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How to Know When Infant Tummy Troubles May Be Serious


Spitting up and occasional constipation are unfortunate – yet normal – facts of life for most infants. “All babies experience reflux to at least some...

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    Your Handshake Tells the Story of Your Health

    The firmness of your hand grip is better than your blood pressure at assessing your health, Hamilton researchers have found, and reduced muscular strength, measured... Read more

  • As science progresses, parents may be able to choose a child based not just on the sex, but on such criteria as a child’s likelihood of excelling in sports or mathematics. (Below: TatyanaGl/iScock; above: TCLY/iStock)

    Science Is Moving Toward Designer Babies, but the Ethics Must Be Sorted Out

    Ethical warning bells went off in April when Chinese researchers reported they had experimented with 85 defective human embryos to try to alter genes in... Read more

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    Ovarian Hormones May Fuel Binge-Eating Risk

    A complex relationship among genes, hormones, and social factors can lead to eating disorders in women. New research shows that during the menstrual cycle, ovarian hormones... Read more


    House Votes to Keep Consumers in the DARK About GMOs

    On July 23, 2015, the U.S. House of Representatives approved a bill to keep the status quo on GMO labeling. Those in favor of the... Read more

  • Study finds alarming number of laundry detergent pod incidents involving children

    Laundry Pods Easily Poison Children

    The latest thing in clean clothes is laundry pods—a detergent-delivery system designed for convenience. For adults, they’re great—no measuring, spills, or mess. For many children,... Read more

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    Early Support Vital for Success in Breastfeeding

    Most women understand the benefits of breastfeeding their infants, but there are physical and emotional roadblocks that can make it a challenge for moms. During... Read more

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    Dad Heaviness Quantified

    If there’s one aspect of the child-rearing process that deserves more attention and consideration, it’s the effects on the male body. No no, but there... Read more

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    McDonald’s Tries to Lure Customers Back With Swanky Dining Experience

    White plates, stainless-steel cutlery, wineglasses, and tables covered with linens are more five-star restaurant than fast-food joint. But with Restaurant M, a one-day pop-up location... Read more

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    We Can Prevent an Epidemic of Short-Sighted Kids With More Time Outdoors

    Myopia, or short-sightedness, is a condition in which distant objects appear blurred, but closer objects can usually be seen in sharp focus. Its biological basis... Read more

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    New Warning on NSAIDs. Should You Be Worried?

    Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) have been associated with increased risk for heart attacks. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration now requires NSAIDs to have labels... Read more

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    Texting from the Operating Room

    Cellphone use is not generally restricted in the operating room, but some experts say the time for rules has come. In interviews, many described co-workers’... Read more

  • A caregiver comforts a patient suffering from Alzheimer's disease. Health Minister Rona Ambrose and her provincial and territorial counterparts have agreed to work together to develop a national strategy to fight dementia. (AP Photo/Apichart Weerawong)

    Families Affected by Early Alzheimer’s Seek Better Treatment

    WASHINGTON—Alzheimer’s has ravaged generations of Dean DeMoe’s family — his grandmother, father, siblings — all in their 40s and 50s. DeMoe himself inherited the culprit... Read more

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    The Fallacies of ‘Brain Training’

    Writer Patricia Marx (Saturday Night Live, The New Yorker) tried every brain-enhancing product she could find. She tells James Hamblin about trading memory for wisdom in... Read more

  • Most of the chemicals found in consumer products have never been tested for safety. (pedrosala/iStock)

    Stricter Toxic Chemical Regulations in Sight

    Consumer products are loaded with industrial chemicals—from cosmetics to mattresses, from firearms to food. These compounds are found in 96 percent of all manufactured goods... Read more

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    How You Use Your iPhone Could Reveal Depression

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    How the Right Diet Can Control Diabetes and Reduce Its Massive Economic Costs

    More than 350 million people worldwide suffer from type 2 diabetes. The condition is already rampant in several Western countries and numbers are now rising... Read more

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