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Report Finds Most Restaurant Children’s Meals Are Still Unhealthy

Many menu items don't meet the restaurant association's own standards for healthful children's meals, the New York Times reports.

The New York Times: Most Children's Meals At Large Restaurant Chains Are Still Unhealthy, A Study Finds
A new study of the nutritional quality of meals for children on the menus of the nation's largest chain restaurants has found that 91 percent do not even meet the standards set by the National Restaurant Association's Kids LiveWell program. An even larger percentage — 97 percent of restaurant children's meals — failed to meet stricter standards developed by a panel of nutrition and health experts for the Center for Science in the Public Interest, the nonprofit research and advocacy group that commissioned the study (Strom, 3/28).

In other public health news, a government study finds no link between vaccines and autism -

NPR: The Number Of Early Childhood Vaccines Not Linked To Autism
A large new government study should reassure parents who are afraid that kids are getting autism because they receive too many vaccines too early in life. The study, by researchers at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, found no connection between the number of vaccines a child received and their risk of autism spectrum disorder. It also found that even though kids are getting more vaccines these days, those vaccines contain many fewer of the substances that provoke an immune response (Hamilton, 3/29).

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