Is your baby’s food worse than fast food?

Your baby is hungry, so you take a cheeseburger and fries, or maybe a candy bar. Put them in a blender, then pour it in a baby food jar. Of course, that’s ridiculous, and highly unhealthy. But that’s what many unsuspecting parents do every day when they open a jar of baby food.

Study: E-cigarettes actually encourage youth smoking

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 […]

WHO issues new draft guidelines on sugar consumption

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 […]

Supplement Shocker

Here’s another reason to get serious about your supplements—simply said, you may be putting your health at risk. A new report links dietary supplements to nearly 20 percent of drug-related liver injuries. And that estimate is probably low.

Use of acetaminophen in pregnancy tied to ADHD

Many medical websites covered a study suggesting an association between expectant mothers’ use of acetaminophen during pregnancy and an increased risk for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AHDH) in their children. All of the sources note that acetaminophen has long been thought to be safe for use during pregnancy.

Sitting found to be independent risk factor for disability

USA Today reports that a study published in the Journal of Physical Activity and Health based on data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey of 2,286 respondents 60 and older found that “every additional hour adults over age 60 spend sitting increases by 50% their risk of being disabled for activities of daily […]

Questions raised about new pre-workout supplement

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.

Calcium, Vitamin C, Fish Oil Drop in Use, Probiotics Rise

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 […]

Smartphones in the bedroom have a negative impact on sleep

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 […]

FDA enhances rules for infant formula

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.”