HEALTH NEWS

EASY ON THE EYES

Your kids can now focus on style-forward and way-affordable glasses, thanks to Jonas Paul Eyewear’s new teen line. Tearing a page from the Warby Parker Playbook, the company will mail your kid seven pairs to try on (for just a dollar!)-rhen charge $79+ for the prescription version of their faves. Get 20% off with code FAMILYCIRLCE20 at jonaspauleyeyewear.com

30 MILLION

More than 30 million Americans have eczema, and it doesn’t always begin in childhood. One in four of the 18 million adults with the condition didn’t get it until they were over the age of 18, according to a recent study.

NO RESCHEDULING

Across all diseases, women are diagnosed later in life than men, according to a new Danish study. That’s one more reason to prioritize your own checkups just as you prioritize your kids’. (Would you ever reschedule…and eventually blow off the annual physical your son needs to play football this season? No way!)

Stop the Scare Tactics

Of course you don’t want your kids smoking pot or drinking, but be careful how you communicate that to them. Being alarmist (“You’ll end up wrapped around a telephone pole!”) or threatening to punish them likely won’t work-and may drive them away, new research found. “When adults use scare tactics to talk about alcohol or drugs but teens see their peers use them without harm, it creates a divide between generations and indicates that adults can’t be trusted,” says study senior author Emily Jenkins, a University of British Columbia professor of nursing. But, on the other hand, being too lenient may imply you don’t care. Instead, have frequent conversations around appropriate use (“If there’s drinking at the party, how will you get home safely?”) which is more likely to get your kids to listen.

Why do I keep seeing “flouride-free” touted on toothpaste tubes?

In the past few years, dental products labeled “fluoride-free” have increased in popularity, but the FDA-approved ingredient is actually not something to fear, says Brittany Seymour DDS, assistant professor of Harvard School of Dental Medicine. Studies have investigated the link between fluoride and certain cancers-but they focused on the fluoride in water, not toothpaste, and have not found a strong association, according to the American Cancer Society. As long as you’re not swallowing the paste, it’s safe to use, says Seymour. And when you’re shopping the toothpaste aisle, look for the American Dental Association (ADA) seal, which Seymour says means all the claims that the tube makes have been vetted.

Published by Zakieh Amer

I'm a housewife, and mother of a 6 year old dog. I don't have kids.

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