Health Highlights: Jan. 7, 2020

By on January 7, 2020

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:

Whole Milk May Lower Children’s Obesity Risk

Children who drink whole milk may have a lower risk of overweight and obesity than those who drink low-fat milk, a new review suggests.

Canadian investigators analyzed 14 studies that included nearly 21,000 children who drank either whole milk (3.3% fat) or milk with less than 2% fat, The New York Times reported.

Compared with children who drank low-fat milk or skim milk, those who drank whole milk had a 39% lower risk of overweight or obesity, and obesity risk fell steadily as whole milk consumption increased, the researchers said.

The findings were published recently in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends switching children to skim or low-fat (1%) milk at age 2, The Times reported.

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Health Claims on Gwyneth Paltrow’s New Netflix ‘Goop’ Show Raise Concerns

The first trailer and poster for a Netflix series on Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop brand has raised concerns among some people.

The six-episode series of “the goop lab” will be released later this month. The trailer hinted at exorcisms, psychedelics, psychic mediums and energy healing, and the promotional poster shows Paltrow standing in the middle of what appears to be a vagina, NBC News reported.

Goop has been criticized for questionable wellness claims, including the use of jade and quartz “eggs” for vaginal health. In 2018, the company agreed to pay $145,000 in civil penalties in a California settlement because such claims were ruled “unsubstantiated.”

Other products slammed as misleading by experts include an “energy sticker” spray said to “protect” people from psychological and emotional harm, NBC News reported.

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