincoln Medical Center in the Bronx and Harlem Hospital in upper Manhattan.
A U.S. Agriculture Department pilot project for food-stamp recipients found that those who were given 30 cents back for each food-stamp dollar spent on certain produce consumed 25% more fruits and vegetables each day compared with those who did not get the rebates. This finding shows the "clear impact that promoting nutritious food choices can have on improving the healthfulness of SNAP purchases," said USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack.
Angel Sanguino, an electronics technician from Caracas, Venezuela, began building his own prosthetic arm while he was still in intensive care after a 2012 motorcycle accident. Sanguino won a Science, Technology and Innovation Prize for the arm, which includes switches, sensors and a magnifying glass.
Giving parents and their children early dietary advice was linked to a substantially lower homeostasis model of insulin resistance at 15 to 20 years of age, according to a Finnish study on the website of Diabetes Care. Researchers noted that the dietary intervention yielded the same results in boys and girls.