Helmets Ineffective for Infants
A new study in the British Medical Journal reveals a common treatment for skull deformation provides no additional benefit than just "waiting it out." Positional plagiocephaly (flattening of the skull on one side) or brachycephaly (symmetrical flattening of the skull)...read more
Are Chemicals the Cause?
More research is supporting the premise that we live in a "toxic soup" in which everyday chemicals contribute to chronic health conditions like cancer, autoimmune disease, and infertility. A new study published in Environmental Health Perspectives lists 17 chemicals...read more
Salt Speeds Aging
Salty foods speed up the aging process in overweight teenagers, according to a new study assessing lifestyle factors and telomere length. Telomeres are the protective ends on chromosomes - kind of like the little plastic part at the end of your shoelaces. They protect...read more
Epidurals Prolong Labor
New research may change the way we think about birth, the use of epidurals, and medical intervention. Births in a hospital are strictly regulated to meet certain standards. One of those standards is about the acceptable amount of time laboring women should be in the...read more
More Chemicals Recognized as Brain-Harming
In the past several decades, we've noticed an alarming increase in certain health conditions. Some, like diabetes and heart disease, can be directly attributed to lifestyle factors. Others, like neurodevelopmental and behavioral disorders in children, seem to baffle...read more
Sweet Tooth Makes You Sick
Long known to be associated with obesity, diabetes, and yes, cavities...sugar is now being implicated as an independent risk factor for heart disease. A new study in JAMA Internal Medicine finds that individuals consuming higher amounts of sugar are more likely to...read more
Ear Infections Cost $3 Billion
Most parents are familiar with the all-too-common ear infection, known medically as otitis media. They happen to be the most common ailment in preschool-aged children. A new study from UCLA and Harvard University indicates that ear infections are not just a...read more
Spanx Makes Your Insides Less Flattering
Millions of women use "shapewear" to help smooth unsightly rolls and bumps. The elastic, slimming apparel is now a huge industry and the brand "Spanx" is the most popular brand. Unfortunately, for many individuals who use shapewear on a regular basis, the changes may...read more
Teenage Girls Commonly Concussed
Athletics can be an exciting way for children and teenagers to be involved in extracurricular activities. While many parents revel in their child's successes, they probably also fight the fear of injury looming with every practice and game. One of the most frightening...read more
The Cholesterol Debate
Every year in the United States, there are 38 million filled prescriptions for statins, the cholesterol-lowering drug that has become ubiquitous in today’s society. If that sounds like a lot, consider that new guidelines from the American Heart Association and the...read more
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