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Children & ADHD Medication: A Huge Experiment, Says Doctor Featured Health 

Children & ADHD Medication: A Huge Experiment, Says Doctor

United States (Intellectual Takeout) – Dr. Leonard Sax is known for making unusual statements regarding raising children. The reason his comments are so unusual? They’re simple common sense, a trait often lacking in modern culture. Dr. Sax’s latest (non-politically correct) statements were made in an interview with C.M. Rubin for the Huffington Post when he raised questions about the intense drug regimen American kids are subjected to, often under the guise of treating ADHD and other related disorders: “American kids are now 10, 20, 50 or 90 times more likely to be on prescription psychiatric medications compared with kids Read More

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Study Shows Fever While Pregnant May Increase Risk of Autism Health 

Study Shows Fever While Pregnant May Increase Risk of Autism

World (Sputnik) – A new study from Columbia University shows that women who come down with a fever during pregnancy are more likely to give birth to a child with autism. Researchers analyzed data on 95,754 Norwegian kids born between 1999 and 2009, and found that 583 of 15,701 children whose mothers reported having fevers during pregnancy were diagnosed with the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). According to the study, published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry, a fever of 99 degrees Fahrenheit or more, at any time during pregnancy, means a 34-percent higher risk of autism, while fever in the second trimester increases the risk by 40 percent. “This study, using a large, well-characterized Read More

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Over A Quarter Of World Population Overweight Or Obese Health 

Over A Quarter Of World Population Overweight Or Obese

World (Sputnik) – Congratulations, humanity! We’ve finally passed the 2 billion mark for people who are overweight or obese. According to a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, more than 27 percent of the world’s population is overweight or worse, with about 10 percent of them also being obese. “Our results show that both the prevalence and disease burden of high BMI are increasing globally. These findings highlight the need for implementation of multicomponent interventions to reduce the prevalence and disease burden of high BMI,” wrote the international team of authors. Overall, human health has improved, according to the ambitious study, which Read More

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Social Media & The Stigmatization of Mental Illness Health 

Social Media & The Stigmatization of Mental Illness

Connecticut (GREED) – Mental illness is on the rise in Western society, and social media is feeding the stigma that prevents so many people from seeking the help they need.  If you are paying attention to current events and consuming any of your news online, chances are you’ve seen it. The House of Representatives passes their health care bill, sending it to the Senate for approval (which, as of this writing, is pending), and angry declarations of “they’re ALL mentally ill” start popping up. A man violently takes the lives of two men on a Portland, Oregon train, badly Read More

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Tea Consumption: Epigenetic Changes in Women Health 

Tea Consumption: Epigenetic Changes in Women

World (Tasnim) – Epigenetic changes are chemical modifications that turn our genes off or on. In a new study from Uppsala University, researchers showed that tea consumption in women leads to epigenetic changes in genes that are known to interact with cancer and estrogen metabolism. It is well known that our environment and lifestyle factors, such as food choices, smoking and exposure to chemicals, can lead to epigenetic changes. In the current study, researchers from Uppsala University in collaboration with research groups around Europe, investigated if coffee and tea consumption may lead to epigenetic changes. Previous studies have suggested that Read More

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The Placebo Effect: Works Even When Patients Know No Actual Medicine Is Being Used Health Science and Nature 

The Placebo Effect: Works Even When Patients Know No Actual Medicine Is Being Used

World (Futurism) – Clinical epidemiologist Dr. Jeremy Howick recently published a review of five research studies covering 260 patients that showed how “open-label” placebos can be an effective treatment for a number of health issues. Placebos are treatments that have no active medications in them (often they’re just “sugar pills”). So called “open-label” placebos are just like normal placebo pills except patients know they don’t contain any medication. While the belief that placebos only work when patients believe they are real medication is a commonly held one, this open-label study proves that this isn’t necessarily always the case. In fact, this isn’t even a new phenomenon: In 2009, Read More

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A Tough Nut to Crack: Americans are Having Less Sex and Nobody Knows Why Health 

A Tough Nut to Crack: Americans are Having Less Sex and Nobody Knows Why

United States (Sputnik) – A new study, published in the Archives of Sexual Behavior, polled 26,000 Americans and found that they have sex about 15 percent less in 2010-2014 than they did in 1995-1999, with the biggest decline coming for young couples and married duos. The decline in sex between young people definitely doesn’t really sound right, does it? We live in an age where a potential sex partner is a few swipes right on Tinder at any given time, and where “sex positivity” demonstrators throw around condoms like rice at a wedding. “Despite their reputation for hooking up, millennials and the generation after them are actually having sex less Read More

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New Study Shows Alcohol Increases Breast Cancer Risk; Exercise Reduces It Health Women 

New Study Shows Alcohol Increases Breast Cancer Risk; Exercise Reduces It

World (Sputnik) – Consuming just one small alcoholic beverage a day puts a person at a higher risk for breast cancer, according to a report released on Tuesday by the American Institute for Cancer Research and the World Cancer Research Fund. Having analyzed data on 12 million women and 260,000 cases of breast cancer from 119 studies, the researchers found that consuming as few as 10 grams of alcohol a day can increase premenopausal breast cancer risk by five percent and postmenopausal breast cancer risk by nine percent.Alice Bender, head of nutrition programs at AICR, explained in the study that alcohol is a known carcinogen that can damage DNA and boost Read More

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Eat Chocolate for Steady Heartbeat Health 

Eat Chocolate for Steady Heartbeat

(Tasnim) – Regular chocolate consumption may be linked to a lower risk of developing the heart rhythm irregularity atrial fibrillation, also known as heart flutter, a research published in the journal Heart found. The associations seemed to be strongest for one weekly serving for women and between 2 and 6 weekly servings for men, the findings suggested. Atrial fibrillation affects more than 33 million people worldwide, with one in four adults likely to develop it at some point during the life course. It is not clear exactly what causes it, but there is currently no cure, and no obvious contenders Read More

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Obstruction of Aid Endangers Women’s Lives Featured Health 

Obstruction of Aid Endangers Women’s Lives

Sudan (NFA) – Most women and girls in the rebel-held Nuba Mountains of Sudan lack access to reproductive health care, including emergency obstetric care, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Their plight is one of the little known yet far-reaching effects of years of obstruction of aid to the area by the Sudanese government and armed opposition. The 61-page report, “No Control, No Choice: Lack of Access to Reproductive Healthcare in Rebel-Held Southern Kordofan,” documents how women and girls cannot get contraception and have little access to health care if they face complications during pregnancy and childbirth. Read More

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