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The High Cost of Domestic Violence

A recent study in the journal Child Development (September 14, 2005) reports that even the mildest hints of anger or hostility in their environment significantly raises the stress level of physically abused children for a prolonged period of time, even if the conflict has nothing to do with them.

The investigators of this study suggest that this heightened response system in physically abused children may explain why many of them are so often distracted at school. Read more about The High Cost of Domestic Violence

 

Protect Yourself Against Hearing Loss

Noise-induced hearing loss is becoming a larger health crisis every year, especially among those who listen to CD and mp3 players on a regular basis.

A recent article on CNN.com takes a close look at this issue, and points out the following:

1. Researchers are finding that growing numbers of students and people in their 30s and 40s are suffering from noise-induced hearing loss, as well as chronic ringing in their ears, a condition known as tinnitis. Read more about Protect Yourself Against Hearing Loss

 

Folate-Rich Foods For A Healthy Pregnancy And Baby

According to an article in today's LA Times, a recent study in the journal Pediatrics reports that the rate of spina bifida and anencephaly birth defects in the U.S. has decreased by more than 33 percent since 1998 when the government began adding folic acid to enriched flours, rice and pastas. Read more about Folate-Rich Foods For A Healthy Pregnancy And Baby

 

Food Coloring Inhibits Immune System

A recent study out of the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine reports that very large amounts of a caramel food coloring can suppress the immune system.

You would think that scientists would use this information to warn people about the dangers of eating processed foods that have artificial colours. Read more about Food Coloring Inhibits Immune System

 

Junk Food Still Clear And Present In Our Schools

Just ran across an article on Yahoo News that provides some sad statistics on junk food in our schools.

The U.S. General Accountability Office reported yesterday that 9 out of 10 U.S. schools offer junk food like candy bars and soda to students that directly compete against school lunches. Read more about Junk Food Still Clear And Present In Our Schools

 

Value Your Eyesight? Then Don't Smoke

If someone you know still doesn't have enough motivation to quit smoking, you may want to let him or her know that the link between smoking and blindness is about as strong as the link between smoking and lung cancer. Read more about Value Your Eyesight? Then Don't Smoke

 

Love & Kindness As Primary "Treatments" For Depression In Children

To me, there are few health conditions that are more sad than depression, particularly depression among children and teenagers.

A recent study out of the University of Sweden indicates that depression among children and teenagers is strongly linked to the following psychosocial factors:

1. Being shamed and humiliated.
2. Being obese.
3. Having separated parents or unemployed parents Read more about Love & Kindness As Primary "Treatments" For Depression In Children

 

Some Guidelines On Eating Extra-Virgin Olive Oil

Researchers at Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia recently discovered that extra-virgin olive oil contains a compound called oleocanthal, which has the same pain-inhibiting effects in your body as ibuprofen. Read more about Some Guidelines On Eating Extra-Virgin Olive Oil

 

Low Blood Pressure: How Low Is Too Low?

Just read your blog about understanding blood pressure, and I have a question. There seems to be a lot of information out there about people with high blood pressure, but what about too low - how low is too low, and what does it mean? Information about low blood pressure seems to be pretty scarce, and I think it would be a good thing for you to comment on. Read more about Low Blood Pressure: How Low Is Too Low?

 

How Children Should Wear Their Backpacks

With tomorrow being the first day of school for many children around the world, I just wanted to remind all of you parents out there to have your children develop the habit of wearing their backpacks evenly over both shoulders.

This habit will help to prevent the development of a spinal curve from the uneven distribution of weight caused by slinging a backpack over just one shoulder. Young children in particular are susceptible to developing permanent curves because their growing spines are quite malleable. Read more about How Children Should Wear Their Backpacks

 

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