A new infographic from SolsticeMed.com looks at the impact of poor health on the United States. "Americans have a lower life expectancy, and an infant mortality rate that is higher than other rich industrialized countries," the graphic notes, adding that "American has the most fragmented health care system among the wealthy industrialized countries." More sobering statistics after the jump.
Boys are entering puberty earlier than previously thought, according to research from the United States recently published in the journal Pediatrics. The largest study of its type, enrolling 4,131 healthy boys between six and 16 years of age with broad geographical representation, provides evidence that male puberty begins in the general population around ten or 11 years of age. That’s six to 24 months earlier than what was understood from studies undertaken 40 to 50 years ago.
"About 25 percent of American adults report moderate to severe mental health issues," says a new infographic from BestMentalHealthDegrees.com. It goes on, "The effects of mental illnesses are widespread, affecting men and women; adults and children; the poor and the wealthy." What's more, women are reportedly two and a half times more likely to taking an antidepressant than men, with women in their 40s and 50s being the demographic with the highest percent of its population taking antidepressants.
We all know about the reproductive “biological clock” in women reminding them of the finite time in which they can have children. Now researchers have found evidence that men also have a reproductive “best before” date. But a recent study published in the peer-reviewed journal Nature demonstrates that as a man ages, the chances of his sperm containing more mutations within his genes also increases.
Detox diets make amazing promises of dramatic weight loss and more energy – all achieved by flushing toxins from the body. Toxins have very little to do with it; detox diets “work” because of the very severe dietary and energy restrictions they require someone to follow. What's more, very restrictive detox diets, such as water or juice only fasting, can be an unsafe form of weight loss and should not be used for more than a few days.
Health and fitness website Greatist has commissioned an infographic on sexual health called "The Ultimate Guide to Safer Sex." "A roll in the hay may be a good time, but there's more to sexual health than just getting it on," the graphic notes, going on to cover who's having sex (and how often), STIs, other safety issues, and contraceptives. Did you know, for instance, that 80% of people infected with an STI will not have visible symptoms?
“Women aren’t dolphins” is a phrase often bandied about by those who question why women want to immerse themselves in pools or warm baths during labour and birth. They forget that we’re not mountain goats or birds, but that doesn’t stop us from rock climbing or hang gliding. As more scientific evidence emerges about the benefits of water immersion in labour and birth, hospitals and birth centres are increasingly adding large baths to their delivery rooms.
Attention women of the world: according to a flood of recent news headlines (78 at last count), it’s time to stop watching the news because negative news stories stress you out more than they do men. These headlines were prompted by a recent study which claimed that after reading negative news stories, women were more reactive to stress and more likely to remember than men.
A new campaign from the Center for Reproductive Rights is causing quite a stir online. The Draw the Line campaign was created to help promote a Bill of Reproductive Rights, "a thundering statement...to the U.S. Congress and the President that they must guarantee and protect reproductive rights as fundamental human rights and stop the attacks by politicians who want to take those rights away." The campaign's videos and online tools feature celebrities like Meryl Streep, Kyra Sedgwick, Kevin Bacon, Audra McDonald, and Amy Poehler.