Fat mass index, not BMI, associated with cardiovascular events in people with diabetes

In people with diabetes, fat mass index, not body mass index (BMI), is associated with a higher risk of cardiovascular events, according to new research in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). Heart disease is a major cause of death worldwide, and obesity is a major risk factor. Body mass index, a common measure of obesity, has been recently shown to […]

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For gut microbes, not all types of fiber are created equal

Certain human gut microbes with links to health thrive when fed specific types of ingredients in dietary fibers, according to a new study from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. The work—conducted in mice colonized with human gut bacteria and using new technologies for measuring nutrient processing—is a step toward developing more nutritious foods based on a strategy […]

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Q&A: Mild hypothyroidism may not need treatment

Dear Mayo Clinic: I recently was diagnosed with mild hypothyroidism that isn’t causing symptoms. My doctor says I don’t need treatment now, but she wants me to come back for regular checkups. Does hypothyroidism usually get worse over time? If it does, how is it treated? A: For mild cases of hypothyroidism, not all patients need treatment. Occasionally, the condition […]

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‘Time-outs’ not associated with long-term negative effects in children

It’s an age-old debate: are time-outs bad for kids? Now, a new study suggests that despite sometimes getting a bad rap in the news, the common disciplinary strategy isn’t linked to harmful effects in children. Researchers compared emotional and behavioral health between kids whose parents reported using time-outs and those who didn’t over a roughly eight-year period. The result: no […]

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Dads Taking Six Months of Parental Leave? It's Not a Fairy Tale, It's Just Sweden

Want to see a rare exhibit of photographs, featuring creatures you’ve only heard about in hushed rumors? The Swedish Embassy in Washington, D.C., is ready to hook you up. Hint: It’s not unicorns. It’s not even wee Scandinavian fairy folk in pointy hats. It’s an exhibit of photographs of ordinary Swedish dads, simply taking advantage of Sweden’s generous parental leave […]

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Do NOT Miss These Spots in Colorado With Kids

What first comes to mind when you think of Denver? Mountains and snow? The city does have mountain views and gets its fair share of winter weather, but there are also plenty of sunny days in the colder months, making it easy to explore throughout the year. The laid-back vibe and varied attractions will also appeal to travelers of any age.   I grew up about an hour […]

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Thomas Rhett's Pregnant Wife Is Not 'a Fun Mommy' Thanks to Morning Sickness

Sharing her symptoms! Thomas Rhett’s wife, Lauren Akins, is experiencing a lot of nausea during her pregnancy. “My little sunshines,” the University of Tennessee grad, 29, captioned a photo of her daughters, Willa, 3, and Ada, 23 months, on Saturday, August 3. “On our ‘adventure walk’ around the neighborhood (a game I made up on the fly because we desperately […]

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Here's What NOT to Do When Your Kid Throws a Tantrum

Emotional intelligence is key to parenting. That’s because it refers to your capacity to be cognizant and in control of your emotions and how you allow those emotions to manifest in your expressions, as well as how empathetically you handle your interpersonal relationships. So when your child throws a temper tantrum, as all children do, emotional intelligence will help you […]

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