Deadly poultry and kids with migraines: In health news today

Jan. 29, 2013, 9:02 a.m.

Chicken was one of the culprits in a new federal report that named the food items most likely to carry fatal foodborne diseases. (my_amii/Flickr Creative Commons)

There's a lot on food in today's health headlines:

Bloomberg reports that a new federal study has found that chicken, turkey and other poultry meats are responsible for more food-related deaths than any other menu items, causing about 19 percent of "foodborne fatalities." Dairy and vine-stalk vegetables accounted for 10 and 7 percent, respectively.

– Folks who like eating their lunches later in the day may have more trouble losing weight than those who eat earlier, says U.S. News & World Report. That's according to a new study, which found that late-lunchers lost about 25 percent less weight than people who ate lunch before 3 p.m. One potential reason: The study participants were Spanish, and lunch is the biggest meal of the day in Spain.

– A new study appearing in The Prostate (that's the name of journal) has some bad news about deep-fried foods: As satisfying as it can be to eat it, regular consumption seems to be associated with an increased risk of prostate caner – the more aggressive forms of the disease, in particular.

Medical News Today reports that a new brain study indicates that eating brightly-colored foods – ones that are yellow, red and orange, in particular – may prevent or at least slow the onset of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.

In news on health trends:

– A new study on anxiety and sexual orientation indicates that heterosexual men are more stressed and more prone to depression than gay and bisexual men. The Los Angeles Times says researchers speculate that may be in part because gay and bisexual men have cultivated better coping strategies than their straight counterparts.

HealthDay reports on a new study which offers yet more evidence that heart disease and mental decline during one's later years are linked. Mental decline can be a precursor to dementia, and the link was especially strong in older women.

– New research appearing in JAMA Internal Medicine says that more than 25 percent of hospital-based doctors who take over an inpatient's primary care say their average patient load exceeds safe levels at least twice a month – and one in five admits their workload puts patients at risk for serious complications or death.

– It can be hard to let go of your ex, and a new study highlights the extent of that difficulty: According to HealthDay, nearly 50 percent of older teenagers and young adults break up and then get back together with a partner, and more than half of those people have sex.

In news on children:

– Kids who have migraines are better off taking a placebo than actual medication, says a new study. Science World Report notes that the only drugs more effective than a placebo were topiramate (Topamax) and trazodone.

– Here's the good news: It seems the number of U.S. children with hypertension – high blood pressure – could be lower than previously thought. HealthDay says a new study has pegged that rate at 0.3 percent, compared to other estimates that range as high as 4.5 percent. The not-so-good news? It's going to be tough to pin down an accurate rate.

And finally: KPCC reports on a sociologist who wants to re-frame obesity as "another form of human diversity," calling the body mass index – the tool by which doctors assess health and weight – "very arbitrary."

Photo by my_amii via Flickr Creative Commons.

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