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  • Keep Safe When Temperatures Soar

    Posted: 06/29/2016

    Keep Safe When Temperatures Soar THURSDAY, June 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- With high temperatures moving across the United States this weekend, one emergency medicine specialist warns of the health dangers posed by the heat -- and offers advice on how to keep cool as the mercury rises. "Although preventable, many heat-related illnesses, including deaths, occur annually. Older adults, infants and children, and people with chronic medical conditions are particularly susceptible. However, even young and ...

  • Kids Gain From More 'Dad Time'

    Posted: 06/21/2016

    Kids Gain From More 'Dad Time' MONDAY, June 13, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Fathers play a unique and important role in their children's development, a new report shows. Just in time for Father's Day, the American Academy of Pediatrics report says U.S. dads are more involved in child care than ever before. At the same time, studies show that those involved fathers have important effects on kids' health and well-being. "From everyone's standpoint, the more we can do to encourage fathers' involvement, the be...

  • Kids' Concussion Rates May Be Higher Than Thought

    Posted: 06/07/2016

    Kids' Concussion Rates May Be Higher Than Thought TUESDAY, May 31, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Because most young children who suffer a concussion aren't first seen in hospital emergency rooms, official tallies of these injuries may be greatly underreported, a new study finds. "Four in five of this diverse group of children were diagnosed at a primary care practice -- not the emergency department," said study author Kristy Arbogast. Also, "one-third were under age 12," she said, "and therefore represent an...

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

    Posted: 06/03/2016

    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...

  • Kids' Grades May Suffer When Families Move

    Posted: 06/02/2016

    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...

  • 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...