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The Tug of War over Yoga in the Public Schools

Should yoga be taught to children in public schools at tax-payer’s expense?  The issue seems to be dividing Moms across America Some see yoga as a healthy alternative to traditional PE classes.  They feel the practice helps create a sense of calm that helps their naturally excitable kids stay focused on learning. And in many cases those Moms are yoga-philes, ...

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3-D Mammograms Get A Thumbs Up From The Experts

The incidence of breast cancer among women in the United States has declined sharply over the past three decades.  Undoubtedly increased awareness of the pervasiveness of the disease and of the need for early detection has led to dramatic improvements in screening through mammograms. But those screenings are far from fool-proof.  Using two-dimensional imaging techniques, some women’s breast cancer might ...

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Researchers Call for New Focus on Obesity in Young Adults

Obesity is widely recognized as an epidemic in America.  But it’s also thought of as a disease that mainly afflicts people in their middle age. And most obesity intervention resources are still targeted at children, neglecting younger adults. In truth, rates of obesity among men and women in their 20s and 30s are double those for young children (34% to ...

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Does Life Begin At Conception? What Biologists Have To Say

When does life really begin? Supporters and opponents of abortion rights have been debating this question for decades. Now, some 6,000 biologists appear to have provided a stark answer:  Conception. The author of the new study, Steve Jacobs, a newly-minted Ph.D. at the University of Chicago’s School of Comparative Human Development, has begun promoting the idea that the weight of ...

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The Decline Of Teen Pregnancy

One of the great public health success stories of the past 30 years is the sharp decline in teen pregnancy rates. While significant racial disparities remain, the overall drop in teen pregnancy – which is linked to a host of negative outcomes for women and society as a whole — has been nothing short of phenomenal. In 1990, there were ...

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Is There a Lasting Cure for Juvenile Diabetes?

Few things bring more angst to parents than the pain and suffering of their child.  When their child has a debilitating disease, the parents’ sense of powerlessness can be overwhelming.  They want a miracle cure as soon as possible — and look to doctors to provide one. Pressure from parents – including pro-active citizen lobbying — can be an important ...

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It’s True… Boys Are Easier Than Girls

According to an old wives’ tale, boys are “easier” on their pregnant Moms than girls. Now, there’s solid scientific evidence to support the claim. A 2017 study conducted at Ohio State University which examined gestational patterns in 80 pregnant mothers found that girl fetuses were far more likely to produce inflammation which weakened their mother’s immune system. With a compromised ...

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Sudden Infant Death Remains a Baffling Mystery

It wasn’t long ago that nearly 10,000 infant children died each year from unknown causes in the United States.  Even now the phenomenon, still known as “Sudden Infant Death Syndrome” or SIDS, remains baffling to doctors. But thanks to a nationwide publicity campaign that began some two decades ago, SIDS deaths are down more than 50%.  Many parents have learned ...

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Link between Breastfeeding and Intelligence is a Myth

It’s become a hot-nipple topic for every first-time Mom:  Will breastfeeding boost my child’s intelligence?  A spate of scientific studies conducted over the past decade have strongly suggested as much. According to a meta-analysis of 17 such studies conducted in 2015, breastfed children demonstrated slightly higher cognitive abilities – an average of 4-7 points on IQ tests.  Other studies have ...

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More Autism Diagnoses Bring More Controversy

Few childhood disorders have caused parents more angst and despair than autism. Once thought to be a form of schizophrenia, autism has been subject to years of evolving diagnosis — and along the way, ever-deepening controversy. Its formal definition in the Diagnostic Service Manual (DSM), the nation’s Bible for mental health, experienced a marked shift in 2013 with the release ...

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