1) Food companies cut 6.4 trillion calories.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation says that 16 major food and beverage companies have reduced the number of average calories in their products over a five-year period. Companies like Kraft Foods, Kellogg, Coca-Cola, and Hershey cut about 78 calories out of the average American’s diet—roughly 6.4 trillion calories altogether. [NYTimes]
2) Bird flu kills first person in North America.
The H5N1 virus, more commonly known as the bird flu, has claimed its first victim in North America on Wednesday in Alberta, Canada. The Canadian Heath Minister, Rona Ambrose, said that the deceased had recently traveled to Beijing, where officials believe he contracted the virus, but assured the public that the risk of the infection spreading was very minimal. [CNN]
3) A new way to conquer cancer?
Scientists from Cornell University say they have developed a new cancer treatment that could prevent 90% of cancer-related deaths. Special cancer-killing proteins are attached to white blood cells that stop cancer cells in the bloodstream, preventing them from infecting other organs in the body. [TheTelegraph]
4) Woman with MS runs 366 marathons in 365 days.
Think you’re Rocky just because you put in an “intense” workout (aka 10-minute jog)? Well Annette Fredskov just one-upped you: Despite recently being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, the 41-year-old from Denmark ran 366 marathons in 365 days—and then decided to do one more just to grow on. [Huffingtonpost]