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Mar 02 2004
Chains Offer Unhealthy Kid Food

Children's menus at some U.S. sit-down restaurant chains feature unhealthy foods, the Center for Science in the Public Interest said Tuesday. "Parents today can't make informed choices on feeding their children well. The problem is that labeling in restaurants is non-existent," Margo Wootan, CSPI's director of nutrition policy, said in Washington. CSPI surveyed 20 of the United States' largest table-service restaurant chains and contracted an independent laboratory to analyze the nutritional content of kids' food at seven chains: Applebee's, Chili's, Cracker Barrel, Denny's, Olive Garden, Outback Steakhouse and Red Lobster.

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Mar 01 2004
Rickets in Babies and Vitamin D

Doctors have been recommending that breast-fed infants take vitamin D daily, usually in the form of a multivitamin drop. They are following the lead of the American Academy of Pediatrics, which raised concerns about vitamin D deficiency and rickets in an April 2003 clinical report. "Rickets is a rare disease, but there have been more cases," said Dr. Pat Specht, a pediatrician with Children's Physicians and Creighton University. "It's not an epidemic of rickets - there are just more cases. Preventable cases." Rickets is a childhood disorder involving softening and weakening of the bones. A vitamin D deficiency can cause rickets because the vitamin helps the body absorb calcium. Specht said more cases of rickets have been seen in the United States for a couple reasons. More moms are breast-feeding, he said.

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