According to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in five American children suffers from a mental disorder. This number has been rising over the past decade. Males are more likely to have ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, Tourette syndrome, cigarette dependence, behavioral or conduct problems, and anxiety. Girls are more likely to have depression or an alcohol misuse disorder.
Yuck! Public swimming pools apparently are a breeding ground for bacteria, according to new research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, The federal agency found that E. coli bacteria, associated with feces, were found in 58 percent of public pool samples.
Increasing the amount of time spent in the sun could be beneficial for asthma sufferers, concludes a study from King's College in London. When exposed to the sun, the body produces vitamin D, which appears to calm the over-active part of the immune system associated with asthma. Low levels of vitamin D, likewise, are tied to worsening symptoms of asthma.
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I’ve had a lot of worries in my life, most of which never happened.
In recent years, fast food restaurants have responded to criticisms by offering "healthier" fare, including salads, fruit and skim milk, among other options. But a However, a new study suggests that, in reality, a lot of these restaurants haven’t really become that much healthier.
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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.