March 25, 2013

Healthier and More Alert

1 Home-Schooled Teens Get a Lot More Sleep

Based on a study of more than 2,600 U.S. teenagers, home-schooled students may be healthier and find it easier to learn than public or private school kids because they are much more likely to get a good night's sleep. The study found that home-schooled teens got a striking 90 more minutes of sleep a night than the others, nearly equalling one full night's sleep per week. And it wasn't a case of the home-schooled getting excessive sleep; only 55 percent of them slept for the recommended amount of time for their age, but that was more than double the 24.5 percent of the regular-school students who got sufficient sleep. Flexible home-school schedules also allow teens to follow their own sleep pattern and not a rigid set of school hours. Inadequate sleep has been linked to obesity.

More at News.cincinnati.com | Posted 4 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Tags: Homeschooling, Homeschooling and Sleep, Teenagers and Sleep, Learning and Sleep, Obesity and Sleep

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IT's a Beverage!

2 Monster Reveals Caffeine Content on Labels

Monster Energy Corp. is now marketing their popular Monster Energy drinks as beverages instead of dietary supplements, and they'll include the caffeine content on labels. CNN reports that Monster Energy Corp. recently joined the American Beverage Association, and they've followed the beverage group's recommendation to sell the energy drink as a food. The move has been made amid 20 adverse event reports received by the FDA about Monster products. Five of those reports were linked to deaths. While makers of dietary supplements must notify the FDA of adverse events linked to their products, makers of beverages and food do not.

More at CNN | Posted 4 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Distracted Diners Consume More Calories

Tags: Monster Energy Drink, Caffeine Content Monster, Caffeine Labels, Monster Drink Lablel

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ICed Skeletal Fluorosis

3 Too Much Tea Causes Rare Bone Disease

Too much tea can wreck havoc on bones, finds a 47-year-old woman who developed a rare bone disease after consuming a pitcher of tea made from about 100 tea bags each day for 17 years. For five years, the Detriot woman complained about pain in the arms, legs, hips and lower back. Her doctor observed areas of very dense bone on X-rays, and suspected cancer. She was referred to a specialist who diagnosed skeletal fluorosis, caused by consuming too much fluoride found in tea and drinking water. The woman's blood fluoride levels were four times higher than normal. As long as she lays off the tea, the woman will gradually get better as the fluoride deposits go away. Only a few cases of skeletal fluorosis have been reported in the U.S. Patients with the disease drank a gallon of tea daily.

More at MSNBC | Posted 4 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Dangers Tea, Dangers Too Much Fluoride, Rare Bone Disease, Skeletal Fluorosis

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What Remains Is Ugly

4 Temporary Tattoos Not Always Safe

Temporary tattoos may not be as safe as you think, warns the FDA. Temporary tattoos may cause "serious and long-lasting reactions," says the FDA. They've received several reports of problems, including blisters, redness, loss of pigmentation, raised red weeping lesions, permanent scarring and sensitivity to sunlight. Reactions occur immediately, or two to three weeks later. The culprit is black henna, which is used in place of traditional henna. The FDA warns that inks marketed as black henna may be a mix of henna with other ingredients, or coal-tar hair dye containing p-phenylenediamine (PPD). Some tattoo artists applying temporary tattoos may use PPD alone. PPD is known for causing dangerous skin reactions.

More at FDA | Posted 4 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: See-Through Yoga Pants Recalled

Tags: PPD, Dangers Temporary Tattoos, Henna Ink Reactions, Black Henna Warnings, Warnings Temporary Tattoos

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