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Painful Muscle Memory

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Aricept, a drug commonly prescribed to manage cognitive decline in Alzheimer's patients, may be associated with a higher risk of hospitalization. A Canadian study looked at more than 220,000 patients prescribed drugs for managing dementia (about 152,000 took Aricept) and found that while the overall hospitalization rate was low, more people who took Aricept were treated for a type of muscle injury -- a known side effect -- than those who took other drugs, such as Exelon and Razadyne.

Milky Way

Four leading health organizations, including the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Heart Association, have weighed in on what children under the age of 5 should drink. It's the first time there has been a public consensus recommendation. The approved beverages are breast milk, infant formula, water and plain milk.

The groups advocated against any beverage that included added sugars, such as flavored milks and low-calorie or caffeinated drinks. They also noted that plant- and nut-based milks do not offer any unique nutritional benefit over regular milk.

The groups said that children as young as 9 months can develop preferences for flavors, which may last a lifetime, which makes it important to establish healthy taste early in life.

Body of Knowledge

 

Humans are the only animals who produce tears as a means of expressing emotion, such as grief or joy. Other animals can be tearful, but only to lubricate their eyes.

Get Me That, Stat!

The National Safety Council reports that 51 children in the U.S. have died from heatstroke so far this year after being left or trapped in cars. Last year, 53 children died of heatstroke -- a record. Most deaths occur during the warmer summer months, but deaths have been reported as late as September and October.

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