Electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, are a popular new tobacco product that have still largely unknown public and individual health effects. Since they were introduced, e-cigarettes have sparked controversy. Opponents of e-cigarettes argue that there are hidden health risks to e-cigarettes, not the least of which is nicotine addiction. Proponents claim that e-cigarettes remove most of the harmful cancer causing agents for those who want to experience the pleasure they associate with tobacco.
Today in the U.S., approximately 1 in 68 children is diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). New research on autism continues to expand our understanding of this troubling disease. Researchers are discovering promising genetic links that govern the structural development of the brain which could be at the root of ASD. This is providing better interventions and giving hope to families of children with the disorder.
People have been aware of the health related dangers of air pollution for decades and governments around the world have worked to reduce smog and similar air quality problems. But there has been little progress to reduce the sound pollution that surrounds us daily. Perhaps it is because unlike smog, sound waves aren’t visible. If we could “see” sound, we might be alarmed by how much harmful noise we are exposed to every day.
Diseases largely eradicated in the United States a generation ago are returning. Across America, children are getting sick and dying from these preventable diseases—in part because some parents (more than 10%) choose to skip or delay their children’s immunizations.
One hundred and fifty-six pounds. That’s how much added sugar Americans consume each year on a per capita basis, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Today added sugar is everywhere, used in approximately 75 percent of packaged foods purchased in the United States. And it has addictive properties similar to cocaine or nicotine. Sugar can lead to inflammation which can in turn lead to heart disease, liver problems and kidney problems.