Take Care: All About Your Health (October 2011)

Too much black licorice can spook your heart

One Halloween treat might throw your heart rhythm off if you eat too much of it: black licorice.

The Food and Drug Administration is encouraging moderation with this candy, saying consumption of two ounces of black licorice a day for two weeks could cause heart arrhythmia.


Happy Food Day

Today marks America’s first Food Day, dedicated to encouraging us to eat healthier foods, grown in a more sustainable and humane way.

It was organized by Center for Science in the Public Interest and supported by dozens of partner organizations, many state and local proclamations and more than 2,000 school, organization and community events in all 50 states.


No TV for kids under 2, pediatricians advise

Pediatricians are urging parents to skip TV time for kids under age 2, and engage them instead in supervised, independent play.

The American Academy of Pediatrics first discouraged TV viewing for babies and toddlers under age 2 in 1999, and in an updated policy statement today stood by its recommendation to keep children that age as screen-free as possible.


Radon: the big health threat we may be ignoring

If you’ve never had your home tested for radon, the possibility that you may be breathing in a radioactive gas is something you’d probably rather not think about.

This week, the federal government is urging everybody to about it anyway.

Radon problems can be fixed. And all too often, they’re not.


Low birth weight linked to autism

The risk of autism may be higher for premature infants born with a low birth weight of 4.4 pounds or lower, new research suggests.

The study by University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing found a link between low birth weight and autism, with the risk five times higher for premature infants at low birth weight.


More kids and teens going to hospital with sports-related brain injuries

Emergency room visits for children and teens with sports- and recreation-related traumatic brain injuries rose 62 percent in eight years of the last decade, according to a new report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The most common activities involved in the injuries were bicycling and playing football.


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