Better School Lunches May Lead to Slimmer Students

Obesity less likely when kids had discounted or free meals with higher nutritional value, study finds By Alan MozesHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, April 9 (HealthDay News) — Although students who get free or discounted lunches through federal programs are more likely to be obese than students who don’t, kids in states that set higher standards for…

Could Coffee Bean Extract Help Control Blood Sugar?

Small study suggests supplement might help, but diabetes expert is skeptical By Maureen SalamonHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, April 9 (HealthDay News) — A natural extract from unroasted coffee beans may be a tool in fighting the uncontrolled blood sugar levels characteristic of diabetes, a small, preliminary new study suggests. Research done in India on normal-weight participants…

New Clues to How Exercise May Reduce Breast Cancer Risk

Physical activity lowers estrogen levels in older women, study says By Kathleen DohenyHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, April 9 (HealthDay News) — Older women who are physically active have lower levels of estrogen and its breakdown products in their bodies, according to a new study, perhaps explaining why exercise may reduce breast cancer risk. Researchers have long…

Google Search Trends Suggest Mental Woes Vary by Seasons

Study in U.S. and Australia found more online inquiries in winter than summer TUESDAY, April 9 (HealthDay News) — Internet searches for information about mental illnesses follow seasonal patterns, which suggests that there may be a stronger association between mental disorders and changing seasons than previously believed, a new study reports. Researchers analyzed data from…

Health Tip: Keeping Baby Chicks

Be careful handling live poultry (HealthDay News) — Baby chicks may be cute and cuddly, but they can harbor dangerous salmonella bacteria. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests how to help prevent salmonella infection from handling baby chicks: After touching baby chicks or anything in their environment, thoroughly wash hands with soap…