Medical News Today – Metabolic syndrome linked to poor breakfast habits in childhood
There is a lot of evidence that breakfast really is “the most important meal of the day.” Studies that Medical News Today reported on in 2013 alone suggested that eating a large breakfast could boost fertility for women with PCOS and lower the risk of heart diseasediabetes and blood pressure.
In addition, skipping breakfast has been said to increase the appeal of high-calorie foods later in the day. Some studies have even suggested that eating breakfast every day can help to lower body mass index (BMI), though other researchers have disputed this.

Washington Post – ACOs saving some money, but Medicare is short on details
Accountable care organizations are saving some money, though what exactly that means is still unclear.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced Thursday that overall, provider groups involved in Medicare ACO programs saved a total of $380 million in the first year. Sounds like a lot of money, but CMS declined to explain which hospitals were winners and which were losers, how it compared to expectations and how much the participants invested in coordinating care. Also missing is the scale of the savings; CMS did not provide the context of total spending by the ACOs.

The Detroit News – Detroit children dying in culture of violence
Nearly 500 Detroit children have died in homicides since 2000 — an average of nearly three dozen a year.
Most were gun-related, and most were among children 14-18. Many youngsters just got in the way of a bullet intended for an adult, or for no one in particular.
Names on the sad, memorial roll call are etched into the hearts of those who loved these children:

Wall Street Journal – Youth participation weakens in basketball, football, baseball, soccer
If there’s an unofficial national day for America’s sports passion, it is Super Bowl Sunday, and one of the largest U.S. television audiences of 2014 is expected to watch the Seattle Seahawks face the Denver Broncos.
But ahead of this weekend’s spectacle in New Jersey, there is some sobering news about the country’s most-popular team sports: Fewer children are playing them.
Combined participation in the four most-popular U.S. team sports—basketball, soccer, baseball and football—fell among boys and girls aged 6 through 17 by roughly 4% from 2008 to 2012, according to an examination of data from youth leagues, school-sports groups and industry associations.

NPR – FDA found drugs used in food animals to be ‘high risk’
According to newly released documents, the Food and Drug Administration concluded years ago that many of the antibiotics farmers use on food animals are risky for human health.
The Natural Resources Defense Council, an environmental advocacy group, acquired the documents through the Freedom of Information Act and published a report with the findings on Monday. The documents show that from 2001 to 2010, FDA scientists studied 30 different antibiotics that were approved decades ago, and called 18 of the drugs “high risk” because they could expose humans to antibiotic-resistant bacteria through the food supply. The NRDC says that since then, the FDA has ignored these findings.