The Best Diet

General Health
If you’re trying to lose weight, the list of diets to choose from can lead you searching for comfort food. How do you know which one is really the best? It turns out, the answer is up to you. (more…)
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Give Thanks

General Health
One recent Thanksgiving my wife and I sat around the table with a small group of family and friends. One of them asked if we could practice a tradition her family had done for years. (more…)
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Dangers of refusing vitamin K shots at birth

General Health
The AP reported that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is reporting that “four Nashville-area infants suffered brain or stomach bleeding earlier this year,” and that all four “were treated with vitamin K and survived.” In each case, the parents had refused a routine vitamin K shot, due to “a belief that the shots weren’t necessary or cause leukemia.” (more…)
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Some schools altering policies regarding mandatory absence for head lice

General Health
The Washington Post points out in its “Answer Sheet” blog that children with head lice are usually kept out of the classroom until the issue is resolved, but a number of schools across the nation are changing such policies. Many health and school officials believe that “kids actually are contagious well before anyone realizes they have lice, so the damage has already been done.” (more…)
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Study: Label changes for cough and cold medicine led to reduced ED visits for young children

General Health
Prior to 2007, thousands of children were seen in ERs around the country after taking over-the-counter (OTC) infant cough and cold medications (CCMs) that they should not have taken. Then, October 2007, manufacturers voluntarily withdrew OTC CCMs from the US market. Until now, we didn't know for sure how much this helped. Now, the data are in and the news is fantastic. (more…)
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Mighty Mites

General Health
They’re in your carpet, clothing, pillows, your child’s stuffed animals—even in your bed. And they could be affecting your asthma or worsening your allergies. (more…)
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FDA to phase out trans fat

General Health
News that the FDA plans to eliminate artificial trans fats, which are found in many baked goods, and are said to be responsible for thousands of heart attacks and deaths, met with wide approval from nearly all health experts, including me. (more…)
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Anti-Vaccine Zealots Denounced in New Republic

General Health
Julia Ioffe (a Russian-American journalist and blogger, whose writings have been published by The Columbia Journalism Review, The Washington Post, The New Yorker, Foreign Policy, Forbes, The New Republic and Russia!) has come down with the 100-day cough, also known as whooping cough or pertussis and her career has been immobilized because of the whoops for the last 2 1/2 months. In a recent article in the New Republic, you may be surprised to find out who caused her misery -- Jenny McCarthy and other anti-vaccine zealots. (more…)
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Vitamin Labels

General Health
When shopping for vitamins, it can be hard to make the right choice. There are piles of products and a bevy of brands—and is there really a difference? The truth may be a hard pill to swallow. (more…)
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