A summary of important health news from the past week.
Scientists confirm genetics of schizophrenia
Using technology called chromosome conformation capture, scientists at UCLA determined the underlying genetics of schizophrenia. The researchers hope that their discovery will lead to more treatments for the mental disorder. Similar technology may also be useful in identifying the genetic roots of other mental disorders.
Drinking two sweetened drinks per day? You could be doubling your risk of diabetes
In a new study, researchers found that drinking two or more 200 milliliter drinks could increase risk in diabetes. A standard 12 ounce drink is 300 mL. This risk was the same whether the drinks used sugar or artificial sweetened, which means that this risk is the same diet beverages. However, more research is needed to find the risk between sweetened beverages and diabetes.
Digital Devices OK Even for Toddlers, Doctors Say
This week the American Academy of Pediatrics released new guidelines regarding children's use of digital devices. They now say that less than one hour of exposure per day is acceptable for children under 5. However, the Academy still emphasizes that it is important parents remain engaged with their children while they interact with digital media. They also recommend that children do not use devices for at least an hour before bed time in order to avoid sleep disruptions.
Why It Matters: Health Care
This piece covers the positions of the main presidential candidates on issue of health care in America, where 9 in 10 are covered, but millions remain uninsured. Hillary Clinton aims to keep the Affordable Care Act (ACA), with some modifications. Donald Trump would repeal the ACA. Both candidates supports Medicare and allowing Medicare recipients to negotiate drug prices.
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