Married people may face lower risk of heart problems

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The AP reported that research presented at the American College of Cardiology meeting suggests that “married people are less likely than singles, divorced or widowed folks to suffer any type of heart or blood vessel problem.” The New York Daily News reported that the study included “more than 3.5 million” people. The data indicated that “married people had a 5% lower risk of any cardiovascular disease compared with single people, a 3% lower risk compared with widowed people and a 5% lower risk compared with” those who were divorced. (more…)
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Study: E-cigarette use not tied to greater rates of smoking cessation

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The Washington Post “Wonkblog” reports that a research letter published in “JAMA Internal Medicine found that use of e-cigarettes was not associated with ‘greater rates of quitting cigarettes or reduced cigarette consumption’ after one year.” The study “authors reached the conclusion based on self-reported data from 949 smokers, which included 88 who used e-cigarettes.” (more…)
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Poisonings from liquid nicotine found in e-cigarettes surge across country

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The New York Times reports on its front page that a “dangerous” and unregulated form of nicotine, found in e-cigarettes, “is hitting markets nationwide” and causing an uptick in poisonings from the substance. The Times says “evidence of the potential dangers is already emerging ... notably among children.” However, there is even one known death, from an adult who injected the liquid form of nicotine. (more…)
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Study: Saturated fat may not increase risk of heart attack, other cardiac events

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The New York Times “Well” blog reports that research published in the Annals of Internal Medicine “found no evidence that eating saturated fat increased heart attacks and other cardiac events.” These “findings are part of a growing body of research that has challenged the accepted wisdom that saturated fat is inherently bad for you and will continue the debate about what foods are best to eat.” (more…)
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Overdosing with OTC drugs

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It’s likely that your family regularly uses it. It shows up in hundreds of everyday products. If fact, you even give it to your kids. Yet, this drug is the nation’s leading cause of liver failure, and is one of the top drugs causing overdoses around the world. What is it? (more…)
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Don’t get 4-D ultrasound videos of your unborn baby without medical oversight

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HealthDay News is reporting that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is recommending that expectant mothers should not get fetal ultrasound videos as keepsakes and should not use over-the-counter Doppler ultrasound heartbeat monitors. Although both products are generally considered safe, they are approved for use only with a prescription. The increasing use of these devices for nonmedical reasons is raising concerns among health officials. (more…)
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Study: E-cigarettes actually encourage youth smoking

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A study published in JAMA Pediatrics reveals that adolescents who use electronic cigarettes have an increased likelihood of smoking conventional cigarettes. The results of the study contradict claims that e-cigarettes may help people stop smoking and further bolsters the argument that e-cigarettes may be the gateway for young people to smoke cigarettes, establishing an association between vaping and smoking. (more…)
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Don’t nix your baby’s naps

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A mom asked me, “My toddler’s naps keep me from getting stuff done during the afternoon. Is skipping them a big deal?” Well, don’t lose sleep if your child misses an occasional nap. That said, lots of evidence points to keeping them—especially for preschoolers. (more…)
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WHO issues new draft guidelines on sugar consumption

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The Wall Street Journal reports that the World Health Organization (WHO) has issued new draft guidelines on sugar consumption. The Los Angeles Times “Science Now” blog reports that even though the WHO “reiterates its 2002 recommendation that no more than 10% of daily calories come in the form of sugar,” the organization “adds that people would get additional benefits if they can keep their sugar consumption below 5% of daily calories.” In other words, an adult who is not obese should not exceed a limit of six teaspoons of sugar (approximately 25 grams) per day. (more…)
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Baby steps to a healthier you

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Sally complained to me, “I’m frustrated! Guidelines for healthy blood pressure and blood sugar have been lowered, while the recommended amount of daily exercise has been raised.” As a result, Sally was ready to surrender the fight for fitness. (more…)
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Larimore Family Newsletter – April 2014

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Here are the contents of this month’s Family Newsletter: My newest book, The Ultimate Girls’ Body Book, is available Listen to my interview on Connecting Faith Girls’ book featured by iMOM The abortifacient effect of the birth control pill Health tips for international travel When Children Die Because They're Overweight Events of the last month Upcoming Events (more…)
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Stroke warning signs

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Seismologists know that small tremors can be a warning sign of bigger earthquakes to come. The same thing can happen with a stroke. Your body gives you signs that a major one is on the way. Unfortunately, most ignore the message. (more…)
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