Health line

Published May 15, 2007

Scientists make chocolate even better for you

Good news from the lab, chocoholics: Researchers have proof that a different process to make cocoa powder yields far higher amounts of flavonoids, the natural antioxidants that provide a health benefit to eating chocolate. Spanish scientists report their version has up to eight times as much flavonoids as from the standard fermenting and roasting of cocoa beans.

New health site

Steve Case, AOL founder, has created a free online health site focused on family caregivers. RevolutionHealth.com uses input from the Cleveland Clinic, Harvard Health Publications, MayoClinic.com and the Society for Women's Health Research. Features include the Symptom Checker, to help parents learn what may be ailing their kids, and Medicine Chest, with assessments of prescription medicines.

BMIs for kids

A new study finds that many pediatricians are failing to take Step 1 in the manual of fat prevention - calculating a child's body mass index, or BMI. Researchers in Cincinnati found that pediatricians had calculated the BMI for roughly one in 20 children ages 5 to 11. The American Academy of Pediatrics has recommended that pediatricians screen all patients for risk of obesity by calculating their BMI every year.

By the numbers

50 Percent of women in a poll who say they've refused an invitation rather than be seen in a swimsuit.

18 Percent who would rather go to the dentist than wear a bathing suit.

83 Percent who believe they're judged by other women when in a swimsuit.

Source: Survey of 500 women, 18-49, in the June Fitness magazine.

Fighting fractures

An estimated one in four men and one in two women over 50 will suffer a fracture due to osteoporosis. Some bone-strengthening tips from GTC Nutrition: Consume a diet rich in calcium (the daily recommended allowance is 1,000mg to 1,300mg, depending on age); and exercise. It's also important to note that your body can't absorb calcium without vitamin D, which comes from diet or the sun.

On the calendar

May 23, 6-8 p.m., Treatment of Insomnia, presented by the USF Department of Behavioral Medicine, on the Tampa campus. Free; reservations required. Call (813) 974-6967.

May 24, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., free program on Alzheimer's Disease: What Caregivers Need to Know. Presented by USF Suncoast Alzheimer's & Gerontology Center; at First Baptist Church of Plant City, 503 N Palmer St. Registration is required. Call Eileen Poiley at (813) 974-4355.