Ashwagandha is an herb taken to reduce stress and anxiety, but finding a good product may itself be stressful: ConsumerLab.com recently found that only 25% of the ashwagandha supplements it selected for testing passed its review.
The NPR “Shots” blog reported that researchers are developing “organs-on-a-chip” that “are designed to test drugs and help understand the basics of how organs function when they are healthy and when they are diseased.”
TIME reports that research “published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics suggests the primary cause of the increase of autism spectrum disorder is actually due to changes in how the disease is diagnosed.”
In a 1,000-word article, the Wall Street Journal reports that more people are seeking to use hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) for autism and other conditions for which the therapy is not approved to treat.
The Washington Post “Post Nation” blog reports that according to a study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, “music training not only helps children develop fine motor skills, but aids emotional and behavioral maturation as well.”
Reuters reports that a JAMA Psychiatry study researchers found that US teens say they have easy access to guns even if they have a risk of suicide or known mental health problems.
TIME reports that research published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology suggests that “young women who follow six healthy activities can all but heart-attack-proof themselves.”
Politico Pro reported that “after a century of little change,” US “medical schools are starting to upend their curricula to close the gap between what future” physicians “are taught and what skills they’ll need to succeed in a transformed health care system.”
The Hill reports that the FDA is “warning consumers to stay away from ‘miracle’ weight loss products” when aiming to lose weight.
The Atlantic reported that a study conducted by researchers from the University of California-San Francisco suggests that “OB/GYNs across the country are concerned that the Catholic ban on tubal ligations … poses a ‘risk of harm’ to women by violating the accepted standard of care, especially for women who are already getting a C-section and […]
Forget “Grain Brain” and “Wheat Belly.” The Huffington Post reports that research published online in JAMA Internal Medicine suggests that “eating whole grains improves health and may even help you live longer.”
The New York Times reports that research published in Pediatrics indicated that “among a group of patients ages 11 to 22, those with a concussion who were prescribed strict rest for five days by staff members of an emergency department actually reported more symptoms than those told to rest for one or two days.”
Bloomberg News reports that research published in Pediatrics indicated that kids “who slept in the same room as small screens such as smartphones got almost 21 fewer minutes of shuteye a night than those who didn’t.”
The Washington Post “Post Everything” blog reported that so far, no one “has found a consistent way for most obesity sufferers to lose their extra weight and keep it off long-term without surgery, leaving the world with an obesity bill that costs $2 trillion a year.”
Rebecca Jarvis reported on ABC World News that while generic drugs “make up nearly eight in ten prescriptions in the United States and typically cost about 80 to 85 percent less than the original medicines,” prices of these drugs are “skyrocketing.”
The Los Angeles Times “Science Now” blog reported that “at some fast-food chains, calorie counts have gone down over 18 years; at others, they’ve gone up,” according to research published in the CDC’s journal Preventing Chronic Disease.
A survey from Consumer Reports of 27 weight-loss “supplements that had been recalled by the FDA, but were still on the market,” revealed that one-third of users “didn’t lose any weight.”
US News & World Report reports that despite the known dangers of pure powdered caffeine, the FDA is unable to regulate the substance because it is “marketed as a supplement – a group of products that does not need” the agency’s “approval to be sold.”
TIME reports that a study published in the CDC’s journal Preventing Chronic Disease reveals “some interesting connections between sugar-sweetened beverage consumption and a slew of health problems.”
The Wall Street Journal reports that according to recent studies, infants at the top of weight charts face an increased risk for metabolic syndrome, cardiovascular problems, and obesity later on.
The Wall Street Journal reports that according to a small study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, reading a real book printed on paper may be much less disruptive of sleep than reading from a tablet computer or e-book reader.
WFAA-TV Dallas reports that interest in a type of medical practice known as “concierge medicine” that no long accepts health insurance is growing.
The New York Times “Well” blog reported that according to a study published in PLoS One, “a single minute of intense exercise, embedded within an otherwise easy 10-minute workout, can improve fitness and health.”
The Huffington Post reports that according to a study published in the journal Obesity, “men who completed 20 minutes of weight training a day saw a smaller increase in belly fat than men who spent the same amount of time sweating it out in a cardio workout.”
The Los Angeles Times “Science Now” blog asked, “What do real-world doctors have to say about the advice dispensed on ‘The Dr. Oz Show?’” According to their research, published in the British Medical Journal, “less than one-third of it can be backed up by even modest medical evidence.”
The New York Times reports in its “New Old Age” blog on treatments associated with age-related macular degeneration, “the leading cause of severe vision impairment and blindness in older Americans.”
The Wall Street Journal reports that the FDA has warned consumers about the dangers of using pure caffeine powder, following the deaths of two young men who were linked to the substance.
The AP reports on the fact that the FDA’s new calorie labeling rules include a requirement for chain restaurants “to list the amount of calories in alcoholic drinks” because “people often don’t know – or even think about – how many calories they are imbibing.”
USA Today reports that a study by CDC researchers published in JAMA Internal Medicine indicates that “an estimated 1,957 indoor tanners landed in U.S.” emergency departments (EDs).
The 2014 Monitoring the Future study found that electronic cigarettes have now surpassed regular cigarettes in use by teenagers.