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- He Complains She Shops Too Much—And Marriage Suffers
Study finds one spouse’s views on the other’s spending can bring conflict that undermines relationship
TUESDAY, Aug. 22, 2017 (HealthDay News)—It’s sometimes a case of “till shopping do us part.”
- Close Friendships in High School Make for Happier Adults
Meanwhile, popular kids may end up with more anxiety later, study suggests
TUESDAY, Aug. 22, 2017 (HealthDay News)—If you’re not one of the popular kids with dozens of “besties,” you can take solace in new research that suggests having close friendships is better for your adult mental health than having many friends in high school.
- Zika Hijacks Pregnant Woman’s Immune System
Virus can then damage growing fetus, researchers report
By Dennis Thompson
MONDAY, Aug. 21, 2017 (HealthDay News)—The Zika virus thrives in pregnant women by suppressing their already dampened immune systems and running roughshod over their body’s natural defenses, which allows the virus to directly attack the fetus, a new study reports.
- Too Many Babies Still Placed on Stomach to Sleep: Study
Pediatric experts recommend infants always sleep on their backs to avoid SIDS
By Amy Norton
MONDAY, Aug. 21, 2017 (HealthDay News)—Despite years of public health campaigns, many American parents are still putting their babies to sleep in an unsafe position, a new study finds
- Kids’ Cases of High Blood Pressure May Rise Under New Guidelines
Simplified tables from American Academy of Pediatrics likely to raise detection rates
MONDAY, Aug. 21, 2017 (HealthDay News)—More U.S. kids and teens are likely to be diagnosed and treated for high blood pressure because of new guidelines released Monday from the American Academy of Pediatrics.
- Back-to-School Tips … for Parents
First few weeks require patience and support, educators say
SUNDAY, Aug. 20, 2017 (HealthDay News)—A critical lesson for parents to master as their kids return to school: Cut them some slack.
- Anti-Vaccine Family Members, Friends Spur Many Moms to Delay Baby’s Shots
Study found even if pregnant women later hear better info from docs, they may still wait on immunizations
By Serena Gordon
FRIDAY, Aug. 18, 2017 (HealthDay News)—If a pregnant woman hears anti-vaccine messages from family or friends about childhood immunizations, she’s much more likely to delay her baby’s shots, new research shows.
- Young Breakfast Skippers Lack Vital Nutrients
Calcium, iron and folate may be shortchanged when morning meal is missed
THURSDAY, Aug. 17, 2017 (HealthDay News)—Mom was right—eating breakfast really is important.
- Health Tip: Recognize Youth Violence
Symptoms of a common problem
(HealthDay News)—The upcoming school year casts a spotlight over the longstanding problem of youth violence, most commonly bullying. Its effects can last well into adulthood.
- Date Nights for Overbooked Parents
Make it more than a movie, experts say
By Julie Davis
TUESDAY, Aug. 15, 2017 (HealthDay News)—You might not think it’s possible to squeeze a date night into your hectic schedule, especially if your family includes young children.
- Lack of Sleep May Raise Child’s Type 2 Diabetes Risk: Study
It found link—but no proof—between less slumber and risk factors for blood sugar disease
By Amy Norton
TUESDAY, Aug. 15, 2017 (HealthDay News)—Children who get too little sleep may be more likely to have risk factors for type 2 diabetes, new research suggests.
- Local Crime Can Put Kids on the Run
Smartphone study finds young avoid their neighborhoods when threat of danger rises
TUESDAY, Aug. 15, 2017 (HealthDay News)—If parents are afraid of local crime, kids spend less time hanging out in their neighborhoods, according to a new study that used smartphone tracking.
- Smoking on the Rise Among Pregnant Women With Depression
More than 1 in 3 smoke, compared to 1 in 10 who aren’t depressed, U.S. survey finds
MONDAY, Aug. 14, 2017 (HealthDay News)—Smoking during pregnancy is on the rise among American women with depression, a new study finds.
- Do Pets Really Boost Kids’ Health?
In a study that’ll give you paws, researchers find no mental or physical benefit from a household friend
MONDAY, Aug. 14, 2017 (HealthDay News)—Kids and pets go together like peanut butter and jelly, right?
- Calming Those Back-to-School Jitters
Child development expert offers advice on how to ease anxiety as classes start
SUNDAY, Aug. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News)—Many children look forward to heading back to school, but an expert in child psychology notes that the new school year can cause anxiety for some kids.
- Parents of Preemies End Up Just Fine: Study
When kids are grown, quality of life is the same as for parents of babies born full-term
By Serena Gordon
FRIDAY, Aug. 11, 2017 (HealthDay News)—The early life of a very premature baby can be a hectic and stressful time for parents. But once the child is grown, parents are as satisfied with life as those whose babies were born at full term, new European research finds.
- Therapy for Kids With Autism Pays Off for Moms, Dads
Study found when parents become therapy partners, they become less depressed, learn to keep emotions in check
THURSDAY, Aug. 10, 2017 (HealthDay News)—Behavioral therapy for children with autism also benefits their parents, a new study finds.
- Rotavirus Vaccine Cut Kids’ Hospitalization, Medical Costs
Virus a common cause of diarrhea among children, study authors report
By Robert Preidt
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 9, 2017 (HealthDay News)—Hundreds of thousands of cases of diarrhea in young children have been prevented since routine vaccination against rotavirus began in the United States a decade ago, a new study shows.
- By Age 12, Poor May Show Signs of Heart Risks Ahead
Neck arteries are narrower than those of wealthier children, study says
By Amy Norton
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 9, 2017 (HealthDay News)—Children from poor families are more likely than their richer peers to show signs of narrowing in the neck arteries—hinting they could face a heightened risk of heart disease as adults.
- Health Tip: Childhood Obesity Can Trigger Adult Problems
Here’s how you can help prevent them
(HealthDay News)—About a third of people aged two to 19 are considered overweight or obese, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) says.
- Preterm Birth Risk Spikes in Mothers With Sleep Disorders
Pregnant women with apnea or insomnia have roughly twice the risk of delivering before 34 weeks, study finds
TUESDAY, Aug. 8, 2017 (HealthDay News)—Sleep disorders during pregnancy may increase the risk of preterm birth, a new study finds.
- Low Blood Sugar in Newborns Tied to Brain Problems Later
These babies 2 to 3 times more apt to struggle with planning, memory, attention at age 4, study finds
By Kathleen Doheny
TUESDAY, Aug. 8, 2017 (HealthDay News)—Low blood sugar affects about one in six newborns, and new research suggests it could lead to brain difficulties in childhood.
- Can Scans Predict Some Autism Cases?
When the disorder is caused by a certain genetic defect, MRI may spot brain abnormalities, researchers say
By Amy Norton
TUESDAY, Aug. 8, 2017 (HealthDay News)—People with a particular genetic cause of autism show structural abnormalities in the brain that are readily detected with noninvasive imaging, according to a new study.
- Relationship Status Impacts Health
Outweighing wealth, social class and IQ
(HealthDay News)—How happy a person is in a relationship has a powerful influence on the person’s health, a new Harvard University study finds.
- How Preschoolers Begin Learning the Rules of Reading, Spelling
Exposing them to written words early on will give them a strong start, researcher says
MONDAY, Aug. 7, 2017 (HealthDay News)—New research supports the advice that it’s never too early to start reading to a child. Children start to recognize and follow some rules of reading and writing as young as age 3, study findings reveal.
- Decline in Kids’ Ear Infections Linked to Pneumococcal Vaccine
The shots are effective in killing the main bacterial cause, but other germs are growing, researchers find
By Maureen Salamon
MONDAY, Aug. 7, 2017 (HealthDay News)—American kids’ ear infections dropped threefold over 10 years, compared to the 1980s, largely due to pneumococcal vaccines that protect against one type of bacteria that causes them, a new study suggests.
- Health Tip: Don’t Use Sunscreen on Newborns
Infants aged 6 months and younger should avoid the sun
(HealthDay News)—Applying sunscreen on infants aged 6 months and younger isn’t a good idea, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says.
- Prenatal Exposure to Certain Flame Retardants Linked to Lower IQs
Chemicals known as PBDEs can affect generations to come, researcher says
By Randy Dotinga
FRIDAY, Aug. 4, 2017 (HealthDay News)—Exposure to certain flame-retardant chemicals in pregnancy may be linked to lower intelligence in children, a new research review suggests.
- Picky Eater? It Might Just Be Your Child’s Personality
Temperament determines which kids will resist new foods, study suggests
FRIDAY, Aug. 4, 2017 (HealthDay News)—For some parents, introducing new items to their baby’s diet seems like a losing battle. But the food itself might not be the problem. Personality may predict which infants will become picky eaters, a new study contends.
- Can Breast Milk Feed a Love of Vegetables?
Think of it as an early stealth strategy in the war against picky eating, researchers say
By Carole Tanzer Miller
FRIDAY, Aug. 4, 2017 (HealthDay News)—Want your preschooler to eat veggies without a fuss? Try eating veggies while you’re breast-feeding.
- Childhood Cancer Radiation May Cause Unwanted Gene Mutation in Some
That flaw seems to increase risk of a type of brain tumor later in life, researchers report
FRIDAY, Aug. 4, 2017 (HealthDay News)—Some adult survivors of childhood cancer go on to develop brain tumors, and now researchers say they’ve found a gene mutation that seems to increase that risk.
- Health Tip: Protect Your Kids From Lead
Suggestions to keep them safer
(HealthDay News)—Exposure to lead among children can cause lifelong learning disabilities and behavioral problems.
- Health Tip: Supervise Kids Near Cars
And help prevent an accident
(HealthDay News)—Allowing kids to play unsupervised in a road or driveway is a recipe for injury.
- Know the Signs of Concussion
This serious health threat affects kids as well as adults
By Julie Davis
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 2, 2017 (HealthDay News)—Concussions have been in the news a lot because of health problems experienced by football players, but you don’t have to be a professional athlete to suffer this injury.
- Women Who Gain Weight Between Babies at Higher Risk for Diabetes
Danger is greatest for women whose weight was normal before they got pregnant, study finds
TUESDAY, Aug. 1, 2017 (HealthDay News)—Women who gain weight after having a baby may be more likely to develop diabetes during their next pregnancy, a new study suggests.
- Recent Flu Shot Shouldn’t Prevent Vaccination During Pregnancy
Study rebuts concerns about multiple vaccination timing
By Randy Dotinga
TUESDAY, Aug. 1, 2017 (HealthDay News)—Because pregnant women and newborns are particularly vulnerable to the flu and its complications, guidelines recommend a flu shot during pregnancy. However, it wasn’t known whether that vaccine would work if a woman had already received a flu shot recently.
- Young Cancer Survivors Struggle to Resume Social Activities
Strains on finances, relationships and life plans take a toll, researchers find
TUESDAY, Aug. 1, 2017 (HealthDay News)—Many young cancer survivors have trouble resuming their social lives.
- Drowning Can Occur Hours After Swimming
Know the signs of dry and secondary drowning, expert cautions
MONDAY, July 31, 2017 (HealthDay News)—While it happens rarely, a person can drown on dry land hours after having been in the water.
- Genetic Testing Can Help Pinpoint Epilepsy Earlier
Faster diagnosis leads to faster treatment, researcher says
MONDAY, July 31, 2017 (HealthDay News)—A new study supports routine genetic testing for epilepsy in young children with seizures.
- Vision Problems Can Harm Kids’ Development, Grades
Eye experts say children should have routine exams to detect trouble early
FRIDAY, July 28, 2017 (HealthDay News)—Poor eyesight can make life harder for people at any age, but it can really take a toll on children’s school performance and well-being, vision experts say.
- ‘Super Moms’ and ‘Super Dads’: Work-Home Conflicts Affect Both Genders
‘We need to bring men into the conversation,’ researcher says
By Amy Norton
THURSDAY, July 27, 2017 (HealthDay News)—Contrary to stereotypes, it’s not only women who struggle to balance work and family responsibilities, according to a new report.
- Time to Catch Up on Reading, Writing … and Routine Shots
Before kids head back to school, make sure they’re up-to-date on their vaccines
WEDNESDAY, July 26, 2017 (HealthDay News)—Of all the items on your child’s back-to-school checklist, getting vaccinated is probably your kid’s least favorite. But those shots are essential for keeping children healthy, pediatricians say.
- Health Tip: Encouraging Your Kids to Brush
Here’s how some dentists do it
(HealthDay News)—Even dentists struggle to get their kids to brush and floss regularly.
- Health Tip: Help Kids Sleep Better
Here’s what may be keeping them awake
(HealthDay News)—Getting children to go to sleep and stay asleep may be a true challenge for parents.
- Treating ADHD May Help Curb Later Drinking, Drug Problems
For people with the disorder, meds like Ritalin linked to lower rates of alcohol, drug abuse, study finds
MONDAY, July 24, 2017 (HealthDay News)—Teens and adults with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder may have a lower risk of developing an alcohol or drug problem if they take medications to treat their ADHD, a new study suggests.
- Just a Few Vaccine Refusers Could Endanger Many
A 5 percent drop in coverage could trigger a tripling of measles cases in young kids, study finds
By Alan Mozes
MONDAY, July 24, 2017 (HealthDay News)—With a small percentage of U.S. parents not vaccinating their children for “non-medical” reasons, a new study warns that even a few such families can trigger a big jump in local measles cases.
- Does Your Child Really Have a Food Allergy?
Food sensitivity and intolerance may be mistaken for allergic reaction, even by doctors
By Amy Norton
MONDAY, July 24, 2017 (HealthDay News)—Many people misunderstand what food allergies are, and even doctors can be confused about how to best diagnose them, suggests a new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics.
- Donor-Sperm Kids No Different From Their Peers: Study
Parent questionnaires revealed no physical, mental distinctions at school age
FRIDAY, July 21, 2017 (HealthDay News)—Children conceived using donor sperm are no different physically or mentally from other kids, a new Australian study says.
- Making the Most of Childhood Wellness Visits
Advance preparation can help get your questions answered
By Julie Davis
FRIDAY, July 21, 2017 (HealthDay News)—Babies born today will have about a dozen wellness visits by the time they reach age 3. At that point, these checkups typically drop to just once a year, often before kids head back to school.
- Antidepressants in Pregnancy Tied to Slight Increase in Autism
But difference in risk is quite small, experts say
By Dennis Thompson
THURSDAY, July 20, 2017 (HealthDay News)—In the long-standing debate over whether antidepressants are safe to take during pregnancy, a new study suggests that exposure to the drugs in the womb might bump up a child’s risk of autism.
- Oxygen Therapy Revives Brain of Toddler Who Nearly Drowned
Shrunken areas of brain tissue actually re-grew after treatment, doctor says
By Alan Mozes
THURSDAY, July 20, 2017 (HealthDay News)—In one of the first such confirmed cases, an Arkansas toddler who suffered severe brain injury after nearly drowning has had that brain damage reversed, using a new treatment.
- Good Diet, Exercise While Pregnant Could Cut C-section Risk
These healthy habits also lower odds for other obstetric complications, study shows
By Kathleen Doheny
WEDNESDAY, July 19, 2017 (HealthDay News)—Eating a healthy diet and exercising during pregnancy isn’t just good for the developing baby.
- Women Driven to Be Thinner When Husband Is Hot
But study finds the dynamic doesn’t work the other way around
TUESDAY, July 18, 2017 (HealthDay News)—Having a handsome husband often motivates plain Jane types to diet, a new study finds.
- High-Dose Vitamin D May Not Curb Kids’ Colds
Study seems to dispel a common myth around the daily supplement, researchers say
TUESDAY, July 18, 2017 (HealthDay News)—When it comes to vitamin supplements, more is not always better, according to a new study that found even high doses of vitamin D don’t protect children from colds in the winter.
- Health Tip: Eating Well
Skip junk food from the amusement park
(HealthDay News)—When you’re at a popular summer attraction such as an amusement park, nutritional food choices may lacking.
- Teens Keep Building Bone After They Stop Growing: Study
10 percent of bone mass accumulates after teens reach their adult height, making healthy habits a must
MONDAY, July 17, 2017 (HealthDay News)—The late teens are a key time for bone growth, even after young people reach their full height.
- Impaired Eyesight May Be First Sign of Zika Damage in Babies
All infants with prenatal exposure to the virus need a vision exam, researchers say
MONDAY, July 17, 2017 (HealthDay News)—Infants exposed to the Zika virus in the womb should have their eyes examined for possible virus-related abnormalities, according to a new report.
- Not All Fidos Are Friendly
Teach kids ways to prevent dog bites, pediatricians’ group says
MONDAY, July 17, 2017 (HealthDay News)—Kids love dogs—dressing them up, tugging on them, kissing them, and even riding them like a horse. But sometimes, things can end badly, a pediatricians’ group says.
- Big Baby, Heavier Kid?
Study suggests these infants could benefit from early interventions to avoid obesity in childhood
MONDAY, July 17, 2017 (HealthDay News)—Those chubby baby cheeks that everyone loves to squeeze may signal an increased risk for childhood obesity, a new study suggests.
- Parents, Get Your Teens Their Vaccines!
More than 1 in 3 don’t know when their teen’s next shot is due, survey finds
MONDAY, July 17, 2017 (HealthDay News)—Many American teens may not get recommended vaccinations, and their parents might bear some of the blame, a new study suggests.