Monthly Archives: May 2017

Students skipping lunch if targets not met

A girls’ school in England has banned FitBits, fitness trackers and smartwatches over growing concerns that students are counting calories and skipping lunch if they fail to meet their targets.

“Some girls would monitor the number of steps they had taken and the number of calories they had used,” Cindi Pride, deputy head teacher at Stroud High School, told The Telegraph. “If they didn’t feel they had taken enough steps in the morning, they wouldn’t eat lunch.”

Teachers at the school fear that the trackers are effecting the teens’ mental health, and may be contributing to an overall obsession with body image, the news outlet reported.

In a letter to parents, Pride also announced a ban on cellphones over the so-called “FOMO” phenom, which stands for students’ fear of missing out.

“There have been many reports about how excessive use of social media can have a negative impact on mental health, particularly for girls,” Pride told The Telegraph. “And the situation is getting worse. It can have a real impact on self-esteem with people comparing themselves to others.”

The ban, which comes after a survey found that 71 percent of students checked social media constantly, will be put into place in September for the start of the new term.

“This is a good move, which addresses important issues in an appropriate and measured way,” one parent told the news outlet.

Multiple sclerosis during their childbearing years

Women are most likely to develop multiple sclerosis during their childbearing years—after they hit puberty and before menopause. And recent studies show that oral contraceptive use and levels of sex hormones impact a woman’s risk, while women who already have the chronic autoimmune disease are less likely to relapse when they’re pregnant or breastfeeding, reports the International Business Times.

Now research published in the American Academy of Neurology journal Neurology finds that women who nurse their children for a total of at least 15 months are at a lower risk of developing the disease.

In addition to a lower risk of breast cancer, ovarian cancer, Type 2 diabetes, and heart disease, “this is another example of a benefit to the mother from breastfeeding,” the study author says in a news release.

The team surveyed 397 women who’d recently been diagnosed with MS or its precursor, as well as 433 female control subjects matched for both race and age.

Researchers found that women who’d breastfed for at least 15 months were 53% less likely to develop MS or its precursor compared to women who’d nursed for between zero and four months.

The authors stress that they’ve found a link but didn’t establish a cause. They say their findings add to the “evidence that women who are able to breastfeed their infants should be supported in doing so.” (Length of nursing matters in this case, too.)

Avoid these harmful ingredients

Of all the things you have to worry about, you may not even think about the dangers lurking in your——shampoo? It may have many harmful ingredients that you need to avoid. In theory, you should have more concern over what you put in your body. Still, topical beauty products can prove unsafe, and an extensive report made public by the FDA proves the problem.

Reported Health Care Problems

Recently, the FDA released information on adverse reports related to food and beauty products. This data came from the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition and is extensive since it goes back to 2004. It provides a good basis to further research on the health effects of beauty supplies.

According to Steve Xu, a physician in dermatology at McGaw Medical Center, hair and skincare products topped the list of adverse events in this report.

Unfortunately, products meant for babies and personal cleanliness had the most events of serious injury, including hospitalization and death. This finding shows that beauty products need guidelines to protect consumer safety.

At the same time, reports of adverse situations have actually doubled in the last year. This influx has largely resulted from hair loss and skin irritation complaints about WEN products. WEN manufacturers had been receiving thousands of complaints for their conditioners with only a mere 100 making their way to the FDA.

When the FDA called for WEN customers to file complaints directly to them, thousands came rolling in. According to the WEN products’ marketing agency, there is still no hard evidence that their conditioners cause hair loss.