Monthly Archives: October 2012

Activity monitors can get kids moving

Thought you’d enjoy this report from USA Today: During the summer, I don’t worry about my kids getting enough exercise. They’re on the go all day long, swimming, playing sports, riding bikes and going to camp. When it’s time to … Continue reading

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Halloween doesn’t have to be scary for your diet

Trying to avoid eating the entire bag of candy bars you bought for Halloween before the big night arrives? Worried that you won’t have the willpower to resist midnight raids on your child’s Halloween stash? Here are several tips on how … Continue reading

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Halloween health and safety tips

For many people, autumn events like Halloween and Harvest Day are fun times to dress up in costumes, go trick-or-treating, attend parties, and eat yummy treats. These events are also opportunities to provide nutritious snacks, get physical activity, and focus … Continue reading

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Enjoy a Healthier Halloween

If you’re planning a Halloween party for the neighborhood kids, candy and other “junk food” aren’t your only options.

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Coffee protects against bowel cancer

Drinking several cups of coffee a day could help protect against bowel cancer, according to new research. It can cut the risk of developing a tumor by between15 percent and 25 per cent, the study of almost half a million … Continue reading

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New research suggests unhealthy food choices leads to weakened brain performance

CNN reports in “The Chart” blog that “new research presented at the Neuroscience 2012 conference suggests that what you eat can even alter your brain – and vice versa.”

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Experts warn laundry detergent packs pose danger to children

ABC World News reported on laundry detergent packs: “Children, who see those bite-sized packets of laundry detergent and think they’re candy. They eat them, get sick. It’s happening more than we knew. A new report finds that in a 30-day … Continue reading

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Multiple abortions increase risk of giving birth prematurely

The NPR “Shots” blog reports, “Women who had multiple abortions before giving birth to a first child were more likely to have that child very prematurely or to deliver a child with a low birth weight, according to” a study … Continue reading

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Vaccinating family protects babies from whooping cough

Reuters reports that a new study, published in the journal Epidemiology, suggests that vaccinating older siblings and mothers against pertussis – also known as whooping cough – prevents infants from getting the infection.

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Obama lied about Planned Parenthood and mammograms

The Washington Post has confirmed President Barack Obama lied about the Planned Parenthood abortion business doing mammograms with comments during the debate and with comments the other night on the Jay Leno show.

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Analysis shows benefits of low-carb, meat-lovers’ diet

USA Today reports, “A new analysis” published in Obesity Reviews “touts the benefits of a low-carb, meat-lovers’ diet.”

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CDC cautions parents about dangers of button batteries

CNN  “The Chart” blog reports that the Centers for Disease Control is warning parents of the dangers of small coin-sized batteries often called “button batteries.”

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Study: Chocolate consumption reduces likelihood of stroke in men

The Los Angeles Times reports in its “Booster Shots” blog on a new study published in the journal Neurology which “finds that compared with men who reported eating little-to-no chocolate on a regular basis, those who had the highest weekly … Continue reading

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Bariatric surgery helps prevent type 2 diabetes

The New York Times “Well” blog reports, “For people who are extremely overweight and likely to develop diabetes, surgery may be the best form of prevention.”

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Whooping cough resurges amid low vaccination rates

PBS’ NewsHour correspondent Betty Ann Bowser reports on the resurgence of whooping cough (pertussis) and its potential impact on newborns, who are particularly susceptible to the disease.

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How much caffeine is really in those energy drinks?

Energy shots and drinks are promoted to keep you alert and energized, attributing their effects to special formulas often “packed with B vitamins and nutrients to make it last,” as a commercial for 5-hour Energy proclaims. But could it just … Continue reading

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FDA warns supplements contain dangerous drugs

ABC News reports on its website that the FDA has issued another Safety Warning about “Reumofan and Reumofan Plus,” which are marketed as “natural dietary supplements for treating arthritis, muscle pain, osteoporosis, bone cancer, and other conditions.”

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Tattoo ink implicated in outbreak of skin rashes

The New York Daily News reports, “Authorities say contaminated water used in tattoo ink caused a mysterious outbreak of nasty skin rashes in upstate New York.”

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Obesity increases gallstone risk in children

WebMD reported, “More and more children are being treated for gallstones, and the obesity epidemic may play a role,” according to a study published in the Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition.

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Researchers say e-cigarettes cause lung damage

Bloomberg News reports that according to a study from University of Athens researchers, presented at the European Respiratory Society annual meeting, “electronic cigarettes cause damage to the lungs,” which “challenges earlier research suggesting the devices to quit smoking are harmless.”

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Study finds no link between electronic cigarettes, heart disease risk

Reuters reports that study results presented Saturday at the annual meeting of the European Society of Cardiology in Munich indicate that the use of electronic cigarettes is not associated with an increased risk for cardiac-related complications.

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Decline in male infant circumcision may lead to greater healthcare costs

Reuters reports on a study published in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine finding that due to a decline in Medicaid coverage of male circumcision (MC) in the US, fewer babies may be circumcised and that may lead to … Continue reading

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Experts disagree on benefits of blue-light sleeping aids

In the Wall Street Journal “Aches & Claims” column, Laura Johannes shines the nightlight on the torrent of new products designed to help consumers fall asleep.

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Physicians warn that young women are overtreated for osteoporosis

The New York Times “Well” blog says that “recent reports suggest that too many younger women are being evaluated and treated for bone loss when they should not be.”

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Study links TV watching to reduced life span

Hate to post this on a football Saturday, but you need to know. Plonking yourself on the couch in front of the TV could be taking years off your life – 4.8 years to be exact.

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Study: Fit 50-year olds less likely to face chronic disease

Reuters reports that a study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine found that fit 50-year-olds are less likely to be afflicted with chronic disease as they get older than those who are sedentary.

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Normal-weight people with fat bellies may have higher mortality risk than obese

Bloomberg News reports, “Normal-weight people with fat bellies have a higher risk of death than the obese, according to data presented at the European Society of Cardiology conference in Munich.”

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Dad’s key to teens’ sexual activity

The idea that fathers play a significant role in the development of their kids’ approach to sex has received some support in a new evidence review. Studies in the review suggest that adolescents have less sex if their fathers talk … Continue reading

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Daily aspirin reduces risk of prostate cancer mortality

The New York Times reports, “Men treated for prostate cancer who took aspirin regularly for other medical conditions were less likely to die of their cancer than patients who weren’t taking aspirin, according to a new study published in the … Continue reading

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Women urged to recognize symptoms of heart attacks

NBC Nightly News reported that Rosie O’Donnell’s heart attack in which she “did not recognize the symptoms right away” has “become something of a teaching moment for the heart symptoms women should look for.”

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