Is Fluoride in Drinking Water Safe? A New Study Reignites a Long-Standing Debate

A study published in JAMA Pediatrics has given new life to a long-running debate: whether adding fluoride to drinking water is a prudent way to prevent tooth decay, or a potentially toxic mistake. The research, which focused on mother-child pairs from six Canadian cities, found that high fluoride exposure during pregnancy was correlated with lower IQ scores among […]

Yet Another Health Problem Linked to Air Pollution: Eye Disease

It’s no secret that air pollution isn’t good for your health. In particular, exposure to the byproducts of burning the fuel that powers most of our motor vehicles has been linked to higher risk of lung cancer, respiratory infections, stroke and heart disease, as well as an increased risk of death from these conditions. A new study now […]

Is high blood pressure always bad?

Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is a risk factor for several health conditions, including cardiovascular problems, diabetes, and other metabolic issues. However, is high blood pressure always a cause for concern? New findings question that assumption.   Having high blood pressure may sometimes have a protective effect. Up to 75 million adults in the United States have high […]

Can Keto Help With Fertility? One Man Thinks the Diet Got His Wife Pregnant

The high-fat, low-carb keto diet has earned a reputation as more than just a weight-loss plan. Animal studies suggest that it might have anti-inflammatory and anti-aging effects, and the trendy diet may also help ease headaches. But one man is now claiming that not only did keto help him and his wife lose weight—it also helped them conceive. On Monday, the man […]

Cholesterol

What is cholesterol? Cholesterol is a chemical compound that the body requires as a building block for cell membranes and for hormones like estrogen and testosterone. The liver produces about 80% of the body’s cholesterol and the rest comes from dietary sources like meat, poultry, eggs, fish, and dairy products. Foods derived from plants contain no cholesterol. […]

The 5 Metabolic Myths With Dr. Jade Teta

If you’ve been counting calories and exercising as part of a health and wellness program, there can come a time when the scale suddenly stops moving. But beyond the horizon of the fitness industry’s fetish with the scale and dogmatism of “calories in vs. calories out and “eat less, exercise more” lies the truth about what our body really […]

Determinants of maternal healthcare utilization among married adolescents: Evidence from 13 Sub-Saharan African countries

Abstract Objectives Child and adolescent marriage are widely prevalent in some developing countries, and yet evidence on the maternal healthcare utilization of married adolescents is sparse. This study sought to identify the determinants of maternal healthcare utilization among married adolescents in 13 countries with the highest adolescent marriage rates in Sub-Saharan Africa. Study design This […]

New molecule could help improve heart attack recovery

Imagine there were a drug that you could take soon after a heart attack that could reduce damage by protecting healthy heart muscle tissue. “Cardiologists say that when a heart attack occurs, time is muscle,” said Robert Gourdie, director of the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC Center for Heart and Reparative Medicine Research. Without […]

Scratching the surface of how your brain senses an itch

Light touch plays a critical role in everyday tasks, such as picking up a glass or playing a musical instrument. The sensation is also an essential part of the body’s protective defense system, alerting us to objects in our environment that could cause us to fall or injure ourselves. In addition, it is part of […]