Eating nuts during pregnancy: Can we trust the latest advice?

by Gwen Dewar, Ph.D. posted in Mom Stories For many years, women were counseled to avoid eating peanuts and tree nuts during pregnancy and breastfeeding. There was a worry that exposing babies to nuts would put their immune systems into overdrive and increase their chances of becoming allergic. It made sense. You can’t develop an… […]

Toothbrushing advice ‘conflicting’

"Teeth-brushing advice unacceptably inconsistent," reports The Guardian, while the Mail Online states that a "simple, gentle scrub is best". These headlines relate to a small literature review that found diversity in the methods of manual toothbrushing recommended by dental associations, toothpaste and toothbrush companies, dental textbooks, and experts in 10 countries. The study authors concluded […]

Seasoning Cast Iron: Expert Advice

A well-seasoned cast-iron skillet is virtually nonstick, so it’s worth taking the time to season (or re­season) correctly. If you have a new skillet or an old one you want to rehab, the method is the same: EatingWell Blogs – All Blog Posts

How to be a great grandma: A daughter-in-law’s advice

by Joyce Slaton posted in Mom Stories I really struck it rich in the grandma department with my daughter. She has a total of four grandmas, each desirous of buying her stickers and teaching her how to paint her nails. Even better, the grandmas don’t get on my nerves! Even when Violet was a baby… […]

Wikipedia ‘not a reliable source’ of health advice

"Don’t use Wikipedia for medical advice," warns The Independent after a survey found factual errors in 9 out of 10 articles about the 10 most common medical conditions. This story is based on a study that assessed the information in Wikipedia articles on 10 common conditions, including depression, back pain and high blood pressure. Two […]

New advice encourages more home births

"More women should give birth at home, advice suggests," reports The Guardian after draft guidelines produced by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommended that women with a low risk of complications in childbirth should be encouraged to either give birth at home or at a midwife-led unit. The guidance has been […]

Breast cancer exercise advice may change

“Exercise advised for lymphoedema after breast cancer,” reports BBC News. The headlines follow the publication of new draft recommendations by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), which is updating its guidance on the diagnosis and treatment for people with advanced breast cancer. The move follows new evidence on the safety and benefits […]

Fears pregnant women are ignoring folic acid advice

“Women are ignoring expert advice to take folic acid supplements before pregnancy to protect their unborn children,” The Guardian reports. The research has prompted calls for food to be fortified with folic acid. It has long been known that taking folic acid before getting pregnant can reduce the risk of having a baby with a […]

Harsh! Julianne Moore’s daughter dishes beauty advice

by Sara McGinnis posted in Celebrities Julianne Moore’s 11-year-old daughter Liv isn’t afraid to call it as she sees it. “Sometimes a magazine wants to see my actual skin, and other times they’ll airbrush [the freckles] out. I don’t care either way,” the 53-year-old recently explained to Redbook. ”[But] once my daughter [Liv] saw me… […]

Mom Manners: Warding off obnoxious pregnancy advice

by Anna Nordberg posted in Mom Stories When I was pregnant, the deli counter lady told me to pack my hospital bag early after casting a practiced eye over my third-trimester bump. The craziest piece of advice my friend got was to only look at beautiful things so she would have a beautiful baby (I… […]