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Briefs: Tim Gunn speaks out about psoriasis treatments; portion control at home; free bra fittings

Portion problems: If you're cooking at home to avoid the calorie load of dining out, beware: Portion distortion is as much a problem with recipes as it is restaurants, a recent study in the Annals of Internal Medicine found. The study, which looked at how classic recipes have changed during the past 70 years, mainly in that standby, The Joy of Cooking, found a nearly 40 percent increase in calories per serving for nearly every recipe reviewed. The culprits: today's richer ingredients and bigger portions. Now, where did I put Grandma's cookbook?

Fitting tribute: How often do you get to do something that could save your life AND give your look a lift? Wacoal is offering bra fittings to benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure for breast cancer research and community health programs. For each fitting, Wacoal will donate $2, plus another $2 for each bra or shapewear piece purchased. Plus you can sign up for free e-mail reminders to do your monthly breast self-exam.

Wednesday: Dillard's Citrus Park Town Center, Tampa; 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Thursday: Dillard's Wiregrass, Wesley Chapel; 10 a.m.-4 p.m..

Friday: Dillard's International Plaza, Tampa; 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

March 27: Macy's Countryside Mall, Clearwater; 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

TEENS AND THE SUNSHINE VITAMIN: In findings presented this week at an American Heart Association Conference in Palm Harbor, teens with low levels of vitamin D, which the body makes during sun exposure, appear more prone to high blood pressure and high blood sugar. The teen study confirms results seen in adults. Study leader Jared Reis of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, said more research will be needed to determine if vitamin D is really behind the health problems and whether getting more would make a difference. The American Academy of Pediatrics recently doubled its recommended amount of vitamin D for children and teens to 400 units daily — the equivalent of four cups of milk. For details:

model spokesman: Tim Gunn, the TV fashion guru, has a new cause: psoriasis, the skin disease that affects some 7.5 million Americans. "I became very interested when I learned that one of the biggest impacts that this disease has on people is that it affects their perceptions of what they can wear,'' he told the New York Times. "I want to spread the word that there are now many effective treatments out there. It was the fashion cheerleader in me, the quasi-fashion therapist who stepped in and said, 'I'd love to be part of this message.' '' For more:

Briefs: Tim Gunn speaks out about psoriasis treatments; portion control at home; free bra fittings 03/13/09 [Last modified: Friday, March 13, 2009 4:30am]
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