Questions raised about new pre-workout supplement

General Health
In a 1,700-word article, USA Today reports that Driven Sports is about to launch “a replacement product for Craze.” Called Frenzy, the new pre-workout supplement product, according to people who have tried it out, appears to be “an even more powerful stimulant than its predecessor,” which was found to contain a substance similar to methamphetamine. (more…)
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Going nuts about nuts

General Health
A patient came to me confused. “One moment I hear nuts are fattening.  Then I hear they’re good for me. Which is the truth?” Well, the truth about nuts is a little nutty. Yes, they are fattening. And yes, you should eat them. I’ll explain. (more…)
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Calcium, Vitamin C, Fish Oil Drop in Use, Probiotics Rise

General Health
A recent survey by Consumerlab.com of over 10,000 people who use dietary supplements shows that the use of calcium, vitamin C and fish oil supplements fell during 2013 while the use of probiotics increased. The decrease in calcium use was driven by a sharp decline in use by women (falling from 57.8% to 45.6%), while the decrease for vitamin C was driven by a decline in use by men (falling from 42.3% to 35%). Although still the most frequently purchased supplement, use of fish oil declined by four to five percentage points among both men and women. (more…)
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Perks of peek-a-boo

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There you are, developing your child’s visual system, increasing their perceptual continuity—which helps them know when an object is really in front of them or not—all while nerves in the child’s visual system are branching out, building circuits that will affect his or her visual accuracy the rest of their life … whew. And you thought playing peek-a-boo was a simple little game. (more…)
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Smartphones in the bedroom have a negative impact on sleep

General Health
In the New York Times “Bits” blog Nick Bilton discusses research suggesting that smartphones in the bedroom may have a negative impact on sleep. Some “researchers say that looking at a blue light, which is produced by smartphone and tablet screens, sets off brain receptors that are designed to keep us awake and interferes with circadian sleep patterns.” (more…)
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Harsh discipline of a child can harm

General Health
The way you discipline your teenagers can have a direct impact on their health. And really, yours too. Teens are more likely to suffer depression, physical ailments, and negative behaviors like anger and vandalism … if they live in a home where harsh verbal discipline is the norm. (more…)
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FDA enhances rules for infant formula

General Health
The New York Times reports the FDA “updated” requirements related to safety procedures for infant formula. Under the new rules, companies will have to strengthen “their quality control procedures and reporting requirements.” Although many firms already meet those requirements, the rule “will give the agency more control over enforcing them.” (more…)
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Sugar not only makes you fat, it increases heart disease

General Health
USA Today reports that research published online in JAMA Internal Medicine suggests that “consuming too much added sugar ... increases your risk of death from heart disease.” According to the study’s lead author, Quanhe Yang, a senior scientist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “The risk of cardiovascular disease death increases exponentially as you increase your consumption of added sugar.” (more…)
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