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  • Poverty's Impact on a Child's Mental Health

    Posted: 01/15/2017

    Poverty's Impact on a Child's Mental Health MONDAY, Jan. 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Growing up in poverty exposes children to greater levels of stress, which can lead to psychological problems later in life, a new study suggests. Researchers at Cornell University reported that kids who grow up poor are more likely to have reduced short-term spatial memory. The study also reported that such kids seem to be more prone to antisocial and aggressive behavior, such as bullying. Poor children are also more li...

  • Protecting Ankles, Feet From Winter's Assaults

    Posted: 01/15/2017

    Protecting Ankles, Feet From Winter's Assaults WEDNESDAY, Jan. 11, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- From broken bones to frostbite, you're at extra risk for foot and ankle injuries during winter. But you can protect yourself, according to a surgeon who specializes in podiatry. "During the winter months, patients should take extra precaution to keep their feet warm and dry when navigating frigid temps, especially patients who have existing health conditions," said Dr. Greg Catalano, a Massachusetts-based foot an...

  • PG-13 Movies Show More Gun Violence Than R-Rated Films: Study

    Posted: 01/15/2017

    PG-13 Movies Show More Gun Violence Than R-Rated Films: Study WEDNESDAY, Jan. 11, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The most popular PG-13 movies now depict more acts of gun violence than R-rated films, a new look at the U.S. motion picture landscape reveals. The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) states that a movie rated PG-13 is open to all viewers, but parental guidance is suggested. An R rating means a movie can't be seen by minors under the age of 17 unless they are accompanied by an adult. The n...

  • Pregnancy OK for Most Women With Congenital Heart Conditions: Report

    Posted: 01/15/2017

    Pregnancy OK for Most Women With Congenital Heart Conditions: Report THURSDAY, Jan. 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Women with serious congenital heart defects can usually have successful pregnancies -- but they should work closely with their doctors before, during and after pregnancy, according to new recommendations from the American Heart Association (AHA). At one time, women born with complex heart conditions were told they could never have a baby, said Dr. Jamil Aboulhosn, a cardiologist and one of th...

  • Pediatricians Offer Heads-Up for Preventing Soccer Injuries

    Posted: 01/15/2017

    Pediatricians Offer Heads-Up for Preventing Soccer Injuries SATURDAY, Jan. 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- As children's soccer has become more popular in the United States, soccer-related injuries have also become more common, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says. People can get hurt playing soccer if they collide with other players, the ground or a goalpost. Injuries can also occur while running, twisting, shooting and landing, the AAP explained. Children who are injured while playing soccer mos...

  • Powerful Drug for Advanced Cancers May Need Less Frequent Dosing

    Posted: 01/12/2017

    Powerful Drug for Advanced Cancers May Need Less Frequent Dosing WEDNESDAY, Jan. 4, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Use of a bone cancer drug once every three months, instead of monthly, does not boost the risk of bone problems over two years, a new study finds. That could reduce side effects from the drug, known as zoledronic acid (Zometa), and increase cost savings, the researchers said. The drug is used to treat the spread of breast cancer, prostate cancer and multiple myeloma to the bone. Current guideline...

  • Plant-Based Diets Score Big for Healthy Weight Loss

    Posted: 01/12/2017

    Plant-Based Diets Score Big for Healthy Weight Loss WEDNESDAY, Jan. 4, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- If you've resolved to eat healthy and lose weight in 2017, a new report suggests the DASH diet may be your best bet. For the seventh year in a row, U.S. News & World Report has named the plant-based eating plan as the best choice overall, followed by the Mediterranean diet, up from fourth place last year. DASH stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension, but its benefits go beyond preventing high b...

  • Pot May Restrict Blood Flow to Brain: Study

    Posted: 01/10/2017

    Pot May Restrict Blood Flow to Brain: Study FRIDAY, Dec. 30, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Marijuana appears to hamper blood flow to the brain, which theoretically could affect your memory and ability to reason, a new study suggests. Brain scans of nearly 1,000 past and present marijuana users revealed abnormally low blood flow throughout their brains, compared with a smaller control group of 92 people who'd never used pot. "The differences were astonishing," said lead researcher Dr. Daniel Amen, a psychiatr...

  • Past Kidney Damage Linked to Pregnancy Problems

    Posted: 01/02/2017

    Past Kidney Damage Linked to Pregnancy Problems THURSDAY, Dec. 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Women with prior kidney damage may have an increased risk for pregnancy complications, a new study suggests. "We believe that this study highlights an important finding that will be useful for medical providers caring for reproductive-age women," said study author Dr. Jessica Sheehan Tangren, a nephrologist from Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. The researchers reviewed data from almost 25,000 women who g...

  • Pot Use in Pregnancy on the Upswing, Study Finds

    Posted: 12/27/2016

    Pot Use in Pregnancy on the Upswing, Study Finds MONDAY, Dec. 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Marijuana use by pregnant women in the United States is up significantly since the early 2000s, a new study finds. Researchers looked at national data from women ages 18 to 44. They found the rate of past-month marijuana use among pregnant women went up from 2.4 percent in 2002 to nearly 3.9 percent in 2014. That's an increase of 62 percent, the researchers said. Human and animal studies suggest that marijuana use...