New food labels would highlight calories and sugar
2014-02-27 08:12:10 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Those "Nutrition Facts" labels that are plastered on nearly every food package found in grocery stores are getting a new look.
Calories would be in larger, bolder type, and consumers for the first time would know whether foods have added sugars under label changes being p...
Dyslexia unscientific and lacks meaning, warn academics
2014-02-27 06:41:25 UTC
Dyslexia may not exist, warn academics. Experts at Durham and Yale Universities are calling for the term ‘dyslexia’ to be abandoned because it is unscientific and lacks meaning.
Millions of children may have been wrongly diagnosed as dyslexic after academics found the condition probably does not...
Sochi cleans up as world leaves Olympics behind
2014-02-24 09:10:46 UTC
SOCHI, Russia (AP) — By the busload, the world's athletes and visitors rolled toward Sochi's airport and took off for home Monday, fresh from a Winter Games experience that many Russians pronounced a smashing success and that the Olympic movement's chief enthusiastically labeled a victory for the...
265 Anne Frank books vandalized in Tokyo libraries
2014-02-22 08:31:38 UTC
TOKYO (AP) — Anne Frank's "The Diary of a Young Girl" and scores of books about the young Holocaust victim have been vandalized in Tokyo public libraries since earlier this year.
The damage was mostly in the form of dozens of ripped pages in the books. Librarians have counted at least 265 dama...
Jansrud leads super-combi downhill; Kostelic 7th
2014-02-14 08:23:58 UTC
KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) — Kjetil Jansrud of Norway was fastest in the downhill portion of a spring-like Olympic super-combined Friday, with Ivica Kostelic of Croatia best positioned among the slalom specialists in seventh.
The slalom leg is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. (1130 GMT). The winner ...
Maze and Gisin tie for Olympic downhill gold
2014-02-12 09:01:05 UTC
KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) — In a rare tie in Alpine skiing, Tina Maze of Slovenia and Dominique Gisin of Switzerland both won Olympic gold Wednesday in the women's downhill.
The pair sped down the Rosa Khutor course in 1 minute, 41.57 seconds. Lara Gut of Switzerland was 0.10 behind in thi...
Belgium set to extend right-to-die law to children
2014-02-11 22:09:23 UTC
BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgium, one of the very few countries where euthanasia is legal, is expected to take the unprecedented step this week of abolishing age restrictions on who can ask to be put to death — extending the right to children for the first time.
The legislation appears to have wide sup...
White falls to the I-Pod in Olympic stunner
2014-02-11 22:03:15 UTC
KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) — Shaun White lost to a kid they call the "I-Pod," and now, he may never hear the end of it.
How big of an Olympic shocker was this? White, the best snowboarder of his era and one of the best-known and best-marketed athletes at the Sochi Games, didn't even win a m...
Caffeine common in kids, young adults; mainly soda
2014-02-11 08:16:49 UTC
CHICAGO (AP) — Nearly 3 out of 4 U.S. children and young adults consume at least some caffeine, mostly from soda, tea and coffee. The rate didn't budge much over a decade, although soda use declined and energy drinks became an increasingly common source, a government analysis finds.
Mary Quant's Miniskirt Changed the World
2014-02-11 07:03:10 UTC
<h3>'A mini-skirt was a way of rebelling': British stylist Mary Quant, who will soon celebrate her 80th birthday, is credited with inventing the above-the-knee skirt that has become a wardrobe staple. Coco Chanel may have said they were 'just awful,' but the mini-skirt revolution kicked off in th...
Matthias Mayer: It's amazing to be an Olympic champion
2014-02-09 20:54:09 UTC
SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Matthias Mayer shut his eyes for a moment, his day's work over.
If he had trouble believing what had just happened as he stood before the crowd it was with good reason. The Austrian struck a big upset Sunday in one of the Olympics' marquee events, capturing the men's downh...
Wang lures fashionistas to Brooklyn Navy Yard
2014-02-09 20:45:03 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — There are hip fashion shows. And then there are fashion shows that seek nothing less than to redefine just how hip a fashion show can be.
How else to describe a designer who can get crowds of the most discerning fashionistas to leave Manhattan on a frigid Saturday night in Febr...
The Dark Side of Kale, Spinach, Broccoli, Etc. — Thyroid Disease
2014-02-08 03:10:01 UTC
Kale is considered healthy, hip, trendy -- it was undoubtedly 2013's "it" vegetable, and all signs point to continued kale-mania in 2014.
But on January 1st of this year, Jennifer Berman wrote a op-ed piece in the New York Times - titled Kale? Juicing? Trouble Ahead, in which she described recen...
Cancer cases expected to soar by 70% over next 20 years
2014-02-03 22:25:37 UTC
<h3>New cancer cases expected to grow from 14m a year in 2012 to 25m, with biggest burden in low- and middle-income countries</h3>
Cancer cases worldwide are predicted to increase by 70% over the next two decades, from 14m in 2012 to 25m new cases a year, according to the World Health Organisa...
Steroid use much higher among gay and bi teen boys
2014-02-03 07:16:38 UTC
CHICAGO (AP) — Gay and bisexual teen boys use illicit steroids at a rate almost six times higher than do straight kids, a "dramatic disparity" that points up a need to reach out to this group, researchers say.
Reasons for the differences are unclear. The study authors said it's possible gay an...
The 102-year-old Frenchman sets world record
2014-02-01 09:25:32 UTC
SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France (AP) — Age hasn't slowed cyclist Robert Marchand.
The 102-year-old Frenchman broke his own world record in the over-100s category Friday, riding 26.927 kilometers (16.7 miles) in one hour, more than 2.5 kilometers better than his previous best time in the race...
Reptile consignment intercepted in South Africa
2014-01-31 11:46:07 UTC
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African animal inspectors say they have intercepted a large consignment of reptiles smuggled from Madagascar and destined for the exotic pet trade in the United States.
South Africa's Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said in a statement Friday that an ...
Why city life may be bad for you
2014-01-30 10:33:18 UTC
When it comes to getting people to be more active, much of the attention is focused on the improving sports facilities, encouraging people to join the gym or lambasting schools for not doing enough PE.
But could another crucial factor be the way neighbourhoods are designed?
The Royal Instit...
Luxury home boom to change face of London
2014-01-30 10:34:36 UTC
LONDON (AP) — The face of London is about to change.
Dozens of buildings of 20 stories or more are under construction or planned along the south bank of the River Thames just upstream from Big Ben and the majestic dome of St. Paul's Cathedral. The development surge, fueled by wealthy foreigner...
'Marlboro man' Eric Lawson has died of lung cancer
2014-01-28 06:59:55 UTC
ERIC Lawson, who portrayed the rugged Marlboro man in cigarette ads during the late 1970s, has died. He was 72.
Lawson died on January 10 at his home in San Luis Obispo of respiratory failure due to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, his wife, Susan Lawson said.
Lawson was an actor...
Bunny sculpture found in Mandela statue
2014-01-24 20:02:06 UTC
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A new, 9-meter (29.5-foot) sculpture of Nelson Mandela is billed as the biggest statue of the South African leader. It also has a tiny, barely visible quirk: a sculpted rabbit tucked inside one of the bronze ears.
South African officials want the miniature bunny removed fro...
British Museum: Prototype for Noah's Ark was round
2014-01-24 19:19:22 UTC
LONDON (AP) — It was a vast boat that saved two of each animal and a handful of humans from a catastrophic flood.
But forget all those images of a long vessel with a pointy bow — the original Noah's Ark, new research suggests, was round.
A recently deciphered 4,000-year-old tablet from anci...
Former F1 champion Michael Schumacher remains in stable condition
2014-01-19 11:07:29 UTC
FRANKFURT, GERMANY (AP) – Michael Schumacher's manager says the former Formula One champion remains in stable condition following a skiing accident that left him with severe head injuries and in a coma since Dec. 29.
The statement from manager Sabine Kehm does not mention the word "critical" ...
Ivanovic ends Williams' streak in Australian upset
2014-01-19 17:56:37 UTC
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The powerful serve that carried Serena Williams to 25 consecutive wins suddenly became the target of Ana Ivanovic's attack in a stunning fourth-round upset at the Australian Open.
Williams had a back complaint she tried to conceal before Sunday, but Ivanovic noticed...
Childern: Health Effects of Excessive TV Watching
2014-01-16 23:17:42 UTC
The following list some of the adverse Effects of Television on Child Health from spending too much time with TV and videos.
<h3>Overweight and Diabetes</h3>
Children and TV Statistics: The number of children and adolescents who are overweight or obese has doubled in the past 20 years in t...