• August 18, 2015

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    Bedtime Stories for Young Brains

    A little more than a year ago, the American Academy of Pediatrics issued a policy statement saying that all pediatric primary care should include literacy promotion, starting at birt

  • August 18, 2015

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    More Consensus on Coffee’s Benefits Than You Might Think

    When I was a kid, my parents refused to let me drink coffee because they believed it would “stunt my growth.” It turns out, of course, that this is a myth. Studies have failed, again and again, to show that coffee or caffeine consumption are related to reduced bone mass or how tall people are.

  • August 18, 2015

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    Is washing fruit effective in reducing exposure to pesticides?

    Good old tap water will go a long way toward washing pesticide residues off your fruit and vegetables, but “getting it down to zero is not feasible, ever,” said Dave Stone, a toxi

  • August 18, 2015

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    The Child’s Play Workout

    Today’s kids have a lot of structure in their lives. The last thing they want is to follow a rigidly structured exercise program. Yet they have the same—if not more—stability, strength, and endurance needs as adults, and you still need to progress them through the Optimum Performance

  • August 18, 2015

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    Labels Like ‘Alternative Medicine’ Don’t Matter. The Science Does.

    The University of Toronto recently stirred up a bit of controversy by offering an uncritical class on “Alternative Medicine.” A variety of bloggers and journalists brought up many valid concerns about the curriculum, but there is a much larger problem: No one is sure how best to teach that subje

  • August 18, 2015

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    Red Meat Is Not the Enemy

    There are people in this country eating too much red meat. They should cut back. There are people eating too many carbs. They should cut back on those. There are also people eating too much fat, and the same advice applies to them, too.

    What’s getting harder to justify, though, is a

  • August 18, 2015

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    Happy trail running: There’s a technique, and you can learn it

    AS WE JUMPED over roots and dashed around rocks, Malcolm Dunn told me to look ahead 15 feet. If you look up while trail running, you can see obstacles and flow through them, he said as he ran easily through the woods.

    I nodded as I huffed behind him and tried to flow through the trail

  • August 11, 2015

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    Simple Rules for Healthy Eating

    Over the past few months, I’ve written a number of times on how nutrition recommendations are seldom supported by science. I’ve argued that what many people are telling you may be inaccurate. In response, many of you have asked me what nutrition recommendations should

  • August 11, 2015

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    Not Vaccinating Children Is the Greater Risk

    After more than 50 years as a medical and science writer, I’m pained to see that childhood immunizations, perhaps the most important health and lifesaving advance of the last century, are being seriously eroded by misinformation and scaremongering.

    The result has been a resurgence i

  • August 11, 2015

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    Many Older Women Don’t Need Vitamin D Supplements

    Vitamin D supplements may be ineffective in improving bone density or bone strength in postmenopausal women, a clinical trial has found.


    Researchers randomized 230 women to one of three groups: a low-dose group who took 800 units of vi