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Emergency Contraception, Smoking and mental ability, Hot Drinks

Since the US continues to see substantially higher teen birth rates compared to other developed countries, Smoking is not only bad for your health, it may also damage your brain, After a day of being outside in the chilly temperatures what better time to have a nice cup of something hot and soothing

Emergency Contraception

Since the US continues to see substantially higher teen birth rates compared to other developed countries.

The American Academy of Pediatrics is issuing a new policy statement.

The AAP recommends teenagers have access to emergency contraception to prevent unwanted pregnancy.

The AAP says adolescents are more likely to use emergency contraception if it's prescribed in advance.

And the doctors group is also asking pediatricians to advocate for better insurance coverage.

Smoking and mental ability

Smoking is not only bad for your health, it may also damage your brain.

British researchers gave brain tests to nearly 9,000 people over the age of 50.

They repeated these tests after four and eight years.

Smokers appeared to score lower on the brain tests than non-smokers.

And a link between lower scores and high blood pressure or being overweight was also discovered.

The findings emphasize the importance of healthy lifestyle choices on your physical as well as mental health.

Hot Drinks

After a day of being outside in the chilly temperatures what better time to have a nice cup of something hot and soothing.

Tea, hot chocolate, and coffee can warm you to your toes, but which are the best for you?

Green tea: almost all doctors and dietitians will tell you there's nothing better than green tea.

Touted as a possible prevention for cancer and heart disease, scientists say the studies aren't conclusive, but the tea does contain antioxidants, that are known to be heart disease busters.

Hot chocolate: chocolate, especially dark cocoa, is good for you.

Packed with flavonoids, cocoa has the potential to prevent heart disease, by opening the blood vessels.

Studies have shown dark cocoa can lower blood pressure, cut out bad cholesterol and even prevent diabetes. Making dark hot cocoa with skim milk cuts down on fat. Adding two tablespoons of whip cream, can add 15 calories to one cup.

Coffee - java gets a bad rap because of the caffeine.

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