Brutal allergy season expected

ABC World News reported, “We’re going to turn now to what is expected to be a brutal allergy season.” Due to the polar vortex and a longer lasting winter in much of the country, “so much is budding out there at once, it’s creating what some are calling the pollen vortex.”

FDA approves new allergy medicines

NBC Nightly News reported about new prescription medications for those suffering from seasonal allergies. This is good news, especially as the potential impact on the people from the allergy season as grass starts to grow and flowers start to bloom.

Excessive time on Facebook may damage young women’s self-esteem

The Today Show Online reports, “Fixating on the bikini selfies and duck faced-photos of Facebook friends can make a young woman feel worse about her own body than comparing herself to the most beautiful celebrities and models in fashion magazines,” according to a study that “supports other recent findings that social media can create damaging […]

Study: Casual marijuana use linked with brain abnormalities

Fox News reports that casual marijuana use may come with some not-so-casual side effects. For the first time, researchers have analyzed the relationship between casual use of marijuana and brain changes – and found that young adults who used cannabis just once or twice a week showed significant abnormalities in their brains. The study, published […]

Some OTC cold meds cause serious adverse effects

The New York Times reports that according to a correspondence published in the New England Journal of Medicine, “some widely used over-the-counter cold and flu medicines may be exposing patients to unexpectedly high amounts of one ingredient, revealing a lapse in regulations and perhaps raising safety concerns.”

FDA panel backs DNA test for colon cancer

The AP reported that an FDA panel has voted to recommend an experimental “test that uses DNA to detect colon cancer and precancerous growths.” The article noted the panel voted 10-0 “that the benefits of Exact Sciences’ Cologuard test,” which analyzes stool specimens, “outweigh its risks.”

Study supports guidelines that recommend strict limits on children’s media use

The Washington Post reports that last autumn, “the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released updated guidelines for children and adolescents using media, recommending no more than two hours per day of any type of entertainment screen time for kids ages three to 18 and none for children two or younger.” Covered in the guidelines are […]

CDC: US Autism rates increasing

A report issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveals that one in 68 US children has received a diagnosis of an autism spectrum disorder. The figures represent a 29 percent increase from two years ago. The increase likely means that more cases are being discovered due to heightened awareness.