TIME (4/24, Oaklander) reports that research published in Appetite suggests people may have difficulty accurately estimating how much salt they consume when eating at a fast-food restaurant. Investigators “stood outside fast-food restaurants and asked people to guess how much sodium they just ate.” Participants’ “answers were almost always six times too low.”
A study measuring physical activity and bone strength among more than 300 teens found those who got less exercise had weaker bones. Researchers reported in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research that increasing bone health does not require participation in structured or organized sports — simple activities such as dancing, playing tag or skipping are effective.
HealthDay News (3/31)
The New York Times (4/12, Reynolds, Subscription Publication) reports “running may be the single most effective exercise to increase life expectancy,” according to a review study published in Progress in Cardiovascular Disease. Researchers concluded that runners tended to live three years longer than non-runners, and no other form of exercise evaluated by the researchers had a comparable effect on life expectancy. The researchers also found that running could reduce “a person’s risk of premature death by” nearly 40 percent
The CBS Evening News (4/3, story 9, 2:00, Pelley) reported, “A new study…says getting young children vaccinated against the flu could save their lives.”
The NBC News (4/3, Fox) website reports that Centers for Disease Control and Prevention researchers found that “most children who have died of flu in recent years were not vaccinated against the virus.” The researchers “found that at least three-quarters of kids who died from influenza between 2010 and 2014 had not been vaccinated in the months before they got sick.”
HealthDay (4/3, Norton) reports, “On average, the CDC team estimated, 65 percent of flu-related deaths could be prevented if all US” children received a “yearly flu shot.” Meanwhile, “among children with high-risk medical conditions, the vaccine could cut the risk of death in half.” The findings were published online in Pediatrics.