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The Way to Beat Poverty

Nicholas Kristof tells the story of a girl named Jessica, whose chances of a successful life were minimized before she was even born.

“One reason the United States has not made more progress against poverty is that our interventions come too late. If there’s one overarching lesson from the past few decades of research about . . . → Read More: The Way to Beat Poverty

Drink Soda? Take 12,000 Steps

High-fructose corn syrup, used in processed foods and nearly all soft drinks, can cause a variety of health problems for people who consume it. Is there anything consumers can do to alleviate the negative effects? Two new studies show that walking at least 12,000 steps a day can protect the public to some extent. Read . . . → Read More: Drink Soda? Take 12,000 Steps

Physical Exercise Helps Kids Do Better Academically

According to the latest federal statistics, the label of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder has been applied to about 11 percent of American children between the ages of 4 and 17 and this trend seems to be on the rise.

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign published a study last year in The Journal . . . → Read More: Physical Exercise Helps Kids Do Better Academically

Are Antidepressants Safe During Pregnancy?

Up to 14 percent of pregnant women in the US take antidepressants like Prozac, Celexa and Zoloft despite an increasing number of studies that link these medications to birth defects, complications after birth and even developmental delays and autism.

Now, Food and Drug Administration has issued strong warnings that paroxetine (Paxil) may cause birth defects . . . → Read More: Are Antidepressants Safe During Pregnancy?

Birth Weight and Diabetes

Researchers at Boston University School of Public Health have found that babies ( particularly babies of African-American descent) born at low birth weight are at an increased risk for Type 2 diabetes later in life.

“The link has been found in other populations, but black women have a higher frequency of low birth weight and . . . → Read More: Birth Weight and Diabetes

Mark Bittman on Food and Drink

In a recent article, The Drinker’s Manifesto, Mark Bittman discusses our society’s inflated fears of alcohol’s bad effects while ignoring the harm of drinking soft drinks and eating unhealthy foods.

“The C.D.C. says that excessive alcohol consumption causes 88,000 deaths a year and “costs the economy about $224 billion.” Obesity-related illnesses cause somewhere around 112,000 . . . → Read More: Mark Bittman on Food and Drink