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- Screen Women for Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Experts Say
Task force cautions most women don’t have symptoms from these infections
MONDAY, Sept. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News)—All sexually active women should be screened for two of the most common sexually transmitted infections: chlamydia and gonorrhea, according to new recommendations from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.
- Study Suggests Why Pregnant Women Get Sicker From Flu
An aggressive immune system response may worsen symptoms, researchers say
MONDAY, Sept. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News)—Pregnant women appear to have an unusually strong immune response to the flu, according to a new study.
- Could Low Iron Intake During Pregnancy Raise Autism Risk?
Study reinforces benefits of taking supplements as recommended
By Barbara Bronson Gray
MONDAY, Sept. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News)—It’s something every pregnant woman wonders: What can I do to help ensure a healthy baby?
- Newborn ICUs With Private Family Rooms Benefit Preemies: Study
More close contact with mothers may explain greater weight gains, fewer procedures, less stress
By Amy Norton
MONDAY, Sept. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News)—Tiny preemies may fare better when newborn intensive care units (NICU) set up private rooms for parents to spend time with their infants, a new study finds.
- Can Brain Scans Help Predict Young Children’s Reading Abilities?
Imaging might detect early reading troubles like dyslexia, researchers say
MONDAY, Sept. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News)—Scans of young children’s brains might help predict how they learn to read. This finding could potentially allow doctors to identify those with dyslexia and other reading difficulties early on, preliminary research suggests.
- Pediatricians Urge Flu Vaccine for All Kids 6 Months and Older
Nasal spray vaccine can be considered for many kids 2 to 8, doctors say
- Do Greener Neighborhoods Produce Healthier Babies?
Fewer preemies and small babies delivered when moms live near trees, grass, study says
FRIDAY, Sept. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News)—Pregnant women who live in leafy, green neighborhoods are less likely to have premature or low birth weight babies, a new study suggests.
- Cyberbullying Seems to Ramp Up in Middle School
Effective prevention strategies must not be ‘one-size-fits-all,’ researcher says
FRIDAY, Sept. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News)—As kids transition from elementary to middle school, they are increasingly the targets of cyberbullies, according to a recent study.
- Mentors May Steer Young People Toward More Rewarding Careers
The result: Greater authority, responsibility likelier early on, study says
THURSDAY, Sept. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News)—Teens and young adults who’ve been mentored may be more likely to get a job that provides them with greater responsibility and independence early on in their career, according to a new study.
- Study: Exposure to Diversity Might Boost Baby’s Social Skills
Hearing different languages early in life could help reduce bias, researchers say
THURSDAY, Sept. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News)—Exposure to diverse communities may boost infants’ social learning, according to a new study.
- Researchers Don’t See Long-Term Benefits From Drug for Preemies
Magnesium sulfate still useful in short term for helping to reduce risk of cerebral palsy, study says
TUESDAY, Sept. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News)—Although magnesium sulfate is routinely given to pregnant women at risk for very preterm delivery, new research suggests it won’t provide any long-term benefits for infants.
- Kids Prescribed Antibiotics Twice as Often as Needed, Study Finds
More than 11 million prescriptions may be unnecessary, researchers say
By Maureen Salamon
MONDAY, Sept. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News)—Pediatricians prescribe antibiotics about twice as often as they’re actually needed for children with ear and throat infections, a new study indicates.
- Health Tip: Reduce Your Child’s Risk of Ear Infection
Wash hands often
(HealthDay News)—Children seem particularly prone to ear infections, but there are things parents can do to help lower a child’s risk.
- Health Tip: Add Iron to Your Diet During Pregnancy
Suggestions for what to eat
(HealthDay News)—Pregnant and breast-feeding women should increase intake of iron, a vital component of the body’s ability to distribute oxygenated blood.
- The Parenting Trap: Coddling Anxious Kids
Trying to protect children from source of anxiety may make things worse, researchers say
By Randy Dotinga
FRIDAY, Sept. 12, 2014 (HealthDay News)—Some parents may make things worse for their anxious kids by falling into what researchers call the “protection trap”—reassuring them, lavishing them with attention or making the threat go away, according to the results of a small study.
- Medications Plus Parent Training May Help Kids With Aggression, ADHD
Combination treatment seems to reduce anger and violent tendencies, study finds
By Maureen Salamon
THURSDAY, Sept. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News)—Combining two medications with parent training appears to improve anger, irritability and violent tendencies in children whose attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is coupled with severe aggression, a new study suggests.
- Physical Activity May Boost School Performance, Especially for Boys
Walking, bicycling to school linked to better reading scores in study
THURSDAY, Sept. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News)—Children might do better in school if they’re more physically active, a new study suggests.
- Health Tip: If Your Child Can’t Sleep
Signs you should alert the pediatrician
(HealthDay News)—Sleep problems among children can contribute to a host of health and behavioral problems.
- Failed Infertility Treatment Linked to Worse Mental Health in Study
All women who undergo treatment should receive psychological support, researchers suggest
WEDNESDAY, Sept. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News)—Women who continue to long for a baby years after infertility treatments fail have worse mental health than women who are able to let go of that desire, according to a large new European study.
- Spotting, Treating Autism Symptoms in Infancy May Prevent Delays
But, study doesn’t show that parent-based therapy can change course of autism
By Maureen Salamon
TUESDAY, Sept. 9, 2014 (HealthDay News)—Among infants as young as 6 months old who exhibited symptoms of autism, therapy provided by parents seemed to prevent developmental delays by age 3 in most of the tots, a small new study suggests.
- E-Cigarette Refills Pose Danger to Kids, Experts Say
British researchers warn of accidental liquid nicotine poisoning from easily accessed e-cartridges
TUESDAY, Sept. 9, 2014 (HealthDay News)—Nicotine refill cartridges used in e-cigarettes can be opened by young children, putting them at risk for nicotine poisoning, doctors warn.
- Health Tip: Keeping Your Child Safe in a Car Seat
Babies should ride in a rear-facing device
(HealthDay News)—The correct car seat can protect your child in an accident, so make sure you’re using the right seat for your child.
- HPV Vaccine Program in Australia Linked to Lower Infection Rates
Genital warts cases fell by 61 percent after schools started providing free shots, researchers say
MONDAY, Sept. 8, 2014 (HealthDay News)—Improved access to the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine has resulted in a significant reduction in rates of genital warts among young women in Australia, a new study has found.
- Smoking Before Fatherhood May Raise Asthma Risk in Kids: Study
But no similar association was found between mother and children
MONDAY, Sept. 8, 2014 (HealthDay News)—Men who smoke before becoming a parent may put their children at increased risk for asthma, a new study suggests.
- Sibling Bullies May Leave Lasting Effects
Study links harassment at home to higher levels of depression, anxiety
By Randy Dotinga
MONDAY, Sept. 8, 2014 (HealthDay News)—While a burly kid on the playground may be the stereotype of a childhood bully, a new study suggests some of the most damaging bullies are as close to home as you can get: They’re siblings who tease, make fun of and physically hurt their brothers and sisters.
- Putting Baby to Sleep on Animal Fur May Lower Asthma Risk: Study
Researchers suggest contact with natural microbes may offer protection
SUNDAY, Sept. 7, 2014 (HealthDay News)—Infants who sleep on animal fur may be less likely to develop asthma later in childhood, new research suggests.
- Family Troubles Tied to Poorer Dental Health, Study Discovers
The more physical, verbal aggression there was in the home, the more cavities parents and children had
By Maureen Salamon
FRIDAY, Sept. 5, 2014 (HealthDay News)—Parents and children in troubled families, where violence and verbal aggression are a common part of the daily landscape, tend to have more cavities and missing teeth, a new study suggests.
- Health Tip: Prevent Children From Falling Out a Window
Keep windows locked
(HealthDay News)—A child can fall from a window in a moment’s notice, so it’s important for parents to help prevent such a tragedy.
- Breast-Feeding May Help Obese Moms Lose Pregnancy Pounds
Positive effect wasn’t seen in normal weight or overweight women, study found
By Tara Haelle
THURSDAY, Sept. 4, 2014 (HealthDay News)—Breast-feeding may help women lose their pregnancy weight and keep it off if they were obese before they became pregnant, according to new research.
- Serious Childhood Burns Tied to Long-Term Mental Health Risks
Adults injured by fire when young are at increased odds of depression, study finds
THURSDAY, Sept. 4, 2014 (HealthDay News)—Adult survivors of childhood burns are at increased risk for depression and suicidal thoughts, a new Australian study finds.
- Health Tip: Get the Right Nutrients While Nursing
Beef up your diet for baby’s health
(HealthDay News)—A nutrient-rich diet is essential for nursing mothers to promote a healthy supply of breast milk.
- Music Lessons May Help Bridge ‘Achievement Gap’
Two years of instruction was followed by brain changes in children, study found
WEDNESDAY, Sept. 3, 2014 (HealthDay News)—A community music program for disadvantaged children boosted an important part of their brain development and function, according to a new study.
- Skin Cells Used to Create Heart Valve for Growing Kids
It’s the first time an artificial cardiac valve has been made that grows over time, scientists say
WEDNESDAY, Sept. 3, 2014 (HealthDay News)—While artificial heart valves have long been available to adults, making permanent valves for children has been challenging because kids’ bodies keep growing.
- ADHD Medications Won’t Stunt Kids’ Growth, Study Finds
Research suggests that stimulant drugs don’t affect adult height
By Steven Reinberg
TUESDAY, Sept. 2, 2014 (HealthDay News)—Stimulant medications—such as Adderall, Ritalin and Concerta—used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children, won’t stunt their growth, a new study suggests.
- More Evidence Breast-Feeding Lowers Child’s Risk of Infections, Allergies
Human milk contains important immunological protection for children, study authors say
TUESDAY, Sept. 2, 2014 (HealthDay News)—Two new studies further confirm the health benefits of breast-feeding.
- Family Meals May Defuse Cyberbullying’s Impact, Study Says
Support, communication appear to be buffers
MONDAY, Sept. 1, 2014 (HealthDay News)—Having regular family meals may help protect teens from the harmful mental health effects of “cyberbullying,” a new study suggests.
- Preterm or Small Birth Tied to Long-Term Risks to Heart, Brain
But researchers say exercise, education may help overcome deficiencies
By Dennis Thompson
MONDAY, Sept. 1, 2014 (HealthDay News)—Babies born early or at low birth weight are at risk later in life of having smaller, less efficient brains or health problems that increase their risk for heart disease, according to a pair of new studies.
- Encouraging Your Baby’s Babbling May Speed Language Development
Researchers found that when parents responded, infants began to form more complex sounds
Over six months, researchers observed the interactions between 12 mothers and their infants during free play. The sessions were 30 minutes long and happened twice a month. The infants were 8 months old at the start of the study.
- Health Tip: Teach Your Child to Read Food Labels
Have the child check each snack’s nutrition
(HealthDay News)—Teaching a child to make healthy food choices empowers the child to lead a healthier lifestyle when he or she is grown.
- Less Sleep in Teen Years Tied to More Pounds at 21
16-year-olds should get more than 8 hours of shuteye a night to help avoid obesity, research says
THURSDAY, Aug. 28, 2014 (HealthDay News)—Lack of sleep not only puts teens at risk for poor grades, it also puts them at increased risk for obesity, researchers warn.
- Parents’ Fights May Strain Bonds With Their Kids
On days that mom and dad argue, they treat their children differently, study finds
THURSDAY, Aug. 28, 2014 (HealthDay News)—Arguments between parents may damage their relationships with their children, a new study indicates.
- Health Tip: Preparing for the First Day of School
Reinforce the positives
(HealthDay News)—Your child may be excited yet anxious about school, especially if he or she is going to a new school.
- Hormone Might Help Preemies’ Brains
But one expert says more evidence on EPO is needed
By Steven Reinberg
TUESDAY, Aug. 26, 2014 (HealthDay News)—A hormone used to reduce the need for blood transfusions might also protect the brains of premature babies, a new study suggests.
- When It Comes to a Growing Child, the Brain Comes First
Needs of the developing human brain trump physical growth, research suggests
TUESDAY, Aug. 26, 2014 (HealthDay News)—Young children grow much more slowly than other mammals because their developing brains require so much energy to prepare for the challenges of later life, a new study contends.
- Pediatricians Offer New Dental Recommendations
American Academy of Pediatrics urges fluoride use on first teeth to prevent decay
MONDAY, Aug. 25, 2014 (HealthDay News)—All children should start using toothpaste with fluoride when their teeth appear, regardless of their risk level for cavities, according to new recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).
- Health Tip: Teaching Your Child About Food Allergies
Communicate the warning signs
(HealthDay News)—Children with food allergies may feel less afraid if they know what they’re dealing with.
- What Parents Need to Know About Sports Participation
Carefully assess the school’s athletic program, expert advises
SUNDAY, Aug. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News)—Sports are an important part of school for many youngsters, and proper preparation is essential for reducing their risk of injury, an expert says.
- Getting Back to School Sleep Schedules
Expert offers advice on how to help kids adjust to earlier bedtimes
SATURDAY, Aug. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News)—As the new school year begins, parents need to get their children and teens back on their normal sleep routines, an expert says.
- Simple Steps Make Shots Less Scary for Kids, Nurse Says
Parents can help their children handle the sting of getting vaccinated
FRIDAY, Aug. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News)—Many children get anxious or afraid when they have to get a vaccination, but there are a number of ways that parents can make these shots easier for their kids, an expert suggests.
- Food Allergies More Common Among Inner City Kids, Study Finds
10 percent of children tracked had allergy to peanuts, eggs or milk
FRIDAY, Aug. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News)—Inner city children have a higher-than-normal risk of developing food allergies, a new study finds.
- Consumer Reports Advises Pregnant Women to Avoid Tuna
Guideline is prompted by concerns about mercury exposure
THURSDAY, Aug. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News)—In a new review of seafood safety, Consumer Reports is advising that pregnant women avoid eating tuna due to concerns about mercury exposure.
- Health Tip: When Your Child Is Afraid to Sleep
Understand what’s behind the fear
(HealthDay News)—A child’s fear can interfere with sleep, but parents can offer soothing words of calm and reassurance.
- Study Ties Colds, Flu to Rare Risk of Stroke in Kids
Cause seems related to inflammation of the arteries, researchers say
By Barbara Bronson Gray
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News)—Although it’s extremely rare, colds, flu and other minor infections might trigger a strong but brief period of elevated risk for stroke in children, a new study suggests.
- All Pregnant Women Need Flu Shot: Ob/Gyn Group
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists says vaccination helps mother and baby
TUESDAY, Aug. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News)—A group representing U.S. obstetricians is calling for all pregnant women to get a flu shot.
- For Kids, Risks of Parental Smoking Persist Long-Term, Study Finds
Increased odds for asthma seen into teen years
By Kathleen Doheny
TUESDAY, Aug. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News)—Smoking while pregnant or around an infant has long been linked to development of asthma and allergies in young children. Now, researchers have found that the risk may persist into the teen years.
- When Parents Need Care, Daughters Carry the Burden: Study
Brothers often pass on responsibilities to sisters, research contends
By Randy Dotinga
TUESDAY, Aug. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News)—It’s no secret that daughters seem to bear the brunt of caregiving duties for elderly parents, but a new study suggests that conscientious daughters often fill the gaps left by sons.
- Fitness May Boost Kids’ Brainpower
Study found fitter kids had different white matter, which helps brain regions communicate with each other
By Randy Dotinga
TUESDAY, Aug. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News)—Exercise and brainpower in children may not seem closely related, but a small new study hints that fitness may supercharge kids’ minds.
- Health Tip: Teach Children Not to Waste Food
Make sure school lunch has food they’ll eat
(HealthDay News)—Hunger is an unfortunate global problem that kills thousands every year. So, nations that have sufficient food supplies shouldn’t take them for granted.
- Lunchbox Hygiene Helps Prevent Foodborne Illness, Expert Says
Pack a paper towel or wax paper so kids don’t set food down on dirty tables
MONDAY, Aug. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News)—Keeping children’s lunchboxes clean helps protect them from foodborne illness, an expert says.
- Ease Kids Into School Sleep Schedules
Making the adjustment ‘doesn’t just happen overnight,’ health expert says
SUNDAY, Aug. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News)—Parents shouldn’t wait until the last minute to help children get back into their normal sleep schedules for school, an expert says.