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  • Childhood Spanking Could Heighten Adult Mental Health Woes

    Posted: 11/20/2017

    Childhood Spanking Could Heighten Adult Mental Health Woes THURSDAY, Nov. 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Adults who were spanked as kids may face heightened risk of certain mental health problems, a new study suggests. The study found that those who were spanked were more likely to have abused drugs or attempted suicide. And that was with other factors -- including more severe physical or emotional abuse -- taken into account. The findings don't prove that spanking, per se, led to adulthood mental health i...

  • Could Fish Oil, Vitamin D Help Ease Lupus?

    Posted: 11/20/2017

    Could Fish Oil, Vitamin D Help Ease Lupus? THURSDAY, Nov. 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- People with lupus may fare better if they have enough vitamin D and omega-3 fats in their diet, preliminary research suggests. In separate studies, researchers linked the two nutrients -- or lack thereof -- to higher risks of certain lupus symptoms and complications. In one, lupus patients with low blood levels of vitamin D faced a higher risk of kidney damage than those with sufficient levels. In the other, people who...

  • Can Treating Gum Disease Keep Blood Pressure in Line?

    Posted: 11/20/2017

    Can Treating Gum Disease Keep Blood Pressure in Line? TUESDAY, Nov. 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Aggressively treating gum disease may help lower blood pressure in people at high risk for high blood pressure, according to new research. The study involved 107 Chinese women and men, aged 18 and older, who had pre-hypertension (blood pressure on the high end of normal) and moderate to severe gum disease. Half received intensive treatment for gum disease, and half received standard treatment. Standard treat...

  • Could Your Cat Give You 'Bird Flu?'

    Posted: 11/20/2017

    Could Your Cat Give You 'Bird Flu?' WEDNESDAY, Nov. 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. scientists are reporting a case of a veterinarian who apparently caught "bird flu" from an infected cat at a New York City animal shelter. The case occurred in December 2016. The unnamed veterinarian got through the battle with the H7N2 strain of influenza, but the cat died, according to researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In the past, people -- often poultry workers -- have contracted a...

  • Calm Parents Help Calm Kids With ADHD

    Posted: 11/20/2017

    Calm Parents Help Calm Kids With ADHD THURSDAY, Nov. 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- As challenging as it can be to raise a child with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), new research offers biological evidence that calm, positive parenting may help these kids master their own emotions and behaviors. The study was conducted with parents of preschool children with the developmental disorder. The physiological effects of using compliments and praise instead of yelling and criticizing were almost...

  • Can Girls Help Boost Boys' Reading Scores?

    Posted: 11/20/2017

    Can Girls Help Boost Boys' Reading Scores? FRIDAY, Nov. 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Boys tend to pay more attention in school when there are girls around, and new research suggests it's not just about how the girls look. The study found that young men got better reading marks in school when they were outnumbered by young women in the classroom. Researchers reviewed the reading test scores of more than 200,000 15-year-olds. The teens came from more than 8,000 secondary schools with both boys and girls. ...

  • Could New 'Brain Training' Program Help Prevent Dementia?

    Posted: 11/20/2017

    Could New 'Brain Training' Program Help Prevent Dementia? FRIDAY, Nov. 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- In what is being billed as a first, researchers report that healthy seniors who tried a new brain-training program were less likely to develop dementia down the road. "Everyone with a brain is at risk of dementia," noted study author Jerri Edwards. But "this is the first treatment ever shown in a clinical trial to make a difference." Edwards is a professor in the department of psychiatry and behavioral ne...

  • Cooling Down Sibling Rivalries When They Heat Up

    Posted: 11/19/2017

    Cooling Down Sibling Rivalries When They Heat Up TUESDAY, Nov. 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Sibling rivalry -- the jealousy and competition between your children -- can start even before baby number two is born, according to experts at the C.S. Mott Children's Hospital of Michigan Medicine. How siblings relate to each other and to parents can change as they go through the stages of childhood. Toddlers starting to assert themselves may squawk when a sibling grabs one of their toys. Elementary school kids ...

  • Could a Common Blood Thinner Lower Cancer Risk?

    Posted: 11/16/2017

    Could a Common Blood Thinner Lower Cancer Risk? MONDAY, Nov. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A pill widely taken to prevent heart attack and stroke may also guard against cancer, new research suggests. Warfarin is an inexpensive blood thinner. It's typically prescribed for patients whose leg arteries are prone to clots and for patients with the abnormal heartbeat called atrial fibrillation. Now, Norwegian investigators say it may also protect against any type of cancer and from prostate, lung and breast can...

  • Coffee May Be Kind to Your Kidneys

    Posted: 11/15/2017

    Coffee May Be Kind to Your Kidneys FRIDAY, Nov. 3, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Can caffeine help people with chronic kidney disease live longer? That's the suggestion of a new study that found that among more than 2,300 Americans with chronic kidney disease, those who drank the most caffeinated drinks reduced their risk of premature death by 24 percent. "Our study showed a dose-dependent protective effect of caffeine consumption on all-cause mortality among patients with chronic kidney disease," said lead ...