Black Breastfeeding Week – Top Five Reasons We Need A Black Breastfeeding Week
Black Breastfeeding Week was created because for over 40 years there has been a gaping racial disparity in breastfeeding rates. The most recent CDC data show that 75% of white women have ever breastfed versus 58.9% of black women. The fact that racial disparity in initiation and even bigger one for duration has lingered for so long is reason enough to take 7 days to focus on the issue, but here are a few more…

CNN – U.S. kids outweigh Canadian kids, says study
If children in the United States and Canada faced off against each other in an international episode of “The Biggest Loser,” it would not look good for the U.S.
Rates of obesity among children and teenagers in the U.S. have increased substantially more than in Canada since the late 1970s, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Los Angeles Times – Researchers inch closer to a universal flu vaccine
Someday, patients may no longer have to get a new flu shot each year, tailored to the particular strains expected to dominate in a given season. That’s because scientists are homing in on new methods of formulating vaccines that will be able confer immunity against multiple varieties of influenza — a feat they haven’t been able to achieve in the past.
On Monday, two teams reported independently that they had mimicked a tiny portion of the flu virus known as a hemagglutinin stem, helping them develop experimental vaccines that protected animals against several flu types.

The Wall Street Journal – Bill Would Ban Synthetic Marijuana in New York City
New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito said Tuesday she planned to introduce legislation to ban the sale of synthetic marijuana, a drug that has prompted increasing alarm in law-enforcement and public-health circles.
“This is a concern that’s growing. We’re trying to get a handle on it,” Ms. Mark-Viverito said a news conference near City Hall.