Why Children (and Pregnant Women) May Want to Eat More Fish

Why Children (and Pregnant Women) May Want to Eat More Fish
Does fish make children smarter? There is some evidence that it might.In two reviews of data from 44 studies, researchers have concluded that eating seafood during pregnancy and childhood is associated with improved performance on tests of mental skills.The analyses, published in the journal PLEFA, included 29 studies with 102,944 mother-child pairs, and 15 reports on 25,031 children...

Mediterranean Diet May Help Ease Some Symptoms of Depression

Mediterranean Diet May Help Ease Some Symptoms of Depression
A healthy diet may help relieve the symptoms of depression.There is good evidence from observational studies that diet can affect mood, and now a randomized controlled trial suggests that healthy eating can modestly improve clinical levels of depression.The study, in PLOS One, randomized 76 college students with poor diet and depression symptoms to two groups. One group was...

Why Did the Young Mother Have Searing Head Pain and a Racing Heart?

Why Did the Young Mother Have Searing Head Pain and a Racing Heart?
“Please find something wrong with me,” the 28-year-old woman pleaded. For nearly a year, she’d been looking for a reason for the strange symptoms that now dominated her life. Dr. Raphael Sung, a cardiologist specializing in finding and fixing abnormal heart rhythms at National Jewish Health hospital in Denver, was surprised by her reaction to the news that...

An H.I.V. Outbreak Puts Spotlight on Pakistan’s Health Care System

An H.I.V. Outbreak Puts Spotlight on Pakistan’s Health Care System
A pediatrician accused of reusing syringes and infecting scores of Pakistani children with H.I.V. is now practicing in a government-run hospital after his private clinic was shuttered, in a case that is raising widespread questions about the integrity of Pakistan’s health care system.The pediatrician, Muzaffar Ghanghro, was initially the sole focus of blame in an H.I.V. outbreak that...

How Walking Might Affect Our Sleep

How Walking Might Affect Our Sleep
They did. In fact, the relationships between moving and dozing turned out to be consistent and strong. In essence, the more steps people accumulated over the course of the month, the higher their self-rated sleep quality was during that time. Ditto when the researchers looked at the number of minutes they had spent moving; the more time someone...

Johnson & Johnson Says Recalled Baby Powder Doesn’t Have Asbestos

Johnson & Johnson Says Recalled Baby Powder Doesn’t Have Asbestos
Johnson & Johnson said on Tuesday that it did not find asbestos in multiple tests of a bottle of baby powder that the Food and Drug Administration said contained trace amounts of the carcinogen.The company had recalled 33,000 bottles of the product earlier this month after the regulator said it discovered evidence of chrysotile asbestos in a bottle...

Before You Fill That Prescription, You May Want to Read These Books

Before You Fill That Prescription, You May Want to Read These Books
Blaser also details the still-unfolding links between antibiotics and diseases that are not infections. Depleting the body’s friendly bacteria may precipitate asthma and other allergic diseases, and may elevate risk for some autoimmune diseases. Some evidence supports including diabetes and even autism on the list. Just like cattle, young mice can be fattened with antibiotics in their chow....

Generic Version of Xanax Is Recalled by F.D.A.

Generic Version of Xanax Is Recalled by F.D.A.
The Food and Drug Administration has announced a nationwide recall of a batch of alprazolam, a generic version of Xanax, because of potential contamination. The manufacturer, Mylan Pharmaceuticals, said Friday that the voluntary recall was because of the possible presence of a foreign substance. The company had not received reports of problems related to the tablets, but “the...

‘But Mom, Video Games Are My Job’

‘But Mom, Video Games Are My Job
That is not to say you should be dismissive of your child’s passion. If your child is dreaming of being a professional gamer, I advise parents to answer just as they would a teenager who wants to be a professional athlete. Play your game. Improve your skills. But homework and other responsibilities come first. And don’t sacrifice sleep....

New TB Vaccine Could Save Millions of Lives, Study Suggests

New TB Vaccine Could Save Millions of Lives, Study Suggests
In what may be a watershed moment in the fight against tuberculosis, the world’s most lethal infectious disease, an experimental new vaccine has protected about half the people who got it, scientists reported on Tuesday.While a 50 percent success rate is hardly ideal — the measles vaccine, by contrast, is about 98 percent protective — about 10...

Texas Father Says 7-Year-Old Isn’t Transgender, Igniting a Politicized Outcry

Texas Father Says 7-Year-Old Isn’t Transgender, Igniting a Politicized Outcry
A bitter custody battle in Dallas that centers on the gender identity of a 7-year-old child provoked an outcry among conservatives this month. The child’s mother, Anne Georgulas, had honored what she said was the child’s preference to live as a girl and sought to compel the father, Jeffrey Younger, to do the same, according to...

For Many Widows, the Hardest Part Is Mealtime

For Many Widows, the Hardest Part Is Mealtime
GLEN ELLYN, Ill. — When her husband, Bill, died six years ago this month, Michele Zawadzki squared her shoulders to the grief. They had been together for 47 years — since high school, when they were prom dates — so she knew that life without him would be trying. Not just holidays, but even mundane...

When Your 200-Month-Old Can’t Sleep Through the Night

When Your 200-Month-Old Can’t Sleep Through the Night
Her presentation was crowded because so many pediatricians are seeing these kids. In a study presented as an abstract at this meeting, researchers looked at national survey data about the sleep habits of 49,050 children from 6 to 17, to see how many were getting enough sleep. They used the A.A.P. guidelines for sufficient sleep: a minimum...

Sugary Drink Ban Tied to Health Improvements at Medical Center

Sugary Drink Ban Tied to Health Improvements at Medical Center
Sugary drink sales bans have been somewhat less controversial than soda taxes, which have had mixed results. A study in Berkeley, Calif., found that sugary drink consumption fell and water consumption rose three years after the city implemented a soda tax. But another recent study found no significant overall declines in consumption in Philadelphia and Oakland in...