New analysis: finds 25 million Americans face 6x likelihood of poor health from multiple unhealthy behaviors

New analysis examining five unhealthy behaviors – smoking, excessive drinking, insufficient sleep, physical inactivity, obesity – finds more than 25 million American adults have multiple unhealthy behaviors (three or more). United Health Foundation’s America’s Health Rankings® Spotlight: Impact of Unhealthy Behaviors, released today in partnership with Family…

Persistent snoring in children can harm their health

On March 2, 2016, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,, , With No Comments

New research suggests many parents of children who frequently snore in their sleep do not realize it could be harmful to their children’s health and quality of life. The researchers found around 5% of the children snored persistently on several nights a week. The study – led by…

Snoring in children can affect their health

On March 1, 2016, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,, , With No Comments

Children commonly snore from time to time and that is often harmless. But children with frequent snoring and breathing problems during sleep have an increased risk of having trouble concentrating and learning difficulties. A newly published study from Sahlgrenska Academy shows that many parents of children that snore are…

The impact of shift work on health

On January 12, 2016, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,, , With No Comments

When Dolly Parton sang of working 9 to 5, she expressed concern for people barely getting by with a hard life of routine that only seems to benefit the boss. But what about all those people working less conventional hours, including night shifts? Shouldn’t Ms. Parton be just as…

Pumpkin Seeds: Health Benefits, Nutritional Information

On December 14, 2015, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,, , With No Comments

Pumpkin seeds are an edible seed typically roasted for consumption. They are a common ingredient in Mexican cuisine and are also often eaten as an individual snack. The seeds of the pumpkin are also commonly referred to as pepitas, Spanish for “little seed of squash.” This…

Waking early on work days may harm metabolic health

On November 19, 2015, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,, , With No Comments

The piercing tone of the alarm clock is not a sound one usually welcomes early morning, alerting us in the most unsubtle way that we have to get up for work. But this early awakening is more than just bothersome; a new study finds it may actually be harmful to…

Better sleep and tai chi reduce inflammation and promote health

On November 5, 2015, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,, , With No Comments

Inflammatory processes occur throughout the body, with a primary function of promoting healing after injury. However, when too active, these inflammatory processes can also damage the body in many ways, and may contribute to heart disease, stroke, certain cancers, and other significant medical problems. Stress, including sleep disturbance, is…

Back to school: health tips for schoolchildren

On September 24, 2015, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,, , With No Comments

Many parents will have breathed a sigh of relief at the prospect of their children returning to school after the summer vacation. But rather than having to think of ways to keep them entertained or out of mischief, parental thoughts now turn to ensuring that they stay fit and…