Until recently, accelerometers, which use electronics to determine bodily movement and intensity, had been confined to research laboratories. But now, at-home users can choose from a variety of devices, sold under such brand names as Fitbit and Nike+ FuelBand. Some are worn on the hip; others on the arm or wrist. All sense movement and […]
Archive for June, 2013
Bad bug bites. Sunburn. Dirty pools. Heatstroke. The hazy, lazy days of summer, eagerly anticipated by all, can harbor a dark side, too. Illnesses from disease-bearing insects are on the rise. Public swimming pools may be teeming with bacteria, a recent study concluded. And long-awaited new labels for sunscreen products don’t tell consumers all they […]
Did you wash your hands properly after you used the toilet? Probably not, a new study suggests. Researchers discreetly watched 3,749 people, 60 percent of them women, after they used public toilets in a Michigan college town. Over all, 10.3 percent did not wash their hands at all, and 22.8 percent used no soap. The […]
Think you do just fine on five or six hours of shut-eye? Chances are, you are among the many millions who unwittingly shortchange themselves on sleep. Research shows that most people require seven or eight hours of sleep to function optimally. Failing to get enough sleep night after night can compromise your health and may […]
Vacations give us a much-needed break from work and responsibilities. They’re a time to have fun, new adventures, rest and relaxation. In our fast-paced, over-scheduled and stress-filled lives, we often overlook the value of these benefits. Click here for five ways to ensure that you enjoy your summer vacation.
For hundreds of years, coffee has been one of the two or three most popular beverages on earth. But it’s only recently that scientists are figuring out that the drink has notable health benefits. In one large-scale epidemiological study from last year, researchers primarily at the National Cancer Institute parsed health information from more than […]
A small child can drown in just two feet of water. The Consumer Product Safety Commission has reported that from 2004 to 2006, 47 children died after becoming submerged in inflatable pools. A small child leaning over the soft side of such a pool can easily fall in headfirst and be unable to stand up […]
Done right, a bowl of yogurt (and the right toppings) can be the picture of a health-promoting breakfast. But somewhere between fruit on the bottom and fruit on the side came the squeezable yogurt in a tube, specifically marketed toward kids. While we can all applaud a parent’s effort to provide youngsters with a protein-rich […]
Millions of children participate in organized sports, activities that are important to their social and physical development. While sports also may place children at risk of injuries, most are preventable if participants, their parents and their coaches heed some well-researched safety measures. In an article published last month in The New York Times, the sportswriter […]
People who diligently use sunscreen every day can slow or even prevent for a time the development of wrinkles and sagging skin, a new study found. Although dermatologists have long told people to use sunscreen to prevent aging, this is the first research to show an actual effect on the appearance of skin, researchers said.