What Is PANDAS Syndrome?

Strep throat is a normal part of childhood. Some kids get it again and again, and a simple round of antibiotics usually clears it up. But for a small number of children, the infection triggers strange behavior changes known as PANDAS syndrome: pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorders associated with streptococcal infections. With PANDAS, your child may seem to turn into a different…

Air Pollution Bad News for Your Blood Pressure

In yet another finding that shows air pollution is bad for more than just your lungs, a new study suggests long-term exposure could raise your risk of high blood pressure and metabolic syndrome.     Metabolic syndrome includes a number of health conditions that increase the risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes. In this study,…

Infections, Especially UTIs, May Trigger Strokes

A urinary tract infection might be more than just a painful nuisance for some, with new research suggesting it could raise the risk of stroke in vulnerable people. The study of over 190,000 stroke patients found that the risk of suffering a stroke was heightened in the weeks and months following any infection that required a trip…

CDC: Polio-like Illness in Kids May Be On Its Way

The “season” for a polio-like illness that mainly strikes children is about to begin, so public health officials sent out an early warning to doctors on Tuesday.  The largest recorded outbreak of acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) occurred last year, with the illness debilitating 233 people in 41 states across the nation, according to the U.S.…

24 Ways to Lose Weight Without Dieting

WebMD Tips
Set a timer for 20 minutes and reinvent yourself as a slow eater. This is one of the top habits for slimming down without a complicated diet plan. Savor each bite and make them last until the bell chimes. Paced meals offer great pleasure from smaller portions and trigger the body’s fullness hormones. When you wolf your food down in a hurry, your stomach doesn’t have time to tell your brain it’s full. That leads to overeating…