In case you missed it, here are the biggest headlines of the week!
Childhood Lead Exposure Linked to Decreased IQ
A population-based study in New Zealand examined the effects of childhood lead exposure at age 11 and again at age 38. The degree of lead exposure was determined to be inversely correlated with IQ levels and socioeconomic advancement … [read more]
Should Adolescents Have Over-the-Counter Access to Oral Contraceptives?
Although the safety and efficacy of oral contraceptives (OCs) have been well established, whether adolescents should have over-the-counter (OTC) access to OCs is still a matter of considerable public debate. Evidence suggests that expanded access has the potential to increase OC use and reduce teen pregnancies, without increasing sexual risk behavior … [read more]
Why Are Vitamin A Supplements More Effective in Newborns?
Vitamin A deficiency is a widespread problem in developing countries and there are efforts to give children, particularly neonates (children younger than 1 month of age), vitamin A supplements. To gain a better understanding of neonatal vitamin A supplementation, researchers examined the way vitamin A is processed and the areas to which it travels throughout the bodies of neonatal rats … [read more]
Choline Plays a Role in Cardiovascular and Brain Health in Older Adults
Different concentrations of choline and related compounds in the blood affect the risk of cardiovascular disease and small- and large-vessel disease in the brain … [read more]
Does Vitamin D Supplementation Decrease Risk of Cancer?
Vitamin D and cancer risk have been studied since 1980, though current studies have been inconclusive in demonstrating that the two are related. A new study published in JAMA conducted a clinical trial to evaluate the effect of vitamin D supplementation on cancer risk … [read more]
The Link Between Emotions and Eating Behaviour in Adults
Carrying around excess weight means an increased risk for many health problems such as knee pain, sleep apnea, heart disease, strokes, and diabetes. While negative emotions are associated with increased food consumption and unhealthy food choice, positive emotions are linked to an even greater degree of overeating in adults … [read more]