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Insufficient sleep may be linked to larger waist, research suggests

Insufficient sleep may be linked to larger waist, research suggests

ABC World News Tonight (8/1, story 14, 0:20, Muir) reported, “People who sleep six hours of sleep a night tend to be heavier than those who sleep nine hours,” researchers found. The study also suggests “shorter sleep is linked to high blood pressure.” NBC Nightly News (8/1, story 11, 0:20, Holt) reported, “Fewer hours of sleep can affect your hormones, […]

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Teens heading back to school need certain vaccinations

Teens heading back to school need certain vaccinations

TODAY (8/7, Fox) reports that teens heading back to school need to have vaccines against bacterial meningitis, the human papillomavirus, and influenza. In addition, they should have “the combined tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis vaccine.” The Tdap vaccine is “an important booster, according to” former CDC Acting Director Anne Schuchat. TODAY reminds readers that under the Affordable […]

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Typical American Adult Consumes Enough Salt Each Day to Damage Heart Muscle, study suggests

Typical American Adult Consumes Enough Salt Each Day to Damage Heart Muscle, study suggests

Reuters (8/2, Rapaport) reports that research published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology suggests “the amount of salt a typical American adult consumes” daily “may be enough to damage the heart muscle and make it harder to pump blood.” The study indicated that half of the participants consumed at least 3.73 grams of sodium each […]

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Caregivers often fail to administer epinephrine to kids experiencing anaphylaxis, study finds

Caregivers often fail to administer epinephrine to kids experiencing anaphylaxis, study finds

  The New York Times (7/31, Yin, Subscription Publication) reports that when youngsters “experience serious allergy attacks, known as anaphylaxis, parents, teachers, emergency responders and other caregivers often fail to administer epinephrine – even to children who had previously experienced anaphylaxis and been prescribed an epinephrine autoinjector,” researchers found. After “analyzing more than 400 patient records of […]

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A New Parent’s Guide to Social Media

A New Parent’s Guide to Social Media

Before baby, you were a Facebooking, Instagramming, texting fool, sharing everything from your perfect pasta dish to your hella-good manicure. Now, looking at your little bundle of joy, you may be wondering: Is it safe to post pictures of baby? What’s OK to share and what’s TMI? What are the easiest tech tools to preserve […]

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CDC reports declining HPV, the virus linked with cervical cancer, among young women who received vaccine

CDC reports declining HPV, the virus linked with cervical cancer, among young women who received vaccine

CDC researchers found that the rate of human papillomavirus presence among young women dropped by 89% between 2003 to 2006 and 2011 to 2014, eight years after HPV vaccine introduction, among those who received the vaccine, and by 34% among those who were unvaccinated. The findings in The Journal of Infectious Diseases also showed that […]

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Irregular Sleep Tied to Reduced Happiness, Well-being in Young Adults

Irregular Sleep Tied to Reduced Happiness, Well-being in Young Adults

Irregular sleep tied to reduced happiness, well-being in young adults Researchers examined 200 college students ages 18 to 25 and found that those with irregular sleepschedules reported lower morning and evening happiness, healthiness and calmness during the week, compared with those with regular sleep schedules. However, the findings, presented at the Associated Professional Sleep Societies meeting and published in the journal Sleep, showed improved […]

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Placenta Capsules Will Make Your Baby Sick

Placenta Capsules Will Make Your Baby Sick

Placenta Capsules Will Make Your Baby Sick Placenta capsules — pictured here, from a lab in Columbia, Missouri — are an increasingly popular trend for new moms. Their placenta is cleaned, dehydrated and ground into pill form that mothers ingest. However, doctors in Oregon linked the pills to a way to pass infection onto infants.(Megan […]