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.
According to research from the University of Michigan, one in ten high school sophomores and 12 percent of high school seniors take ADHD drugs without a prescription. What may be even more concerning is that parents believe only one percent of kids take “study drugs,” according to the research.
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Food tastes best when you eat it with your own spoon.
Men who were diagnosed with ADHD in childhood are twice as likely to be obese adults as men who did not have an ADHD diagnosis, according to a study from the Child Study Center at New York University’s Langone Medical Center. Researchers believe that the lack of impulse control and poor planning skills –common symptoms of ADHD – may be key factors leading to higher BMI and obesity rates.
While many sunscreens claim to offer protection from UV rays, only one out of four of these products actually delivers on these promises. In a new Environmental Working Group analysis of more than 1,400 sunscreens, lotions, lip products and makeups that claim to have UV protection, researchers found that relatively few provided strong and broad protection from the sun.
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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.