The Wilkes-Barre, Pa., Family YMCA is offering free lunch, snacks and supervised activities for children at city parks through Aug. 14. One activity, the Tasty Thursdays program, teaches children to prepare sample recipes featuring organic produce under the supervision of a registered dietitian. Organizers expect about 100 children to participate each week.
The U.S. attorney in Manhattan filed a second lawsuit in a week against Novartis for allegedly treating doctors to posh dinners, fishing trips and outings at Hooters restaurants to entice them to write more prescriptions for Novartis drugs.
Data from a small study showed that 70% of patients receiving sublingual immunotherapy for peanut allergies had a positive response after 44 weeks, compared with 15% in a placebo group. Researchers wrote in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology that the study suggests long-term SLIT may offer protection against accidental ingestion of peanuts.
Dietitians should be knowledgeable about less-common cuts of meat and poultry, including mutton or goat, when advising clients from diverse cultures who have dietary restrictions or who enjoy traditional ethnic foods, registered dietitian Roberta Larson Duyff writes. It's a good idea, Duyff writes, to be familiar with neighborhood grocers, small butchers and ethnic markets and to contact an ethnic cultural center for information.
The federal government has created a most-wanted list and website for health-care-related fraud, with 170 fugitives currently listed. Three brothers from Miami who allegedly fled to Cuba topped the list, accused of scamming Medicare out of $119 million for HIV drugs that patients either did not need or did not receive.