Health

10:50am

Tue June 5, 2012
The Two-Way

Disney To Put Limits On Food Ads In Bid To Nudge Kids To Eat Healthier

Originally published on Tue June 5, 2012 5:53 pm

Mickey thinks kids should eat better.
Yoshikazu Tsuno AFP/Getty Images

With an endorsement from first lady Michelle Obama for its effort, Walt Disney Co. confirmed this morning that it is going to apply new standards to food ads aimed at children and their families during programming for kids. The entertainment giant says it will try "to inspire kids to lead healthier lifestyles."

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8:38am

Tue June 5, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Two Questions For Your Doctor Before A Colonoscopy

Originally published on Wed June 6, 2012 11:23 am

Before the colonoscopy begins, it pays to ask your doctor some pointed questions.
Sebastian Schroeder iStockphoto.com

Cancer prevention guidelines recommend that men and women get screened for colorectal cancer every 10 years between the ages of 50 and 75.

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2:53pm

Mon June 4, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Mental Illness Is Up Close In One Actor's Family

Calen Pick, a nephew of actor Glenn Close, lives with schizo-affective disorder.
Courtesy of Jessie Close

Oscar-nominated actor Glenn Close is known for her roles in movies like Fatal Attraction and Air Force One and now the hit TV show Damages. But she's also playing a more prominent role raising awareness about mental illness.

She was inspired by her sister Jessie Close, who lives with bipolar disorder, as well as her nephew Calen Pick, who has schizo-affective disorder.

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1:48pm

Mon June 4, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Potty Talk For The Greater Good

A makeshift latrine hangs over the water at the edge of Cite de Dieu, a slum in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
John W. Poole / NPR

How do you get people interested in the difference something as simple as a toilet can make for health?

If you're the head of the World Toilet Organization (yes, there is one), or the author of a page-turner about sanitation, or you're part of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, you talk toilets up. A lot.

And, it turns out, if you're in Seattle, which considers itself the home for new ideas on global health, talking about poop and toilets will pack an 842-seat theater on a Friday night.

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9:13am

Mon June 4, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Beset With Bedbugs? Don't Bother With Bug Bombs

Originally published on Mon June 4, 2012 9:46 am

Bedbugs on display at the National Bed Bug Summit held in Washington in early 2011.
Alex Brandon AP

Bedbug infestations can be maddening. So readily available bug bombs that fill the house with a pesticide fog are understandably tempting. But research shows they're not likely to work.

Writing in the Journal of Economic Entomology, researchers from Ohio State University say they tested three popular bug bomb products on five different populations of bedbugs, collected "in the wild" from homes around Ohio. All three products failed miserably.

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