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If you want to improve your memory, take a nap

This month researchers reported online in Current Biology, a Cell Press publication, that good study habits should include a lot of napping. When compared to those who didn't sleep, or slept but didn't report dreams, study subjects who napped after learning a task and dreamed about it recalled it the best.

September 22, 2010 | Kirven Weekley | Health


Health benefits of pets

Most readers who own a pet, be it dog, cat, bird, ferret, horse or other creature, can probably speak to the emotional benefits of owning an adoring animal. Anecdotes are prolific about the human health benefits of companion animals, both service and therapy animals, and family pets. (I'm not too sure about goldfish, however.) But in-depth scientific research into this apparently obvious phenomenon are rare. Now, however, the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, part of the National Institutes of Health, is embarking on a study of whether animals can have tangible effects on ...

September 19, 2010 | Kirven Weekley | Health


The mother’s weight during pregnancy affects child's adult weight

If a mother gains too much weight during her pregnancy she places her child at an increased risk of being overweight farther down the road. This is according to a recent study published in Lancet, England's premier medical journal. The researchers were American and funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health. They followed all births in Michigan and New Jersey between the years 1989 and 2003. Of the 513,000 women and 1.1 million infants that were a part of the study, scientists found that women who gained more than 53 pounds during pregnancy gave birth ...

August 27, 2010 | Kirven Weekley | Health


Elicit drugs found to have healing properties

Who would have thought that the drugs Ecstasy and Ketamine, outlawed by the Controlled Substances Act, would be found to have properties that really helped people. These drugs became popular during the 1990s as "club drugs" prolific in all-night raves. MDMA, popularly known as Ecstacy, and Ketamine were drugs that could earn you the same sentence for selling them as it would if you were caught selling heroin or methamphetamine.

August 20, 2010 | Kirven Weekley | Health


Cutting down on children’s summer accidents

Summer can be rough on a kid, as most parents know. Children and adolescents fall, crash their bicycles, burn themselves, almost drown and are in car crashes. Falls lead this list of the most common reasons children are admitted to hospitals during summer months.

August 04, 2010 | Kirven Weekley | Health


Here's To Your Health: Obama’s health care overhaul

Here is some information about President Barrack Obama's massive heathcare overhaul bill that was signed into being on March 22, 2010:

Coverage: 32 million uninsured. The major increase in coverage will begin in year 2014. When it is fully installed, 94 percent of eligible non-elderly Americans will have coverage. Current coverage is 83 percent.

May 26, 2010 | Kirven Weekley | Health


Spare the rod and save the child?

People have been arguing about the value of corporal punishment of children for a very long time. Fanning the flames of this debate has been conflicting research supporting the opposing ideologies. Recently, however, a five year effort to review the scientific literature by the family services division of the American Psychological Association has reached a conclusion, "parents and caregivers should reduce and potentially eliminate their use of any physical punishment as a disciplinary measure."

May 07, 2010 | Kirven Weekley | Health


Debunking pop psychology

There is a lot of "common" wisdom out there, beliefs that most of us take for granted, but rarely put to the test. For instance, it is believed that "blowing off steam" and ranting when we are angry helps us unload our stresses and leads to calmer nerves. Not so, according to researchers. Ranters actually maintain higher levels of stress and tension than those who contain angry outbursts and try to express their feelings in a less aggressive manner. Here are some more offered by the editors of Psychology Today:

May 05, 2010 | Kirven Weekley | Health


Safety of high tech scanners considered by FDA

This week the U.S. Federal Drug Administration is hearing proposals for changing the ways that high tech medical scanning techniques are used. There is a growing concern that Americans are exposed to too much radiation by these new imaging technologies, such as CT scans and fluoroscopy. The agency is looking for ways to get the manufacturers of these devices to maintain higher standards and increase the amount of training required to operate the equipment

April 28, 2010 | Kirven Weekley | Health


Here's to you health: Global warming making allergies worse

Anyone with allergies in Georgia can probably tell you they are worse than ever this year. After an unusually cold and snowy winter followed by an early and warm spring, pollen counts have soared in most of the U.S., especially in the Southeast. The Southeast is blessed with some of the most allergenic cities in the country and Atlanta is one of the very highest.

Daily weather reports currently list the daily pollen count, which is the number of pollen grains in a cubic meter of air. A pollen count of 120 is considered to be high. In the ...

April 18, 2010 | Kirven Weekley | Health


To avoid dementia - live with purpose

As our population ages, dementia becomes a more frequent diagnosis. Alzheimer's is the most common type of dementia, and is characterized by a global loss of intellectual functioning. A person who has dementia has cognitive problems with memory, reasoning, perception and motor skills that gets worse as they get older. There is not a cure for it, and little is known about its causes.

The incentive to understand the causes of the disease, and its precursor - mild cognitive impairment, increases as the numbers of people with dementia rises. Aron S. Buchman is an associate professor in the department of ...

April 04, 2010 | Kirven Weekley | Health


Here's to you health: Nothing fishy about fish oil claims

Fish oil is one of the healthiest nutritional supplements that one can take. Fish oil contains omega-3 fatty acids that are easily absorbed by us and have been shown to reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes and slow the formation of plaques in the arteries. The American Heart Association recommends that healthy people eat fatty fish at least twice a week. If you have heart disease, they recommend 1,000 milligrams of omega-3s per day.

Omega 3 fatty acids are beneficial beyond just helping the heart. Omega 3s contain EPA and DHA, two important fatty acids that play ...

March 21, 2010 | Kirven Weekley | Health


Here's to your health: ADHD in children, adults

Attention Deficit Disorder, or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, is a condition that has been known about in children for many years, but only in recent history has ADHD has been more widely recognized and diagnosed in adults. Although controversial at times due to the rapid rise in the number of people being treated for it, ADHD is a real neurobehavioral condition that makes it hard for people to sit still or concentrate on important tasks. It affects 3 percent to 5 percent of children, 30 percent to 70 percent of whom will continue to have symptoms as adults.

ADHD manifests ...

March 14, 2010 | Kirven Weekley | Health


Holiday safety tip of the week

The holidays are a time when thieves and con artists are frequently on the prowl. Here are some tips from the Newton County Sheriff's Office to help keep your home, your car, your possessions, and your family safe.

December 06, 2009 | Mark Mitchell Executive Officer, NCSO | Health


East Metro Hosts Sat. H1N1 Clinic

East Metro Health District will host H1N1 vaccination clinics at two health department sites on Saturday, Nov. 21, for CDC priority groups from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Newton County Health Center in Covington.

November 19, 2009 | Staff Report | Health


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