Oct 08 2012
Study Roundup: Fish Intake Good and Bad for Pregnant Women
-- by Jenara NerenbergThe GistMercury consumption—most often from fish—by pregnant women may be associated with an increased risk for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in their children,a new reportpublished online byArchives of Pedi...
Sep 27 2012
Study Roundup: Is TV Making Our Kids "Mean Girls"?
The Gist We’ve all heard the adage: “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” But is it true? Over the years, considerable attention has been paid to combating the “sticks and stones”—namely, nose-bloodying scho...
Oct 27 2011
Can You Be Addicted to Sugar?
As Halloween approaches, teeming with temptations in the form of sugary candy, a number of articles have been published addressing the link between obesity and overdoing it with the treats. In short, these articles say one thing: candy is bad. ...
Sep 16 2011
Brazilian Blowout Taking Heat
Brazilian Blowout marketing materials.From someone whose hair often resembles a Chia pet on a good day, I admit a certain fascination with pin-straight, sleek, frizz-free hair. However, when there comes with it the potential for major harm to ...
Sep 06 2011
Slow Down: Your Eating Speed Helps Determine Your Weight
I’ve always been a fast eater, but I didn’t find out until college. There I was, sitting in the cafeteria staring at my empty tray of food and all my new friends were just starting in on their food. I guess those 18-minute lunch periods in hi...
Aug 25 2011
Controversial Children’s Book Sends Misguided Message about Body Image
The outside matters most. The only way to combat kids’ bullying is to change yourself. Eating healthy is the same as dieting. Or, at least, those are the combined lessons packaged up and ready for bookshelves in an upcoming children...
Aug 17 2011
WHO Stresses Need for Psychological First Aid During Humanitarian Relief Efforts
Canadian medic Lt. Sophie Levoie laughs with a young Haitian girl after the 2008 earthquake.In honor of World Humanitarian Day—August 19th—the World Health Organization (WHO), along with the War Trauma Foundation and World Vision International,...
Aug 11 2011
Chemicals and Thyroid Disorders: Are they Connected?
When I was 18, some things happened. I gained weight, experienced insomnia, and my body underwent waves of heat that made me want to peel off my skin. Blaming these on the “freshmen 15” and college stress, newer symptoms (racing heart, eye redn...
Jul 29 2011
Week in Health: July 23 - 29
Study: 1 in 3 People Who Get Nose Jobs have Body Dismorphic Disorder (Journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons) CDC: Strokes Rise Among Pregnant Women, New Moms (Huff Post Have Researchers Found a Vaccine Against Heroin? (Was...
Jul 22 2011
Week in Health: July 16 - 22
The past weeks top health news items, including the latest obesity study, news on how Google changes the way your memory works, and information on why we are not on track to rid the world of Polio.