Getting job is tough for some new doctors
About one-fourth of physicians who recently completed training have a hard time finding jobs, according to The Journal of the American Medical Association. And 14 percent of resident physicians don't have positions within six months of completing their residencies.
Kids must drink juice when taking iron pills
Iron from supplements is better absorbed by older infants and toddlers when taken with a juice rich in vitamin C.
Infants who are exclusively breast-fed or fed iron-fortified formula do not require iron supplementation. But once cow's milk and other foods are introduced, iron supplements may be needed to prevent anemia, an iron deficiency that can affect growth and development.
Consult a child's physician before giving him or her iron supplements.
Portion size is key in veggie servings
Confused by the recommendation that everyone, from infants to grandparents, eat five servings of fruit and vegetables every day? Don't be. The key is portion size.
"The serving size for fruits and vegetables is one tablespoon per year of life until the age of 6," says Dr. Debby Demory-Lucy, registered dietitian and nutritionist with the Children's Nutrition Research Center at Baylor College of Medicine. "After age 6, it increases to one half-cup, the same portion size as for adults."
A variety of fruits and vegetables are needed to provide many of the vitamins and minerals essential for good health.
And parents should wait until a child is at least 4 months old before starting solids.
Smoking is linked to aneurysm rupture
There's a causal relationship between smoking and the development of aneurysms and their subsequent rupture. That risk seems to be independent of other risk factors, according to the American Association of Neurological Surgeons.
The findings are based on a study that was published in the September Journal of Neurosurgery.
An aneurysm is an abnormal dilation, or ballooning, of a blood vessel that can lead to rupture and hemorrhage. When a cerebral aneurysm ruptures, it typically bleeds into the area surrounding the brain. Each year, that happens to more than 30,000 Americans, most often adults ages 40 to 60.
New scale monitors weight, body fat
The latest thing in weight watching is a scale that can monitor both weight and body fat percentages. Many health-care professionals believe that monitoring body fat provides a more accurate assessment of good health than weight alone.
The Tanita scale, for instance, requires that consumers enter information about their age, gender and height, and then step on the scale.