Study: Gender Differences in the Presentation of Hand-Foot-and-Mouth Disease

Gender differences in the presentation of hand-foot-mouth disease (HFMD) in children.  Journal of Mothers at Home with Ill Children (End My Misery). 2017 Mar. (Original). Abstract BACKGROUND: Gender differences in illness presentation are well-known (for instance the man-flu experienced by males vs. the suck-it-up-and-get-on-with-life-flu experienced by females).  With this study the author explored whether this …

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Rats, Pants & Sex

Definitely three words that shouldn’t all be in the same sentence. I cannot believe I missed this momentous article – a study out of Cairo has looked at the effect of different pant textiles on rat sexual activity. Yep. Straight to the conclusion – at 6 and 12 months of wearing polyester and polyester-cotton mix pants, …

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Updated SIDS Guidelines

The American Academy of Pediatrics Task Force on Sudden Infant Death Syndrome has updated its recommendations.  You can read the full article here – there is nothing really earth-shatteringly different compared with previous guidelines: 1. Put infants to sleep in a supine position, on a firm surface – ie. Not face-down in fluffy pillows. 2. Avoid …

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Would you exercise (more) if someone paid you to?

Inactivity… It’s a major issue The WHO lists physical inactivity as a global public health problem. In some regions (namely the Americas & Eastern Mediterranean regions), 50% of the population are classified as sedentary. To combat this problem, and to (literally) decrease the associated morbidity and mortality, people are trying to find ways to get …

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Does reading on your device at night really mess with your sleep?

Light… The giver of life. Yes, absolutely mostly true. Especially if the sun / God / plants are involved. As with most things however, humans tend to screw it up… Light affects physiology and behaviour in humans both indirectly through clock synchronization and circadian rhythms, and directly through the promotion of alertness, with the help …

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Unhealthy Australia

Australia’s Health Tracker report was released last week by the AHPC (Australian Health Policy Collaboration, Victoria University). The findings are horrifying.  Australia – this is you: Obesity:  28% adults / 30% school-age.  A THIRD OF YOUR KIDS ARE OBESE. Sedentary lifestyle:  45% adults / 70% primary schoolers / 91% in high schoolers. LESS THAN 10% …

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Non-Nutritive (Artificial) Sweeteners

I was asked the other day what I thought about sugar substitutes. I agree with Mr. Horse. I figure if you’re gonna have it, might as well have the real thing (this line of thought is indeed applicable to most aspects of life in fact). 🙂 OK, deep and meaningful moment gone. After all, my …

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Organ Meat… Good or Bad?

I know, the topic has strayed from what I usually discuss… My dear relative told me recently that she wanted to increase her intake of organ meats. After swallowing the bile rising in my throat I promised I’d look at what the research out there says. As a doctor, we’ve been told to use the …

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Doctors & Coffee

Coffee. I never used to drink it. I even made it through medical training without it. Everything changed when I had children. It is no longer simply known as coffee. It is “God’s sweet nectar of life.” I’ve previously blogged about my love for coffee, and also the effects of caffeine during pregnancy and breast-feeding. …

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Diet Affects Sleep… And Sleep Affects Diet

A recent study in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine has found an effect of diet on sleep. The researchers studied the diet and sleep patterns of 26 healthy adults and found that: Sleep duration did not change with diet type, however Improved sleep quality was associated with a diet higher in fibre, lower in …

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