Must-Reads Of The Week From Brianna Labuskes

Hello! It seems we have made it to May, but it feels like I somehow missed April completely. Anyone else think March lasted 386 years and April about three seconds? In case you blinked and missed this last week, I’ll fill you in on the important stories below.

But first–dogs! In a rare bright spot, doggos are being trained to sniff out coronavirus cases, even asymptomatic ones. If it’s successful, it might be possible to build up a sort of “canine surveillance” corps.

If you can believe it, there actually was non-coronavirus health news this week. The Supreme Court ruled in favor of insurers in a $12B “bait-and-switch” case, which could open a floodgate of legal suits against the government. Essentially, the government promised to shield insurers from the financial risk of entering into the health exchanges. But then when Republicans took power, they barred HHS from using

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Hello snow, goodbye sugar | Health Beat

Eating a few healthy items at home—before you attend a big gathering—could help you resist platefuls of sweets and other high-calorie temptations. (For Spectrum Health Beat)

For many folks, family and food are a big part of the holiday season.

While you probably want your family to be as sweet as possible this time of year, you may want to think twice about gulping down too many of those over-sweetened—or super-fattened—holiday meals.

The truth is, holiday foods such as cranberries, green beans, turkey and pumpkin can provide some nutritious benefits on their own. It’s when you mix in the sugar, creamy condensed soup, gravy or cream cheese that the benefits quickly begin to disappear.

These foods can be high in calories, saturated fat and sodium, especially when eaten in excess. Occasional indulgences aren’t an issue, assuming your diet is balanced overall.

Beyond the mealtime staples, you also have to grapple

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Sweet tooth? It grows from the get-go | Health Beat

In studies, about 98% of toddlers had added sugar in their daily diet. (For Spectrum Health Beat)

Bad eating habits begin at a young age in American children, a new study finds.

Researchers analyzed data from more than 1,200 babies (aged 6 to 11 months) and toddlers (12 to 23 months) between 2011 and 2016.

They found that 61% of babies and 98% of toddlers consumed added sugars in their typical daily diet, mainly in flavored yogurt and fruit drinks.

Infants consumed about 1 teaspoon of added sugars daily (about 2% of their daily calorie intake) and toddlers consumed about 6 teaspoons (about 8% of their daily calories).

The main sources of added sugar for infants were yogurt, snacks and sweet bakery products. For toddlers, the top sources were fruit drinks, sweet baked products and candy.

Asian toddlers consumed the fewest added sugars (3.7 teaspoons) and blacks the most (8.2

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