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Deaths from heart disease down by 35 per cent - Hewitt views results of investment and reform
The progress achieved through extra investment and reform in tackling coronary heart disease was highlighted by the Health Secretary Patricia Hewitt today. Premature deaths from coronary heart disease (CHD) have fallen by 35.9 per cent since 1996 - on track to meet the target of at least 40 per cent by 2010, according to a new report on the progress of CHD services launched by Patricia Hewitt today.


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New US school food guidelines mean healthier fare

www.grub4life.org.uk today reports that school cafeterias in the US will have to feature a lot more whole grain, fruits and vegetables, and reduce salt, fat and fried foods under new federal rules released this week. 

System for London's neglected children 'falling short'

www.grub4life.org.uk today reports that over half of the general public in London are worried about a neglected child in their area but feel powerless to intervene, a report has suggested. 

A quarter of children aged 10 to 12 can’t do basic addition

www.grub4life.org.uk today reports that a survey has revealed that young children are leaving primary school unable to spell, add up or do their times tables because their parents are too busy to help them practice. 

Experts review vitamin D advice

www.gdaguru.com today reports that the chief medical officer for England, Dame Sally Davies, is to contact medical staff about concerns young children and some adults are not getting enough vitamin D. 

Kids may have higher obesity risk if dad is overweight, study says

www.grub4life.org.uk today reports that a study of Australian parents suggests that having an overweight father increases the chances of a child becoming obese. 

Educational cartoon helps parents to cope with child’s allergic reaction

www.grub4life.org.uk today reports that parents are being urged to watch a new cartoon with advice on how to act if their child has an anaphylactic shock. 

70% of under fives at risk of mis diagnosis of food allergy.

It’s estimated that up to 40% of parents believe their child may have a food allergy or intolerance, and this is big business with all manner of high street intolerance tests being marketed to vulnerable parents. Most of these tests are completely unscientific and in many cases give false positive results.

‘Early baby growth’ linked to asthma

www.grub4life.org.uk today reports that babies who grow rapidly in the first three months of life may be more likely to develop asthma as children, say Dutch researchers. 

US kids' weight gains not due to junk food at schools

www.grub4life.org.uk today reports that the junk food sold at US schools does not appear to contribute to middle schoolers' weight gains, a new study says. 

Foetus parties show "commercialisation" of pregnancy, says top midwife

www.grub4life.org.uk today reports that the country's top midwife has raised concerns about what she described as "the worrying trend towards the commercialisation of pregnancy", such as the increase in "foetus parties". 

Asthmatic children's lives put at risk by 'red tape'

www.grub4life.org.uk today reports that children with asthma are being prevented from getting access to inhalers in schools due to 'needless red tape', a leading charity has warned. 

Send mums and dads 'good parenting' texts, says advisor

www.grub4life.org.uk today reports that new mothers and fathers should be sent text messages from the Department for Education telling them how to be good parents, a Government advisor has said. 

Guidelines on preschool food from School Food Trust

www.grub4life.org.uk today reports that new guidelines on nutrition for preschool children, aimed at reducing obesity, have been published. 

'Healthy' smoothies not so innocent for teeth, says dentist

www.grub4life.org.uk today reports that some parents are unwittingly causing their children's teeth to rot by regularly feeding them 'healthy' fruit juices and smoothies, a leading dentist has warned. 

Fruit and veg consumption 'near bottom of European league'

www.gdaguru.com today reports that Britons eat less fruit and vegetables than people in any other major European country, a study has found. 

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