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CDC: Daily Salt intake in US raises heart disease risk

CDC: Daily Salt intake in US raises heart disease risk

Researchers found that more than 89% of US adults and over 90% of children consume more salt than is recommended by the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The report in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report notes that excessive sodium intake may increase blood pressure, which can raise the risk of heart disease and […]

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Study suggests exercise prevents lower back pain

Study suggests exercise prevents lower back pain

The NPR (1/12, Bichell) “Shots” blog reports that a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine analyzed 21 studies of treatment methods for lower back pain, “involving over 30,000 people in total.” The findings show that “back belts and show insoles didn’t seem to offer a benefit,” and that any kind of exercise “reduced the risk of repeated lower-back pain […]

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Study: Eating Slowly may aid weight loss

Study: Eating Slowly may aid weight loss

Study: Eating slowly may aid weight loss, prevent obesity Researchers found that children who were instructed to take a bite of food every 30 seconds lost between 2% and 5.7% of their weight after six months and reduced their weight by 3.4% to 4.8% after a year, while those in the faster eating group gained […]

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January is Birth Defects Prevention Month

January is Birth Defects Prevention Month

Birth defects are common, costly and critical. Every 4 ½ minutes a baby is born with a major birth defect. Become an active participant in Birth Defects Prevention Month and join a nationwide effort to raise awareness of birth defects, their causes and their impact. Not all birth defects can be prevented; however, all women, […]

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HHS, USDA release updated dietary guidelines

HHS, USDA release updated dietary guidelines

The CBS Evening News (1/7, story 9, 2:10, Pelley) reported, “Today the government revised its advice for a healthy diet. The headlines: Lean meat and eggs may now be okay, but sugar and salt still bad.” USA Today (1/8, Szabo) reports that the new guidelines, from the US Department of Agriculture and the US Department of Health and Human […]

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Hoverboards sending injured riders to the emergency department

Hoverboards sending injured riders to the emergency department

The AP (1/4) reports that several people are injuring themselves falling off hoverboards. Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital in the Houston area “reported treating 14 hoverboard injuries between Christmas and New Year’s Eve.” Dr. David Wong, an emergency department physician at Memorial Hermann Sugar Land said riders “should wear wrist guards, helmets, elbow guards and knee pads.” […]

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Time to quit smoking- without e-cigarettes

Time to quit smoking- without e-cigarettes

A common New Year’s resolution is to quit smoking. For quit tips, visit the CDC website. And while some may consider using e-cigarettes as an answer, e cigarettes are a health hazard and do not help people quit. The AAP worked with the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and […]

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Study suggests traditional toys may be better for language development

Study suggests traditional toys may be better for language development

The New York Times (12/24, Belluck) reported in its “Well” blog reports that a study published in JAMA Pediatrics “found that when babies and parents played with electronic toys that were specifically advertised as language-promoters, parents spoke less and responded less to baby babbling than when they played with traditional toys like blocks or read board books.” The study […]

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Sleep: What Every Parent Needs to Know

Sleep: What Every Parent Needs to Know

From infants and toddlers, to school-age kids and adolescents, sleep time problems can affect everyone in the family. And no matter what the difficulty may be — getting to sleep, staying asleep, bed-wetting, fears or nightmares — it’s never too late to take steps to correct it. The AAP book “Sleep: What Every Parent Needs […]

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FDA proposes indoor tanning ban for minors

FDA proposes indoor tanning ban for minors

On Friday, the Food and Drug Administration announced its plans to ban minors from using tanning beds and require adults to be informed about their risks, which media analysis suggested would help reduce skin cancer rates. NBC Nightly News reported that the FDA’s “unprecedented new rules” were “praised by medical experts” for their potential to “save lives.” […]