It’s Not Necessarily a Bad Idea to Have a Health Expert Lead HUD, Though

Donald Trump’s choice to have his one-time rival Ben Carson head the Department of Housing and Urban Development has triggered a lot of head-scratching. Carson’s ongoing dilly-dallying on whether to accept the job has perhaps driven many into full excoriation disorder, wondering why a retired neurosurgeon with no housing policy experience is even being considered. CityLab’s Kriston Capps assembled a comprehensive set of opinions from housing experts on why having Carson lead HUD would be a huge mistake—not least of which is the doctor’s allergy to fair housing principles. But…

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Salt and protein in food lead to post-meal sleepiness

Higher protein and salt content in our food, as well as the volume consumed, can lead to longer naps, suggests new research. Researchers at The Scripps Research Institute in the US created a system that can measure both the sleep and feeding behaviours of individual fruit flies and discovered that, in much the same way as humans, the insects sleep for longer periods following larger meals. Further studies also revealed that certain types of food can promote post-meal sleep. To better understand this relationship, William Ja and his team created…

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Changing lifestyle can lead to childhood obesity

India may be in the green as far as childhood obesity goes but changing lifestyle habits of school-going wards in Hyderabad and elsewhere, captured in numerous studies and by treating physicians, lays bare the need for immediate course correction. “Identifying obesity or overweight in a child is crucial and can be done with a growth chart. However, even if these conditions are identified, it is not a red flag for parents who associate higher weight with better health in children,” said Dr. T. Karthik, senior paediatrician with Yashoda Hospitals. A…

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