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‘Red flag’ laws can play a role in preventing mass shootings, study says

‘Red flag’ laws can play a role in preventing mass shootings, study says

Determining how to prevent mass shootings in the United States has been a complicated debate, but there’s new evidence that one intervention could play a role in reducing the violence: “red flag” orders. Extreme risk protection order laws, colloquially known as “red flag” or ERPO laws, allow the temporary removal of guns from people deemed…More

Prescription omega-3s can help some heart patients

Prescription omega-3s can help some heart patients

For people with very high triglycerides, doctors generally recommend exercise and dietary changes, and if that doesn’t work, statins, fibrates or niacin. But a new advisory from the American Heart Association says that prescription omega-3 fatty acids can help reduce very high trigylceride levels by 20 to 30%, and the medications can be used safely…More

New study raises questions about how fluoride affects children’s development

New study raises questions about how fluoride affects children’s development

Water fluoridation has been hailed by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as one of the top great public health achievements of the 20th century, but a new study raises questions about its role as a potential neurotoxin in utero. The study, published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics on Monday, found that increased…More

Having kids makes you happier — once they’ve moved out

Having kids makes you happier — once they’ve moved out

Having children will make you happier than staying childless, according to a new study, but not until later in life, when they have flown the nest. A team of researchers led by Christoph Becker at Heidelberg University in Germany found that parents tend to be happier than non-parents in old age, but this only holds…More