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September Health News Review

September 4, 2015

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#5 - Better maternal diet linked to lower risk of heart abnormalities in babies at birth - ScienceDaily August 24, 2015

"Moms in the top 25% of diet quality...had a significantly lower risk of having a baby with certain heart defects than those in the bottom 25%...This is an observational study so no definitive conclusions about cause and effect can be drawn, but similar associations have been found for diet before pregnancy and some other birth defects, including cleft palate and neural tube defects."

#4 - High sugar consumption among children relates to poor family functioning, study finds - ScienceDaily August 21, 2015

"We live in a very materialistic world but material resources alone cannot fulfill us. We also need to meet our psychological needs. A functional family is a major source of pleasure in life, providing comfort and reward. In contrast, dysfunctional families are a major source of frustration and stress -- and this can lead to high sugar consumption in the search for the 'feel-good' effect." -Professor Wagner Marcenes

#3 - Exercise alone does not help in losing weight - ScienceDaily August 17, 2015

"Exercise is King. Nutrition is Queen. Put them together and you have a Kingdom." -Jack LaLane

#2 - Regular consumption of spicy foods linked to lower risk of early death - ScienceDaily August 6, 2015

"...participants who ate spicy foods almost every day had a relative 14% lower risk of death compared to those who consumed spicy foods less than once a week....Fresh and dried chilli peppers were the most commonly used spices...Some of the bioactive ingredients are likely to drive this association as fresh chilli is richer in capsaicin, vitamin C, and other nutrients. But the authors caution against linking any of these with lowering the risk of death."

#1 - Bedtime Stories for Young Brains - NY Times August 17, 2015

"When kids are hearing stories, they’re imagining in their mind’s eye when they hear the story. When we show them a video of a story, do we short circuit that process a little? Are we taking that job away from them? They’re not having to imagine the story; it’s just being fed to them." -Dr. John Hutton

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