Are Depression and Anxiety Meds OK During Pregnancy?

SOURCES: Mary Kimmel, MD, assistant professor and medical director of the Perinatal Psychiatry Inpatient Unit at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC. American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists: “Postpartum Depression.” National Library of Medicine: “Generalized anxiety disorder: course and risk factors in pregnancy,” “Detecting Patterns of Prescription Drug Use During Pregnancy and Lactation with Visualization … Read more

Safe Sleeping: Keep Baby in the Crib, Not Your Bed

Since 2016, the official American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) policy has been that infants should share a room but not a bed with their mothers. Are moms getting the message? According to a new study, the answer is largely no. The research, published in the journal Pediatrics, surveyed 3,260 mothers of infants who were … Read more

Guys, Don’t Forget These Checkups as You Age

To live a long and healthy life, it helps to have a plan, to know what you need to do — and how to do it — to avoid disease or significant damage to your health. Len Horovitz, MD, an internal medicine specialist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, recommends you start with … Read more

Dos and Don’ts for Senior Fitness

Staying active helps you live a longer, healthier life. Did you know it may also boost your brain health? A recent study in Mayo Clinic Proceedings suggests cardiovascular exercise like walking, jogging, and biking increases your gray matter and brain volume, which studies show can slow cognitive changes associated with aging. This comes … Read more

10 Questions With Keke Palmer

Keke Palmer Actor/author/singer, 27, New York 1. Your new movie, Alice, is about a woman who escapes servitude in 1800s Georgia, only to discover that it’s 1973. Although production has been pushed back, what appealed to you about the role? Though we’re tackling things such as slavery and oppression and … Read more

How Birth Control Is Safer and Easier Than Ever

A generation ago, implants and injections were in their infancy, intrauterine devices (IUDs) were often recommended only for women who’d already had children, and women on oral contraception often complained of mood swings and weight gain. Today, thanks to design changes and recent declarations by physician’s groups that they are safe for all ages, … Read more

Is Your Teen Ready to Drive?

Does your teen constantly lose his stuff? Have trouble remembering to turn in her homework? Get easily distracted? If so, pause before handing over the car keys. That’s the takeaway of mounting research suggesting that young drivers with poor working memory are significantly more likely to have a car accident. Working memory is the … Read more

Early Skin-to-Skin Contact Helps Baby’s Brain

Instinctively we’ve always known it: There’s something special about a mother’s touch. Research suggests that skin-to-skin contact in the first few months of life can play a key role in baby’s development, influencing brain activity and stress hormones at a critical time. “Our brains are not fully developed when we’re born, especially the … Read more

Homeless Get Help Through Innovative Businesses

Ron Hooks, executive director of West Coast Care in Santa Monica, CA, spends his days driving a utility vehicle up and down the beach. More than half of the city’s homeless residents sleep there. Hooks stops and talks to as many of them as he can. Better known as Pastor Ron, he tells each … Read more

Virologists: What Do They Do?

Since the advent of modern medicine, virologists have contributed to innovations in health care from developing vaccines for multiple diseases to sequencing DNA. These infectious disease specialists are highly skilled medical experts who manage the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of infectious diseases such as hepatitis C, HIV, and Ebola. They currently serve on the … Read more