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By Nikki Highsmith Vernick | May 14, 2012
Growing up in Texas, I played softball - fast pitch. After playing in the hot Texas sun, our team, the Sweetpeas, had a snack of oranges and water, in containers brought from home. Today, my husband and I are new Howard County residents, and we have gotten our children, ages 6 and 4, involved in sports activities, beginning with T-ball. We have been struck by the well-groomed baseball fields and the engaged volunteer parents. We were impressed with it all - until the post-game snacks came out. Over the last three weeks, these snacks have included chips, fruit roll-ups, sugary rice treats, chocolate-covered doughnuts with rainbow sprinkles, assorted fruit punch, and sports drinks.
By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | March 14, 2012
This week the Wall Street Journal's health blog celebrated its five year anniversary. And not with cake. With the Michael Phelps diet. Or, rather, with the memories of it. In a post looking back at its five years in existence, the bloggers recalled some of their biggest hits. Near the top of the list was one about the Baltimore swimmer's famously fattening power meals. "With over 475 comments and counting," the Wall Street Journal writers said, "it's still one of the most trafficked posts 3 ½ years after it was written.
July 27, 2011
First Nutrition recently opened two locations in Harford County, one in Bel Air Plaza and the other in Swan Creek, Havre de Grace. Karl and Sharon Graybeal are coaches at the Bel Air operation and Gary and Diane in Havre de Grace. The nutrition clubs are open for breakfast and lunch each day and close around 6 p.m. Both of locations are independent distributors of Herbalife Products, specializing in weight management programs. A new line of "24" brand athletic products is also now available at each site.
By Katherine Dunn, The Baltimore Sun | September 15, 2010
Mike Gimbel travels around Baltimore with a cache of energy drinks, everything from Red Bull to Monster to 5-Hour Energy shots. When he talks to teenage athletes, the Towson-based substance abuse expert uses his display to help them understand what they consume when downing an energy drink before practice. Sure, they get the caffeine and the sugar that provide the boost they're looking for, but Gimbel said the athletes — and their parents — would be surprised to discover what else is on the label.
By Jonathan Pitts and Jonathan Pitts, | October 4, 2009
Lee Kenny has always fancied himself an artist. It took an energy drink to get his creative aspirations off the ground. Two years ago, Kenny, a house painter from Pasadena, had plenty of work, a great girlfriend and a gratifyingly busy life. But a strange idea possessed him. He wanted to build a flying machine and see if he could get it in the air. "I had the design finished," says Kenny, who hoped to enter his creation in a mock aviation contest. "It would be shaped like a jet and have removable wings.
June 8, 2009
The economics of sin taxes are fairly simple but ruthlessly reliable. Raise the price of something that's not good for people - alcohol and cigarettes, for instance - and they will buy less of it. This has not only helped finance government but saved countless lives. So a new proposal under review by Congress - a 3-cent excise tax on sugary drinks - may prove to be exactly what the doctor ordered. Not only if it means slightly less consumption of sodas and sports and energy drinks but also if it can help finance President Barack Obama's planned health care reform.
By Kelly Brewington and Kelly Brewington, | September 24, 2008
They claim to "give you wings," "unleash the beast" and propel you to attack life at "full throttle," but the bevy of energy drinks on the market could provide more than a turbo-charged rush. Researchers at the Johns Hopkins University say some of the wildly popular beverages contain potentially harmful levels of caffeine - as much as 14 cans of Coca-Cola. In a review article appearing in this month's issue of the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence, the researchers say the drinks should carry warning labels displaying their caffeine content and possible health risks, such as nervousness, anxiety, insomnia, rapid heartbeat and tremors.
September 14, 2008
Slots don't belong in state constitution The discussion about slots in Maryland seems to focus only on whether one is for or against them. Little is being said about how the question is presented to voters - as a referendum on a constitutional amendment ("Slots ballot language ordered revised," Sept. 11). A constitution is a sacred document and should be amended only for the most serious reasons. Is no one concerned that Maryland will have in its constitution wording specifying the number of slot machines and precise locations?
By Rahul K. Parikh | September 8, 2008
Recently, one of my colleagues, a pediatric gastroenterologist, told me about a teenage boy who had come to see him because of severe stomach pain he'd had for about two months. The boy had been referred by his primary care doctor, who had evaluated him for several possible causes, including infections and ulcers. That doctor had also recommended or prescribed a variety of medications to relieve the pain, but to no avail. The specialist performed an endoscopy, in which a camera is inserted into a patient's esophagus and down into the stomach and upper part of the small intestine.
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