Sora Song

Sora Song is the editor of TIME Healthland.

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Study: online communities encourage eating disorders

Social networking is the most common reason young people use the Internet. Increasingly, that social interaction is happening on websites devoted to eating disorders.

According to a new study by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Stanford University School of Medicine, the Web is rife with so-called …

Examining ‘male menopause’: myth or malady?

In medical terms, it’s called late-onset hypogonadism — the gradual decline of the male hormone testosterone beginning in middle age, right around the time men also start gaining weight, losing muscle mass, feeling depressed and suffering from sleep problems, weakness and, most notably, sexual dysfunction.

Whether these changes are …

Study: brown rice linked with lower risk of type 2 diabetes

For most people around the world, it’s a staple food. In the U.S., rice is becoming increasingly popular as well — since the 1930s, Americans’ rice consumption has grown threefold to about 21 lbs. per person a year. So it bears asking whether rice is a healthy dietary choice.

A new study led by researchers at the Harvard School of …

Parental controls: getting children to watch less TV

To get your kids to watch less television, a study suggests a simple solution for parents: set firm rules and stick with them.

In a study of the screen-gazing habits of 7,415 9-to-15-year-olds — which included watching TV and playing video and computer games — researchers found that children who strongly agreed with the statement …

Sex while sleeping? A study suggest it’s not uncommon

People have been known to sleep through ringing alarm clocks or even an earthquake — but sex? A new study finds that nearly 8% of people with sleep disorders reported bouts of sexsomnia, in which they initiated or engaged in sexual activity with a partner or masturbated while asleep.

The study looked at the medical charts of 832 …

What does a clean house have to do with health?

If you have a clean house, chances are, you’ve also got a fit body, according to new research by physical activity expert NiCole Keith at Indiana University.

Keith’s team looked at the relationship between physical activity levels in urban African American adults and a range of factors in their residential environments — …

Pediatricians group withdraws statement on female circumcision

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has reversed its controversial decision on female genital cutting (FGC). The ritual of female circumcision — practiced in some African and Asian countries — is illegal in the U.S., but the bioethics committee of the national pediatricians group suggested in April that doctors be allowed to …

More women still prefer the Pill over other contraceptives

Fifty years since the introduction of the oral birth control pill, it is still the preferred method of contraception for American women, used by 10.7 million women between the ages of 15 and 44. The second most popular method of contraception is female sterilization, with 10.3 million users.

More women are also using birth control …

Pediatricians approve swimming lessons for babies

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) loosened its position on swimming lessons for toddlers younger than 4 years old.

Until now, the national pediatricians group has recommended against swimming lessons for very young children on the grounds that there was no evidence that early aquatic lessons reduced the risk of drowning or …

Dengue fever appears in the Florida Keys

More than one-third of the world’s population lives in an area at risk for transmission of dengue fever, but the Florida Keys haven’t traditionally been among them.

Federal health officials report, however, that 28 residents and visitors to Key West, Fla., were infected with dengue fever between July 2009 and April 2010 — the …

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