On its front page, the New York Times reports that a study published in the journal Neurology suggests that “NFL retirees who began playing tackle football before they turned 12 were at increased risk of developing memory and thinking problems compared with players who began when they were 12 or older.”
The Washington Post “Wonkblog” reports that according to the CDC, 80% of American are issued prescription antibiotics every year, and “up to half of the estimated 258 million prescriptions are unnecessary.”
The NBC News website reports that a study published in the journal BMJ Open suggests that adolescents “who bury their faces for hours on end in laptops, tablets, smart phones or TV screens during the days tend to suffer bad nights of sleep.”
NBC Nightly News reported that the National Sleep Foundation has issued “new sleep guidelines.”
The New York Times reports that as more consumers seek out non-genetically modified foods and lawmakers debate mandatory labeling laws, manufacturers are adding non-GMO labels to their packaging “without a verification process,” leading to customer confusion.
TIME reports that research published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology suggests that individuals “who push their bodies too hard may essentially undo the benefit of exercise.”
The AP reports some studies are questioning the positive health effects of milk, just as milk producers are launching a campaign to tout their product.
The AP reports that a study published in the journal Pediatrics suggests that “many packaged meals and snacks for toddlers contain worrisome amounts of salt and sugar, potentially creating an early taste for foods that may contribute to obesity and other health risks.”
The Washington Post “To Your Health” blog reported that from 2011 to 2013, an average of “11,000 children under age 18 were treated in emergency rooms for injuries involving TVs or injuries involving both televisions and furniture,” according a recent report released by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
The CBS News website reports that a study suggests that “people who binge-watch television tend to be among the most depressed and lonely.”
David Stevens, MD, MA (Ethics) is a family physician, a medical ethicist, a former medical missionary in Africa, and a dear friend. He also serves as the CEO of the 17,000 member Christian Medical and Dental Association. I though my readers might enjoy Dave’s comments to physicians about the current measles outbreak.
According to pediatrician, Russell C. Libby, MD, “Yes, we can use carrots to encourage vaccinations, but we need sticks, also.” Below are his recommendations. See what you think.
The New York Times “Well” blog reports that research published online in Human Reproduction suggests that consuming sugary drinks may be linked to earlier menstruation.
The Los Angeles Times “Science Now” blog reported that “surveys show that well under 10% of people in the US are vegetarian – and maybe only 1% are vegan.”
The Los Angeles Times “Science Now” blog reports that a review published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics revealed that “people put on vegetarian or vegan diets found that they lost more than seven pounds regardless of calorie counting or exercise plans.”
On its website, CBS News reports, “In a groundbreaking … study,” researchers “performed brain scans on 15 coma patients” and found “that when patients heard unfamiliar voices, brain scans showed little activity, but when they heard close relatives calling out their names or talking, the scans lit up.”
A study in the New England Journal of Medicine showed that using high-voltage e-cigarettes may lead to greater exposure to formaldehyde, a potentially cancer-causing chemical, compared to using e-cigarettes at a lower temperature.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported on the “mounting calls” for a ban on pure caffeine powder after deaths were linked to the substance.
ABC World News reported that the National Cancer Institute is “saying four or more cups a day reduces the risk of malignant melanoma by 20 percent.”
The Washington Post reports that “neurofeedback — a type of biofeedback” that “uses movies, video games, computers and other tools to help individuals regulate their brain waves,” is being used as a treatment for “post-traumatic stress disorder and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.”
NBC Nightly News reported that a new study “says pizza is consumed by about a fifth of the nation’s kids every day and it adds unwelcome calories, fat and salt.” ABC World News reported that the report indicates that pizza is “now the second highest source of calories for children.”
Suddenly, the debate over vaccines has gone mainstream. Amid a measles breakout–a disease that doctors believed had been eradicated a decade ago–folks on the right, like me, are finding themselves aligning, at least on this issue, with some folks on the left. One, Joel Mathis, has a suggestion I kinda like. See what you think.
TIME reported that research published in Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research suggests that “sleep-deprived teenagers are more likely than their peers to develop drinking problems later in life.”
CBS Evening News reported that research published in the Annals of Internal Medicine suggests that “too much sitting raises your risk of serious illness.”
The New York Times “Well” blog reports that research published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics suggests that blueberries may help reduce blood pressure.
Bloomberg News reports that research published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggests that “lack of exercise may be responsible for twice as many deaths as obesity.”
Reuters reports many teenagers may harbor perceptions that occasional smoking won’t harm them, citing the results of a youth survey across the US published in the journal Pediatrics.
USA Today reports that according to a study published in the journal Preventive Medicine, “waiting until after recess to feed kids increases per-child fruit and veggie consumption by 54% and prompts 45% more students to eat any fruits or vegetables at all.”
The Washington Post reports that some veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are undergoing an experimental treatment called “magnetic resonance therapy, or MRT— a procedure that pulses energy from magnetic coils into” the brain’s cortex.
The Los Angeles Times “Science Now” blog reports that research published in BMJ indicated that people who “worked at least 49 hours a week were up to 13% more likely to engage in ‘risky alcohol use’ compared with those who were on the job for only 35 to 40 hours a week.”