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AHA News: A Mineral, a Metal and a Deadly Pregnancy Condition 20Aug
2019

AHA News: A Mineral, a Metal and a Deadly Pregnancy Condition

TUESDAY, Aug. 20, 2019 (American Heart Association News) -- Pregnant women with lower concentrations of the trace mineral manganese or higher amounts of the metal cadmium in their blood may be more likely to develop...
Could Fluoride Be Bad for Your Baby During Pregnancy?

Could Fluoride Be Bad for Your Baby During Pregnancy?

19 August 2019
MONDAY, Aug. 19, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Fluoride exposure from drinking water during pregnancy could be making children less intelligent, a new Canadian study argues. Expectant moms with higher levels of fluoride...
MONDAY, Aug. 19, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Fluoride exposure from drinking water during pregnancy could be making children less intelligent, a new Canadian study argues. Expectant moms with higher levels of fluoride in their urine tended to have kids with lower average IQs, based on a study of 601 mother-child pairs from six cities in Canada. On average, a 1 milligram-per-liter increase in maternal urinary fluoride was associated with a 4.5-point lower IQ score in boys by the time they reached ages 3 to 4, researchers report. "Four and a half IQ points is of substantial societal and economic concern," said senior researcher Christine Till, an associate professor of psychology at York University in Toronto. "We're talking a magnitude that's comparable to what we're talking about when...
As School Starts, Pack That Lunch With Nutritional Goodies

As School Starts, Pack That Lunch With Nutritional Goodies

18 August 2019
SUNDAY, Aug. 18, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Planning for your children's return to school this fall should include thinking about how to pack healthy lunches that they'll enjoy. Try to include children in the process...
SUNDAY, Aug. 18, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Planning for your children's return to school this fall should include thinking about how to pack healthy lunches that they'll enjoy. Try to include children in the process of creating their lunches, including buying food and packing (or helping pack) their lunches. This lets them make their own choices and helps them learn about nutrition, according to Manisha Vaidya, a clinical dietitian at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Many grocery stores offer a variety of ready-to-pack cut fruits and veggies, as well as dried fruits and unsalted nuts, pre-portioned cheese and single-serve yogurts, hummus and cracker cups, and tuna and chicken pouches. Direct your children to these fruit, veggie, grain and protein products for their lunch...

Health Tip: What to Expect While Breastfeeding

15 August 2019
(HealthDay News) -- Breastfeeding is a unique experience for every mother. As you begin, your baby's actions will cue your body to make milk, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If you are concerned about this process, talk to a doctor or lactation consultant. Over time, your breasts may leak. Some mothers find it helpful to put disposable or cloth pads in their bras to alleviate this issue. Sore nipples and breast discomfort are common. Feeding your baby often relieves this discomfort.
Who Multitasks Better: Men or Women? The Answer May Surprise You
14 August 2019

Who Multitasks Better: Men or Women? The Answer May Surprise You

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 14, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Multitasking is equally taxing for women and men, according to a study that challenges the popular notion that women are better at it. For the study, 48 women and 48 men were asked to do letter or number identification tasks. In some tests, they had to pay attention to two tasks at once (concurrent multitasking). In others, they had to switch attention from one task to another (sequential multitasking). Researchers measured participants' reaction times and accuracy on both types of multitasking and while doing single tasks. The results showed that compared with their performance on single tasks, women and men had similar, significant declines in speed and accuracy when multitasking. The study was published Aug. 14 in the journal PLoS...
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