Nutrition

People who get hungry after 2 p.m. at Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health had best like McDonald’s.The fast food burger joint will be the only place to purchase an evening meal in the state’s largest children’s hospital until a new café opens in the Simon Family Tower some time in early 2014, hospital officials say.

Anyone who has gluten intolerance or has the autoimmune celiac condition knows how hard it is to find foods free of the offending wheat protein. In the short time since our June 25 article on gluten-related health conditions, there has been an important new development.

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Colorful tap water

California became the first state in the nation Thursday to propose limiting a carcinogen found in drinking water throughout the state, but environmentalists say the recommended standard under the plan is too lax.

Stanford scientists have identified a possible new culprit in the development of Alzheimer's disease and other brain disorders, and the finding may create new avenues for understanding, and maybe preventing, cognitive decline in old age.

The bad news is that we're still fat. But we're not any fatter than last year, a new report shows.

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Maine is the 23rd most obese state in the country, according to a new national report.

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Insurers and the Obama administration are racing to sign Hispanics up for coverage under the federal health overhaul, eager to reach a segment of the U.S. population that offers huge opportunity but also presents many challenges. Read more here.

Lack of shut eye can spur the munchies and, subsequently, pack on the pounds. Now a new study from UC Berkeley reveals the mechanisms in the brain that may be responsible. Read more here.

Obesity rates among preschoolers are dropping in states across the country for the first time in several years, according to a new government analysis of the height and weight of children 2 to 4 years old in federally funded maternal and child-nutrition programs. For more information, click here.

A Brunswick organization is launching a program that aims to provide children in need with nutritious food. The Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program on Monday is announcing the launch of its "Backpack Program," which will serve about 200 children from eight elementary schools along Maine's midcoast. For more information, click here.

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