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- Parents Should Set Good Example to Keep Kids Slim, Pediatrics Group Says
Avoid keeping sugary, high-calorie foods in the house, and encourage being active together
MONDAY, June 29, 2015 (HealthDay News)—As rates of childhood obesity continue to climb in the United States, parents should embrace healthy eating habits and behaviors to help kids maintain a normal weight, a new report says.
- One Stillbirth Greatly Raises Odds for Another: Study
Still, most second pregnancies lead to normal, healthy babies, experts say
By Steven Reinberg
WEDNESDAY, June 24, 2015 (HealthDay News)—Women who’ve had one stillbirth have a four times higher risk of having another stillbirth compared to women who’ve had a live birth, British researchers report.
- Smoking Around Toddlers May Raise Their Obesity Risk
Study can’t prove cause-and-effect, but changes to kids’ hormones might be the link
WEDNESDAY, June 24, 2015 (HealthDay News)—Smoking around your toddler may be just as harmful to your child as smoking during pregnancy, new research suggests.
- Obese Teens Less Likely to Use Birth Control
Heavy adolescent girls at greater risk for unintended pregnancy, study shows
WEDNESDAY, July 1, 2015 (HealthDay News)—Sexually active teenage girls who are obese are less likely to use birth control than teens who aren’t overweight, a new study reports.
- Umbilical Cord ‘Milking’ May Help Preemies Delivered by C-Section
Gentle massaging can boost blood pressure, blood flow among these babies, research shows
TUESDAY, June 30, 2015 (HealthDay News)—Gently massaging the umbilical cords of preterm infants delivered by C-section may improve their blood pressure, boost blood flow and increase levels of red blood cells, a new study finds.
- Women’s Faces Are Redder During Ovulation, Study Says
But these subtle changes aren’t detectable to the human eye
TUESDAY, June 30, 2015 (HealthDay News)—Women’s faces are redder than usual during ovulation, but this subtle change isn’t detectable to the human eye, new research shows.
- Health Tip: Teach Your 5-Year-Old About Safety
And help prevent injury
(HealthDay News)—By age 5, children begin to realize just how many activities they can participate in. But with many of these newly discovered pursuits comes the danger of injury.
- Parents, Stop Hovering: ‘Risky’ Play May Have Benefits for Kids
Less free-time supervision helps social development, and children get more exercise, experts say
By Amy Norton
MONDAY, June 29, 2015 (HealthDay News)—Children may benefit, physically and socially, from being allowed to play with less monitoring from mom and dad, a new research review finds.
- Following Water Safety Rules Saves Lives, Red Cross Says
Children can drown within five minutes, experts warn
SATURDAY, June 27, 2015 (HealthDay News)—Once the temperatures rise, people of all ages cool off in pools, lakes or the ocean. But no matter how old you are, taking certain water safety precautions is essential, according to the American Red Cross.
- Health Tip: Swimming Safely
Make sure pool is enclosed
(HealthDay News)—Having a swimming pool or hot tub in the back yard can pose a drowning danger for young children.
- Health Tip: Child-Proof Your Home
Suggestions to keep little visitors safer
(HealthDay News)—Child-proofing your home should keep kids safer when they come for a visit.
- Poor Health as Teen, Poor Job Prospects Later, Study Suggests
Chronic mental or physical problems were tied to worse education, employment goals in adult life
By Tara Haelle
MONDAY, June 22, 2015 (HealthDay News)—Mental or physical health problems during the teen years may make it harder to get a good job or to complete higher education later on, a new research review suggests.
- Summer Beach Time Means Water Safety
Expert offers tips for dealing with rip currents and other risks
FRIDAY, June 19, 2015 (HealthDay News)—The millions of Americans who will flock to beaches this summer need to keep safety in mind as they frolic in the sand and surf, an expert advises.
- Heart Rate Changes Linked to Sexual Problems in Women
Preliminary finding could lead to easier way to diagnose dysfunction, expert says
THURSDAY, June 18, 2015 (HealthDay News)—Women with lower resting heart rate variability may be more likely to have sexual problems, a new study suggests
- Many Parents Who Smoke Expose Kids to Fumes at Home
4 in every 10 U.S. households with a smoking parent had no ‘smoke-free’ rules in place, study finds
THURSDAY, June 18, 2015 (HealthDay News)—In nearly 40 percent of U.S. homes with parents who smoke, those parents don’t have smoke-free rules in place for their kids, a new study finds.
- D & C Procedures May Raise Risk of Preterm Birth: Study
Researcher suggests more caution for women’s surgical procedure for certain patients
WEDNESDAY, June 17, 2015 (HealthDay News)—A widely used gynecological procedure may increase the risk of preterm delivery in future pregnancies, a new study suggests.
- Pregnancy May Conceal Ebola
Suppressed immune response might delay symptoms, experts say
By Steven Reinberg
WEDNESDAY, June 17, 2015 (HealthDay News)—Ebola infection continues to surprise scientists. The latest twist: The deadly virus may hide in pregnant women without obvious symptoms.
- Health Tip: How to Stay Safe at an Amusement Park
Follow rules of the ride
(HealthDay News)—While amusement parks can be a lot of fun, they can also lead to injury among people who don’t follow the rules.
- Weight-Loss Surgery Can Bring Couples Closer, Small Study Finds
If both partners view procedure as a joint effort, they feel greater intimacy afterward
By Kathleen Doheny
TUESDAY, June 16, 2015 (HealthDay News)—Couples who view the weight-loss surgery of one partner as a joint effort often say they feel closer as a result, a new study suggests.
- Short Boys Three Times More Likely to Get Growth Hormone: Study
Finding suggests short girls being undertreated, while boys being overtreated
TUESDAY, June 16, 2015 (HealthDay News)—Short boys are much more likely than short girls to receive growth hormones, a new study finds.
- Health Tip: Watch for Playground Burns
Be aware of equipment that heats up
(HealthDay News)—Playground burns from hot equipment are common, and they can occur even on days that aren’t very hot.
- Health Tip: Dealing With a Disrespectful Child
Set a good example
(HealthDay News)—While occasionally acting out can be a normal part of growing up, frequent disobedience on the part of a child is a problem.
- ‘Green Space’ at School May Help Kids Learn, Study Suggests
Expert says findings bolster the case for parks, playgrounds
By Randy Dotinga
MONDAY, June 15, 2015 (HealthDay News)—Children’s thinking skills may develop faster if they encounter “green space” such as parks and woods in their day-to-day lives, a new study suggests.
- Doctors Worry About Return of Vaccine-Preventable Ills in Kids
When immunization rates go down, ‘herd’ immunity also declines, experts note
By Amy Norton
FRIDAY, June 12, 2015 (HealthDay News)—Although most U.S. children are getting their routine vaccinations, recent trends have experts concerned that Americans will lose some of the “herd immunity” that has long protected many from serious infections.
- Fidgeting May Help Children With ADHD to Focus
Small study found those who squirmed performed better on a test
By Kathleen Doheny
THURSDAY, June 11, 2015 (HealthDay News)—Children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) often fidget, but new research suggests intense fidgeting may actually help them focus on the task at hand.
- Superior Visual Ability Found Early in Children With Autism
Researchers suggest above-average perception at 9 months might be a clue to the disorder
By Tara Haelle
THURSDAY, June 11, 2015 (HealthDay News)—Exceptional visual perception might be an early hallmark of autism, which could help predict a child will be diagnosed with the developmental disability, a new British study suggests.
- Smiling Can Lead to New Relationships
But, study authors say grin has to be genuine
WEDNESDAY, June 10, 2015 (HealthDay News)—A genuine smile may help you form a new friendship or romantic partnership, a new study suggests.
- 1 Dose of HPV Vaccine May Offer Protection: Study
Two large international trials suggest single immunization may be as good as two or three
WEDNESDAY, June 10, 2015 (HealthDay News)—One dose of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine Cervarix could prevent as many cases of cervical cancer as the current two- and three-dose schedules, a new study contends.
- Babies Who ‘Resettle’ on Their Own Get Better Sleep
And that could be a blessing to sleep-starved parents of infants, research suggests
WEDNESDAY, June 10, 2015 (HealthDay News)—Infants who “resettle” after waking up are more likely to sleep through the night, a new study suggests.
- Woman Gives Birth Using Ovary Tissue Frozen in Childhood
Transplant led to functioning ovary and then normal pregnancy, researchers say
By Steven Reinberg
WEDNESDAY, June 10, 2015 (HealthDay News)—In what researchers are hailing as a medical breakthrough, a 27-year-old woman gave birth to a healthy baby conceived from ovarian tissue that had been surgically removed and frozen when she was a child.
- Health Tip: Older Children Need a Bedtime Routine, Too
To promote better sleep
(HealthDay News)—Older children need a consistent bedtime and wind-down routine as much as infants and toddlers do.
- Parents’ Age May Be Factor in Child’s Autism Risk
Greater odds of disorder in kids of teen moms, older moms and parents with big age gap, study suggests
By Tara Haelle
TUESDAY, June 9, 2015 (HealthDay News)—Parents’ ages may play a role in a child’s risk of developing autism, a new study suggests.
- Like Mother, Like Child: Study Hints at Why Obesity May Run in Families
Cells might be programmed in the womb to accumulate extra fat, researchers suggest
TUESDAY, June 9, 2015 (HealthDay News)—New research offers potential clues as to why children of obese mothers are at increased risk for obesity.
- Exercise Can Cut Risk of Pregnancy-Related Diabetes: Study
Women who were more physically active while expecting also were about 2 pounds lighter
MONDAY, June 8, 2015 (HealthDay News)—Exercise reduces pregnant women’s risk of developing gestational diabetes and also helps control weight gain, a new review shows.
- More Evidence That General Anesthesia May Affect Young Brains
Anesthesia and surgery still safest for necessary procedures, experts say
By Tara Haelle
MONDAY, June 8, 2015 (HealthDay News)—Having general anesthesia during surgery at a very young age may be linked to poorer brain development, new research suggests.
- Health Tip: Check for Children in the Driveway
Walk a lap around the car before you drive
(HealthDay News)—Vehicle safety begins in the driveway. Drivers should always check surroundings as they back out of the driveway to ensure a child isn’t near.
- Fetal DNA Test May Also Help Spot Mom’s Cancer, Study Finds
Genetic analysis reveals early malignancies in 3 pregnant women
FRIDAY, June 5, 2015 (HealthDay News)—Noninvasive genetic testing of fetuses may also detect early stage cancers in their mothers, a new study says.
- Pregnancy Often Leads to Changes in Migraines
Many women have fewer headaches while expecting, experts say
FRIDAY, June 5, 2015 (HealthDay News)—Women who suffer from migraines may notice changes in their headache patterns when they’re pregnant, experts say.
- Special Diets, Supplements Not Always Helpful for Kids With Autism
These interventions are often tied to too little, or too much of certain nutrients, study finds
FRIDAY, June 5, 2015 (HealthDay News)—Well-intentioned parents of children with autism may think that special diets or supplements can help their child, but a new study suggests that often these efforts lead to problems.
- Safety Precautions Help Prevent Summer Camp Injuries
Accidents often happen during supervised activities, experts warn
FRIDAY, June 5, 2015 (HealthDay News)—Parents may be surprised to learn that camp injuries happen most often during supervised activities. The risk for injuries also increases when camp lasts 14 days or more, children’s health experts say.
- Cyberbullying Less Stressful Than In-Person Bullying, Study Claims
Face-to-face aggression coupled with online harassment seems most distressing to kids
FRIDAY, June 5, 2015 (HealthDay News)—Young people who face bullies both online and in-person may have much greater distress than kids who deal with just one form of bullying, especially cyberbullying, a new study contends.
- Health Tip: If Your Child Is Always Eating
Hunger may not be the only reason
(HealthDay News)—If your child always seems to be eating, you may need to figure out whether the desire to eat is physical or emotional.
- New Moms Gain No Benefit From Eating Placenta, Studies Show
Researchers say there’s also no data at all on possible risks from the practice
THURSDAY, June 4, 2015 (HealthDay News)—While some celebrity moms swear by it and have made it trendy, doctors and scientists say consuming the placenta after birth offers women and their babies no benefit.
- Falls Are Leading Cause of Childhood Injuries, Expert Says
Parents should be particularly careful about windows
THURSDAY, June 4, 2015 (HealthDay News)—Falls are the leading cause of childhood injuries, and most of them occur in the home, a pediatric trauma expert said.
- Health Tip: Prevent Dog Bites
Don’t approach one that’s sleeping, eating or playing with a toy
(HealthDay News)—Educating children, parents and dog owners can help prevent dog bites.
- ‘Fracking’ Linked to Low Birth Weight Babies
Pregnant women who live near multiple natural gas wells tend to have smaller infants, research suggests
WEDNESDAY, June 3, 2015 (HealthDay News)—Living close to a high number of “fracked” natural gas wells may be linked to an increased risk of having a lower birth weight baby, according to a new study of Pennsylvania birth rates.
- Health Tip: Building Baby’s Fine Motor Skills
Offer age-appropriate toys
(HealthDay News)—As your baby gets older and develops, so should motor skills of the fingers and hands.
- Pesticides Linked to ADHD, Study Says
Research found greater exposure tied to more hyperactivity and impulsivity in boys
WEDNESDAY, June 3, 2015 (HealthDay News)—There’s evidence—but not proof—of a link between a commonly used household pesticide and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children and young teens, according to a new study.
- Money-Dependent Spouse May Be More Likely to Cheat
Threat to their masculinity explains why men might stray, researcher says
MONDAY, June 1, 2015 (HealthDay News)—The more economically dependent they are on their spouses, the more likely it may be that husbands and wives will be unfaithful, a new study suggests.
- Tougher Alcohol Laws for Adults May Also Lower Teen Drinking
Study found states that limited access for all had lower teen drinking rates
By Tara Haelle
MONDAY, June 1, 2015 (HealthDay News)—New research suggests that as a state’s alcohol laws get tougher, teen drinking rates drop—even if the laws are targeting adults and not teens.
- Health Tip: Keeping a Preemie Safe in a Car Seat
Suggestions for safer travel
(HealthDay News)—A premature baby may need extra care to make sure he or she fits properly in a car seat.
- Improved Therapies Have Extended Life Spans of Childhood Cancer Survivors
Fewer die of ‘late effects’ from radiation, chemotherapy, study finds
SUNDAY, May 31, 2015 (HealthDay News)—Treatment adjustments have significantly increased the life spans of childhood cancer survivors in the United States and Canada, according to new research.
- Babies Prefer Sound of Other Babies Over Adults
Researcher says infants may be ‘finding their voice’
FRIDAY, May 29, 2015 (HealthDay News)—Babies would rather listen to other babies than adults, and this preference may help in their language development, a new study suggests.
- Health Tip: Don’t Use Food as a Reward
Here are suggested alternatives
(HealthDay News)—Food shouldn’t be used as a reward to encourage good behavior in children, experts say. Children should learn that food is to fuel the body, not an indulgence.
- First Part of Ejaculate May Be Primed for Conception
Researchers find early sperm more likely to achieve a pregnancy
TUESDAY, May 26, 2015 (HealthDay News)—The initial portion of ejaculate is most likely to lead to conception, a small new study suggests.
- Delaying Umbilical Cord Clamping Might Boost Child Development
Fine-motor and social skills slightly improved in boys, but no difference in IQ, researchers say
By Alan Mozes
TUESDAY, May 26, 2015 (HealthDay News)—Waiting about three minutes to clamp the umbilical cord following a baby’s delivery may help improve children’s fine-motor and social skills at age 4 years, new Swedish research suggests.
- Heed the Warning Signs of Teen Suicide, Experts Say
Withdrawal, changes in daily habits can signal trouble
TUESDAY, May 26, 2015 (HealthDay News)—Youth suicide is a major problem in the United States, but being alert to the warning signs can help avert tragedy, experts say.
- Health Tip: Be Safe Around Lawn Mowers
Don’t let kids play nearby while mowing
(HealthDay News)—Thousands of adults and children are hurt each year from lawn mower-related accidents.
- Living at Higher Elevations Linked to SIDS Risk
Study found odds were doubled, though still very rare even at greater altitudes
By Amy Norton
MONDAY, May 25, 2015 (HealthDay News)—Babies who live at very high elevations may have an increased risk of SIDS, a new study suggests.
- Tips for Preventing Dog Bites
Even a friendly pooch may overreact when startled
MONDAY, May 25, 2015 (HealthDay News)—Dog bites are a serious public health issue, but many are preventable, experts say.