Teaching Kids to Read Food Labels

Teaching Kids to Read Food Labels

The Food and Drug Administration is trying to get the word out that children should learn to read the nutrition labels of the food they eat. The department is turning to this tactic as more and more children and young adults struggle with obesity. The thought is if children know more about the food they’re eating, they will make better choices as they get older. There are other steps being taken as well. Many states are starting to take a more aggressive role dealing with food choices being given to schools. The hope is limiting food options to more healthy choices may lead to both short-term and long-term changes.

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Tamiflu Flu Shot and Behavioral Side-Effects

Tamiflu Flu Shot and Behavioral Side-Effects

The Food and Drug Administration is suggesting that doctors and parents be alert for signs of bizarre behavior in children treated with the flu drug Tamiflu. All of this stems from a past incident in Japan where the medication was used ten times more often than in the United States. Basically, an FDA pediatric panel is going to discuss the issue. Recommendations suggest there may be a warning placed on a medication similar to the one in Japan which says disturbances in consciousness or abnormal behavior, even delirium can occur. It’s obviously something that needs to be looked at closely.

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Preventing Food Poisoning

Preventing Food Poisoning

Outbreaks of E. coli and others with salmonella certainly have gotten a great deal of attention. According to officials at the FDA, more adults than normally expected are developing serious conditions as a result of these infections. Now, usually the problems are far more aggressive in children. Outbreaks usually affect them because their systems are not quite as ready to fight problems like that. The big thing, of course, if you’re going to worry about food is to protect yourself. You should scrub produce thoroughly, wash the exterior of all fruits and vegetables, and scrape the skin of carrots and cucumbers.

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