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Atlantic Salmon. Image: Zapyon
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Genetically Modified Salmon: Food or ‘Frankenfish’?

A company called AquaBounty Technologies has created a new type of salmon that grows twice as fast as regular salmon.
Now it wants permission to sell the salmon as food.
But many people, including some scientists, say the company should not be allowed to farm or sell the salmon until we know more about the possible effects it could have on the environment and on human health.

School lunches. Image: U.S. Department of Agriculture
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Lunches From Home Don’t Meet Nutritional Standards: Study

When researchers in the United States compared school lunches to home-packed lunches, parents got a failing grade.

Researchers from Tufts University, in Massachusetts, inspected lunches belonging to about 600 grade three and four students at 12 different schools in the state. They found that lunches packed at home were generally less nutritious than meals provided by schools.

First lady of the United States Michelle Obama talks to American and British children about health and fitness. Image: Staff Sgt. Austin May
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Fewer Young American Children Are Obese: Study

Obesity rates in young children in the U.S. have dropped by 43 per cent.

In this case, obesity means “very overweight,” which is not good for a person’s health.

Over the last 10 years, the number of young children in the U.S. who are obese has gone down by a lot.

In 2004, nearly 14 per cent of American children aged two to five were obese. In 2012 the number went down to 8.4 per cent.

Sesame Street Characters Help Kids To Eat Right
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Sesame Street Characters Help Kids To Eat Right

Sesame Street may be where the air is sweet, but these days it’s also where the food… isn’t.

The children’s television show has started a program to help get kids eating food that’s better for them.

The program is called, “Food for Thought: Eating Healthy on a Budget.”

About one in four children in the United States does not get enough nutritious food to eat, often because parents can’t afford it.

That’s about six million children, according to the Sesame Street website.

Soda display at a grocery store. Image: Marlith
Health News

Mexico Puts A Tax On Sugary Soft Drinks

The people of Mexico drink more soft drinks than people in any other country in the world.

Last fall, the government of Mexico made a decision to increase the taxes on soft drinks with sugar.

They said that soft drinks help to create health problems like obesity and diabetes. That tax is starting now.

In the past, Mexico has done other things to reduce sugar and fat in schools, like removing unhealthy foods from vending machines.

But some people say this kind of tax to make people healthier doesn’t work.

In 2011 another country, Denmark, put a tax on fatty foods for the same reason: to improve people’s health. But they removed it a year later because it caused more problems than it solved.

A doctor with a stethoscope. Image: Alex Proimos
Health Science

Student Doctor Finds Real, Life-Threatening Illness In “Patient-Actor”

A student doctor recently saved the life of an unusual patient, in a very unusual way.

Ryan Jones, a medical student at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, was practicing diagnosing illnesses.

As part of his training, he and other student doctors had to diagnose an actor who was playing the part of an ill patient.

The actor would act out symptoms of an illness he pretended to have, and the medical student had to figure out what the illness was.

Of course, the actors didn’t really have any illness—they were just pretending.

Except, in the case of Jim Malloy, he really did have the illness and didn’t know it.

Kyotango, Japan. Image: At by At
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World’s Oldest Person Also Last Living Man From The 19th Century

Jiroemon Kimura is the oldest living human being.

Kimura, who lives in western Japan, is 116 years old. He’s the last man alive who has lived in three different centuries.

The only other man who was alive before the 20th century (before the year 1901) was James Emmanuel Sisnett, who died last week at age 113.

Not only is Kimura the oldest man living right now, he is also the oldest man who has ever lived whose birth age can be verified. “Verified” means proved to be true. There are other men who have said they are older than 116, but there wasn’t any way to be certain of the truth.

Kimura worked for the post office until he was 65 and then farmed until he was 90.

He isn’t the only one in his family to live a long time: four of his siblings lived to be 90 or older and one of his brothers made it to age 100.

One of the strangest things about Kimura’s age is that his hometown of Kyotango, Japan, is reported to have 95 centenarians, even though the population of the whole city is just 60,000. “Centenarian” means “over the age of 100.”