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  • Kids' Use of Artificial Sweeteners Spiked in Recent Years

    Posted: 01/22/2017

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

    Posted: 01/22/2017

    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...

  • Know the Risks, Warning Signs of Ovarian Cancer

    Posted: 01/22/2017

    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' 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...

  • Kids Landing in ERs After Drinking Parents' E-Cig Nicotine Liquid

    Posted: 01/05/2017

    Kids Landing in ERs After Drinking Parents' E-Cig Nicotine Liquid TUESDAY, Dec. 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A case study highlights the danger liquid nicotine for electronic cigarettes poses to children. Doctors in Oregon described the case of a 6-year-old girl who accidentally swallowed liquid nicotine used in her parents' e-cigarettes. The girl's mother had filled an empty ibuprofen bottle with liquid nicotine that she had mixed herself using unflavored nicotine and vegetable glycerin. Believing the ...

  • Knee Cartilage Product Approved to Repair Defects

    Posted: 12/22/2016

    Knee Cartilage Product Approved to Repair Defects WEDNESDAY, Dec. 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Maci (autologous cultured chondrocytes) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to repair defective cartilage of the knee. The treatment, derived from healthy cartilage from the patient's own knee, uses tissue engineering to grow cells that replace the damaged cartilage, the agency said in a news release. Cartilage defects commonly stem from an injury, knee strain, overuse, muscle weakness o...

  • Keeping Minors From Tanning Beds Would Save Thousands of Lives, Study Says

    Posted: 12/13/2016

    Keeping Minors From Tanning Beds Would Save Thousands of Lives, Study Says TUESDAY, Dec. 6, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Restricting people younger than 18 from indoor tanning could prevent thousands of skin cancers and deaths in the United States, according to a new study. An age limitation would also save the country hundreds of millions of dollars in skin cancer treatment costs, researchers found. "This research concretely demonstrates the potential health benefits of an under-18 age restriction for indo...