USA Today – FDA moves to take trans fat out of food
The Food and Drug Administration is beginning a process that will take artificial trans fat entirely out of the food supply, a move hailed as “lifesaving” by health experts.
FDA is “responding to the fact that the science really demonstrates that trans fat provides no known health benefit and that there really is no safe level of consumption of trans fat,” said FDA commissioner Margaret Hamburg. “Consumption should be as low as possible while consuming a nutritionally adequate diet.”
Philadelphia Inquirer – Autism sign may appear in first months of life
At least one sign of autism may begin as early as 2 months of life, new research suggests.
The study of 110 babies found that infants later diagnosed with autism showed a decline in the amount of attention they paid to other people’s eyes beginning at 2 months and continuing until 24 months.
“We found that signs of autism are measurable and observable within the first months of life,” said study author Warren Jones, director of research at the Marcus Autism Center at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.
New York Times – Measures to legalize marijuana are passed
Marijuana proponents scored significant victories on Tuesday as voters around the country passed ballot measures decriminalizing marijuana possession and approved regulatory taxes on the drug.
In Colorado, voters backed a heavy tax on recreational marijuana, which was made legal here last year. The tax will pay for the cost of overseeing the state’s marijuana industry as well as school construction.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – 147,000 children across Pa. found to lack health insurance
More than 147,000 children in Pennsylvania lack health insurance, according to a recent study, despite the commonwealth’s goal of ensuring coverage for all kids.
Between private insurance, Medicaid for kids from low-income families and the Children’s Health Insurance Program — which covers children whose families make too much to qualify for Medicaid, but can’t afford private insurance — children in the commonwealth ought to be universally covered.
So why are some kids still uninsured?