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They’ve been replaced with burgers that contain 26 ingredients. By Melissa Romero
Fairfax County Public Schools pulled the all-beef burgers from the lunch menus after students complained of the unappealing look and taste. They've been replaced with additive-laden burgers that contain 26 ingredients. Photograph via Shutterstock.

In Fairfax County Public Schools’ cafeterias, the students are the customers. And their palates are not pleased.

As first reported by the Washington Post, this past September students in Fairfax County schools complained so much about the new all-beef burgers served at lunch that the county opted to switch back to burgers containing additives—25 of them, to be exact. 

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Posted at 12:00 PM/ET, 10/08/2013 | Permalink | Comments ()
Results from a new study show that it doesn’t take much to cut your chances of getting cancer. By Melissa Romero
A new study conducted by the American Cancer Society found that walking for seven hours a week can cut your chances of getting breast cancer. Photograph via Shutterstock.

If you needed one more study to prove that exercise—even something as simple as walking—is good for you, here it is: Walking can reduce one’s breast cancer risk by as much as 14 percent.

The research comes just in time for Breast Cancer Awareness month and adds to increasing evidence that physical activity can help prevent breast cancer in women.

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Posted at 03:00 PM/ET, 10/07/2013 | Permalink | Comments ()
The rise in expectant mothers performing the intense workouts has sparked debate. By Melissa Romero
The number of expectant mothers doing CrossFit while pregnant is on the rise, drawing both support and criticism. Photographs courtesy of Andrea Fitz.

Nicole Christensen knows people have probably called people like her insane. Irresponsible. Reckless.

Why? Because she finished a CrossFit workout the morning she was supposed to give birth to her first baby.

“I worked out this morning at 9:30,” the CrossFit coach said last week from her home in Boulder, Colorado. “I back-squatted at 155 pounds, then did a workout called Nicole, which coincidentally has my name but is not named after me. It was a 20-minute-long workout of 400-meter runs and pullups.”

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Posted at 10:00 AM/ET, 10/02/2013 | Permalink | Comments ()
The organization is arguing that the e-cigarette industry advertises to minors. By Melissa Romero
Yesterday the National Association of Attorneys General issued a letter to the FDA urging the agency to regulate the advertising, ingredients, and sale of electronic cigarettes. Photograph via Shutterstock.

The Reston Association board of directors isn’t the only group cracking down on the growing market for electronic cigarettes. A major national organization has now entered the controversial debate, urging the Food and Drug Administration to regulate the product. 

In a letter issued yesterday, the DC-based National Association of Attorneys General implored the FDA to regulate the advertising, ingredients, and sale of electronic cigarettes, specifically to minors. The letter was signed by 40 attorneys general; Maryland’s Douglas F. Gansler signed, while Virginia’s Ken Cuccinelli did not.

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Posted at 02:00 PM/ET, 09/25/2013 | Permalink | Comments ()
It becomes the first town in Washington to do so, in response to the rise in use among teenagers. By Melissa Romero
In June, the Reston Association board of directors voted unanimously to ban the use of electronic cigarettes, making the town the first in Washington to do so. Photograph via Shutterstock.

Recent reports have found that the use of electronic cigarettes is on the rise, but these days you won’t find any of them in Reston.

In late June, Reston became the first town in Washington to address the use of e-cigarettes when the Reston Association board of directors voted unanimously to ban them from public spaces. The issue arose after residents expressed their discomfort and confusion with the use of e-cigarettes at the local pool, according to Kirsten Carr, director of communication with Reston Association Board of Directors.

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Posted at 02:30 PM/ET, 09/11/2013 | Permalink | Comments ()
Consumers have complained of digestive issues from moldy yogurt products. By Melissa Romero
Today Chobani issued a voluntary recall after finding mold in some of its yogurt products. The FDA announced yesterday it would investigate the situation. Photograph via Flickr user Provisions.

We know our Well+Being readers love their Greek yogurt, but you might want to toss any Chobani products you’ve purchased recently.

On Saturday the company acknowledged a mold problem in the yogurt produced at a plant in Idaho, and told retailers to remove its products from shelves. Yesterday, the FDA announced it would investigate the situation, although it has not yet issued a recall. Chobani announced today it has issued a voluntary recall. 

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Posted at 10:21 AM/ET, 09/05/2013 | Permalink | Comments ()
Good news: It’s not the worst. By Melissa Romero
The map illustration shows the prevalence of Lyme disease in the United States in 2011. Photograph via the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that instances of Lyme disease in the US are seriously underreported. In fact, there are likely 300,000 cases of the crippling disease per year—ten times more than previously thought.

Another recent CDC report has found that 13 states accounted for 96 percent of the Lyme disease cases reported in 2011. The good news for Washington is that we’re not the worst area for risk of Lyme disease. But the chances of us getting it are still pretty high compared with the rest of the country.

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Posted at 02:29 PM/ET, 09/04/2013 | Permalink | Comments ()
A new study says yoga is the key to a good night’s rest after treatment. By Melissa Romero
A new study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology suggests that yoga helps cancer survivors sleep better. Photograph via Shutterstock.

It’s like clockwork: At the end of every single yoga class I attend, as I lie in savasana, I start dreaming.

Somehow, even if it’s just for five to ten minutes, I’m able to sleep like a baby. And I’m not alone. At a recent Sunday night class, a fellow student said she “savasana’d so hard” she fell asleep, as well.

The jury is still out on whether yoga actually helps the general population sleep better, but a new study suggests it helps at least one group catch some Zs: cancer survivors.

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Posted at 02:30 PM/ET, 08/27/2013 | Permalink | Comments ()
A new CDC report finds that Lyme disease is a major public health problem in the US. By Melissa Romero

The actual number of Americans diagnosed with Lyme disease each year is ten times higher than previously thought, according to a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report.

Each year, only 30,000 cases of the tick-borne disease are reported to the CDC. However, based on preliminary estimates from three ongoing studies, the CDC says the actual number of Americans diagnosed with Lyme disease each year is actually about 300,000.

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Posted at 03:30 PM/ET, 08/19/2013 | Permalink | Comments ()
The virus is a silent killer of Washingtonians. By Melissa Romero

Washingtonians are extremely misinformed when it comes to hepatitis C, according to results from a new survey.

The survey, conducted by Genentech, found that 62 percent of baby boomers in DC have never been tested for the virus, despite the fact that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and United States Preventive Services Task Force recommend all boomers born from 1945 to 1965 get screened. In addition, 40 percent of those surveyed said they would rather admit to a DUI than to being infected with HCV.

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Posted at 10:30 AM/ET, 07/31/2013 | Permalink | Comments ()