American Children Now Have a Civil Right to Play, Universal Flu Vaccine in the Works, Same Food Labels Have Different Additives in the US and the UK

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  • American children now have a civil right to play: Since March 15, 2012 when the federal government ruled that access to playgrounds is covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act, play has became a children’s civil right.
  • Universal flu vaccine is in the works: A new “universal flu vaccine” offering cross-protection against a subgroup of related influenza viruses is on the horizon. It will most likely be given only once every ten years, similar to a tetanus vaccine. This vaccine will modernize our prevention strategy, lower health care costs, and bring influenza vaccines on the same level with other licensed vaccines.
  • Same food labels have different additives in the US and UK: Labels such as Skittles, Starbursts, Nutri-Grain Bars and Lunchables might have the same packaging in the US as they do in the UK, however its contents are not exactly the same. The American versions contain artificial food colorings while the British versions have replaced them with natural food colorings such as beetroot powder, annatto or paprika extract. Replacement of these risky food dyes was initiated by results of a 2007 Southampton Study funded by the federal food safety agency in the U.K. Its results indicated a link between hyperactivity in children and certain food additives.
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