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Toddlers consuming too much added sugar, study finds

Toddlers consuming too much added sugar, study finds

Health
Toddlers in America are eating too much added sugar, and the problem only gets worse as they get older, a new study conducted by researchers at the Centers for Disease Control found. Extra sugar consumption has been linked to high levels of obesity, cavities, asthma, and risk factors for heart disease later in life. It's also been associated with higher cholesterol levels and elevated blood pressure. Added sugar is especially bad for children, as it sets diet preferences that could lead them to make poor nutritional choices later in life. The American Heart Association already recommends that children under the age of 2 avoid food with added sugars, including ready-to-eat cereals, baked goods, desserts, sugary drinks, yogurt, and candy. But researchers at the CDC found that some parents...
Astronomers think 'winking' star is consuming cloud of planetary debris

Astronomers think 'winking' star is consuming cloud of planetary debris

Science
Dec. 22 (UPI) -- New data suggests a unique 'winking' star located 550 light-years from Earth is consuming remnants of wrecked planets.Astronomers believe the periodic dimming of RZ Piscium, a star found in the constellation Pisces, is caused by a giant orbiting cloud of dust formed by the debris of one or more disintegrating planets.Normally, the large discs of dust and debris found around young stars disperse after a few million years. But RZ Piscium is between 30 million and 50 million years old and the dimming episodes persist, sometimes last a couple of days."I've been studying young stars near Earth for 20 years and I've never seen anything like this one," Benjamin Zuckerman, a professor of astronomy at UCLA, said in a news release. "Most sun-like stars have lost their planet-forming...
Children consuming online time 'like junk food'

Children consuming online time 'like junk food'

Technology
Parents must intervene to stop their children overusing social media and consuming time online "like junk food", the children's commissioner has said.In an interview with the Observer, Anne Longfield criticised the ways social media giants use to draw children into spending more time.She said parents should be proactive in stopping their children from bingeing on the internet in the summer holidays.Ms Longfield has launched a campaign to help parents with the issue.She said: "It's something that every parent will talk about especially during school holidays; that children are in danger of seeing social media like sweeties, and their online time like junk food."None of us as parents would want our children to eat junk food all the time."For those same reasons we shouldn't want our children ...