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  • Kids' Grades May Suffer When Families Move

    Posted: 05/28/2016

    Kids' Grades May Suffer When Families Move WEDNESDAY, May 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Moving to a new home may harm young children's school performance, a study suggests. Youngsters who get uprooted are also more likely to have developmental problems, the researchers found. However, the study could not prove a cause-and-effect relationship. The research included information on more than 19,000 children across the United States. The kids were followed from kindergarten through eighth grade. A child's ag...

  • Knee Replacement Patients May Be Able to Hit the Shower Sooner

    Posted: 05/28/2016

    Knee Replacement Patients May Be Able to Hit the Shower Sooner THURSDAY, May 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Knee surgery patients are usually instructed to wait two weeks after surgery to take a shower to reduce the risk of infection. But a small new study suggests this may not be necessary. Researchers found no differences in bacterial swabs from those who waited two weeks to shower compared with those allowed to shower after about two days. That's no doubt welcome news to the many patients who've strugg...

  • Keep Busy! Stay Sharp!

    Posted: 05/24/2016

    Keep Busy! Stay Sharp! TUESDAY, May 17, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Although people complain when their schedule gets too busy, new research suggests that being overbooked might actually be good for the brain. The study of older adults found that those with packed schedules tended to do better on tests of memory, information processing and reasoning. Researchers said the findings don't prove that "busyness" makes us smarter. For one, sharper people may seek out more mental stimulation. These people may als...

  • Kids With Autism Do Well Learning New Words: Study

    Posted: 05/18/2016

    Kids With Autism Do Well Learning New Words: Study TUESDAY, May 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Children with autism learn new words the same way as other children do, but it takes them longer, a small study found. The researchers compared 15 children with autism, aged 18 months to 7 years, and a control group of 15 children without the developmental disorder. A series of tests showed that both groups of children relied heavily on the same technique to learn new words -- they followed a teacher's gaze as t...

  • Kids With Two Dads as Well-Adjusted as Other Kids, Study Finds

    Posted: 05/09/2016

    Kids With Two Dads as Well-Adjusted as Other Kids, Study Finds SATURDAY, April 30, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Children of gay fathers are as well-adjusted as kids of heterosexual parents, a new survey finds. Roughly 31,000 male couples are raising children in the United States, and little is known about the well-being of those kids, the researchers said. "Because stigma continues to interfere with the efforts of gay men to become parents and with the lives of gay men and their children, our research under...

  • Kids of Older Moms May Have a Leg Up on Their Peers

    Posted: 05/07/2016

    Kids of Older Moms May Have a Leg Up on Their Peers FRIDAY, April 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Although older women may face more potential pregnancy complications, their children seem to fare better in some ways over the long run, a new study suggests. Using data on over 1.5 million Swedish adults, researchers found that people born to mothers who were in their late-30s or 40s tended to be taller, fitter and more educated than those born to younger moms. But, that doesn't guarantee that being born to a...

  • Kids From Poorer Families May Have Worse Food Allergy Care

    Posted: 05/05/2016

    Kids From Poorer Families May Have Worse Food Allergy Care WEDNESDAY, April 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A family's income may play a big role in the type of care a child with food allergies receives, a new study suggests. The researchers found that poorer families -- those making under $50,000 a year -- spent less on non-allergenic foods, medical specialists and important medications, such as lifesaving epinephrine injectors. As a result, "poor people may therefore be experiencing more food allergy rea...

  • Kids' Fruit Drinks, Juices Contain Day's Worth of Sugar

    Posted: 03/31/2016

    Kids' Fruit Drinks, Juices Contain Day's Worth of Sugar THURSDAY, March 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Many commercially sold fruit drinks and juices give kids a full day's worth of sugar in a single serving, a new British study shows. One U.S. expert said she wasn't surprised by the finding. "I believe the results would be very similar if this study was conducted with fruit drink products available in the United States," said Pamela Koch, executive director of the nutrition program at Teachers College, C...

  • Kidney Dialysis Might Not Extend Survival of Elderly

    Posted: 03/24/2016

    Kidney Dialysis Might Not Extend Survival of Elderly THURSDAY, March 17, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Dialysis does not significantly improve survival for elderly kidney failure patients, a new study indicates. The findings suggest that conservative care may be a reasonable option for some kidney failure patients over 80. The researchers don't say that dialysis treatment should not be given to anybody older than 80 or with severe co-occurring conditions. "But we show that the treatment is on average of litt...

  • Kids Who Aren't Ready for Kindergarten May Suffer Long-Term Consequences

    Posted: 03/23/2016

    Kids Who Aren't Ready for Kindergarten May Suffer Long-Term Consequences WEDNESDAY, March 16, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Children entering kindergarten need to be socially and behaviorally ready for school or they may struggle in later grades, a new study suggests. "In 2015, kindergarten teachers rated more than half of students behind in social and behavioral skills needed for learning, and it's painful for the children who want to succeed, but become frustrated and hopeless," study author Deborah Gross,...