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Teens who talk with parents about sex may exhibit safer behaviors, study suggests

Teens who talk with parents about sex may exhibit safer behaviors, study suggests

Reuters (11/2, Doyle) reports that a new study published in JAMA Pediatrics revealed that teens who talked with their parents about sex and topics such as condom use and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) were more likely to exhibit safer sex behaviors. The meta-analysis of 52 studies and over 25,000 teens showed that the effect was strongest on girls […]

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Excessive TV-watching may be linked to increased risk of mortality

Excessive TV-watching may be linked to increased risk of mortality

Forbes (10/30) contributor Alice G. Walton writes that a new study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine found that “excessive TV-watching is linked to mortality from diseases researchers already knew to be linked to it, like cancer and heart disease, but also to some new ones, like COPD and Parkinson’s disease.” The study, “which was carried […]

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Sleeping less than six hours per night may be linked to increased risk

Sleeping less than six hours per night may be linked to increased risk

Reuters (10/23, Rapaport) reports that research suggests that individuals who regularly sleep less than six hours each night may have a higher likelihood of developing metabolic syndrome.  Metabolic syndrome is a name for five common risk factors that increase the chances of developing heart disease: a large waistline (apple-shape body), high fat content (triglycerides) in the […]

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Mediterranean diet may help prevent age-related brain shrinkage

Mediterranean diet may help prevent age-related brain shrinkage

ABC World News (10/21, story 11, 0:15, Muir) reported, “The popular Mediterranean diet, fish, vegetables and olive oil,” appears to be “not only good for your heart, but a new study” published online Oct. 21 “in the journal Neurology…says it also helps prevent our brains from shrinking as well age.” The Los Angeles Times (10/22, Netburn) reports in “Science Now” […]

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Decorative contact lenses can be harmful

Decorative contact lenses can be harmful

Halloween is on the way and children will be choosing their costumes carefully. Some will consider wearing decorative contact lenses that are sold without a prescription. Wearing these lenses is dangerous because the lack of a proper fitting by an eye care professional can result in corneal damage that in some cases may cause permanent […]

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Seniors could save money by switching Medicare prescription drug plans

Seniors could save money by switching Medicare prescription drug plans

Seniors could save money by switching Medicare prescription drug plans Kaiser Health News (10/21) reports that the open enrollment season “for the private plans offered to Medicare beneficiaries started Oct. 15 and continues until Dec. 7.” This offer beneficiaries the opportunity to switch prescription drug plans or Medicare Advantage managed care plans. But the “vast majority of […]