January 15: Weekly Health Roundup

Dogs Can Recognize Emotions in Others

Dogs are man’s best friend – and here is solid proof. A new study reports that dogs can recognize facial expressions and voice characteristics to get insight into a human’s state of mind. While common among those of the same species, dogs “appear to be unique in sharing with humans the ability to transcend the boundaries of species in studying emotions”. So if you’ve had a hard day at work, go talk it over with your pup – he’ll totally get it, via University Herald

The Trouble with Electronic Toys

Many toy companies want new parents to believe they need the latest gadgets or high-tech toys to help their children develop in the best way, when a recent study says this just isn’t the case. Northern Arizona University released a study that found “that electronic toys such as a baby laptop or cell phone to not promote language development...as well as books and traditional toys such as wooden puzzles, shape-sorters and blocks”, via CNN

Why Endorphins (and Exercise) Make You Happy

If you think you’ve experience a “runner’s high”, you may to need adjust your thinking. We’re not saying you don’t feel great after a workout, but there’s a completely different reason scientists are crediting that has nothing to do with the endorphins produces while breaking a sweat. Turns out, this joyous feeling is linked to low levels of serotonin and norepinephrine (which are both linked with depression) so what you’re really experiencing is less-sad, not happier. Still, we thinks that’s reason enough to hit the gym, so stick with those new year’s resolutions, via CNN

Bad Diets Can Alter Great-Great-Grandkids’ Biology

We all know that things like eye color, height, or dimples can be passed down through the generations. But if you think you can’t have any effect on the genes you pass down to your kids, think again. Scientists have found recently that the mother’s diet and its effect on the diversity of her microbiome in her gut, can affect their child’s ability to develop one. And while researchers don’t quite understand how the microbiome diversity affects long-term health, most schools of thought believe that the more diverse, the healthier you are, via Quartz


Suit Alleges EOS Lip Balm Causes Blisters & Bleeding

The cute egg-shaped lip balms made by EOS have really taken off in the past few years. Unfortunately, some customers have accused the lip balm of causing sever “cracking on the edges, causing flaking and bleeding from the cracks.” These side effects were so bad, medical attention had to be sought days after application and lasted 10 days, causing “severe shock and panic”. EOS has responded saying “this lawsuit is without merit” so stay tuned on how this one turns out, via Fox News

Time to Weigh In

Do you believe in the “tech toy” revolution for modern child-rearing? Do you exercise because of the great mood it gives you or does something else keep you coming back to the gym? With the news that bad diets can affect how our kids’ gut develops in the womb – does it make you a little more thoughtful about your diet? Let us know by sharing your thoughts below!