Cases of Autism Continue to Rise

(CNN) — One in 68 U.S. children has an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), a 30% increase from 1 in 88 two years ago, according to a new report released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This newest estimate is based on the CDC’s evaluation of health and educational records of all 8-year-old children […]

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On March 27, 2014, posted in: Latest News by

Take Your Blood Pressure in Both Arms

  People who have different blood pressure readings in their right versus left arm may be at increased risk for serious heart problems later in life, a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed blood pressure readings from more than 3,300 people ages 40 and older in Massachusetts. The study looked at only the systolic blood pressure, […]

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On March 24, 2014, posted in: Latest News by

Colon Cancer Rates Dropping

Colon cancer, which was once the most common cause of cancer death in America, has been on a steady decline for decades, according to a new study in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians. In 1985, there were an estimated 66.3 cases of colon cancer for every 100,000 adults in the United States. By 2010 […]

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On March 17, 2014, posted in: Latest News by

How Dangerous is Sleep Deprivation?

Everyone has a night here or there where sufficient sleep just doesn’t happen. (Just ask anyone who’s ever been to Vegas… or cared for a newborn.) But a lot of people miss out on getting significant shut-eye on a regular basis. In fact, about one in five American adults are sleep deprived.   The rumor: Sleep deprivation […]

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On March 11, 2014, posted in: Latest News by

My life with multiple sclerosis

I had my first Multiple Sclerosis (MS) episode in 2005 (the formal diagnosis would come later). Naturally, I remember it well: we had just come off the most active hurricane season in history.   It was the year of Hurricanes Dennis, Emily, Katrina, Rita and Wilma. We had so many storms, the National Hurricane Center went to […]

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On February 25, 2014, posted in: Latest News by

New Study Suggests Air Pollution Consequences

Air pollution exposure has long been suspected to increase the risk of both heart and lung diseases, but another important organ may also be at risk of injury from this contaminated air: the brain. Researchers at the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences (AAAS) annual meeting in Chicago recently detailed the impact that constant […]

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On February 18, 2014, posted in: Latest News by

Is Sugar Killing You?

A new study — the biggest of its kind — is warning that America’s love affair with sugary food and drink is also doubling our risk of a heart-related premature death. While previous research has indicated that consumption of added sugars can negatively affect health, the new study — published inJAMA Internal Medicine — is the […]

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On February 4, 2014, posted in: Latest News by