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Weekly round-up

Here are some stories we’ve been reading this week. Got something to add? Share it in the comments. For accurate health advice, don’t rely on Facebook (AOL News) Fat Studies: Colleges’ hot new course? (Daily Beast) Schools still keen on sugary sodas (WebMD) New drug approved for emotional incontinence (NPR) Dentists offer Halloween candy buyback…

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As Daylight Saving Time ends, health worries begin

As people move their clocks back an hour on Sunday at 2:00A.M., scientists worry the lost hour of afternoon daylight in northern countries is leading to increasing energy use (to turn on lights in the late afternoon), and health problems (lack of Vitamin D from the sun exposure). An article by Reuters’ reporter Kate Kelland…

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Taking the happy out of the Happy Meal?

Yesterday, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted 8-3 to ban giving away toys with Happy Meals or similar children’s meals. San Francisco is the first major city in the US to implement this kind of ordinance. Under the ordinance that will take effect in December 2011, restaurants may only provide a toy if the…

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Introducing Dr. Brian Southwell: Mentor, collaborator, IHC scholar

Dr. Brian Southwell will make a transition to UNC-Chapel Hill this winter, just in time to escape the cold weather at the University of Minnesota, where he currently serves as an associate professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, and as an adjunct associate professor in the School of Public Health.   Dr. Southwell…

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Grassroots participatory development: More than just buzz words

These words can have a variety of definitions depending on where you look. According to the literature, participatory approaches provide the people in a community with power over decisions that are made in the social change process.  Grassroots means that such programs come from the ground up. In a slum of Nairobi, Kenya, through the…

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Weekly news round-up

Here are some stories we’ve been reading this week. Got something to add? Share it in the comments. Why sitting all day is slowly killing you (Men’s Health) Stealth health: Nudging kids toward a better diet (NPR) Study of corn sweetener in soda stirs up controversy (NPR) Acne cream? Tax-sheltered. Breast pump? No. (NYT) Smoking…

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