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A peep into the history of Easter’s marshmallow icon

Easter is a popular time for America’s bunny- and chick-shaped marshmallows friends known as Peeps. Every day, about 5.5 million Peeps are produced, roughly 2 billion a year. Peeps may be made with love, but they also have some less-healthy ingredients. Four yellow marshmallow bunny Peeps — considered one serving — contain 110 calories and…

FDA OKs first medical device to treat ADHD in children

The first medical device to treat childhood attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, was OK’d Friday by the US Food and Drug Administration. Designated for children ages 7 to 12 who are not currently on medication for the disorder, the device delivers a low-level electrical pulse to the parts of the brain responsible for ADHD…

Recall of blood pressure drug losartan expanded

If you take blood pressure medicine, you’ll want to double-check your bottle. Torrent Pharmaceuticals Ltd. has expanded its recall of losartan potassium and losartan potassium/hydrochlorothiazide tablets. Tests found trace amounts of a potentially cancer-causing impurity called N-methylnitrosobutyric acid in some of these drugs. The company is recalling 36 additional lots, it said Thursday. A full…

Are you protected from measles? It may depend on when you were born

Nearly two decades after measles was declared eliminated in the United States, the country and the globe have seen an upsurge of cases — including adults who thought they were protected by the vaccine. Now, some are questioning whether they are properly vaccinated and whether they are still at risk for getting measles. In a…

This flu season is the longest in a decade, CDC says

It’s official: This year’s flu season is a record breaker. There have been 21 weeks of elevated flu activity reported in the United States during the 2018-19 flu season, based on data from the weekly flu report released Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s one week longer than the previous 10-year…

World champion triathlete breaks neck but comes back to complete Ironman

The Ironman triathlon is one of the most grueling competitions in the world. It could easily be seen as a form of self-torture. A true Ironman triathlon involves a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride and a 26.2-mile run. And in case you’re not aware, the Ironman competition puts these three events back-to-back-to-back. They don’t…

Life lessons from the native tribe with the healthiest hearts in the world

A few years ago, I read reports of an indigenous tribe living deep in the Amazon rainforest whose members had hardly any evidence of heart disease. In fact, the researchers concluded after a year-long study that the Tsimane, as they are called, had the healthiest hearts in the world, a title previously held by Japanese…

This baby got measles because of anti-vaxers

Fainy Sukenik believes in vaccines, and her four children are up to date on all their shots. That’s why she’s furious that her baby got measles. Too young to be vaccinated, 8-month-old Shira Goldschmidt developed complications from the virus and had to be hospitalized. Infectious disease experts say the cause is clear: anti-vaxers. Both in…

Why an ancient religious text is the best parenting book I’ve read in years

As a parenthood writer, I read a lot of parenting books. Most of them underwhelm by either repeating the obvious or suggesting approaches that are in deep denial of the vagaries of human nature. Very occasionally, I come upon one that offers both genuine insights into raising children and a sensible — and replicable —…

Report finds ‘alarming unaddressed deficiencies’ in US offshore oil drilling

Even as the Trump administration has taken steps to expand offshore oil drilling, a new report shows that thousands of oil spills are still happening and that workers in the oil and gas industry are still dying on the job. The report comes from Oceana, a nonpartisan nonprofit dedicated to protecting and restoring the oceans,…

Does sugar make kids hyper? That’s largely a myth

Does sugar make kids hyper? Maybe. “If you look at the peer-reviewed evidence, we cannot say sugar absolutely makes kids hyper; however, you can’t discount that sugar may have a slight effect” on behavior, said Kristi L. King, senior pediatric dietitian at Texas Children’s Hospital and spokeswoman for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. In…

CDC investigating listeria infections linked to deli meats and cheeses

Eight people in several states have been hospitalized with listeria infections, including one person who died, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. The infections of the bacterium listeria monocytogenes have been reported in Michigan, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania, the CDC said Wednesday. The death was reported in Michigan, according to the…

A person with measles visited Google headquarters, health officials say

The Santa Clara County, California, health department said a person with measles visited Google’s headquarters in Silicon Valley, which is in their county. The adult is a resident of San Mateo County. As of April 10, California has reported 21 cases of measles this year. Two of those cases (one adult and one child) were…

Doctors use HIV to develop ‘cure’ for babies with ‘bubble boy’ disease

Dannie Hawkins dreamed for her precious baby nephew, Ja’Ceon Golden, to experience the simple joys of childhood — swimming in pools during the summer, going to birthday parties, playing in parks filled with people, having a pet — without risk. Yet because of his illness, going outdoors and into crowds of people would put him…

Stop letting your kids stare at iPads in restaurants, science says

I try to be restrained in my judgments of other parents. We have so many obligations and pressures when it comes to parental duties that it’s probably more detrimental to kids if their parents are further stressed by worrying that they’re doing it all wrong. I think of this column as a gut check —…