(CBS) How would you like to lose 10 to 15 pounds in 17 days?
Well the "17 Day Diet," which seems to mix numerology with calorie restriction, says you can. And lots of television shows, including "Dr. Phil," "The Doctors" and "Good Morning America" seem to have bought in.
The plan has four food cycles of 17 days each. It also recommends walking 17 minutes a day and we assume lots of other totally normal activities that are somehow enhanced with the number 17.
Why is 17 the magic number?Continue »
(CBS) Just say...yes?
Teenage drug abuse is trending upward, according to the Partnership at Drugfree.org. It announced results of a new study showing sharp increases in the use of marijuana and Ecstasy after years of declining use.
In addition, teens' attitudes about underage drinking have gotten more relaxed.Continue »
(CBS/AP) Are estrogen supplements safer than women have been led to believe? A new study shows that stroke and other health problems linked to the pills fade when women quit taking them after menopause.
It's good news for women who take the hormone in their 50s, when menopause usually begins.Continue »
(CBS) Teen pregnancy is down, way down in America, but teens in this country are still getting pregnant at rates that dwarf the rest of the developed world.
That's according to a new Centers for Disease Control report, which found teen birth rates dropped 37 percent over the last two decades and are now at a record low. But the agency says it's still not nearly good enough. Teen birth rates in America are up to nine times higher than many other developed countries. We find ourselves nestled between Bulgaria and Romania on the issue.
What's the big deal? Education for one. Only 50 percent of teen moms get a high school diploma by the age of 22, according to the CDC. That's compared with 90 percent of teen girls that don't give birth. Money is also a factor. The agency estimates that teen births cost taxpayers $9 billion each year.
There were around 400,000 teen births in 2009, the last year for which the agency has released data. Hispanic and black teens were two to three times as likely to be teen moms as whites. Geography also played a role.
For parents worried about the issue, the CDC has a few tips.
- Get to know the parents of your teen's friends and be involved with what's going on in their lives.
- Talk to community leaders about the need for effective programs that prevent teen pregnancy and address overall sexual and reproductive health.
More at the CDC's teen pregnancy site.
(CBS) Flat-headed babies appear to be on the rise, at least in Texas.
A new review of the Texas Birth Defects Registry shows that cases of flattened heads (plagiocephaly) increased nine-fold between 1999 and 2007, rising from 2.6 cases per 10,000 live births all the way to 60.5 cases.Continue »
(CBS) Painful, yes. Embarrassing, maybe. But new research gives scientists a clear picture of how cold sores can lead to a health concern that's a bit more serious:
That's right. The same herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV1) that causes cold sores on the lips, mouth, or gums can contribute to dementia, according to a study published in the March 31 issue of the journal PLoS ONE.Continue »
(CBS/AP) Poor sleep may not be the only health problem caused by restless legs syndrome (RLS). New research suggests that people who have the controversial condition may be suffering from hidden heart problems.
In a recent study conducted at the Mayo Clinic, people with the condition were more likely to have thick hearts - a condition that makes them more prone to cardiac problems, stroke and death.Continue »
(CBS) Mood may not be the only thing that gets a boost from antidepressants. New research links the popular drugs to increased risk for cardiovascular disease.
In a first-of-its-kind study that involved more than 500 middle-aged male twins, researchers found that those who took antidepressants of any kind were more likely to have a thickening of the inner linings of arteries in the neck. Greater "intima-media thickness" is associated with heart attack and stroke, according to a written statement issued by the American College of Cardiology.
(CBS) Can aspirin help prevent pancreatic cancer?
A new study shows that people who use the painkiller at least once a month are much less likely to get the often-deadly form of cancer. But the finding is preliminary, and researchers are cautious about its implications.Continue »