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Kids bulk up brains through exercise

Two recent studies, as reported by Gretchen Reynolds in The New York Times, add evidence to the claim that fit kids not only do better on tests, but have larger basal ganglia and hippocampi, important control and processing centers in the brain. But, we are in a recession, and school boards across the country are…

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What’s in a name? That which we call…high-fructose corn syrup?

High-fructose corn syrup has been the victim of many criticisms in recent years. Health professionals have questioned its health effects. Consumers have struggled between nutrition recommendations and the late night snacks that are often laden with it. And many noteworthy companies have stopped using it in their products. In response, the Corn Refiners Association has…

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Introducing a Men’s Health-branded active video game

Imagine a new active video game for adults, brought to you by your favorite magazine brand.  Nat Ives at AdAge gives the details: “Now Rodale siblings Men’s Health and Women’s Health have teamed up with Ubisoft on a fitness game called “Your Shape: Fitness Evolved,” due this November for Microsoft’s Xbox and its Kinect motion-detection…

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Sex in the media: What’s a person to do?

Sex is prevalent in the media, and the American Academy of Pediatrics has something to say about it. In the September issue of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Pediatrics published a revised policy statement that addresses sexual messages in the media and has some recommendations for parents and pediatricians. The original piece was published in…

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Weekly news round-up

Here are some things we’ve been reading this week. Got something to add? Share it in the comments. FDA to Lipton: Tea can’t do that (NPR) What’s it going to take to get the smoking rate below 20% (WSJ) New parents at risk for depression (NYT) E-Cigarette firms get FDA warning (WebMD) More doctors no…

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The beaches seem fine, but what about mental health?

BP, the government and volunteers have wiped most of the Gulf Coast beaches clean after the Deepwater Horizon explosion in April sent nearly 5 million barrels of oil into the surrounding waters. But there are still invisible scars left behind, and SAMHSA (the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) has dedicated a specific website to…

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