Teen years key for healthy bone growth

Teen years key for healthy bone growth

For strong, healthy bones throughout their lives, teens need to have the right diet and exercise. A new study found that the late teen years are a key period for bone growth — even after teens have achieved their full adult height. “We often think of a child’s growth largely with respect to height, but overall bone development is also …

Forget the ‘Freshman 15’: Study shows students gain weight throughout college

Forget the ‘Freshman 15’: Study shows students gain weight throughout college

Small weight gains over time may not seem like a big deal, but a few pounds here and there can add up to an unhealthy lifestyle and associated health risks — especially for college students, who gain on average of 10 pounds over four years of school, according to a new study published in the Journal of Nutrition Education and …

TV time can be beneficial for moms and kids

TV time can be beneficial for moms and kids

Society tends to look down on moms who plop their children in front of the television so they can get something done, but a new study found that TV can be a positive parenting tool in certain circumstances. When children of low-income families watch parent-approved educational programing together with their moms it can be beneficial, according to a recent University …

What is a brain freeze?

What is a brain freeze?

Ice-cold drinks and frozen treats are delicious, but consume them too fast and you might be hit with a stabbing headache. A brain freeze is a short-lasting but painfully uncomfortable sensation on the front or sides of the head. “A brain freeze is what happens when cold food touches a bundle of nerves in the back of the palate,” said …

Study: Black pepper can block carcinogens

Study: Black pepper can block carcinogens

Spicing up your grilled meats doesn’t just make them more flavorful. It makes them healthier, too. Kansas State researcher J. Scott Smith found that adding common black pepper nearly eliminates the formation of a carcinogenic compound called heterocyclic amines (HCA) from forming on the surface of meats and fish that are cooked at high temperatures. HCAs are formed when muscle …

What to know about fainting

What to know about fainting

Feeling faint may not be uncommon, but fainting is never normal. It’s something to take seriously and could be a symptom of something major. “When people faint they generally feel it coming on or they don’t. If there are no warning signs — you wake up on the ground — it’s incredibly concerning. Call 911 immediately,” said Dr. Matthew Levy, …