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A new way of watching what you eat: Cameras in cafeteries

TIME reports that five schools in poor areas of San Antonio have installed video cameras in cafeterias as part of a pilot project funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Reporter Meredith Melnick writes, The idea is to help school officials create healthier lunches based on what kids actually like to eat. The data can…

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Big news on HIV prevention: Take drugs early

As the BBC, TIME and many other outlets reported recently, a new study shows that by taking antiretroviral drugs as soon as there is a diagnosis of HIV, those infected with the disease can significantly reduce transmission of it to their partners. The study, led by UNC-Chapel Hill researcher Myron Cohen, M.D., was supposed to…

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CDC report finds states lacking healthy food environments

Childhood obesity is a growing problem that Upstream has covered on more than one occasion. Even TV personalities such as Jamie Oliver have been battling the childhood obesity epidemic in the U.S. Although some are fighting against childhood obesity, a new report out of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds that states could…

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Unexpected side effect of cancer: Loss of parental custody

ABC’s Good Morning America reported on a North Carolina woman, Alaina Giordano, who lost primary custody of her children to her ex-husband based on a stage 4 breast cancer diagnosis. As reporter Courtney Hutchison notes, the issue is complicated; In accordance with the Uniform and Marriage and Divorce Act, it is not uncommon for family…

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A vicious cycle: Stigmatizing photos fuel obesity problem

A study recently published in the Journal of Health Communication reports that negative images of obese or overweight people in the media are contributing to the obesity problem. After studying five major online news sources, researchers at the Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity found that almost 75 percent of stories about obesity…

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