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Food Science and Nutrition Myths: How Dangerous are GMOs?

December 1, 2017

Just about all the plants and animals that you think of as food have been extensively cultivated over centuries, or even thousands of years by human ingenuity. How much cultivation is required before food no longer considered natural? Is any amount okay? […]

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Food Science and Nutrition Myths: Is Natural Food Better for Us?

December 1, 2017

Often, the assurance that these things are true—that our food is safe, etcetera—is covered by calling something “natural,” as if being all natural automatically comes will these virtues. But, is that true and what does it really mean to be natural? And, should we avoid food that is not natural? […]

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The Many Health Benefits of Walking: The Science of Exercise

December 1, 2017

Perhaps due to its proven simplicity and comparably easy access, walking is the most undervalued exercise format that exists. As a sweeping generalization, a lot of people view it as only being suitable as a route to fitness for the elderly or the very out of shape. How wrong this statement is. […]

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Vending Machines vs. Casinos: How to Deal with Whining Kids

November 7, 2017

But at a casino, you don’t know what your reward will be, or even if you’ll get one. In fact, most of the time, you get nothing at all. But that kind of reinforcement, the “sometimes-surprise” schedule, reinforces the behavior even more effectively. Think about people pumping money into slot machines, only to get occasional, unpredictable rewards. […]

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Trick or Treat? Halloween Myths and Safety Tips

October 31, 2017

Now this is a real problem. Halloween is the #1 day of the year for pedestrian accidents among children, averaging 5.5 deaths per year in the US (that’s double the average for a typical day.) […]

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Vitamins—Are They Really “One Size Fits All?”

October 24, 2017

The idea of eating healthy seems to change as often as the seasons. Concerns over fats, sugars, undercooked red meat, carbohydrates, and many others have made news at one time or another. Vitamins have always remained a constant recommendation. But how do vitamins really benefit us, and are they a “one size fits all” dosage? […]

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Kids and Media Use: How Much is Too Much?

October 24, 2017

Excessive media use in early childhood is also associated with cognitive, language, and social delays. Some of these associations depend on exactly what’s being watched—switching from violent to pro-social content has been shown to improve preschool behavior, especially in boys. There’s also concern that excessive media use by parents can interfere with other family activities, and may model and reinforce media excess in their children. […]

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Pediatric Migraines: Prevention and Treatment

October 17, 2017

Parents are sometimes surprised to find out that migraines are the most common cause of recurrent headaches in children. Yes, kids get migraines – and many adults who get them started getting them as children, even if they weren’t diagnosed correctly. […]

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