Excessive screen time during infancy may be linked to lower cognitive skills later in childhood

The amount of time babies spend watching computer, TV and phone screens in their first year of life may be indirectly linked to lower cognitive skills later in life, according to a new study. Babies who watched on average two hours of screen time per day performed worse later on, at age 9, on executive … Read more

‘Reverse Dieting’ Is Not a Weight Loss Cheat Code

photo: Lolostock (Shutterstock) To hear the TikTok girlies tell it, there’s a hack that will let you EAT MORE FOOD! While NOT GAINING WEIGHT! And it’s great if you are SICK OF DIETING! Never mind that one can achieve all those goals by a simple trick called “not dieting anymore.” No, it needs a name … Read more

Large Study Finds Link Between Viral Infections and Future Brain Illness

An illustration of varicella zoster virus, the cause of chickenpox and shingles.illustration: Shutterstock (Shutterstock) Common viral infections may be having far-reaching effects on our brain health, new research suggests. The study found a link between dozens of different viral exposures and a later increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease and other brain disorders. More research will … Read more

Super Gonorrhea Has Reached the U.S.

An illustration of Neisseria gonorrhoeae bacteria.illustration: Shutterstock (Shutterstock) Super gonorrhea has infected people-in the United States for the first known time. This week, Massachusetts public health officials announced the discovery of two gonorrhea cases appearing to display increased resistance to all known antibiotic classes that can be used against it. These cases were thankfully still … Read more

Intermittent Fasting May Not Affect Your Chances of Weight Loss, Study Suggests

Image: Shutterstock (Shutterstock) New research casts doubt on certain claimed benefits of intermittent fasting, finding no link between a person’s timing of meals and their chances of long-term weight loss. The frequency and size of people’s meals, however, was linked to modest changes in weight. Scientists from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health … Read more

The Benefits of Taking Vitamin D Might Depend on Your Weight

Image: Shutterstock (Shutterstock) The potential benefits of taking vitamin D supplements may be affected by your weight and height, new research suggests. The study found that overweight and obese people taking these supplements experienced a smaller increase of vitamin levels and other related markers relative to those with a lower body mass index. The study … Read more

Why 70% Rubbing Alcohol Is Better Than 99% for Disinfecting

photo: Colleen Michaels (Shutterstock) Stronger is better, right? Cconcentrated dish soap degreases better. Higher proof rum will get you drunk faster. You even scoop your ice cream from the part of the tub with the most fudge and nuts. But when it comes to rubbing alcohol, higher concentrations aren’t always better after all. Drugstores tend … Read more

Can a Virus Age You?

The following is an excerpt from Jellyfish Age Backwards: Nature’s Secrets to Longevity by Nicklas Brendborg. Available for sale January 17, 2023 at Amazon.com, Barnes & Nobleand Bookshop.org. When the United States began vaccinating against the measles virus in the 1960s, children fortunately stopped getting measles. But that wasn’t the only thing; suddenly, American children … Read more

Experts Recommend Drugs, Surgery for Teen Obesity in New Guidelines

Image: Shutterstock (Shutterstock) For the first time ever, experts with the American Academy of Pediatrics are recommending proactive medical intervention against childhood obesity. The organization’s new guidelines will no longer ask doctors to simply observe or delay treatment in children with obesity, defined as a body mass index over 30. They instead now emphasize a … Read more

Don’t Waste Your Time With These Terrible Diet Tips

photo: Viacheslav Nikolaenko (Shutterstock) It’s the new year and everybody’s on a diet—I mean, a wellness journey. Whether you want to lose weight or not is none of my business, but I do beg you to please, please let all the following silly weight loss “hacks” die. Many of them forgive on disordered eating behaviorswhile … Read more