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Fast Food Still Too High in Salt, Fat and Calories

Are you planning to reduce or eliminate fast food from your diet this year? You probably should. Despite the epidemic of obesity in the U.S., there’s been little change in portion sizes and meal formulation between 1996 and 2013. An analysis of calorie, sodium, saturated fat and trans fat content of popular menu items served […]

Hot flashes linked to increased risk of hip fracture

Women, take note: moderate to severe hot flashes and night sweats during menopause likely means lower bone mineral density and a greater chance of hip fracture than your peers without these symptoms, according to a new study. “Our findings suggest women who exhibit moderate or severe menopausal symptoms are more likely to have issues with bone health […]

The Human Factor 2014-11-25 17:34:52

Dear Readers: I’ve been remiss in updating The Human Factor for these past few months – a very hectic time between covering health conferences like the Gerontological Society of America’s annual meeting [and chosen as a Journalism in Aging Fellow for GSA and New America Media], joining the Board of the Journalism and Women’s Symposium…Read more

Racial and Ethnic Stereotypes May Contribute to Obesity Among Hispanics

Maintaining a healthy weight can be much harder for Hispanics than for their white counterparts, according researchers at Rutgers University-Newark. Minorities in the U.S. are often confronted with negative stereotypes and messages that suggest those groups are inferior. These attitudes can prevent people from doing what is needed to care for their health. “When you are exposed…Read more Racial and Ethnic Stereotypes May Contribute to Obesity Among Hispanics

Racial and Ethnic Stereotypes May Contribute to Obesity Among Hispanics

Maintaining a healthy weight can be much harder for Hispanics than for their white counterparts, according researchers at Rutgers University-Newark. Minorities in the U.S. are often confronted with negative stereotypes and messages that suggest those groups are inferior. These attitudes can prevent people from doing what is needed to care for their health. “When you are exposed…Read more Racial and Ethnic Stereotypes May Contribute to Obesity Among Hispanics