Thirty-nine weeks and not a day sooner. That is the take-home message of this week’s American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologist (ACOG) committee opinion that redefined “term” pregnancy for women with uncomplicated pregnancies. Doctors were the targeted audience of the change that took the designation of “term” and made it four specific labels of “early,” […]
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Have you ever wondered whether certain foods might hinder your child’s ADHD management? If so, you’re not alone. Scientists have researched the effects of nutrition on ADHD for years. Despite a growing body of research, it’s still not crystal clear what role food plays in childhood ADHD. Still, if you’re wondering whether eliminating or adding […]
A preschooler’s nap may be an important tool for learning, a new study of 3- to 5-year-olds suggests. When children napped, they scored higher on tests of recall afterward than when they stayed awake for the same time period. Nappers also did better on tests the next day. The findings were published online in The Proceedings […]
Roll up those sleeves, it’s flu shot season. After last year’s influenza epidemic, more people are expected to get vaccinated this time around. The CDC [Centers for Disease Control] recommends to get the flu shot October 1st, or as soon as it’s available. And it’s available. Flu season typically runs from October until as late as […]
Are you and your smartphone inseparable? If so, you’re not alone — plenty of research illustrates how increasingly addicted we’re becoming to our mobile devices, including one survey showing that 66 percent of people are actually afraid to lose or be separatedfrom their cell phones. And if rising rates of sleep texting aren’t enough to signal our addiction […]
When the American Academy of Pediatrics issued its last book on sleep advice nearly 15 years ago, cribs with drop-down sides were perfectly safe and teens weren’t texting into the wee hours of the night. Now the pediatricians’ group has a new book called “Sleep: What Every Parent Needs to Know’’ and the book’s editor, Dr. […]
Eating fruits is good for you, but new research suggests that some fruits may be better than others, and that fruit juice is not a good substitute. Recent studies have found that eating a greater variety, but not a greater quantity, of fruit significantly reduces the risk for Type 2 diabetes. This made researchers wonder […]
A new study suggests something encouraging for busy people: Every minute of movement counts toward the 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity we’re all supposed to be getting each week. University of Utah researchers found that each minute spent engaging in some kind of moderate to vigorous physical activity was associated with lower BMI and lower weight.
Rejection is rough, no matter how you slice it. But it’s also an inescapable fact of life, and our ability to deal with failure and rejection has a hand in determining how successful and happy we are. Happiness isn’t the opposite of depression – resilience is, according to psychologist Peter Kramer. Think of the people you most admire […]
Any health savvy person knows by now that one of the best ways to protect your body from harmful UV rays is to slather on the SPF — but you might be forgetting one important part: your eyes.