Yale student Frances Chan is naturally thin at 5-foot-2 and 95 pounds, just like her parents and grandparents before her. But when she visited the school’s health center on an unrelated matter, officials there deemed her too thin and demanded that she gain weight or face expulsion, reports the New Haven Register. Chan did her best for weeks, scarfing down junk food and forgoing stairs, but it was no use. When a nurse told her that the 2 pounds she gained wasn’t good enough, Chan vented publicly in an essay at the Huffington Post. It worked
Time for more of this stuff in our diets, scientists say. (Shutterstock)
5 Servings of Fruit, Veggies Don’t Cut It
Study: 7 servings is optimal in terms of dropping death risk
By Matt Cantor, Newser Staff
Even if you’re a proud consumer of five servings of fruits and vegetables daily, you’re not getting enough, an extensive British study suggests. And steer clear of the canned stuff. University College London researchers reviewed the diets of 65,000 people; they found that those who ate more fresh fruits and vegetables tended to live longer, and the magic threshold seemed to be seven-plus servings every day. Those who hit that level reduced their risk of death “from all causes” by 42% as compared to those who ate less than one portion daily, the Guardian reports. More specifically, those big on fruits and veggies saw a 31% lower risk of heart disease and a 25% lower risk of cancer.
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Arsenic in Water May Sap IQ
At levels well below the EPA’s guidelines
By Kevin Spak, Newser Staff | Suggested by Amanda.Matznick
Could your water be making you dumber? If it has arsenic in it, it might, a new study suggests. Researchers followed 272 Maine schoolchildren over the course of five years, and found that those whose water contained arsenic tended to have lower IQs, the Portland Press Herald reports. “Everyone was a little taken aback by that,” says University of New Hampshire professor Amy Schwartz, who coordinated the tests along with Columbia University researchers. “People shouldn’t panic, but be informed.”
Report Finds Wide Racial Disparity in Kids’ Well-Being
NEW YORK — African-American children’s poverty, poor housing and lack of access to education pose a national crisis, said a report released Tuesday that found a wide gap in well-being among American children of different races.
In almost every region of the country, African-American, Latino and Native American children face far greater barriers to their future success than their white and Asian counterparts, according to the study by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, which aims to improve the life of all children.
The “Race for Results” report used 12 indicators and a single composite score to determine a child’s chance at future success. The factors included whether the children were born at normal birth weight, if they were enrolled in preschool by the ages of 3 to 5, whether they lived with an adult who has at least a high school diploma, and their proficiency at reading and math during elementary and middle school.
Oprah Winfrey arrives at 2014 Santa Barbara International Film Festival – Montecito Award ceremony on Wednesday, Feb, 5, 2014 in Santa Barbara, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
Oprah, Stepmom in Ugly Eviction Battle
Barbara Winfrey given 60 days to vacate house
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Oprah Winfrey is evicting her former stepmom from the $1.4 million Tennessee home Oprah owns. After an ugly divorce from Oprah’s dad, Vernon Winfrey, late last year, 66-year-old Barbara Winfrey now has 60 days to vacate the estate, the Tennessean reports. Oprah originally bought the home for her father and his wife in 2001, but it remained in her name; she originally wanted her stepmother out in 10 days, but a judge recommended Oprah give her more time, and Oprah’s attorneys extended the time frame.
Oprah had previously offered Barbara Winfrey another house—a house Barbara originally owned, but which went into foreclosure in 2012. Oprah bought the house at that point, and later offered it to Barbara, but she turned it down. Barbara says that she would have had to sign a confidentiality agreement relating to Oprah had she accepted the house, but a rep for Oprah says the house was offered “free and clear.” It seems Barbara is planning to talk freely about Oprah now: “She knows I know the story. And to set me out now, why shouldn’t I just tell my story?” Barbara tells WATE. “You’re a billionaire. God blessed you to be a billionaire and this is what you do? [This home] it’s where I lived for 13 years. That’s where my memories are.”
Merchandise is strewn across the floor in a La Habra Walgreens following Friday night’s 5.1 earthquake. (AP Photo/The Orange County Register, Blaine, Ohigashi)
Fault Could Cause ‘Quake From Hell’ in LA
Puente Hills bigger threat to LA than San Andreas
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
The San Andreas fault is famous, but the lesser-known fault that caused Friday night’s 5.1 earthquake could be the one that delivers the “Big One” that devastates Los Angeles, experts warn. The Puente Hills fault runs under downtown Los Angeles into Hollywood, near many older buildings, and the US Geological Survey estimates that a 7.5 quake along the fault could kill up to 18,000 people and cause up to $250 billion in damage, the AP finds. An even stronger quake along the San Andreas would be less damaging, experts say.
A major quake along the fault “would be very damaging to central Los Angeles,” the director of the Southern California Earthquake Center tells CBS
Picture this guy, but waaay bigger. (Shutterstock)
Talk of Sweden: Rat So Giant It Terrified Cat
Rodent was 16 inches long, weighed two pounds
By Arden Dier, Newser Staff
Scientists’ prediction that giant rats could someday rule Earth hits a lot closer to home when you have a 16-inch-long rodent running around in your kitchen—and that’s not including the tail. Sweden is abuzz over a mega-sized rat dubbed “Ratzilla” (unappetizing photos here), which was discovered three weeks ago and grabbing headlines now after it chewed its way through cement and wood to enter a Stockholm family’s kitchen, where it terrified a cat and munched on leftover food. “It was right there in our rubbish bin, a mighty monster. I was petrified. I couldn’t believe such a big rat could exist,” Signe Bengtsson tells The Local. “I couldn’t help but do the old classic and jump on the kitchen table and scream.”
In this Tuesday, April 23, 2013 file photo, Kent Walker, who farms and ranches, walks through one of his cow pastures in Frederick, Okla. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)
25 of 26 Drug Makers Will Curb Antibiotics in Animals
FDA’s voluntary plan has gained major ground
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
The FDA’s first attempt to limit antibiotic use in farm animals appears to be working: All but one of the 26 drug companies asked to curb the use of antibiotics in animals to promote growth have agreed to do so, though the plan is voluntary. The plan will see the drug companies remove claims of growth promotion from their products, which will effectively make it illegal for the drugs to be used on livestock without a valid medical reason. Only antibiotics used similarly by humans—think penicillin and tetracycline—will be affected, and the 25 companies in agreement with the plan make 99.6% of those drugs. “I think that within three years we’re going to see growth promotion gone when it comes to antibiotics,” one expert tells the Wall Street Journal.