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  • Parents' Use of Outdated Advice May Slow Concussion Recovery

    Posted: 09/25/2016

    Parents' Use of Outdated Advice May Slow Concussion Recovery FRIDAY, Sept. 16, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- When caring for a child with a concussion, many parents follow outmoded advice that could make symptoms worse, researchers say. A nationwide survey asked 569 parents how they would care for a child whose concussion symptoms lasted more than a week. Nearly 80 percent said they would probably wake the child throughout the night to check on his or her condition. "Many parents believed they might overlook...

  • Prostate Cancer Treatments: Different Choices for Different Men

    Posted: 09/21/2016

    Prostate Cancer Treatments: Different Choices for Different Men WEDNESDAY, Sept. 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A large, decade-long study offers new insights into the treatment dilemmas that many men diagnosed with prostate cancer face: What to do next? The research finds that for certain men, death rates from prostate cancer were roughly the same over several years regardless of whether they chose to be monitored -- called "watchful waiting" -- or underwent radiation or had their prostate removed. But t...

  • Pilots on Insulin Therapy Can Safely Fly Commercial Planes: Study

    Posted: 09/20/2016

    Pilots on Insulin Therapy Can Safely Fly Commercial Planes: Study TUESDAY, Sept. 13, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Commercial airline pilots on insulin therapy who keep their diabetes under tight control can perform their job without safety concerns, a new British study concludes. In the United States, however, pilots with insulin-dependent diabetes are prohibited from flying commercial aircraft, the researchers said. A concern is that long flights can interrupt eating and treatment routines, and could lead ...

  • Psychiatric Patients Face Longer Waits in ER

    Posted: 09/20/2016

    Psychiatric Patients Face Longer Waits in ER TUESDAY, Sept. 13, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Patients seeking help for mental health problems wait hours longer in the emergency department than other patients do, a new study finds. People with mental health problems are also six times more likely to be transferred to another facility instead of receiving treatment at the hospital, the researchers added. "Previous research shows that patients in the ER often experience lengthy wait times, but our new study sh...

  • Play to Win When It Comes to Kids and Sports Pain

    Posted: 09/19/2016

    Play to Win When It Comes to Kids and Sports Pain SATURDAY, Sept. 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Pain can be a problem for young athletes, so it's important for parents to know how to deal with it, a pain specialist says. "Now that kids are back in school and fall sports are well underway, there are many things parents can do to help their children avoid getting hurt while still enjoying sports," said Dr. Anita Gupta. She is a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists' Committee on Pain Medicine...

  • Pediatricians' Group Advises Against Nasal Spray Flu Vaccine

    Posted: 09/14/2016

    Pediatricians' Group Advises Against Nasal Spray Flu Vaccine TUESDAY, Sept. 6, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The nasal spray flu vaccine is ineffective and should not be used in the upcoming flu season, says a leading group of U.S. pediatricians. All children aged 6 months and older should receive a seasonal flu shot during the 2016-17 flu season, according to an updated policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). The statement supports the recommendation by U.S. health officials not to u...

  • Parents Can Play Key Role in Setting Healthy Habits for Kids

    Posted: 09/12/2016

    Parents Can Play Key Role in Setting Healthy Habits for Kids FRIDAY, Sept. 2, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Encouraging your kids to eat right, exercise and limit screen time may not be enough to instill healthy habits. You also need to lead by example, researchers suggest. "Although any support parents can give is good, we found children were more likely to meet guidelines if parents were giving active, engaged support," said study author Dr. Heather Manson. That means taking your child to the park for play...

  • Parents' Psychiatric Issues May Adversely Affect Some Children

    Posted: 09/11/2016

    Parents' Psychiatric Issues May Adversely Affect Some Children THURSDAY, Sept. 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Some children of parents with a history of psychiatric illness may be at higher risk for attempting suicide and/or engaging in violent behavior, a new Danish study suggests. Danes born to parents who had themselves attempted suicide, or who had struggled with antisocial personality disorder or marijuana abuse, were found to face the biggest risk for attempted suicide or violence -- up to four times...

  • Patients May Quickly Lose Beneficial Gut Bacteria in the ICU

    Posted: 09/08/2016

    Patients May Quickly Lose Beneficial Gut Bacteria in the ICU WEDNESDAY, Aug. 31, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Intensive care patients have a significant loss of helpful gut bacteria within days of entering the hospital, a new study finds. These bacteria help keep people well. Losing them puts patients at risk for hospital-acquired infections that may lead to sepsis, organ failure and even death, according to the researchers. For the study, the investigators analyzed gut bacteria from 115 intensive care unit...

  • People With Implanted Defibrillators at Higher Car Accident Risk

    Posted: 09/06/2016

    People With Implanted Defibrillators at Higher Car Accident Risk MONDAY, Aug. 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- People who have an implanted cardiac defibrillator (ICD) to control an irregular heartbeat appear to have more car accidents than similarly aged people without such devices, a new Danish study finds. Overall, Danish drivers with ICDs were 51 percent more likely to be involved in a traffic accident over the two-and-a-half years of the study. But the findings aren't necessarily a reason to tighten re...