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  • Know Your Heart's Numbers

    Posted: 02/15/2017

    Know Your Heart's Numbers TUESDAY, Feb. 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- More than two-thirds of Americans fret about heart disease, but few know the specific information that can help them boost their heart health, a new survey finds. "Studies have suggested the majority of coronary artery disease events can be prevented by addressing treatable risk factors," said Dr. Steve Nissen, chair of cardiovascular medicine at the Cleveland Clinic. "That means, a little knowledge regarding your 'numbers' could go a l...

  • Kids' Sugary Drink Habits Start Early

    Posted: 02/05/2017

    Kids' Sugary Drink Habits Start Early THURSDAY, Jan. 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Despite health messages to limit sodas and other sugary beverages, most American children drink them often, new government statistics show. Nearly two-thirds of boys and girls ages 2 to 19 drink at least one sugar-sweetened beverage daily, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The national survey of dietary habits from 2011 to 2014 also found that sweetened beverages account for more than 7 perc...

  • Kids With ADHD Make 6.1 Million Doctor Visits a Year in U.S.: CDC

    Posted: 02/03/2017

    Kids With ADHD Make 6.1 Million Doctor Visits a Year in U.S.: CDC THURSDAY, Jan. 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Kids with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder account for more than 6 million physician office visits a year in the United States, say U.S. health officials. An average 6.1 million trips to a doctor, pediatrician or psychiatrist by children aged 4 to 17 in 2013 involved treatment for diagnosed ADHD, according to a report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The number r...

  • Know the Risks, Warning Signs of Ovarian Cancer

    Posted: 01/25/2017

    Know the Risks, Warning Signs of Ovarian Cancer WEDNESDAY, Jan. 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Women need to be aware their risk for ovarian cancer increases with age. Half of all cases affect women age 63 or older, according to specialists at Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia. However, the center reminds all women to be aware of other risk factors for the disease, as well as common ovarian cancer warning signs, such as: Belly bloating or swelling, Lower belly pain, Back pain, Trouble eating or feel...

  • Kids Born to Opioid-Addicted Moms Seem to Fare Poorly in School

    Posted: 01/24/2017

    Kids Born to Opioid-Addicted Moms Seem to Fare Poorly in School MONDAY, Jan. 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Children exposed to addictive drugs in the womb may be more likely to perform poorly in school, Australian researchers report. In the study, these exposed kids lagged behind their peers on grade-level tests of reading, writing, math, spelling and grammar. By seventh grade, about 38 percent failed to meet test standards in at least one of these areas. The study authors said their paper is the first t...

  • Kids' Use of Artificial Sweeteners Spiked in Recent Years

    Posted: 01/23/2017

    Kids' Use of Artificial Sweeteners Spiked in Recent Years FRIDAY, Jan. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Use of artificial sugar by American children and adults has soared in recent years -- and the news isn't all that sweet, a new study suggests. Consumption of foods and beverages with low-calorie sweeteners such as aspartame, sucralose and saccharin rose 200 percent among children between 1999 and 2012. Their use rose 54 percent among adults, researchers said. "Just 8.7 percent of kids reported consuming l...

  • Kids' Care May Suffer When Parents Clash With Medical Staff

    Posted: 01/18/2017

    Kids' Care May Suffer When Parents Clash With Medical Staff TUESDAY, Jan. 10, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Rude parents can rattle medical staff enough to compromise the quality of care their critically ill child receives, a new study suggests. Medical teams in a neonatal intensive care unit made worse decisions during simulated emergency scenarios if they had been treated rudely by an actress playing the role of an angry family member, the researchers found. Exposure to rudeness helped explain about 40 per...

  • Kids' Asthma Flareups Fall Off After No-Smoking Laws

    Posted: 01/17/2017

    Kids' Asthma Flareups Fall Off After No-Smoking Laws MONDAY, Jan. 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- In many U.S. communities that have adopted indoor smoking bans, fewer children need emergency asthma treatment, a new study finds. ER visits for childhood asthma attacks fell 17 percent overall in 20 metropolitan areas that prohibit smoking in public places such as restaurants and hotels, researchers found. The study doesn't confirm that the clean air laws directly boost lung health in kids. But, it makes a str...

  • Kids With Concussion Need Vision Check Before Return to School

    Posted: 01/14/2017

    Kids With Concussion Need Vision Check Before Return to School THURSDAY, Jan. 5, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A new study suggests that children who've had a concussion should undergo comprehensive eye exams to see if they're ready to go back to school. This is especially important, researchers said, for kids who struggle in school. "Concussed children with vision symptoms, hearing disturbances and difficulty concentrating often have academic difficulty post-concussion," said study researcher Dr. Mark Swans...

  • Kids' Restaurant Meals Need Slimming Down: Nutritionists

    Posted: 01/05/2017

    Kids' Restaurant Meals Need Slimming Down: Nutritionists TUESDAY, Dec. 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Most items offered on children's menus at major restaurant chains in the United States have too many calories, a new study finds. Fifteen child nutrition experts who were consulted for the study recommended a maximum of 300 calories in main dishes for children, such as a burger or serving of macaroni and cheese. But the average calorie counts for those items on menus at the nation's top 200 restaurant cha...