Young women who gain the freshman 15 need not blame it on oral contraceptives. A new study out of the Penn State College of Medicine shows that using the pill during adolescence does not lead to increased body fat. Researchers looked at 66 females, 39 of which were using oral contraceptives, and results showed that measurements uncluding heaight, weight, and body mass index were similar for both contraceptive users and non-users. Women should talk to their doctors about what form of birth control is right for them.
A non-profit group is giving some special students a new high tech boost. The group, called Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic, is releasing digitally recorded textbooks on CD. It's geared towards visually impaired students or those who struggle with severe learning disabilities. Right now, as many as 6,000 digitally recorded titles are now available for everything from organic chemistry to Harry Potter. To learn more about the materials, you can call 1-866-RFBD-585.
Green tea is getting the green light from scientists in Japan. Researchers there say the brew might provide some relief for allergy suffereers. In cell and animal studies, scientists identified a compound in green tea that blocks a key receptor that produces an allergic response. Further studies are needed on humans, but drinking green tea could mean help in fighting off allergic reactions from pollen, dust, and pet dander.