Teens Eating Detergent 'Pods': Latest Web Fad Brings Big Dangers

THURSDAY, Jan. 18, 2018 — You’ve gotta be kidding me. That’s gotta be fake. That’s the understandable first reaction of many to the viral phenomenon dubbed the “Tide Pod Challenge.” Sad to say, it’s real. Prompted by internet dares, dozens of U.S. teenagers in recent weeks have popped liquid laundry detergent packets from a variety …

For Kids, Chronic Illness May Trigger Mental Health Issues

MONDAY, Jan. 15, 2018 — When children learn they have a long-term illness, such as diabetes or epilepsy, they’re likely to suffer emotionally, too, a small study finds. These mental health issues surface soon after the diagnosis, the Canadian researchers said. Surveying 50 kids with a chronic illness and their parents, the study authors found …

Pharmacist-led clinic in Canada aims to benefit students, pharmacists and patients

Source: Courtesy, Pharmacists Clinic Members of the Pharmacists Clinic team at the University of British Columbia, Canada A man in his 40s arrived at the Pharmacists Clinic, a pharmacist-led primary care clinic at the University of British Columbia (UBC), after 10 years of suffering with debilitating, chronic pain following a car accident. By this point, …

Vitamin D Supplements May Make Arteries Healthier

TUESDAY, Jan. 9, 2018 — High doses of vitamin D seem to keep arteries more flexible and pliable, potentially warding off future heart disease, heart attacks and strokes, preliminary research suggests. In just four months, vitamin D supplements reduced arterial stiffness in a group of 70 young black men and women, according to results from …

Respiratory Virus Lurks as Wintertime Worry

SUNDAY, Jan. 7, 2018 — A common respiratory virus that circulates in winter can pose a serious threat to children, an expert warns. Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) “is the most important respiratory virus of infants and young children,” said Dr. Pedro Piedra, a professor of pediatrics and molecular virology and microbiology at the Baylor College …

How to Get Your Health on Track for 2018

SATURDAY, Jan. 6, 2018 — For those still open to adding to their list of New Year’s resolutions, the American Medical Association (AMA) is offering its top 10 healthy suggestions. First, Americans should make an effort to cut back on sugary drinks, medical experts advise. Diabetes screening is also a good proactive step as the …