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A Growing Health Literacy Crisis
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

As medicine becomes more technical, people have trouble following doctors' orders. The AHA has a plan. Read more >

Hot Parked Cars
Alice G. Walton

Leaving a child or a pet in a parked car can quickly become fatal. Read more >

The Risks of Being a Night Owl
Charlotte LoBuono

Night owls live in an early-bird world and face serious health consequences. Change your biorhythms or change your job. Read more >

A Bad Deal for Boys
Alice G. Walton

Boys are more likely to have a hard time in school -- and beyond -- when there are few chances for activity. Read more >

An End to the Low-Fat vs. Low-Carb Debate?
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Deciding between a low-carb or a low-fat diet has puzzled dieters for decades. Here's an answer. Read more >

New Statistics on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
Esther Entin, M.D.

Many more children suffer from the effects of mothers' drinking while pregnant than has been reported. Read more >

Party at Mom and Dad's House
Esther Entin, M.D.

Some believe that teens who are allowed to drink at home are less likely to abuse alcohol. Not really. Read more >

Hidden Hunger
Esther Entin, M.D.

A lack of money is only one reason people go hungry. A lack of stores offering fresh foods is another. Read more >

Worried about Kids' Time Online?
Neil Wagner

Kids are smarter about online content than we think, but too much time online makes them unhappy. Read more >

Breastfeeding and Diabetes
Esther Entin, M.D.

Breastfeeding reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes. Here's why. Read more >

Reduce Your Risk of Fractures
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

People worried about keeping bones strong should focus on these factors before taking supplements. Read more >

Health Tips to Take into 2018
Leslie Carr

The new year is a clean slate that inspires us to try to do better. So here are some tips for body and mind to energize your efforts. Read more >

Tips for Parents of Picky Eaters
Alice G. Walton

Who doesn't like dessert better than vegetables? Picky eaters need to try healthy foods repeatedly. Read more >

More Guns, More Gun Deaths
Neil Wagner

Two studies examine the idea that gun ownership and concealed carry laws protect us from gun violence. Read more >

Tantrums: Have a Plan
Alice G. Walton

Meltdowns are hard to bear. Have a game plan for keeping it together to help your child and keep you sane. Read more >

Digital Screen-Light at Night? Not for Young Eyes
Charlotte LoBuono

The light from digital screens affects young eyes in a profound way, disrupting sleep cycles. Read more >

Surveillance Via Cell Phone
Neil Wagner

Targeted advertising can be used to turn phone apps into tracking devices. Read more >

Inequality Hits Home
Charlotte LoBuono

Having kids tests the balance of work and responsibility in couples' relationships. Wives usually end up doing more than their husbands. Read more >

Bullying and Mental Health
Esther Entin, M.D.

Bullying's effects on kids' mental health are both better and worse than we expect. Read more >

STDs on the Rise
Esther Entin, M.D.

There was an "epidemic" rise in the rates of several sexually-transmitted infections last year, all treatable. Read more >

Good Friends Are Good For You
Alice G. Walton

Close friends are good for your long-term health. The opposite is also true. Read more >

Beware Consumer Ratings
Charlotte LoBuono

If you use consumer reviews to make buying decisions, here's why you may be making poor choices. Read more >

A Laptop Paradox
Neil Wagner

Laptops can help college students learn, but taken to class, they can mean a lower grade on the final. Read more >

Over-the-Counter Hearing Aids
Esther Entin, M.D.

Personal sound amplification devices are likely to become available the way reading glasses are. Read more >

Something Fine Is in the Air
Neil Wagner

Air pollution is down, but fine particles remain a major health threat. Read more >

Blood Pressure Control
Aditya Khetan MBBS, Richard A Josephson MS MD, and Sri Krishna Madan Mohan MBBS, MRCP, FACC

Keeping hypertension under control protects your health. So why do so many fail to do it? Part 2. Read more >

Raising Children on Digital Devices
Esther Entin, M.D.

They pose special risks for young brains and minds. Set some limits and follow them yourself. Read more >

Measles Outbreaks and Travel
Charlotte LoBuono

Measles is highly contagious and picked up during travel. Check your immunity before going on vacation. Read more >

Free Speech As a Cover for Racism
Leslie Carr

Free speech is often used after the fact to justify, or some might say, sanctify, racist comments. Read more >

Photo Sharing As Food Diary
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Taking a picture of your meal and posting it to social media brings diet support -- and accuracy. Read more >

The Problem with Comfort Food
Esther Entin, M.D.

Using food to soothe kids is likely to lead to emotional eating and weight gain. Read more >

Sexual Adventurers
Charlotte LoBuono

For many women vacation is a time of sexual exploration. While this can be empowering, it also brings risks. Read more >

Are You an Information-Avoider?
Alice G. Walton

We think we want to learn things, but if the information “hurts,” we may try to avoid it. Read more >

Heading Off School Problems Before They Start
Esther Entin, M.D.

Some kids start school already behind. Early intervention helps. Read more >

Bullying's Hidden Damage
Alice G. Walton

Bullying doesn’t just harm kids' self-esteem; it hurts kid’s grades, too. Read more >

The Right -- And Wrong -- Way to Give Kids a Time Out
Esther Entin, M.D.

Time outs are an effective way to discipline bad behavior, but you need to know how to give them. Read more >

Dads Give High Marks to a School Readiness Program
Esther Entin, M.D.

When fathers read with their children, instead of to them, it's a win-win. Read more >

Calm and Happy? There's an App for That
Neil Wagner

Clinicians have designed a set of apps to reduce depression and anxiety. They seem to help. Read more >

The Price of Health
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

When we shop, we tend to assume more expensive foods are healthier. It's a gold mine for marketers. Read more >

Karate Kids
Esther Entin, M.D.

Martial arts are great for kids. They offer exercise, discipline and camaraderie. But they also pose serious risks. Read more >

Find Your Competitive Edge
Alice G. Walton

Want to up your fitness? Get a little more competitive. Read more >

Want to Curb Kids' Electronic Media Use?
Esther Entin, M.D.

First you need a plan. Setting limits now will pay off. These guidelines will get you on your way. Read more >

Parenting In The Digital Age
Esther Entin, M.D.

Parents now have to juggle the demands of their children with those of their electronic devices. Read more >

Facebook Strikes Back
Neil Wagner

Facebook can foster envy and self-loathing, but the effect of certain types of messages is positive. Read more >

The Hidden Benefits of ADHD Meds
Esther Entin, M.D.

Yes, the drugs used to treat ADHD have side effects; but they also have secondary benefits. Read more >

Should You Trust Your Gut?
Alice G. Walton

When business execs had to evaluate candidates, they thought their instincts would work. Turns out they were wrong. Read more >

Binge-Eating, Disordered and Not
Esther Entin, M.D.

Binge-eating disorder is not just about out-of-control eating. It takes an emotional toll, too. Read more >

A Global Look At Anxiety
Esther Entin, M.D.

A review of anxiety research from around the world finds who is more likely to be anxious. Read more >

In Hand or Hands-Free, Cell Phones Distract
Alice G. Walton

Don't think hands-free will make you safer behind the wheel. Your brain has just so much bandwidth. Read more >

How to Be a Bad Boss
Neil Wagner

From nurses to stone masons, workers reported what their superiors do that increases job dissatisfaction and lowers morale. Read more >

Yoga, For Body And Brain
Alice G. Walton

Skip the brain-training. Yoga and meditation can do more for your mood and memory. Read more >

Fighting Obesity at the Table
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Obesity is the product of many influences. The family is one of the best places to counteract them. Read more >

Parents' Effects on the Brain
Esther Entin, M.D.

Supportive parenting actually leaves its mark on key areas of kids' brains, making them better able to handle stress and emotion. Read more >

An Acid Trip to The Self
Alice G. Walton

LSD increases communication among high-level regions of the brain, erasing boundaries. Read more >

Violent Neighborhoods and Teen Homicide
Esther Entin, M.D.

Certain physical changes to violent areas can improve safety and could reduce teen homicides. Read more >

Is Your Cell Phone Making You Sad?
Alice G. Walton

Worried about how much time you spend on your phone or computer? Here's one way to think about it. Read more >

Weight Loss Plans — Over-Marketed and Under-Regulated
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Diet plans are easy to sell, and that, not weight-loss, may be their point. Read more >

How To Become A Former Smoker
Esther Entin, M.D.

Nicotine patches, nicotine gum and varenicline, better known as Chantix, are tested head-to-head. Read more >

Students Fight Bullying Best
Esther Entin, M.D.

The most powerful way to prevent bullying may be to enlist the influence of popular peers. Read more >

Beep. Talk to Me, Baby
Esther Entin, M.D.

Even before they can talk, babies are picking up communication skills. So do talking toys help? Read more >

Daycare Couch Potatoes
Esther Entin, M.D.

Your child's daycare facility may reserve time for exercise outside, but that doesn't mean it happens. Read more >

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
Esther Entin, M.D.

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders — FASD — are entirely preventable, but they cannot be cured. Read more >

Bullies Can Be Stopped
Esther Entin, M.D.

Anti-bullying laws really can make a difference. Many states are having success. Here's how. Read more >

Screen Time Resets Teens’ Body Clocks
Esther Entin, M.D.

Late nights in front of a screen make it hard for teens to fall asleep. Parents may need to step in. Read more >

Oh No! Where's My Phone?
Neil Wagner

See how you stack up when it comes to the anxiety some feel when they can't find their phones. Read more >

Delay of Game?
Esther Entin, M.D.

NFL players who started playing before age 12 brains' show more damage than those who began later. Read more >

Senior Sex In A Post-Viagra World
Barbara L. Marshall, Ph.D.

More seniors are enjoying sex, but a worrisome emphasis on performance is creeping in. Read more >

Where Teens Go for Health Information
Esther Entin, M.D.

Most teenagers get health information from the Internet. But guess who they listen to most? Read more >

Bullying Starts In Front of The TV
Esther Entin, M.D.

Children who are bullied usually have problems socializing. TV time doesn't help them learn social skills. Read more >

Your Reusable Grocery Bags May Be Making You Fat
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

When it comes to treating ourselves for good behavior (like remembering our bags) we are pretty resourceful. Read more >

A Picture of Problem Drinking
Esther Entin, M.D.

Alcohol use disorders are common and often come with mental and physical health problems. Read more >

There Must Be a Safer Way to Treat Kids’ Depression
Esther Entin, M.D.

Antidepressants increase the risk of suicide in some kids. Here's why. Read more >

Dieting? Prepare for The Emotional Ride
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Don't let emotions sabotage your diet. Preparation can really help. Read more >

Why We “Love” Bad News
Alice G. Walton

Newspapers know that bad news draws us in more than good news. But there is a cost. Read more >

Atypical Antipsychotics: What Parents Need to Know
Esther Entin, M.D.

Antipsychotic drugs can be lifesavers for kids. But parents, you have a major role to play. Read more >

“You’re The Best!” The Perils of Overvaluing Our Children
Esther Entin, M.D.

Overblown praise often has the opposite effect parents intend. How to give kids the support they need. Read more >

The Impact of Parental Depression
Esther Entin, M.D.

When people become depressed, it can be tough on those around them; when those people are parents, the stakes are higher. Read more >

Online Dating: Putting Science on Your Side
Neil Wagner

From your screen name to the colors in your profile picture, tips for putting your best foot forward online. Read more >

Depression Too Common Among Teens
Esther Entin, M.D.

Depression is more common among teens than most people realize. Parents, know the warning signs. Read more >

Apps Help Dieters Lose Weight — If They Are Motivated
Charlotte LoBuono

Phone apps can help you lose weight, but it's what they can't do that makes the biggest difference. Read more >

Children Eat Healthier When Parents Set Food Rules
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Kids become better at controlling their own eating when parents set a few rules. They whine less, too. Read more >

Minimizing Your Risk of Gestational Diabetes
Esther Entin, M.D.

Four lifestyle changes can reduce women's risk of developing diabetes during pregnancy by 80%. Read more >

Many in Long-Term Care Receive Medications of Questionable Benefit
Esther Entin, M.D.

Too many nursing home residents with advanced dementia are given medications that offer little benefit. Read more >

Family Intervention Helps Prevent Psychosis in Vulnerable Youth
Esther Entin, M.D.

When family communication and dynamics improve, psychosis can be nipped in the bud. Read more >

Outdoor Time Breeds Fitness in Children
Esther Entin, M.D.

Time outside translates into more physical exercise. That brings better health. Read more >

Unstructured Time Helps Develop Children's “Executive” Skills
Esther Entin, M.D.

Children learn the “executive” skills that will help them run their lives best when they have unstructured time. Read more >

An Obsession with Popularity Can Handicap Teens' Social Development
Esther Entin, M.D.

Kids obsessed with who's cool may be less popular later in life. They don't know how to make friends. Read more >

Getting Active in Your 70s (or Later) Can Reduce the Risk of Disability
Alice G. Walton

Reduce your chances of landing in a nursing home -- walk a few blocks more. It may be all you need. Read more >

Acetaminophen Use in Pregnancy May Raise Risk of Hyperactivity
Esther Entin, M.D.

Acetaminophen has some bad effects on unborn babies and may be behind the rising rates of ADHD. Read more >

Exposure to Ultraviolet Rays Lowers Blood Pressure
Esther Entin, M.D.

A little time in the sun significantly lowered blood pressure. But what about skin cancer? Read more >

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Diagnoses on The Rise
Esther Entin, M.D.

More and more children are being diagnosed and treated for attention deficits. Is this a good thing? Read more >

Brain Training Can Help Prevent Cognitive Decline in the Years to Come
Alice G. Walton

Training sessions can protect aging brains against cognitive decline — up to a decade later. Read more >

Reader Beware: Study Results May Be Overstated
Neil Wagner

Scientists often overstate their findings. It's about attention. Read more >

Young Children Behave Better When They Have a Consistent Bedtime
Esther Entin, M.D.

Young children need to go to bed at a regular, consistent time. Think of it as a miracle cure for bad behavior. Read more >

Brain Changes Are Seen in More Ex-Football Players
Alice G. Walton

Former football players may have "pronounced" brain abnormalities, even if they do not have dementia. Read more >

A Parental Wake-Up Call: Yelling Doesn't Help
Esther Entin, M.D.

No parent starts out wanting to yell at his or her child. But somewhere along the line, usually in adolescence, most of us do. Read more >

Antipsychotic Use in Children
Esther Entin, M.D.

Children taking certain antipsychotics for behavioral problems are far more likely to develop type 2 diabetes. Read more >

Poverty's Mental Toll
Leslie Carr

Being poor robs you of mental bandwidth. The toll money worries take is roughly equal to losing 13 points off your IQ score. Read more >

Soda Consumption and Bad Behavior
Esther Entin, M.D.

It's not clear what it is in soda that brings on aggression and hostility, but the link is there. Read more >

Preventing Drop-Outs: Keeping Kids Engaged in School
Esther Entin, M.D.

Keeping kids engaged in school is perhaps the most important thing you can do to foster success. Read more >

When Bullying Hits Home: Sibling Rivalry or Dangerous Victimization?
Esther Entin, M.D.

Siblings will fight, but bullying happens at home, too. And the emotional impact is just as serious as when it happens at school. Read more >

Pediatricians and LGBTQ Teens
Esther Entin, M.D.

Whether a teenager's sexual orientation is gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or questioning, his or her doctor is an important ally. Read more >

Exercise As a Treatment for Depression
Esther Entin, M.D.

Exercise is a valuable treatment for depression, especially for those who have trouble with antidepressants. Read more >

Re-Tuning the Brain: Ultrasound's Effect on Mood
Neil Wagner

You can't feel or hear it, but ultrasound improved patients' pain and mood. Read more >

There's Earning, and Then There's Overearning
Alice G. Walton

Having more than we can possibly use can put dent in happiness. Read more >

Helicopter Parents: When Mothering Is Smothering
Neil Wagner

College kids whose parents haven't learned to let go are prone to anxiety and depression. Support autonomy. Read more >

Obese and Overweight Children Face Serious Health Risks
Esther Entin, M.D.

You wouldn't let your child play near the street unsupervised; don't let him or her eat unsupervised either. Read more >

Reframing the Debate: Gun Violence As a Public Health Issue
Charlotte LoBuono

Successful public health campaigns are models for how to make guns safer and reduce their allure. Read more >

Bipolar Disorder in Children and Adolescents
Esther Entin, M.D.

Moodiness is not uncommon in kids, so how do you know if your child or teen is suffering from mood swings related to this disorder? Read more >

Health Tips to Carry Forward into 2013
Leslie Carr

New years are for fresh starts and self improvement. Here are some findings to take with you into 2013. Read more >

A Ball by Any Other Name: How Dogs Process Language
Alice G. Walton

When your dog hears a human word, he processes it his own way. This could be helpful for training. Read more >

Are Cooking Shows Making Us Fat?
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Are cooking shows, with their exotic locales and gorgeous food, contributing to our waistlines? Read more >

The Effects of Social Violence in Children's TV Shows
Esther Entin, M.D.

All the gossip, rejection, teasing and excluding that goes on on shows sets the wrong tone. Read more >

Nutrition 101 -Part 2
The First Three Steps to a Nutrition Makeover
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Small steps work best when you start a nutritional makeover. Read more >

How Your Health Choices Can Change Your Genes
Alice G. Walton

Genes are not just static building blocks. Health choices and the environment influence them. Read more >

Eight Surprisingly Simple Ways to Boost Your Performance
Alice G. Walton

Doing your best is a balancing act involving practice, calmness and drive. What research has found. Read more >

ADHD and The Risk of Substance Abuse
Esther Entin, M.D.

Why are kids and adolescents with ADHD prone to substance use? Read more >

More Reasons to Get Your Zzzzs
Alice G. Walton

Sleep can help you lose weight, make better decisions, and improve your sex life. Read more >

Well Informed

Well Informed is a two-part series designed to help you evaluate health information and understand the different kinds of scientific studies behind it. Read more >

ADHD: Treatment With Stimulants Safer than Expected
Esther Entin, M.D.

Do the stimulants used to treat children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) put them at risk for future drug abuse? Read more >

Our Sense of Smell
Hanyi Zhuang, Ph.D. and Hiroaki Matsunami, Ph.D.

The sense of smell is vital to humans and other animals, and it makes life more interesting. Read more >

Understanding Scientific Studies
Tom Gilbert

It is important to know if the information you are gathering on the Web is from a credible source. Read more >

The Fight Against Diabetes
Sheryl Merkin, M.S., F.N.P., C.D.E., Sharon Movsas, M.S., R.D., C.D.E. and Joel Zonszein, M.D., C.D.E.

A lack of insulin or an inability to respond to insulin is known as "insulin resistance." Read more >

Depression in the Elderly
Rafi Kevorkian, M.D.

Insomnia, weight loss, rapid emotional swings, or slow walking and reduced physical activity may be signs of depression in the elderly. Read more >

Pain Free: Modern Drugs and Neuropathic Pain
Howard L. Fields, M.D., Ph.D.

Vertigo: Its Causes and Treatment
Huai Y. Cheng, M.D.

A Body to Die For: The ABC's of Eating Disorders
Kathryn J. Zerbe, M.D.

Recovering bulimics should protect their teeth by NOT brushing vigorously. Read more >

Treating Anxiety and Depression
Kathryn J. Zerbe, M.D.

Even small amounts of caffeine in some at-risk individuals can precipitate or exaggerate anxiety. Read more >

Tobacco and Women: Trends and Strategies for Quitting
Susan C. Stewart, M.D.

At the beginning of the twentieth century, if an American woman smoked a cigarette it was considered disgraceful behavior. Read more >

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