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- Nearly a Third of College Kids Think ADHD Meds Boost Grades
But adolescent health experts say there’s no evidence to support that belief
By Amy Norton
MONDAY, Oct. 16, 2017 (HealthDay News)—Many college students who abuse ADHD drugs mistakenly believe that doing so will lead to better grades, a new survey suggests.
- When Should You Rush Your Toddler to the ER?
For choking or possible poisoning, poll finds many parents need an emergency refresher course
MONDAY, Oct. 16, 2017 (HealthDay News)—Many American parents aren’t sure when to rush their child to the emergency room, a new survey finds.
- Health Tip: Avoid Baby Sleep Positioners
Keep cribs free of objects and toys
(HealthDay News)—The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning parents against the use of baby sleep positioners.
- Homework as a Character-Builder
Researchers say strong effort leads to more conscientiousness overall
SUNDAY, Oct. 15, 2017 (HealthDay News)—Homework may do more than reinforce lessons that students learn in school each day.
- Women Falling Short on Birth Defect Prevention
New survey finds too few are taking folic acid before pregnancy
By Maureen Salamon
FRIDAY, Oct. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News)—Only a third of women are taking a multivitamin containing folic acid—a nutrient known to prevent serious birth defects—before they know they’re pregnant, a new survey has found.
- Men Often Happier With Their ‘Bromance’ Than Their Romance
In small study, most felt more comfortable sharing emotions, resolving problems with a male buddy
By Alan Mozes
FRIDAY, Oct. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News)—In a decidedly male take on the BFF, new research shows that the emotional safety of a bromance might beat romance for some men.
- While New Moms Cook and Clean, New Dads Play
Study shows men enjoy twice as much leisure time on weekends as their wives do
By Dennis Thompson
THURSDAY, Oct. 12, 2017 (HealthDay News)—Here’s news that may be familiar to many American women—young Dads are not taking on their fair share of housework and child care, especially on weekends.
- FDA Panel Supports Gene Therapy for Kids With Rare Eye Disease
Treatment would be only the 2nd gene therapy OK’d in the United States
By Steven Reinberg
THURSDAY, Oct. 12, 2017 (HealthDay News)—A U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisory panel on Thursday recommended approval of a gene therapy that could grant the gift of sight to young people with a rare type of inherited vision loss.
- Happier Mealtimes, Healthier Eating for Kids
A positive atmosphere prompts preschoolers to eat more fruits, vegetables and other healthy foods
THURSDAY, Oct. 12, 2017 (HealthDay News)—Parents who struggle to get their children to follow a healthy diet may want to make dinnertime a pleasant experience, new research suggests.
- Study Debunks Notion That Epidurals Prolong Labor
Women had similar outcomes whether they got the anesthetic or a ‘dummy’ placebo
TUESDAY, Oct. 10, 2017 (HealthDay News)—Epidurals are a popular form of pain control for women during labor, but they’ve long been blamed for hindering progress in the delivery room.
- Fertility Tests May Not Be Best Gauge of Your Biological Clock
Doctors say age remains a better indicator of a woman’s ‘reproductive potential’
By Karen Pallarito
TUESDAY, Oct. 10, 2017 (HealthDay News)—Women in their 30s and early 40s who want to know whether their biological clocks are running out should skip fertility testing, a new study suggests.
- Homing In on Homework Help
Hint: Don’t do it for them
By Regina Boyle Wheeler
TUESDAY, Oct. 10, 2017 (HealthDay News)—It can be the most dreaded task of the day for parents and kids alike.
- Start Skin Cancer Prevention Early, Health Experts Say
New proposal urges doctors to begin talking to parents when fair-skinned children are 6 months old
TUESDAY, Oct. 10, 2017 (HealthDay News)—How to keep from developing skin cancer should be something all doctors discuss with the parents of their young, fair-skinned patients, suggests the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.
- Where There’s Type 1 Diabetes, Celiac Disease May Follow
Screening for early signs of both conditions should be done at birth, study suggests
By Serena Gordon
TUESDAY, Oct. 10, 2017 (HealthDay News)—Parents of young children with type 1 diabetes need to be on the lookout for symptoms of another autoimmune condition—celiac disease, new research suggests.
- Health Tip: Getting Enough Sleep
It’s important for young athletes
(HealthDay News)—Children who participate in scholastic sports are at greater risk of injury if they don’t get enough sleep.
- Are You an ‘Anti-Vaxxer’? Your Friends Are on Twitter
Social media is a place where they vent, support each other’s views, study finds
By Alan Mozes
MONDAY, Oct. 9, 2017 (HealthDay News)—American parents who oppose childhood vaccines often take to Twitter to vent, share and seek reinforcement for the widely disproven notion that these shots can trigger autism, new research shows.
- Surviving Congenital Heart Disease as Child Not a Ticket to Good Health
Many of these children can also suffer from illnesses such as autism and respiratory conditions, study says
MONDAY, Oct. 9, 2017 (HealthDay News)—Though the majority of children with congenital heart disease survive into adulthood, they often struggle with a number of lifelong illnesses, researchers report.
- Health Tip: Suggestions for a Healthy Halloween
Keep your kids safer
(HealthDay News)—Children look forward to Halloween more than many other holidays, but the occasion doesn’t come without potential dangers.
- Health Tip: Children and Screen Use
Set guidelines for your family
(HealthDay News)—The prevalence of TV, computer and smartphone use among children and teens requires some restrictions, experts say.
- No Drop in Flu Vaccinations Since Nasal Spray Withdrawn
By Steven Reinberg
FRIDAY, Oct. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News)—Discontinuation of the pain-free nasal spray flu vaccine hasn’t led to a drop in childhood influenza vaccination—at least not in Oregon.
- Sesame Street’s Muppets to Help Kids Cope With Trauma
FRIDAY, Oct. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News)—Nearly half of all children in the United States face traumatic experiences that can radically alter the course of their lives, research shows.
- Childhood ‘Growth’ Tests Not Always Necessary
There’s wide range of ‘normal’ growth and development for kids, pediatricians group says
FRIDAY, Oct. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News)—Just because a child isn’t growing or developing exactly like his or her peers doesn’t mean a host of medical tests are in order.
- Health Tip: Learn Symptoms of Childhood Sinusitis
Know the warning signs
(HealthDay News)—Your child’s sinuses are not fully developed until late in the teen years, but the child can still develop a sinus infection.
- Helping Preemies Avoid Unnecessary Antibiotics
3 factors predicted when infant was at low risk of serious infection called sepsis
By Serena Gordon
THURSDAY, Oct. 5, 2017 (HealthDay News)—Researchers say they have identified three criteria that suggest an extremely premature infant has a low risk of developing sepsis, which might allow doctors to spare these babies early exposure to antibiotics.
- Protecting Preemies From Stress Might Improve Later Mental Health
Babies born at 2.2 pounds or less normally face higher risk of adult psychological issues
THURSDAY, Oct. 5, 2017 (HealthDay News)—Being born at an extremely low birth weight seems to increase the risk for developing mental health issues as an adult. But that risk can be lowered by lessening exposure to bullying and family stress during childhood and adolescence, new research suggests.
- Too Little of This Vitamin Could Harm Young Hearts
Leafy green veggies are a good source of the vital nutrient
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 4, 2017 (HealthDay News)—Bypassing leafy green veggies could take a toll on teens’ heart health, new research suggests.
- Reassuring Kids After Another Senseless Tragedy
Psychiatrists urge parents to stress to young concertgoers that events like Las Vegas shooting remain rare
By E.J. Mundell
MONDAY, Oct. 2, 2017 (HealthDay News)—As news pours in from Las Vegas on the record level of carnage inflicted by a shooter at yet another crowded public event, psychiatrists urge young people and their parents to not give way to fear.
- Bilingual Kids Learn New Languages Better
Scans revealed differences in their brain wave patterns that seemed to give them an advantage
MONDAY, Oct. 2, 2017 (HealthDay News)—Bilingual children have an easier time learning additional languages later in life than those who speak only one language, researchers report.
- Overuse Injuries Don’t Impact Young Football Players
Data on youth and high school competitors show minimal amounts
SUNDAY, Oct. 1, 2017 (HealthDay News)—Overuse injuries do not appear to be a major problem among young football players, according to a new study.
- Study Questions Practice of Placenta Eating by New Moms
It may be potentially dangerous, researchers say
By Maureen Salamon
FRIDAY, Sept. 29, 2017 (HealthDay News)—You may have heard that some new mothers choose to eat their own placenta after childbirth. But there’s no indication the trendy practice offers any health benefits, and some evidence it could prove dangerous, new research suggests.
- Your Sociability May Hinge on ‘Love Hormone’
Oxytocin confers evolutionary advantages, study finds
FRIDAY, Sept. 29, 2017 (HealthDay News)—If you like to hang out with friends, it might be due to the “love hormone” oxytocin, a new mouse study suggests.
- Researchers Learn More About Gender’s Role in Autism Risk
When oldest female child has the disorder, risk is raised for younger siblings, especially boys: study
FRIDAY, Sept. 29, 2017 (HealthDay News)—Having a daughter with autism is linked to an increased risk that younger siblings will also have the disorder, new research suggests.
- Whooping Cough Shot Works, But Many Moms-to-Be Skip It: CDC
Timely vaccination can prevent three-quarters of cases in newborns
By Robert Preidt
THURSDAY, Sept. 28, 2017 (HealthDay News)—Tdap vaccination during pregnancy prevents whooping cough in about three-quarters of newborns—but only about half of mothers-to-be get the shot, a new U.S. study reveals.
- Nearly Half of the World’s Abortions Are Unsafe
Worst conditions found in Africa, Asia and Latin America, WHO researchers say
THURSDAY, Sept. 28, 2017 (HealthDay News)—More than 25 million unsafe abortions are performed worldwide each year, a new study says.
- Heart-Lung Fitness Challenged in Early Full-Term Babies
Researchers found those born at 37-38 weeks had higher risk of poorer cardiorespiratory fitness later in life
WEDNESDAY, Sept. 27, 2017 (HealthDay News)—Infants born early in a full-term pregnancy have a higher risk of poor heart-lung fitness later in life, a new study suggests.
- Health Tip: Keep Kids Safe From Fire and Heat
Suggestions to prevent burns
(HealthDay News)—It’s important to teach children from a young age the danger of fire. By setting clear and concise fire-safety rules, you will decrease the likelihood of dangerous burns.
- High Blood Pressure in Pregnancy May Boost Child’s Obesity Risk
Even high readings in the last trimester linked to greater odds, study found
WEDNESDAY, Sept. 27, 2017 (HealthDay News)—Having high blood pressure during pregnancy may make your child more vulnerable to obesity, a new study suggests.
- Genetics a Cause of Autism in Most Cases: Study
Re-analysis of stats from earlier study shows new estimate of DNA impact
By Randy Dotinga
TUESDAY, Sept. 26, 2017 (HealthDay News)—Heredity contributes to about 83 percent of the risk of autism in children with the disorder, a new study suggests.
- Gun Violence in Movies a Trigger for Teens?
Parents need to keep weapons locked up, limit exposure to media violence, experts say
By Steven Reinberg
MONDAY, Sept. 25, 2017 (HealthDay News)—Kids who see gun violence in movies are more likely to play with and fire a gun if they have access to one, a new study finds.
- When a Cold or Flu Strikes a Family Member
How to keep everyone else healthy
By Julie Davis
THURSDAY, Sept. 21, 2017 (HealthDay News)—When one child gets sick, you might brace yourself for everyone getting sick. But it’s possible to keep healthy family members from falling ill, too.
- When Adults Show Determination, Babies Copy
‘It’s OK to let your kids see you sweat,’ researcher says
By Dennis Thompson
THURSDAY, Sept. 21, 2017 (HealthDay News)—Grit and determination are not necessarily ingrained. Rather, they’re qualities learned from a very young age, a new lab experiment demonstrates.
- Could Pests, Dust Lower Kids’ Odds for Asthma?
Inner-city study found early exposure to cockroaches and mice droppings seemed protective
By Carole Tanzer Miller
THURSDAY, Sept. 21, 2017 (HealthDay News)—Early exposure to pest and pet allergens—cockroaches and mice droppings included—may actually guard children against asthma, a new study of inner-city kids suggests.
- When Moms Don’t Sleep Well, Neither Do Their Kids
That could take a toll on child’s development, researchers say
WEDNESDAY, Sept. 20, 2017 (HealthDay News)—If mom is an insomniac, her kids are likely to be poor sleepers, too.
- ‘Green Schoolyards’ May Bring Better Health to Kids
Review found they helped with heart health, weight control, ADHD and stress relief
WEDNESDAY, Sept. 20, 2017 (HealthDay News)—A “green schoolyard” might boost the health of children in your community, researchers report.
- Health Tip: Is Your Baby Teething?
Recognizing signs and symptoms
(HealthDay News)—Most babies are born with 20 teeth below the gum line, but the process of teething typically doesn’t start until about 6 months of age.
- Are Today’s Teens Putting the Brakes on Adulthood?
They’re often postponing traditional ‘milestones’ to growing up, study suggests
By Amy Norton
TUESDAY, Sept. 19, 2017 (HealthDay News)—Parents may still marvel at how fast their kids grow up, but a new study finds that U.S. teenagers are maturing more slowly than past generations.
- Kids’ Colds Linked to Asthma, Lung Problems Later
But research is too early to confirm a cause-and-effect link
TUESDAY, Sept. 19, 2017 (HealthDay News)—Kids who develop respiratory infections like colds or sinusitis may have a higher risk of asthma and reduced lung function later in life, a new study says.
- Youth Football Ups Odds of Brain Problems in Adulthood
Researchers say greater risk of behavior issues, depression in those who played tackle before age 12
By Randy Dotinga
TUESDAY, Sept. 19, 2017 (HealthDay News)—Kids who start playing tackle football before age 12 have a higher risk of mental and behavioral problems in adulthood than their counterparts who began playing at older ages, a new study suggests.
- Doctors Eye the Danger From ‘Nerf’ Guns
MONDAY, Sept. 18, 2017 (HealthDay News)—Nerf guns can be great fun for kids—until someone damages an eye, doctors warn.
- Parents Say Schools Don’t Help Kids With Mental Health, Chronic Disease
MONDAY, Sept. 18, 2017 (HealthDay News)—Many parents don’t believe schools are prepared to help students with mental health problems and serious physical health issues, a new survey finds.
- Big Rise in Hospitalized Kids With Opioid Side Effects
MONDAY, Sept. 18, 2017 (HealthDay News)—There has been a large increase in the number of young hospital patients in the United States who suffer harmful side effects from opioid painkillers, a new study says.
- Health Tip: Design a Non-Toxic Nursery
Make your baby’s space safe
(HealthDay News)—After spending nine months making sure everything you eat is good for your growing baby, you’ll want to create a nursery that’s soothing and safe.
- Joining Your Kid on That Playground Slide? Think Again
It seems like fun but can be a quick trip to a broken limb, study authors warn
FRIDAY, Sept. 15, 2017 (HealthDay News)—It’s a slippery slope to injury.
- Golf Carts’ Use Is Spreading, and So Is Danger to Kids
Study of more than 100 kids treated at trauma centers reveals serious injuries
By Alan Mozes
FRIDAY, Sept. 15, 2017 (HealthDay News)—Golf carts aren’t just for golfers anymore, and their widening use means injuries for kids who want to give the vehicles a whirl, new research shows.
- Parents Getting Better at Using Car Seats Safely
But older kids often miss out on booster seats
FRIDAY, Sept. 15, 2017 (HealthDay News)—Parents are doing a better job of properly positioning infants and toddlers in their car seats, but older kids aren’t always safely seated, a new study reports.
- Young Kids With Cellphones Face a Hidden Risk
Study finds elementary school children with phones are more likely to be cyberbullied
FRIDAY, Sept. 15, 2017 (HealthDay News)—Cyberbullying starts early, and 8- and 9-year-olds with cellphones are especially vulnerable, new research finds.
- Early Onset of Pregnancy Complication May Raise Heart Risks
Doctors should monitor women with pre-eclampsia after childbirth, study suggests
THURSDAY, Sept. 14, 2017 (HealthDay News)—Women who develop pre-eclampsia earlier in pregnancy may be at increased risk for heart problems soon after giving birth, a new study finds.
- Vision Problems Common in Babies Infected With Zika
Impairments range in severity, two studies found
THURSDAY, Sept. 14, 2017 (HealthDay News)—When Zika infections strike in the womb, babies’ eyes likely suffer, researchers say.
- Health Tip: On Kids and Pets
How to prepare children for furry friends
(HealthDay News)—Selecting a family pet should not be a quick decision. The safety of your children should be a priority, so it’s important to find the right match for your family.
- Could Swine Flu Be Linked to Type 1 Diabetes?
Study suggests Norwegians hit by H1N1 flu pandemic more likely to develop the autoimmune disease
WEDNESDAY, Sept. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News)—Young people who’ve been infected with the H1N1 swine flu virus may be at increased risk for type 1 diabetes, a new study suggests.