Giving antibiotics to babies may make them heavier later in life, says a new study. The BBC says the drugs could affect bacteria in the gut, leading to weight changes. More research will need to be carried out in order to confirm a link, though.
In light of comedian Rose O'Donnell's announcement that she'd failed to realize she'd had a heart attack, KPCC reports that heart attack symptoms are very different for women than they are for men – typical symptoms in women include seemingly unexplainable fatigue, nausea, stomach pain that mimics heartburn, shortness of breath, cold sweats and clamminess.
The Food and Drug Administration has issued a safety alert to warn folks about two dietary supplements: Reumofan Plus and Reumofan Plus Premium. CNN reports the agency has received dozens of reports of harmful side effects, including stroke and death.
Obesity is the biggest risk factor for diabetes among the impoverished, according to a new study. Researchers, said HealthDay, concluded that among the poor, lifestyle changes are the key to lowering the diabetes rate – that means diet, exercise and regular preventive care visits, all of which are more easily said than done in many of these communities.
In youngsters' health news:
– Nine in 10 high-schoolers say some of their peers are using drugs, alcohol and tobacco during the school day, according to HealthDay. Their estimates indicate that roughly 2.8 million students are using drugs during the day.
– In news surprising no one, Reuters says kids are more likely to go for healthy snacks when they're branded with cartoon faces, which could be a boon to health food manufacturers competing with sugary treat makers.
– The Smithsonian says new research has found that "just one to five years of experience playing music as a kid was associated with an improved cognitive ability in processing complex sounds as an adult," adding to an ever-growing list of ways musicians benefit from their art.
– A new Dutch study has found that unhappy kids are more likely to place a higher level of importance on things than children who are happy with their lives. HealthDay says kids who are unsatisfied and overexposed to advertising tend to become more materialistic over time.
Finally, contrary to popular belief, red wine doesn't always make you stumble: The Huffington Post reports that researchers say resveratrol, a compound found in the beverage, can actually help improve seniors' movement and prevent falls. All bets are off if you shirk moderation, though.
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