Calcium has long been hailed as a way for aging women to keep their bones strong, but according to new research from McGill University in Montreal, daily supplements of the mineral could help women live longer. The study found that taking a calcium supplement of up to 1,000 mg per day can help women lower their mortality risk.
The average family of four in the U.S. is now spending more money on health insurance coverage than it spends on a year of groceries. According to a new report from Milliman Inc. and published in Forbes magazine, even if a family has health insurance through an employer, a year of medical care costs roughly $22,000
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We know that secondhand smoke isn’t good for kids, and now research from the University of Montreal suggests that it can lead to physically aggressive and antisocial behavior. The effects occur, according to the study, if exposure had occurred either during pregnancy or after it, and it did not seem to matter if the child's parents were antisocial or not.
With obesity now considered a public health epidemic, many people are pointing the blame at junk food manufacturers. However, according to a new report, the frequency of candy consumption had no bearing on obesity or certain other adverse health risks, including heart disease. A caveat: The research was sponsored by the National Confectioners Association.
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Dental health takes a big leap forward when a Connecticut dentist named Washington Sheffield comes up with the idea of putting toothpaste in a collapsible metal tube. While daily tooth brushing was not common—particularly in the U.S.—those who did often shared a jar of toothpaste into which family members all dipped their brushes. Sheffield had always thought this was both wasteful and unhygienic and had followed up on a suggestion from his son, who, while studying in Paris, had watched artists squeezing paint from tubes.