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McDonald's will list beef flavoring in its ingredient list for French fries. Although the french fries have been cooked in vegetable oil since 1990, "natural flavors," which contain beef extract, have also been added. The disclosure came after Harish Bharti, a Seattle lawyer, filed suit against McDonald's on behalf of 16 million people nationwide, including one million Hindus who do not eat meat because of religious reasons. After Bharti filed suit, McDonald's issued a message on its Web site regarding the flavoring, apologizing for any confusion as a result of the listing. Bharti will not drop his suit, however, calling the food chain's response a "first step."

If your son or daughter is showing signs of stuttering, a new brochure may answer critical questions about how to deal with the child's development.

If You Think Your Child Is Stuttering, written by Drs. Edward Conture and Barry Guitar, addresses the differences between normal speech difficulties and stuttering. This free brochure is available on the internet at It gives tips on how to work with children to help them through a difficult problem. Examples include giving undivided attention to your child and how to use body language to interact with your child.

San Francisco International Airport has been named the nation's healthiest by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM). The doctors involved in the survey rated a restaurant "healthy" if it offered at least one low-fat, high-fiber, cholesterol-free entree. San Francisco International scored an outstanding 96%, offering 24 healthy restaurants out of a possible 25. Detroit Metro came in last, with only nine out of 27 restaurants considered "healthy."

"Plane changes and layovers can be frustrating enough without being limited to mystery-meat chili dogs and greasy hamburgers," says PCRM dietitian Brie Turner-McGrievy. Healthful food may be hard to find, but it is out there. "Even in the worst airports, you can usually find a bean burrito or veggie burger," McGrievy said.

Your lips may be at risk regardless of the climate in which you live.

"Lips need sun protection because they contain very little melanin, which is the natural skin pigment for screening out the sun," said Dr. Charles Zugerman, associate professor of clinical dermatology at Northwestern University Medical School.

"Exposure to the sun can be just as dangerous in cool weather," Dr. Zugerman added, "and our lips need special protection from cold or blowing air to protect against wind burn." (See page 5 for article.)

Some herbal supplements may be harmful if you have certain allergies to flowers. Oregon's Wild Harvest, an herbal supplement manufacturer, is including information about contraindication along with its products. Information about the possible dangers of mixing supplements with allergies is available on Oregon's Wild Harvest Web site,

Although domestic violence is usually associated with women, men may also be targets for abuse. The Forum for Equity and Fairness in Family Issues has published a brochure, especially for abused men, that discusses these issues. The foldout, pocket-sized booklet is called Domestic Violence: It's Not a "Man Thing" Not a "Woman Thing"--It's a Human Thing. For more information, contact David R. Burroughs, 185 Springfield Drive, North East, MD 21901. Phone: (410) 392-8244.

The Food Commodity Intake Database (FCID) has been developed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to estimate human exposures to pesticide residues through consumption of foods and beverages.

This database contains food consumption data for approximately 21,700 individuals, including 11,800 children from birth to 19 years of age. Data are based on the 1994-96, 1998 Continuing Survey of Food Intakes by Individuals, conducted by the Agricultural Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The CD-ROM is available from the National Technical Information Service (NTIS). Call (800) 553-6847 or (703) 605-6000, or go online at

Vitasoy USA, Inc., has created the first Dijon-flavored soy sandwich spread. Dijon Style Nayonaise[TM] gives consumers a tasty and heart-healthy alternative to add zip to their sandwiches. Nayonaise is the only cholesterol-free, dairy-free, all,natural, tofu-based mayonnaise alternative on the market.

"Many consumers are concerned about heart disease and cholesterol levels," said C. J. Hartmann, brand marketing manager for Vitasoy. "With Dijon Style Nayonaise, they can indulge in a rich and creamy sandwich spread without the guilt."

You too can be as healthy as an astronaut, thanks to The new Web site offers the same allergy and health care products chosen by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

The easy-to-navigate site offers consumers access to the latest medical and health care information as well as free home health tests. Health-conscious people and allergy sufferers alike can browse NASA-selected products, such as the Lumiscope Blood Pressure Monitor, HEPA Nilfisk Vacuum Cleaner, Doulton Water Filters, and DustFree brand Allergy air purifiers.

All cigarette packs sold in Europe after September 2002 will include health warnings that cover at least 30% of the front and 40% of the back. Pictures of stained teeth, diseased lungs, and other smoking-related health problems may grace the packs by the end of 2002.

Kettle Valley Real Fruit Snacks contain 100% of the recommended daily allowance (RDA) for vitamin C along with 130 milligrams of potassium. These snacks offer a natural alternative to the popular "energy bars" used by today's athletes and replenish precious potassium, increasing energy without using additives or preservatives.

Each bar contains a whole apple and does not cause dehydration, as do most artificial energy snacks. Kettle Valley has won the Gold Medal Taste Award in the Fruit Snack category in this year's prestigious American Tasting Institute (ATI) competition. Flavors include Raspberry, Sour Apple, Strawberry, Tropical, and Wildberry.

Green tea may be just the thing to keep your skin healthy and young-looking. Experiments have suggested that green tea possesses anti-inflammatory and anticarcinogenic potential, which can be used to treat a variety of skin disorders.

The secret may lie with the antioxidant properties of the tea, although more research may be needed. In the meantime, use of green tea in skin care products may have a profound impact on the treatment of skin disorders in years to come.
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