Keeping your bedroom dark not only helps you get a good night’s sleep, but may significantly lower your odds of developing three major health problems, a new study suggests. Older men and women who used night lights, or left their TV, smartphone or tablet on in the room were more likely to be obese, and…  read on >  read on >

(HealthDay News) – A small preliminary study suggests that the health of an expectant mother’s gums may affect her likelihood of a preterm birth. The study compared oral inflammation and microbes in 33 women whose babies were born before 37 weeks of pregnancy, considered preterm, with 44 who had full-term deliveries. “We observed that women…  read on >  read on >

Millions of people pop vitamins and supplements every day in hopes of staving off heart disease and cancer, but a new report finds the evidence to support that strategy is largely lacking. While there is some research showing that a daily multivitamin may slightly reduce cancer risk, the bigger picture suggests a lack of enough…  read on >  read on >

Getting your tongue or lips pierced? Don’t be surprised when your dentist is unhappy about it. These piercings can do damage to your teeth and gums, a new study warns. “Our study found that many people with oral piercings had deep pockets and gaps around their teeth, and receding and bleeding gums,” said study author…  read on >  read on >

Keeping your body well-fueled and hydrated is a must during outdoor summer sports and exercise, a nutrition expert says. “For summer workouts, it’s important to make sure that adequate carbohydrates, fluids and electrolytes are consumed,” said sports dietitian Kristen Chang, assistant director of the master’s program in nutrition and dietetics at Virginia Tech University. “You…  read on >  read on >

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved the emergency use of both the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines for the country’s youngest children. The approvals come not a moment too soon: More than two years into the pandemic, children younger than 5 still have no vaccine available to them. “Many parents, caregivers and…  read on >  read on >