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Many Babies in the US Start Solid Foods Too Soon.

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Researchers analyzed the food intake of nearly 1,500 babies in the United States and found that about 16% of parents fed their child complementary foods before the age of four months, and about 38% provided their son or daughter solids or other drinks by five months of age. Lead investigator Dr. Chloe Barrera warns, “Introducing babies to complementary foods too early can cause them to miss out on important nutrients that come from breast milk and infant formula.”
Academy of ...

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Common Drug May Lead to Reduced Fertility of Offspring.

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Paracetamol, also known as acetaminophen, is commonly taken by pregnant women to help relieve pain, but a new study suggests that this medication may lead to reduced fertility among female offspring. Investigators found that rodents given paracetamol during pregnancy, at doses equivalent to what pregnant woman usually take for pain relief, produced female offspring with fewer eggs. Lead investigator Dr. David Kristensen writes, “Although this may not be a severe impairment to fertility, it is still of real concern since ...

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Smell Your Partner’s Shirt to Reduce Stress.

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In this study, investigators observed that women who smelled their partner’s shirt had a reduced response to stress in comparison with those who smelled a stranger’s scent. Senior author Dr. Frances Chen comments, “Our research suggests that something as simple as taking an article of clothing that was worn by your loved one could help lower stress.”
Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, January 2018

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Start Brushing Habits Early.

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To instill lifelong habits to protect one’s smile, experts recommend that tooth brushing begin early in childhood. To accomplish this, the American Academy of Pediatrics advises the following: wipe your baby’s gums with a soft, clean washcloth; never give your baby a bottle in the crib; introduce solid healthy food choices to avoid tooth decay; brush your child’s teeth twice daily until the age of three using a smear of toothpaste the size of a grain of rice; and children ...

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Musculoskeletal Pain Influences Balance.

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For older adults, falling down can result in a serious injury that can dramatically reduce their mobility and independence. In this study, researchers measured pain intensity, postural sway, and concerns about falling in 48 seniors with either neck or low back pain. The research team found that intense neck pain paired with limited neck mobility led to significant changes in postural balance, while intense low back pain significantly increased the fear of falling down.
Aging Clinical and Experimental Research, December ...

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