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More college students voting

College students can no longer be considered apathetic when it comes to making their voices heard at the polls. Their voting rates in the 2018 midterm elections doubled compared to the 2014 midterms, according to the Democracy Counts report recently issued by Tufts University’s Tisch College for Civic Life.

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Sugary drinks may contribute to early death

A large, long-term study shows that sugar-sweetened beverages [SSBs] including sodas, energy and sports drinks, fruit drinks and others, are the single largest source of added sugar in the average American’s diet. It also found that the more of those beverages people consume, the greater their risk of dying early, particular of cardiovascular disease and to a lesser extent from cancer.

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Should OB-GYNs bring up patients’ declining fertility?

A recent survey of OB-GYN physicians found that most don’t counsel their patients about their declining odds of conceiving a child as they age. At a time when many American women are putting off starting a family until well into their thirties or even their forties, most OB-GYN physicians are uncomfortable discussing a woman’s closing “fertility window” with her unless asked, according to a new study.  In a survey of about 120 doctors regarding whether they regularly counsel their patients on fertility and aging, nearly all said they provide more information about contraception than pregnancy timing, regardless of a woman’s ...

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‘Co-sleeping’ with infants leads to guilt, depression for moms

In countries all over the world, new mothers favor the practice of “co-sleeping,” or sleeping in the same room or bed with their infants, because of newborns’ need for around-the-clock care. However, new mothers in the U.S. are more likely to feel depressed, judged or guilty for doing so, recent research shows.

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Intermittent fasting: More than a trend?

Although a number of small studies show that intermittent fasting helps people lose significant amounts of weight and body fat in the short term, research on its long-term effectiveness is both more scarce and more mixed.

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The 2019 flu season may ramp up early

Somewhere between 5% and 20% of Americans contract the influenza virus every year, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC]. Although it’s impossible to predict the exact timing and severity of the coming flu season, international trends suggest that this year, the flu may hit both earlier and harder.

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Oasis seeks tutoring volunteers for milestone 30th year

As part of its mission to promote healthy aging through lifelong learning, active lifestyles and service, St. Louis-based Oasis launched its Intergenerational Tutoring program here in 1989. Since that time, thousands of older adults have served as Oasis volunteer tutors nationwide, impacting the lives of nearly half a million children.

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