Athletes, especially top-level athletes, know that competitive play carries a risk of injury. The risks can be mitigated with proper physical training. But what about the lasting damage from physical or sexual abuse? Can those scars increase the risk of injury, too?
Fifteen million people suffer strokes worldwide each year. Obesity plays a role in many of those. Brain plasticity, or the brain’s ability to create new neural pathways, is critical to stroke recovery. But does obesity both increase stroke risk and impair the brain’s ability to recover from stroke?
Cannabis use, including among among pregnant women, is rising sharply in the US. Media and even government outlets seem in a rush to promote it as a side-effect free answer to stress, anxiety and other conditions. But does its use by expectant mothers pose a risk to their unborn children?
Be honest. During the COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns, you’ve indulged on an oversized meal once or twice. An extra slice of pizza, extra sweets or second helping of comfort food. Occasional overeating probably won’t ruin your health. Making it a habit, however, is a recipe for serious health issues.
It has been pretty widely accepted that cognitive ability declines as we age. If you ask most people, including most doctors, if alcohol consumption is good for cognitive function, they’d likely say no. But are they right? Does alcohol consumption speed age-related cognitive decline?
Everyone wants strong, healthy children. Good cardiovascular health is the foundation of health. New research tells us that one key to ensuring that your children are heart-healthy later in life is for mom to eat well and exercise while pregnant.
Most Americans avoid solitude. We crave contact and approval from others. But there are things we can only gain from being alone. There’s something revelatory about being alone for an extended period. We learn things about ourselves that we simply can’t when surrounded by others.
Anorexia Nervosa affects about 1 percent of women and 0.3 percent of men over the age of 15. It can cause serious health problems, including digestive system damage, hormonal damage and even heart attacks. If new research is accurate, girls with anorexia may also be at risk of stunted growth.
It’s almost an American tradition. Probably international, too. Parents have rules for kids, grandma and grandpa frequently ignore them. “Grandma’s house, grandma’s rules,” right? Maybe, but it doesn’t always sit well with parents. Later nights, extra TV and endless snacks may be bones of contention between parents and grandparents.
In 2019, over 67,000 Americans died from drug overdoses. Nearly 15 million abused alcohol regularly. Substance abuse isn’t going away. The COVID-19 pandemic has made the situation worse. But can we predict who will have a substance abuse disorder? Can we use such information to tailor prevention strategies that work?