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  • Start Skin Cancer Prevention Early, Health Experts Say

    Posted: 10/20/2017

    Start Skin Cancer Prevention Early, Health Experts Say TUESDAY, Oct. 10, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- How to keep from developing skin cancer should be something all doctors discuss with the parents of their young, fair-skinned patients, suggests the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Those conversations should begin much earlier than previously recommended -- starting when a child is just 6 months old, according to new recommendations from the task force. "Providing behavioral counseling to children, the...

  • Study Debunks Notion That Epidurals Prolong Labor

    Posted: 10/20/2017

    Study Debunks Notion That Epidurals Prolong Labor TUESDAY, Oct. 10, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Epidurals are a popular form of pain control for women during labor, but they've long been blamed for hindering progress in the delivery room. However, new research challenges this widely held belief, suggesting that epidurals have no effect on how long labor lasts -- or when babies are born. "We found that exchanging the epidural anesthetic with a [non-drug] saline placebo made no difference in the duration of ...

  • Scientists Spot Genes Behind Skin Color

    Posted: 10/20/2017

    Scientists Spot Genes Behind Skin Color THURSDAY, Oct. 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Humans come in a range of colors, and new research is getting a step closer to how that happens. Newly identified gene variants tied to skin colors among Africans could offer insights into human evolution. The findings could also boost scientists' understanding of skin cancer and other conditions, researchers say. "We have identified new genetic variants that contribute to the genetic basis of one of the most strikingly ...

  • Study Looks at Health of Hispanic-American Families

    Posted: 10/20/2017

    Study Looks at Health of Hispanic-American Families MONDAY, Oct. 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Hispanic children from U.S. native families are more likely to face difficult experiences such as parental divorce and exposure to violence than those in immigrant Hispanic families, a new study finds. However, the analysis of data from more than 12,000 Hispanic children across the United States found that kids from immigrant families were more likely to experience poverty. Rates of what the researchers called ...

  • Scoliosis Screenings Can Help Catch Spine Problem Early

    Posted: 10/20/2017

    Scoliosis Screenings Can Help Catch Spine Problem Early TUESDAY, Oct. 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Routine screenings for scoliosis, or curvature of the spine, help ensure the condition doesn't take a toll on children's health and self-esteem, according to an orthopedic specialist. One out of every 25 children develops scoliosis, says Dr. Scott Sorenson, a pediatric orthopedic surgeon at Penn State Children's Hospital in Hershey, Pa. The condition usually occurs when kids reach their preteen years but i...

  • Skip Opioid Treatment for Migraine in the ER

    Posted: 10/20/2017

    Skip Opioid Treatment for Migraine in the ER WEDNESDAY, Oct. 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For people seeking treatment for a migraine in the emergency room, a commonly prescribed opioid called hydromorphone (Dilaudid or Exalgo) doesn't seem to work as well as at least one other medication, a new study finds. "People go to U.S. emergency departments 1.2 million times a year with migraine, and the opioid drug hydromorphone is used in 25 percent of these visits, yet there have been no randomized, high-qual...

  • Schizophrenia Affects Brain's Communication Network

    Posted: 10/20/2017

    Schizophrenia Affects Brain's Communication Network WEDNESDAY, Oct. 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The mental illness schizophrenia disrupts the brain's entire communication network, a new study suggests. This research disputes a theory that schizophrenia is caused by wiring problems only in certain parts of the brain. The findings could help direct future research into the disorder that affects more than 21 million people worldwide, the researchers said. "We can definitively say for the first time that s...

  • Self-Harm on the Rise Among Teen Girls

    Posted: 10/20/2017

    Self-Harm on the Rise Among Teen Girls THURSDAY, Oct. 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Teen girls are much more likely to self-harm than boys, and the dangerous practice is on the rise. That's the conclusion of a new British study that also found a strong link between self-harm -- practices such as cutting or burning oneself -- and a higher risk of suicide. Researchers reviewed information from nearly 650 general practices in the United Kingdom. The records had data on almost 9,000 patients aged 10 to 19 wh...

  • State Laws Help Reduce Concussions in Youth Sports

    Posted: 10/20/2017

    State Laws Help Reduce Concussions in Youth Sports THURSDAY, Oct. 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- State laws aimed at curbing an alarming rise in concussions among student athletes appear to be working. Since 2014, all 50 states and the District of Columbia have passed laws to protect young athletes against traumatic brain injury (TBI). Washington state was the first in 2009. Most of the laws require athletes with suspected concussions to stop playing until a doctor clears them to return. Coaches, players ...

  • Smartphones, Tablets Sabotaging Teens' Sleep

    Posted: 10/20/2017

    Smartphones, Tablets Sabotaging Teens' Sleep FRIDAY, Oct. 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Teens sleep less than they used to, sacrificing shuteye to spend more time on their phones and tablets. Experts say teens need at least nine hours of sleep a night to be engaged and productive during the day. Anything less can cause daytime sleepiness and interfere with school or daily activities. Faced with an array of tempting distractions, how much sleep are today's teens actually getting? To find out, researchers ...