New York-based Albany Molecular Research announced Tuesday that the firm's obesity compound ALB-127158(a) was safe and well tolerated among overweight participants in an early-stage trial. Experts noted reduced hunger, food cravings and meal consumptions in those who took the drug.
Health officials announced Tuesday that premiums for federal health insurance plans will decrease by up to 40% in an effort to extend coverage among high-risk individuals with pre-existing conditions denied insurance by private insurers. HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said the reduction will make it easier for more people to sign up for the coverage and get insured.
Students at Bunnell Elementary School in Daytona Beach, Fla., are celebrating a decade of growing gardens at the school, a project that began as six small raised beds. The gardens, which teach children about nutrition and change attitudes about vegetables, have expanded to two sites and 30 raised beds cared for by about 500 students daily.
The Food Pyramid is being replaced as the USDA's symbol of how much of each food group people should eat. Nutritionists say the pyramid design was confusing and experts hope the new design, to debut Thursday, will draw more attention to healthy eating and show people what their plate of food should look like in terms of portions.