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Living near a busy road may double the risk of child autism:study

Expectant moms now have something else to worry about the traffic driving by their house. High levels of air pollution from traffic during pregnancy might raise autism risk, researchers claim in a new study. "Children exposed to higher levels of traffic-related pollutants during pregnancy or during the first year of life were at increased risk of autism compared to children exposed to the lowest level," says Heather E. Volk, study author and assistant  More...

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Childhood obesity 'can be predicted by check at birth'

Childhood obesity can lead to many health problems, including Type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Researchers from Imperial College London looked at 4,032 Finnish children born in 1986 and at data from two further studies of 1,503 Italian children and 1,032 US children. They found that looking at a few simple measurements, such as a child's birthweight and whether the mother smoked, was enough to predict obesity. More...

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5 Ways to Treat and Prevent Migraines

The symptoms of a migraine are bad enough on their own—but scientists say having serious headaches may leave a lasting mark on your gray matter, too. According to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association, women who have migraines are twice as likely as non-sufferers to show structural brain changes, or lesions, due to insufficient blood flow to particular parts of the brain. More...

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How a doctor prevents colds and flu

I must start by confessing something: I’m a doctor who gets stressed about germs. If you’d ever had a patient with the flu cough in your face, felt their saliva land in your eye and then ended up in bed for a week, you’d be a little paranoid, too. (Not only that, most doctors don’t get sick pay.) More...

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Do we really need 8 hours sleep?

We’ve long been taught that humans need eight hours of sleep to feel well-rested. But the truth is that number doesn’t apply to everyone and certainly not for their whole lives. “Sleep needs are completely variable so it’s a bit of a magical number that causes a lot of problems, because people become a little obsessed with it,” sleep expert and Ryerson University psychology professor Dr. Colleen Carney, tells Dr. Marla & Friends.  More...

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Introducing Baby to Solid Foods

There’s nothing more adorable than a picture of a happy baby contentedly smearing food on his face -- and everywhere else. (Until it’s time to clean up, of course.) Starting your baby on solid food can be fun, playful, and messy! For some parents, introducing solid foods can also be confusing. When should you start? How much should you offer? What comes first? More...

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Physical activity needs of children and youth

Children of all ages benefit from physical activity in their lives. The type and amount of activity they need changes as they grow. For healthy growth and development, infants and preschoolers should be active several times during the day. All activity such as: tummy time on the floor reaching for toys rolling crawling climbing stairs running biking will help them to increase their fitness, have fun, feel happy, develop self-confidence and improve their learning and attention. More...

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Omega-3 fish oil supplement benefits doubted

Although eating fish confers some health benefits, a growing body of evidence suggests there's less support for the value of fish oil supplements. Oily fish such as salmon, trout and herring are excellent sources of omega-3 fatty acids, which are associated with protective effects on the heart.  More...

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Hormones in menstrual cycle 'affect asthma'

A woman's menstrual cycle affects the severity of respiratory symptoms, potentially worsening conditions such as asthma, a study suggests. Norwegian researchers studied almost 4,000 women, and found worse symptoms around ovulation. More...

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10 Foods that Help Your Sexual Health

No doubt you're all about using condoms and practicing safe sex-and you should be. But experts swear that eating right can also boost your sexual health. Nosh on these foods to keep your boobs, uterus, va-jay-jay, etc, working right. Plums and Peaches, these delish fruits are packed with antioxidant polyphenols that may help kill breast cancer cells.  More...

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How lowering your body temperature can help you lose weight

If you find that you’re making frequent trips to the fridge as the weather gets colder, you may want to turn down the thermostat and put on another layer instead. Our internal body temperature has a lot to do with how we function, burn calories and ward off cravings. Find out how you can benefit from that here: More...

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Mammograms may boost breast cancer risk in women with faulty gene

Radiation from mammograms may be harmful to women with mutation that makes them vulnerable to breast cancer. 'We believe countries who use mammograms in women under 30 should reconsider their guidelines', say experts  More...

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