You wouldn’t know by her superstar powers on the tennis court that Venus Williams has an autoimmune disease and has been battling it for years. This disease, which Williams was diagnosed with in 2011, is called Sjögren’s syndrome, and it almost ended her tennis career.
There’s no sugar-coating the obesity epidemic in America.
In an apparent attempt to protect his heirs from the ravages of substance abuse, the late Hugh Hefner, founder of Playboy, reportedly stipulated in his trust that if the beneficiaries to his estate frequently use illegal substances or become dependent upon alcohol or any illegal drugs, their rights will be suspended. And if an heir is suspected of abuse, he or she may be required to take a blood test.
A recent national drug use survey suggests an increase in the rates of marijuana use among senior high school students in the United States. Six percent of 12th graders or 1 in 16 high school seniors report daily use.
I learned about “drunkorexia” the hard way the other night when a “very close family member” called me, asking for a ride home after he was arrested for driving under the influence. He was heading home after a night out with friends and was “pulled over” by the police.
A mother being sentenced to prison after her child dies of illness? Sounds like a complete nightmare. But this is the reality for Tamara Lovett, a 48-year-old Canadian mother whose 7-year-old son died of strep throat in 2013.
Talcum powder – that baby and personal-care staple used by millions of people for over a century – has been in the news again. Most recently, a woman in California was awarded over $400 million after she filed a lawsuit claiming that her use of baby powder gave her ovarian cancer. In fact, there currently are 300 similar lawsuits pending in that state alone and over 4,500 other lawsuits around the United States. So, if you’re wondering if you should reconsider your use of talcum powder as part of your personal hygiene regimen, you’re not alone.
The proof is in the pudding, and in this case the pudding may be baby teeth! A study conducted by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) discovered that baby teeth from children with autism contained higher levels of toxic lead and lower levels of the essential minerals zinc and manganese, compared to baby teeth from children who did not have autism.
More than a third of U.S. adults are considered obese. Approximately 1 in 5 pregnant women in the U.S. begin their pregnancy with a BMI of 30 or higher (the standard for obesity). Concerns have been raised about the way a mother’s obesity affects her baby’s development due to inflammation during prenatal brain development, metabolic disorders, micronutrient insufficiency, hyperglycemia (high blood sugar), and abnormal development of the serotonin system (important for mood balance).
It seems like everywhere you look, drivers on the road are saying the “red-light prayer” -- heads bowed, looking down at their laps, with a blue glow coming up to their face. Despite 46 states banning texting while driving (in laws that also typically ban reading/sending email, using phone apps or other internet activity), and 14 states banning the use of handheld cell phones for any activity behind the wheel, including talking, it seems the problem is only getting worse.
What’s trending in schools across the country? The death of recess. Surveys and studies show schools are reducing recess in order to squeeze in more academics, the American Academy of Pediatrics reports. However, experts are grabbing the mic, saying hold on -- this is doing more harm than good. In fact, they say, research suggests physically active students who spend less time with academic content seem to outperform sedentary students who spend more time with academic content, they say. So is less academics and more recess the actual key to student success?
Products that promote “good bacteria” continue to be popular among health-seekers in supermarkets, with probiotic drinks like kombucha gaining notoriety. Even beyond digestion, the various microorganisms that live in your gut (called your “gut microbiota”) may affect things like your mood and how often you get sick. So it’s no surprise that scientists wanted to find out how gut bacteria in babies affected their likelihood for developing asthma and allergies.
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