Category Archives: General Health

Breast-feeding linked to lower risk of breast cancer recurrence

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that in a study “looking at the medical histories of more than 1,600 women diagnosed with breast cancer,” investigators found “that those who had breast-fed had a 30 percent lower risk of recurrence of the disease after effective treatment and tended to have less aggressive tumor types than those who had not breast-fed.” Continue reading

Parents Beware: Nearly one-third of teens still text while driving

Forbes contributor Robert Glatter, MD, wrote that although “state laws banning texting while driving have significantly reduced the number of teens using their smart phones behind the wheel,” research presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) annual meeting suggests that “nearly one-third still engage in this dangerous behavior.” Continue reading

Study: Parents and caregivers using smartphones during supervised time at playgrounds place kids at risk for injuries

Forbes contributor Robert Glatter, MD, wrote that “according to” research “presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) annual meeting … parents and caregivers using smartphones during supervised time at playgrounds place their children at risk for injuries.” Continue reading

New York attorney general files lawsuits against two tanning chains

The New York Times “Well” blog reports that “New York’s attorney general, Eric T. Schneiderman, filed lawsuits against two popular indoor tanning salon chains,” Portofino Spas and Total Tan, “accusing them of playing down the hazards associated with indoor tanning and promoting the practice as a healthful activity.” Continue reading

MIND diet reduces Alzheimer’s risk — and it’s heart healthy!

The Wall Street Journal reports that a 923-participant study recently published in the journal Alzheimer’s & Dementia suggests that the Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay (MIND) diet, which combines aspects of the Mediterranean and the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension diet, may help reduce the risk for Alzheimer’s disease, even if people adhere to the diet only moderately. Continue reading