While it is widely known that drinking alcohol during gestation is harmful for the developing baby, research on alcohol consumption during pregnancy is still useful in uncovering the specifics, such as at which phase of pregnancy alcohol may have the most detrimental effect, and how much alcohol is enough to cause an effect.Read More
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The gastro-healthy effect of probiotics like Lactobacillus reuteri, which can be found in many common foods, are well established. However, the impact of Lactobacillus reuteri on children's health has not be extensively researched.Read More
It often happens at the most inconvenient times – your child wakes up feeling sick, sweaty but with the chills. You suspect a fever. The Globe and Mail's health correspondent, Dr. Jeremy Friedman, offers tips and solutions for when your child has a fever.Read More
In a recent review published in the journal PLOS One, researchers found that birth by cesarean section is associated with an elevated risk of being overweight and obese in later life. While the review analysis is strong, including a sample of over 142,000 women from 10 different countries, the researchers acknowledge that further study is required to establish a causal connection between c-section and obesity risk.Read More
Pfizer's vaccine Prevnar 13, which protects against pneumonia and other infections, is the top-selling vaccine in history, bringing in $4 billion in annual revenue. The vaccine was approved in 2009 for use in children and adults and is available in more than 120 countries.Read More
With the aging of the population, the number of older adults requiring healthcare is expected to boom over the next few decades. Unfortunately, the number of primary care providers and geriatrics specialists will not be able to keep up with the overwhelming increase in senior patients. As such, these patients will likely end up in the already crowded and overwhelming emergency room. The emergency room, however, is a remarkably unsuitable setting for senior patients.Read More
For couples who are trying to get pregnant, the frustration from failure can be very stress-inducing. Stress, however, may hinder a woman's ability to become pregnant, according to a new study published Monday in the journal Human Reproduction.Read More
Mark Berber is a Toronto-based psychiatrist known as the "happiness guru". He uses happiness therapy, or positive psychology with his clients; happiness therapy simply involves nurturing a positive sense of well-being. His tips to achieving happiness are simple:
- Nurture healthy relationships: Healthy, happy relationships are so important in maintaining a positive perspective in life. People in unhappy marriages have a much higher risk of depression, increased risk of high blood pressure, and a greater probability of heart disease in women.Read More
When it comes to staving off dementia and Alzheimer's disease, health experts suggest maintaining cognitive health - i.e. staying mentally fit by doing puzzles, attending lectures, attempting a new language, etc. But, U.K. researchers in the midst of a long-term study on the cognitive impact of brain training in older adults, suggest that perhaps physical fitness is more important than that of the mind.Read More
According to the 2014 Facts and Figures Report from the Alzheimer's Association, women age 60 or older have a one in six chance of developing Alzheimer's disease, making it twice as likely for women to get Alzheimer's disease than to develop breast cancer. The report also showed that men have significantly lower odds of developing Alzheimer's disease, with a one in eleven chance in men over 60 years of age.Read More
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