The New York Times has a great article about the soaring costs of asthma and allergy medications. There are a few statistics in this one that might just tick you right off: The Soaring Cost of a Simple Breath.
A new study finds that healthy people don't need to take vitamin D supplements to help with aging bones. However, for those who live with autoimmune disorders, vitamin D levels are implicated in their development and symptoms. So it remains an important discussion point for you and your doctor: No Sign that Vitamin D Supplements Help Aging Bones.
Ah, Dr. Google. If you tend to be a worrier, then looking online for medical information may not be the best strategy. As I've said ad nauseum, the web is a great resource and is chalk full of great information and really really bad information: Too Much Online Health Info May Worsen Worriers' Anxiety.
If you didn't hear about this one, it stirred up quite a bit of controversy and debate. A woman outside of Fargo decided she would give notes to kids she deemed "modestly overweight" in lieu of candy on Halloween. As a psychologist, I know that this type of shame-until-they-change-their-behavior approach doesn't work. While I appreciate her concerns about childhood obesity, which has tripled in children and adolescents in the last 3 decades, her approach is misguided and kinda mean. Woman to Give Obese Children Letters, No Candy.
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