Monthly Archives: November 2010

carrots, sticks and sermons for the prevention of childhood obesity

I made a post a few weeks ago about the proposed ban on sugary drinks for food stamp users in New York City.  The British Medical Journal has also picked up on this story, and whilst not providing any more … Continue reading

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Ethnicity and Health Conference Alert

The 2011 RACIAL AND ETHNIC APPROACHES TO COMMUNITY HEALTH CONFERENCE is right up my alley.   The conference is being hosted by REACH U.S. -California & Beyond Planning Committee.  If you don’t know about REACH, it’s an initiative set up by … Continue reading

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Reading list update

I have been a bit busy lately with applications but I wanted to quickly update the reference list: Ethnicity, Culture and Health Afshari R, Bhopal RS. 2010.  Ethnicity has overtaken race in medical science: MEDLINE-based comparison of trends in the … Continue reading

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Thanks for the diabetes, dad.

Reported in Science magazine online, fathers  apparently also contribute to increasing the risk of diabetes in their offsprings.  Although the study was conducted in rats, the findings present some “food” for thought.  Daughters of obese rats were more likely to … Continue reading

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Weight Watchers in China

I am bemused by this article (“Weight Watchers adapts points systems to China as it seeks growth, CEO says”) I came across regarding the expansion of Weight Watchers into China.  First, the difference two decades can make is incredible – … Continue reading


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