June 3: Weekly Health Roundup

Cutting Down On Salt Content in Food

The FDA has issued a proposal that will help cut the Americans’ average salt intake by almost one-third within the next decade. These voluntary guidelines will target 150 different categories of food, that many restaurants and companies have already taken initiative towards. See what the FDA plans to do, and the pros and cons involved within the proposal, Via WSJ


Lead Scare in Portland Schools

On Friday, May 27th, public schools in Portland, Oregon, shut down their drinking fountains after a test that was done in March showed very high levels of lead in the drinking water, issued by the Federal Environmental Protection Agency. The public are now voicing out their concerns after receiving a 2 month late notice regarding the issue. Find out what actions are being taken, Via CNN


Experts Question the Benefits of Opioids

The increase in abuse towards the most commonly used painkillers in America are raising major health concerns in the United States. A study was done exposing opioids to rats, which had led to an increase of chronic pain that could result in long-term effects, according to Prof. Grace, of the National Academy of Science. Manipulating the drugs to help prevent certain receptors from responding are being tested to help ease the pain rather than making it worse. Find out what’s being developed to improve this concern, Via MNT


What’s in Your Energy Drink?

Everybody knows that an energy drink is packed with caffeine and sugar, but when it comes to the other unknown ingredients, health experts have become weary of the combinations that are being put in the drink and in your body. In most drinks the one substance may be considered proven safe, while the others may be unknown, making this unclear of how they may react when combined together. Here are 6 commonly used ingredients you should know, Via FoxNews


Depending on Where You Live, Will Determine How You Sleep

A study was done in 20 countries, collecting data from an app called ENTRAIN, which tracked your daily sleep patterns and recommended ways to adjust to the circadian rhythms and avoid crashing. Gender and age played major part in the study, but climate and nationality had the research moving in many different directions. Check out the chart and see what country you would sleep best in, Via Time


Time to Weigh-In

What are your thoughts on the FDA’s proposal on salt content in food? Do you think right actions are being taken in Portland Schools? What do you think should be done with the excessive use of opioids? Send us your feedback in the comment section below!