Dietary supplements largely unregulated, accessible to children

first_imgPills and powders claiming to boost weight loss, energy, or sexual performance — available to customers of all ages on drugstore shelves — face little government oversight of their safety and efficacy. Because of legislation passed in 1994, the Food and Drug Administration has been unable to demand testing before a dietary supplement is brought to market or to stop companies from making unproven claims, according to a Jan. 29 Boston Globe column. Young people are especially vulnerable to the marketing of these products.“We have young people growing up believing the way they appear physically is their defining feature,” Bryn Austin, professor in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences and director of STRIPED (Strategic Training Initiative for the Prevention of Eating Disorders) at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, told the Globe. “That sets them up for escalating weight control methods, and for any kind of pill or potion they can find that will keep them from gaining weight.”A recent study led by Austin found that use of diet pills increases the risk of eating disorders in young women. She and her colleagues also found that consumption of dietary supplements for weight loss, muscle building, and energy was associated with increased risk for severe medical events in children and young adults compared to consumption of vitamins. Read Full Storylast_img read more

Robinson, Blais reflect on year in office

first_imgTags: Becca Blais, Corey Robinson, Robinson-Blais, Student government, Transition Editor’s Note: A version of this story was published April 3.Though outgoing student body president Corey Robinson’s time in office has come to an end, he and outgoing vice president Becca Blais used their term to begin a number of enduring initiatives — ones that would not have been possible without the duo’s focus on teamwork, Robinson said.“Without the team, none of this would have happened at all,” he said. “We couldn’t have done half of the things we did without the team. When you have extraordinary people who are passionate and highly capable, you get a great, extraordinary product. That’s what I’m proudest of.”Blais said she was consistently impressed with the commitment every team member showcased in the past year.“We have this incredible team in here that is so dedicated to other people and making their goals reality,” Blais said. “It’s been really cool to see that in motion and the momentum that’s building for that.”One of their major successes this year was changing the way student government worked at Notre Dame, Blais said. “Student government is just different now, and I love that,” Blais said. “I get reached out to by a different student at least several times a week. Somebody will be like, ‘I’m really passionate about this. I really want to change this,’ and they really see student government as an avenue to make change, which is monumental.”Blais said she and her team understood the importance of contributing to sexual assault awareness on campus. “I think three, four years ago, [sexual assault] was definitely a discussed issue on campus,” Blais said. “But compared to now, I think you could walk up to any student on campus and ask them what the three biggest issues facing students are, and one of them would be sexual assault. To have people cognizant of that, and not only recognizing it but moving into the steps of making a change, and getting involved … the progress has been really cool.”Robinson said he was proud of his involvement in increasing conversations about diversity. “I mean that in the big sense of the word diversity,” Robinson said. “We started off in the summer with getting to work on talking about police brutality, then moved into race relations, then we talked about undocumented students … it’s diversity in a lot of different aspects, and it was a constant conversation for a year, and, personally, that’s what I’m proud of.”Reflecting on the year, Robinson said the team “left it all on the field.”“Like I said to the team, I’m just so proud of everything they’ve done, and I’m so thankful for being able to serve alongside them this year,” Robinson said. “We gave it everything we’ve got, and to be honest, when you’ve given it all that you’ve got, and you did something that was really worthwhile and matters, you can’t go wrong with that.”His only regret, Robinson said, is that he and Blais do not have more time in office. “I walk away feeling like I did everything I possibly could have, but of course there’s things I wish we would have done more of,” Robinson said. “I wish we could have gone to more club meetings, gone to the students, gotten more people involved in the process. I just wish we had more time.”Robinson said he hopes the legacy he leaves assures students that their voices are powerful.“You don’t have to wait until you graduate to make a difference,” Robinson said. “That can be in anything. You don’t have to wait. You can act now. There are resources now. If you have a will and a passion, there is a way.”The most important lesson Robinson learned, he said, was being able to “live what you say.”“I think trying to live that example, being intentional about what you do, is really important,” Robinson said. “It all comes down to one thing for me, and that’s integrity.”last_img read more

T.R. Knight Tapped for It’s Only a Play on Broadway

first_img It’s Only a Play T.R. Knight will join the cast of Broadway’s It’s Only a Play on March 31, the same day as the previously reported Nathan Lane returns to the production. Knight will take over in the role of Frank Finger from Maulik Pancholy, who departs the Terrence McNally comedy on March 19. Understudy Ben Hollandsworth will play the part in the interim. Knight is set to remain with the show until it ends its engagement at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre on June 7. View Comments Related Shows Knight was recently seen on Broadway opposite Sir Patrick Stewart in A Life in the Theatre. Other stage credits include Parade. He is best known for his role as George O’Malley for four seasons on Grey’s Anatomy, for which he received an Emmy nod for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. Additional screen credits include 42 and Charlie Lawrence (opposite Lane).center_img The production also currently stars Martin Short, Matthew Broderick, F. Murray Abraham, Stockard Channing, Katie Finneran and Micah Stock. It’s Only a Play, directed by Jack O’Brien, is set on the opening night of Peter Austin’s new play as he anxiously awaits to see if his show is a hit. With his career on the line, he shares his big first night with his best friend, a television star, his fledgling producer, his erratic leading lady, his wunderkind director, an infamous drama critic and a wide-eyed coat check attendant on his first night in Manhattan. Show Closed This production ended its run on June 7, 2015last_img read more

Dempsey earns derby point for Fulham

first_imgChelsea 1 Fulham 1 Clint Dempsey’s goal earned a derby point for Fulham and added to their neighbours’ woes.Chelsea, who began the day 11 points behind Premier League leaders Manchester City, went ahead early in the second half when Juan Mata fired home following Ashley Cole’s cross.AdChoices广告But Bryan Ruiz produced a lovely piece of skill and crossed for Dempsey to equalise, before David Stockdale kept the home side at bay with several impressive saves.Following their 5-0 hammering at home to Manchester United, this was much better from Fulham, who might have snatched a victory had substitute Pajtim Kasami done better than shoot straight at keeper Petr Cech when presented with a late chance.Fulham made a determined start and missed an early opportunity when Orlando Sa headed Stephen Kelly’s cross wide of the target, before Fernando Torres was denied by Stockdale at the other end. Mata put Chelsea ahead.Torres showed a glimpse of his class by cushioning Mata’s pass on his chest, but keeper Stockdale did superbly to keep out the Spaniard’s volley.Torres and Frank Lampard were restored to the Blues starting line-up, while Sa played as a lone striker for Fulham, whose matchday did squad did not include Bobby Zamora or Andrew Johnson.In their absence, Whites boss Martin Jol included Dempsey and Moussa Dembele in a five-man midfield in a bid to frustrate Andre Villas-Boas’ team.Fulham managed to do just that in the first half, but went behind only two minutes into the second.Torres was unable to control Cole’s cross and the ball instead fell to Mata, who netted from the edge of the penalty area.But the visitors hit back nine minutes later – and were helped by yet more of the poor defending which has plagued Chelsea this season.Cole allowed to Ruiz to turn away from him, and Dempsey nipped between John Terry and David Luiz to meet the Costa Rican’s delivery and score his sixth league goal of the campaign.Stockdale, in for the injured Mark Schwarzer, then enhanced his growing reputation by ensuring the game ended in a draw – Chelsea’s third in a row.He pushed over Daniel Sturridge’s 20-yarder and from the resulting corner pulled off another impressive stop to thwart Florent Malouda.Stockdale also tipped over Raul Meireles’ header and twice denied Didier Drogba in the dying minutes.Follow West London Sport on Twitterlast_img read more

Mock disaster drill in Wellington is set for Friday, April 25 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

first_imgSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — On Friday, April 25 from 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Future’s Unlimited along with Sumner Mental Health Center, Wellington Police Department, Wellington Fire/EMS, Sumner County Emergency Management, Sumner Regional Medical Center and Sumner County Emergency Communications (E-911) will participate in a Mock Disaster training drill. There will be emergency vehicles and personnel around the FUTURES campus that afternoon, and the public is being advised not to become concerned if traveling along North “A” street in Wellington. This training will help emergency responders and FUTURES personnel be better prepared for different types of disasters/emergencies.last_img