Category Archives: CNN – Health

What little kids need to know about sex

I live in the Bay Area, where, according to my very unscientific estimate, approximately 8 out of 10 parents self-identify as enlightened. These are the moms and dads who broach thorny topics like race, poverty and sexism with their young children, undeterred by their complexity and high stakes. Still, not all topics receive such a…MORE

Study finds CBD effective in treating heroin addiction

Cannabidiol, the non-psychoactive ingredient in hemp and marijuana, could treat opioid addiction, a new study says. Given to patients with heroin addiction, cannabidiol, also known as CBD, reduced their cravings for the illicit drug as well as their levels of anxiety. “The intense craving is what drives the drug use,” said Yasmin Hurd, the lead…MORE

Is vegan diet healthy for kids? Belgian doctors say no

Belgium’s Royal Academy of Medicine recommended last week that children, teens, pregnant women and nursing mothers do not follow a vegan diet. An estimated 3% of Belgian children follow this type of vegetarianism that excludes meat, eggs, dairy products and all other animal-derived ingredients, according to the academy’s statement. The eating plan is “restrictive,” creates…MORE

Outdoor walking meetings boost your mental and physical health

Go outside and get some fresh air! It’s something our parents told us to do as kids, and it could be just what the doctor ordered for a workforce that spends most of the day sitting and staring at screens. One way to do it: Get out of that stuffy fluorescent-lit conference room, get on…MORE

Alabama doctors want patients to know they’re still providing abortions

Providers at the only three clinics in Alabama that offer abortion services want patients to know their doors are still open. “For as long as we are able, we will continue to provide the full range of women’s health care,” Dr. Yashica Robinson, medical director at the Alabama Women’s Center in Huntsville, told reporters Friday,…MORE

What it’s like to try to get an abortion in Mississippi

When Amanda Furdge walked into a clinic in Jackson, Mississippi, in the spring of 2014, she knew exactly what she wanted: to confirm whether she was pregnant, and to have an abortion if she was. Furdge was about 27 at the time, and she had an infant son from a relationship that she says was…MORE