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  • ADHD More Often Missed in Minority Kids

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    ADHD More Often Missed in Minority Kids TUESDAY, Aug. 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- While a higher percentage of black children show the symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) than white kids, they are less likely to be diagnosed or treated for the disorder, researchers report. The new study showed a similar trend when it came to Hispanic children: They were as likely as their white peers to exhibit the signs of ADHD, but less likely to be diagnosed or treated for it. "There are mult...

  • Average Lifespan Longer for Twins

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Average Lifespan Longer for Twins TUESDAY, Aug. 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Twins live longer than other people, and their close social connection may be a major reason why, a new study says. Researchers reviewed data from more than 2,900 same-sex twins. They were born in Denmark between 1870 and 1900. The study only included data from twins who lived past age 10. The researchers compared the twins to the general Danish population. At every age, identical twins had higher survival rates than fraternal ...

  • Adult-Onset Asthma Might Raise Heart Risks

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Adult-Onset Asthma Might Raise Heart Risks WEDNESDAY, Aug. 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- People who develop asthma when they're adults may have another health issue to worry about: an increased risk for heart disease and stroke. That's the finding from research involving almost 1,300 adults, average age 47, none of whom had heart disease at the beginning of the study. Of the participants, 111 had been diagnosed with asthma as adults -- also known as "late-onset" asthma. Fifty-five more people had been di...

  • Autism-Linked Genes Often Differ Between Siblings

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Autism-Linked Genes Often Differ Between Siblings THURSDAY, Aug. 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- In families that have more than one child with autism, the gene variations underlying each child's disorder often differ, new research shows. Researchers have long known that autism is a complex disorder. Experts have suspected that the development of autism involves both genetic susceptibility and environmental exposures that aren't yet fully understood. Now the new study suggests the genetic component is even...

  • Amphetamines Polluting Some Urban Streams: Study

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Amphetamines Polluting Some Urban Streams: Study THURSDAY, Aug. 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Medications and illegal drugs are polluting streams in and around at least one major U.S. city, new research reveals. Scientists say this pollution comes with ecological consequences -- areas in some streams have high enough concentrations of the stimulant amphetamine to alter the bottom of the aquatic food web. "Around the world, treated and untreated wastewater entering surface waters contains pharmaceuticals ...

  • Animal Research Yields Clues to Sexual Spread of Zika

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Animal Research Yields Clues to Sexual Spread of Zika THURSDAY, Aug. 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- New research in mice may offer insight into how the Zika virus is transmitted sexually and affects a fetus. People typically get the virus through the bite of an infected mosquito, although Zika can also be spread through sex. Since the Zika outbreak began last year in Brazil, thousands of babies whose mothers were infected with Zika early in pregnancy have been born with a devastating birth defect known as...

  • Atrial Septal Defect Transcatheter Repair

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Atrial Septal Defect Transcatheter Repair What is atrial septal defect transcatheter repair? Atrial septal defect (ASD) transcatheter repair is a procedure to fix a hole in the atrial septum. Your child will not need an incision in the chest wall. The two upper chambers of the heart are the left and right atria. The left atrium connects to the left ventricle, which sends oxygenated blood out to the body. The right atrium connects to the right ventricle, which sends blood to the lungs to get oxygen and r...

  • AIDS-Related Lymphoma in Children

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    AIDS-Related Lymphoma in Children What is AIDS-related lymphoma? AIDS-related lymphoma is a type of cancer called non-Hodgkin lymphoma. It grows in some people with AIDS. AIDS is a disease that weakens the immune system. AIDS raises the risk for long-term (chronic) disease, such as cancer. AIDS-related lymphoma grows in the white blood cells of the lymphatic system. The lymphatic system is part of the immune system. It helps to fight diseases and infections. The lymphatic system also helps with balancin...

  • Acquired Hypothyroidism in Children

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Acquired Hypothyroidism in Children What is hypothyroidism? Hypothyroidism is when the thyroid gland doesn't make enough thyroid hormone. The condition is more common in adults. But it’s the most common thyroid disorder in children. Not enough thyroid hormone leads to signs such as slow growth, lack of activity, and poor performance in school. In children it’s often referred to as acquired hypothyroidism. What causes hypothyroidism? The most common cause of acquired hypothyroidism is an autoimmune react...

  • Achalasia in Children

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Achalasia in Children What is achalasia in children? Achalasia is a rare disease that makes it hard to swallow foods and liquids. In achalasia, there is a problem with the tube that carries food from the mouth to the stomach (esophagus). The muscles that make the esophagus contract and push food down to the stomach don’t work well. The muscle contractions get weak. The LES (lower esophageal sphincter) also doesn’t work well. The LES is the muscle at the bottom of the esophagus, where it joins the stomac...