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Fruits and Vegetables Still Absent in Teen Diets

Posted by PCF Admin on December 6th, 2011 | No Comments »
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Healthy Eating - American teens are still not eating enough fruits and vegetables. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported teenagers are consuming fruits and vegetables an average of 1.2 times a day, far below the recommended daily intake for adolescents of 4.5 times a day. The latest CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report found that black students consumed fruits and vegetables once a day compared to Hispanic students who consumed 1.1 servings a day and white students who consumed 1.4 servings a day. Experts recommend teaching more teens skills like cooking to help them learn healthier eating habits. Recently, several cookbooks have been released in an effort to increase nutritional awareness among young adults. Read the full story on the Boston Globe Teens still not eating enough fruits and vegetables  

High Calorie Content in Apple Juice Poses Health Risk

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Healthy Eating - There have been recent headlines about arsenic in apple juice, but leading experts say the real problem is the juice’s high sugar and calorie count. Nutritionists believe the popularity of apple juice, combined with its lackluster nutritional values, is adding to the childhood obesity epidemic and tooth decay. Some nutritionists say other juices can be just as harmful. Despite being fortified with vitamins in an attempt to balance out high calorie content, these juices can still ...

Teen Wins $100K Cancer Research Prize

Posted by Prevent Cancer Foundation Staff on December 5th, 2011 | No Comments »
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Research - A 17 year-old California student, Angela Zhang, won the top individual honor at the Siemens Foundation’s annual high school science competition for creating a precise cancer fighting particle. The particle improves on current cancer treatments because it can deliver drugs directly to tumor cells, avoiding any damage to healthy cells. The particle is able to release the drug by laser activation avoiding more invasive procedures. Zhang said her research was partially motivated by her family’s loss of ...

High Blood Sugar May Increase Colon Cancer Risk

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Research - A recently published study in the British Journal of Cancer suggests elevated blood sugar levels may increase women’s risk of colon cancer. Over a 12-year period women with the highest blood sugar levels were nearly twice as likely to develop colon cancer than women with the lowest blood sugar levels. None of the women had blood sugar levels high enough to be considered diabetic. The study hypothesized that high levels of blood sugar, or glucose, may fuel ...