Using a shopping list may aid food desert residents

For residents of areas with limited access to healthy foods, also known as food deserts, multiple barriers exist that amplify the health risks of living in those areas. Likewise, risks for poor diet and being overweight or obese are also increased. Researchers from the RAND Corporation, however, found that use of a list when shopping among low-income, predominantly African-American participants living in a food desert was associated with a better-quality diet and lower weight. —> Read More

Study reveals why almost half of patients opt out of comprehensive cancer testing

Some at-risk patients opted out of comprehensive cancer gene screening when presented with the opportunity to be tested for the presence of genes linked to various cancers, according to a recent study led by researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Concern for uncertainty and potential distress were cited among the most common reasons to refuse testing. —> Read More

Mobile tracking application may help users meet vitamin D requirements

Adults in Canada are consistently deficient in dietary vitamin D, by nearly 400 international units per day on average. Coupled with low vitamin D synthesis from the sun during fall and winter at Canadian latitudes, tracking intake of vitamin D is vital for those lacking the nutrient. In an article in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, researchers from the University of Guelph examined the validity of a mobile application for tracking vitamin D and calcium intake. —> Read More

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