Noteworthy News of the Week

Posted on April 8, 2011


Menino expands sugary drink ban
Apr 8 2011, Megan Irons, Boston Globe
Mayor Thomas M. Menino said yesterday that he is expanding his ban on sugar-sweetened drinks in schools to include all city properties and functions, a sweeping restriction that means that calorie-laden soft drinks, juices with added sugar, and sports drinks like Gatorade will no longer be offered in vending machines, concession stands, and city-run meetings, programs and events.


Govt announces plan to reduce health disparities
Apr 8 2011, Associated Press
From cradle to grave, minority populations tend to suffer poorer health and get poorer health care than white Americans. In a first-of-its-kind report, the government is recommending steps to reduce those disparities.


FDA Launches Consumer-Friendly Web Search For Consumers During Recalls
Apr 5 2011, Medical News Today
Beginning today, consumers can search for food and other product recalls easier and quicker on FDA’s website than previously. The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) signed into law in January by President Obama called for a more consumer-friendly recall search engine


Teen pregnancy rate drops to a record low, CDC reports
Apr 5 2011 Linda Shrieves, Orlando Sentinel, Washington Post
The teen pregnancy rate in the United States fell in 2009 to a record low — part of a 37 percent decline over the past 20 years.


Michigan Man Finds Kidney on Facebook
Apr 6 2011, Katie Moisse ABC News
After Jeff suffered a mini stroke last fall, doctors said it could take five years for him to climb the kidney waiting list and get the type O match he needed. That’s when a desperate Roxy took to Facebook.


Boy who stops breathing when asleep has ‘defied all odds’
Apr 7 2011, Linda Carroll, MSNBC
Twelve-year-old Liam Derbyshire has been beating the odds – and cheating death – for his entire life.  When he was an infant, doctors told Liam’s parents that the boy probably wouldn’t make it past six weeks because he was born with a rare condition called central hypoventilation, which makes it impossible for him to draw a breath automatically. That means that when he nods off, he could stop breathing.