Today’s Headlines: Slim Governors, Tanning Bed Warnings, and Lab-made Bones

New Jersey Governor Admits to Getting Weight-Loss Surgery: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie “secretly underwent a weight-loss surgery in February that experts say could help him if he gets exercise and watches what he eats.” In February  the governor secretly received a lap-band procedure, which places a band around his stomach to help him adjust how much food he’s able to consume in one meal. He first told the New York Post about his surgery on Tuesday. He said that he wasn’t “motivated by thoughts of running for president.” (Yahoo!)

FDA Seeing to Strengthen Tanning Bed Regulations:  The FDA on Monday announced “proposed new regulations for tanning beds that would require their makers to affix labels warning young people not to use them.” The agency “said the proposal was its first step toward potentially restricting access to the beds altogether for minors.” According to the American Academy of Dermatology, “nearly 28 million Americans use tanning beds every year.” (New York Times)

Human Bone Made in Laboratory: Scientists were able to grow human bone cells in a laboratory and implanted the material in rodents. Human skin cells were turned into stem cells. These stem cells were used to create the bone. The research was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. (Wall Street Journal)

Don’t Go Shopping When You’re Hungry: A study by Cornell University researchers confirmed that hungry grocery shoppers are more likely to purchase high-calorie items, such as junk food and pre-processed meals. The researchers found the hungry shoppers buying 23% fewer healthy foods. The study, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, “asked 68 study subjects to fast for five hours and before reporting to the lab for the experiment.” The subjects were asked to purchase groceries in a “simulated online store” that offered a variety of low-calorie and high-calorie items. Notably, each “junk food item was displayed along with a more healthful alternative,” but no prices were displayed. The half of the subjects who ate wheat crackers before logging into the store purchased fewer high-calorie items than those who did their grocery shopping on an empty stomach. (LA Times)