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.
All NSAIDs have a “black box” warning about increased cardiovascular risk. This was added almost a decade ago after the withdrawal of Vioxx. But CV risk isn’t necessarily equal between NSAIDs. Here’s a new report from the experts at Prescriber’s Letter:
On its website, the NBC News website reports that a new requirement by the state of Connecticut that “all kids in daycare get a flu shot every year appears to have kept many of those children out of the hospital during later flu seasons, researchers reported.”
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 […]
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 […]
Reuters reports a study published in the European Heart Journal indicates childhood secondhand smoke exposure irreversibly damages children’s arteries, increasing heart attack and stroke risks in adulthood.
USA Today reports that according to the Health and Retirement Study, people with constant feelings of loneliness face a 14% greater premature death risk than those who do not.
The Washington Post reports that research published in Cell Metabolism indicated that individuals “who ate a diet high in animal proteins during middle age were four times more likely to die of cancer than contemporaries with low-protein diets – a risk factor, if accurate, comparable to smoking.”
The New York Times reports that a new study suggests that it is a good idea “to get a blood pressure reading in both arms rather than just one,” because a difference in those readings could be “an independent risk factor for heart disease.”
CNN reports on its “The Chart” blog that research published in the European Heart Journal indicated that individuals “who experienced severe anger outbursts were more at risk for cardiovascular events in the two hours following the outbursts compared to those who remained calm.”
USA Today reports that research published online in Pediatrics suggests that “parents should be cautious with” infant sleep machines “because they can generate sound levels that could place infants at risk of developing noise-induced hearing loss.”
USA Today reports that “with germs from many patients coming into contact with stethoscopes each day,” research “published in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings … suggests the stethoscope should be subject to the same sanitary procedures as doctors’ hands.”
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.
Glucosamine, chondroitin, Boswellia, and MSM are popular dietary supplement ingredients for treating symptoms of osteoarthritis – worn joint cartilage. But some products don’t contain listed ingredients, are contaminated with lead, or do not break apart properly.
The Los Angeles Times “Science Now” blog reports that research published online in JAMA Internal Medicine suggests that a vegetarian diet may be linked to lower blood pressure.
The New York Times “Well” blog reports that research published in The Journal of Hypertension suggests that marriage may be beneficial for an individual’s blood pressure. Investigators came to this conclusion after studying “325 adults who were followed over two years as part of a randomized controlled trial.”
The AP reports that the group Public Citizen is urging the FDA to add a boxed warning “to popular testosterone drugs for men in light of growing evidence that the hormone treatments can increase the risk of heart attack.”
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.
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 […]
USA Today reports that research presented at the American Association for the Advancement of Science annual meeting suggests that individuals “who feel consistently lonely have a 14% higher risk of premature death than those who don’t.”
USA Today reports that according to a research letter published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, “one in four” US consumers have consulted an online physician rating site “when picking a primary care doctor in 2012,” but only “five percent have rated a doctor themselves online.”
The Time “Healthland” blog reports that according to a study published in the journal World Psychiatry, “teens who use tons of media, don’t get enough sleep, and have a sedentary lifestyle” may have a higher risk for serious mental health issues, including depression.
The AP reports that according to research presented at a meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, how well parents talk to babies helps language skills. The researchers found that “both how much and how well parents talk with babies and toddlers help to tune the youngsters’ brains in ways that build crucial […]
In a story that you won’t see on a single Web site of those zealots who are constantly bashing vaccines and vaccinations, the AP reports a University of California-Berkeley student may have exposed thousands to measles.
The Los Angeles Times “Science Now” blog reports that research presented at the American Stroke Association’ s international conference indicated that women who engage in “moderate exercise” may have a reduced “risk of having a stroke.”
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.
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 […]
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 […]
USA Today reported that according to a study published in the Journal of Hand Surgery, “a cat bite on the hand can turn into a hospital stay.” The 193-patient study revealed that “one out of three people who sought treatment for a cat bite to the hand were hospitalized.”
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.”