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"News in Brief" for March 07, 2014

Energy drinks linked to depression, substance abuse in teens: study
CTV News

A significant proportion of high school students appears to be consuming high-caffeine energy drinks, and for some of them at least there seems to be a link with mental health issues, substance use and sensation-seeking behaviour. In the study of more than 8,200 high school students in Atlantic Canada, researchers at the University of Waterloo and Dalhousie University in Halifax found that about two-thirds of respondents reported consuming an energy drink in the previous year.

New study links fish oil consumption to heart health
CTV News

A new study by the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health found consuming high amounts of fish oil protects the heart from disease. The findings are being published in the March 6 issue of the journal Heart.

Eating Sugar Causes Massive Health Problems, Says WHO
Huffington Post Canada

Additional commentary on The World Health Organization`s draft recommendations issued Wednesday, including insights from director of the WHO's department of nutrition for health and development (Dr. Francesco Branca), Ottawa obesity expert (Dr. Yoni Freedhoff), Statistics Canada analyst (Didier Garriguet), and chairwoman of the department of nutritional sciences at the University of Toronto (Mary L'Abbe).

Healthy Eating Made Simple By These Dietitians' Secrets
Huffington Post Canada

March marks Nutrition Month and considering the recent news from a Memorial University study on obesity in Canada, now seems great time to remind everyone that making healthy choices can not only improve everything from your cardiac health to your skin, but also your quality of life. Featuring tips from Dietitians of Canada.

Nova Scotians among the most overweight, obese in Canada: CMAJ
Global News

A new study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal could have huge implications for healthcare in Nova Scotia. The study, called Current and predicted prevalence of obesity in Canada: a trend analysis, finds the Maritimes has some of the highest rates of overweight and obese people in the country.

High protein diet linked to spiked cancer risk akin to smoking 20 cigarettes a day: U.S. study
The Post

The new research from the University of Southern California found that people with a high-protein diet were 74% more likely to die of any cause within the study period than their low-protein counterparts. The World Health Organization announced a consultation Wednesday suggesting that guidelines on sugar consumption should be lowered, but there have been few warnings about excess protein.

Finding the amount of sugar hidden in your food not easy
The Star

World Health Organization urges adults to aim for 6 teaspoons of sugar a day. Meeting the recommendation will be a challenge for most Canadians. Registered dietitian Christy Bissette agrees that it is hard for people to spot hidden sources of sugar.