Infections may raise risk of mental illness in children
Researchers have traced a connection between some infections and mental illnesses like schizophrenia, depression and bipolar disorder. New research from Denmark bolsters that connection. The study, published Thursday in JAMA Psychiatry, shows that a wide variety of infections, even common ones like bronchitis, are linked to a higher risk of... Read more
Drug recalls put spotlight on supply chains
Nearly 8 out of 10 medications Americans take have some component made abroad, largely in developing industrial powers China and India. Globalization has helped keep the costs of those drugs down, but it’s also created a supply chain that’s difficult to police. Read more
Many buyers of ACA plans finding lower prices, more choice
In recent years, some cities, including Memphis and Phoenix, withered into health insurance wastelands, as insurers fled and premiums skyrocketed in the insurance marketplaces that were set up under the Affordable Care Act. But today, as in many parts of the U.S., these two cities are experiencing something unprecedented:... Read more
FDA seeks ban on menthol cigarettes to fight teen smoking
The Food and Drug Administration announced it will seek a ban on the sale of menthol-flavored cigarettes. The announcement came as the agency officially released a detailed plan to also restrict the sale of flavored electronic cigarettes. It also wants to ban flavored cigars. Read more
New physical activity guidelines: Move more, sit less
You’ve likely heard the idea that sitting is the new smoking. Compared with 1960, workers in the U.S. burn about 140 fewer calories, on average, per day due to our sedentary office jobs. And, while it’s true that sitting for prolonged periods is bad for your health, the good news is... Read more

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