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Child obesity could be influenced by mom's lifestyle habits: Study

Child obesity could be influenced by mom's lifestyle habits: Study

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Why are more children becoming obese by medical standards and what effect could their moms have? That's what researchers in a new study wanted to find out. Nearly 1 in 5 children in the U.S. younger than 19 has a body mass index defined as obese, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Researchers in the study looked back at surveys showing some of the lifestyle habits of moms and their children over several years to find out what could be contributing to childhood obesity. Their findings, published in the British Medical Journal, suggest that mothers who follow five specific habits may reduce the risk of obesity in their offspring. Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health analyzed data of just over 24,000 children ages 9 to 18 enrolled in the Gro...
Mom's grief spurs NY bill targeting opioid dealers in deaths

Mom's grief spurs NY bill targeting opioid dealers in deaths

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Four years after Patty Farrell found her 18-year-old daughter lying cold and blue in bed from an overdose, the former police detective hopes to see heroin dealers charged with homicide when their product kills. "She was the love of my life, my only child," says Farrell, whose home is like a shrine to her daughter with photos and keepsakes everywhere. "When I lost her, I lost my world." A bill named for her daughter, Laree, would create a new criminal classification of "homicide by sale of an opiate-controlled substance," punishable by 15 to 25 years in prison. It has passed the state Senate and awaits action by the Assembly as the Legislative session moves into its final week. Proponents say tougher penalties would help reduce overdoses. But critics say the focus should be on prevention, ...