Category: Health

Here's How Many Us Mothers Breastfeed

The percentage of U.S. mothers who breast-feed their newborns continues to rise, but many stop breast-feeding before their infant is 6 months old, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2013, 81.1 percent of U.S. mothers said they started out breast-feeding their baby. That's up from 75 percent

Is That Chest Pain Serious? New Blood Test Could Tell

Every day, a slew of previously healthy people experience chest pains and go to the emergency room. But a whole range of events can then follow; some of these people may be having a heart attack and may die later that day, while others will be sent home with medications and live decades longer. Now,

Go Ahead, Eat The Halloween Candy (op-ed)

Katherine Tallmadge, M.A., R.D., is a registered dietitian, author of "Diet Simple: 195 Mental Tricks, Substitutions, Habits & Inspirations" (LifeLine Press, 2011) and a frequent national commentator on nutrition topics. Tallmadge contributed this article to LiveScience's Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights. The holidays — starting with Halloween — can trip up even the most conscientious

5 Big Fat Holiday Health Lies

It's the holidays, that ambiguous time of indulgence that used to be confined to Thanksgiving but which now encompasses the chunk of the year between Halloween and Valentine's Day — and, oh, why not, let's just throw in St. Patrick's Day. Focusing just on Christmas, though, here are five pervasive health misconceptions you might encounter

Diet That Lowers Blood Pressure May Prevent Kidney Stones

A diet designed to prevent high blood pressure might also help ward off kidney stones, a new study suggests. Participants who followed the DASH diet (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension), which is high in fruits, vegetables, nuts and legumes, dairy products and whole grains, and is low in sweetened beverages and red and processed meats,

Use Of Surrogate Sex Partners Rising Among Women

Sex therapists talk with their patients to help them confront their sexual problems and improve their sex lives. But some patients need more than talk therapy. They need practice in the bedroom, and have no spouse or partner to turn to. For these patients, some sex therapists turn to surrogate partners — people who help

Paralyzed Man Walks Again Using Brain-wave System

A 26-year-old man who was paralyzed in both legs has regained the ability to walk using a system controlled by his brain waves, along with a harness to help support his body weight, a new study says. In order to walk, the patient wore a cap with electrodes that detected his brain signals. These electrical

What You Need To Know About Pregnant Sex

Prospective parents can breathe a sigh of relief: According to the latest research, sex during pregnancy is almost always safe. The latest primer for physicians on the topic, published today (Jan. 31) in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, advises pregnant women and their partners to engage in sex according to the couple’s comfort level. The

What Happens When You Swallow A Diamond?

A Chinese tourist was arrested Wednesday (Sept. 5) after an X-ray revealed he had stolen and swallowed a diamond worth $13,600 at a gem exhibition in Sri Lanka. In a botched sleight-of-hand, Chow Cheng, 32, ingested a 1.5-carat diamond he was inspecting at an exhibition stall and tried to replace it with a synthetic one,

Potty Training An Infant: Is It Effective?

This article was originally published at The Conversation. The publication contributed the article to Live Science's Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights. It can often be pretty difficult to convince a determined 2-year-old to quit nappies. To avoid this conflict, many families are adopting a different approach to toilet training, one that is more commonly used in other