Past studies have shown that exercise is good for maintaining healthy bone mass and bone density. However, it has not been made clear what type of exercise benefits the bones the most.
Recently, researchers at the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom, looked to establish what kind of exercise – or how much impact – prompts bones to add mass or reduce their loss of mass as one ages. In doing so, they observed adolescents' activity and exposure to G forces, a measure of impact, via activity monitors. They also measured the hip bone density of the adolescent participants.Read More
The role mood has on food choices is quite significant. Anyone who has reached for a tub of ice cream after a break-up or a terrible day knows as of such. But why this is the case and how much one's mood really affects our food choices has not been well-studied.Read More
Multiple studies have examined the link between fish oil consumption and cardiovascular disease, though results are not so conclusive. A new study published in the most recent edition of the journal Heart, found that consumption of high amounts of seafood-derived omega-3 fatty acids protects from cardiovascular disease development.Read More
While swaddling babies - i.e. wrapping them tightly in a blanket - tends to keep them crying to a lesser degree, sleeping longer and waking less frequently, pediatric experts warn against swaddling their children, as it is a risk factor for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). In swaddling, a baby's arms and legs are constricted, therefore the baby is less likely to become startled awake by his/her arms or legs. This decreased "arousal response,” however, may cause the baby to overheat and could end up with a blanket inadvertently covering his or her face, both risk factors for SIDS.Read More
Cutting out saturated fats, found in most animal biproducts, does not benefit cardiovascular health or overall mortality. The notion that saturated fats are bad for our health came from a study conducted in the 1950s, which omitted data from 16 of 22 countries to alter his results. Study after study in recent history has shown that a low-fat diet does not reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.Read More
On Tuesday, American Federal Health Authorities reported a 43 percent drop in 2- to 5-year-olds over the past decade. These observations, which came from the highly regarded major federal health survey, come as a pleasant surprise to health officials who have been trying to reduce obesity rates in children for years. Previous research has shown that obesity takes hold in children around the ages of three to five, and obesity is a a risk factor for several chronic diseases, cardiovascular diseases and even cancer.
The study offers hope for an end to the obesity epidemic.Read More
The Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) approval of a new prescription pain medication called Zohydro has health experts very concerned. Zohydro is hydrocodone-based drug and the latest of a line of painkillers called opioid analgesics. The drug is very strong with highly addictive properties and has been approved for use in patients with severe chronic pain.
The concerns of health experts and consumer and treatment treatment groups involve the potency and abuse potential of the drug. The drug will enter the market featuring warning labels about abuse, addiction and misuse.Read More
Sepsis is a condition which arises from exposure to infection and can become lethal as a result of the body's inflammatory reaction. New research published in the journal Nature Medicine shows a promising link between acupuncture and the treatment of sepsis. Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese remedy.Read More
Researchers from the University of Toronto, observe women with BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations who protectively had their ovaries removed reduced their risk of ovarian, fallopian tube, or peritoneal cancer by 80%, and their overall risk of death by 77%. While it was previously known that ovary removal, or oophorectomies, reduce cancer risk, it was not known that the procedure is linked with significantly reduced mortality risk. The study authors recommend those with the mutation to remove their ovaries by age 35 to minimize their risk.Read More
A new study, published this week in JAMA Pediatrics, found a link between taking acetaminophen during pregnancy and an increased risk of their children being diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
Experts, however, argue that the study findings are not enough to advocate against taking acetaminophen during pregnancy. Pregnant women with a fever - especially during the first trimester - should consult with their doctor and take the medication to avoid congenital defects.
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