The school shooting in Parkland, Fla. last month re-ignited the national dialogue on gun control.

Since the shooting, President Donald Trump has held a meeting with legislators on gun control, and Florida lawmakers passed a new law that raises the minimum age to purchase guns from 18 to 21, creates a waiting period for gun buyers, bans bump stocks, and other measures. Last week, students across the country staged school walkouts to honor the 17 victims and ask legislators to enact gun control laws. [Read more…]

Are Nutrition Labels an Effective Weapon Against Obesity?

Millions of Americans make goals to lose weight every year. Diet books, weight-loss apps, and meal supplements abound. But research shows changing our environments may have a more significant influence on our food choices, and ultimately our health. [Read more…]

Boost Your Health With a Pet

The saying “a dog is a man’s best friend” originated hundreds of years ago, but its sentiment continues today. Nearly 70 percent of U.S. households own a pet, according to the American Pet Products Association, with dogs and cats being the most popular. [Read more…]

New Evidence Finds Vitamins Are Often Unnecessary

Americans spend more than $36 billion a year on vitamins and nutritional supplements – all in the hopes for leading healthier lives. More than half of Americans take at least one vitamin a day, and millions take more than that. But do vitamins actually improve your health? [Read more…]

What Happens Children Care for Sick Loved Ones

Taking care of a loved one who is sick is never easy. But for children and adolescents, caring for a family member with a chronic illness can be especially taxing. [Read more…]

Meditation Does Not Make You a Better Person

Many people think of meditation as a magic bullet that can improve our health, sharpen our focus, and make us better people overall.

But in reality, the evidence on meditation is mixed. According to reviews by the Cochrane Collaboration, there is little evidence that mindfulness can help improve health problems such as fibromyalgia, anxiety, depression, and neck pain. There are some credible data that demonstrate meditation can improve risk factors for cardiovascular disease. And research on brain function shows that meditation can reduce feelings of pain. [Read more…]

New Evidence Links Sugary Drinks and Obesity

You have, no doubt, heard the statistics about obesity in the U.S: Nearly forty percent of adults and nineteen percent of youth are obese, the highest rate the country has ever seen, according to the most recent data from the National Center for Health Statistics. We hear all sorts of reasons why people gain weight such as too many sugary drinks, not enough physical activity, and a lack of access to healthy foods. [Read more…]

How The Flu Spreads

It’s shaping up to be one of the worst flu seasons in recent history, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, which tracks the flu virus nationally. (This interactive map provides a visual of this year’s outbreak.) So far this season, 20 children have died from the flu, according to the CDC. [Read more…]

Is “Man-flu” a Real Phenomenon?

Have you heard of the phenomenon of “man flu”—when a man suffering from a common cold or virus exaggerates the severity of his illness? While women may joke that “man flu” is a fabrication to score extra time on the couch, there is a cohort of scientists who hypothesize that it may be the real deal. Last month, a doctor and professor at Memorial University of Newfoundland in Canada took an in-depth look at actual research into “man flu.” [Read more…]

New Evidence Finds Dementia Treatments Fall Short

Source: Footage Firm, Inc.More than 6 million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, and that number is expected to grow significantly as the U.S. population ages. For decades, doctors across the globe have been looking for ways to strengthen aging brains and prevent dementia later in life. Researchers have tested a wide variety of treatments including exercise, “brain games” and medicine. [Read more…]

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