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  • Keep Colon Cancer at Bay

    Posted: 03/25/2017

    Keep Colon Cancer at Bay WEDNESDAY, March 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Colon cancer can be treated and cured if it's diagnosed early, and a colonoscopy is one of the best ways to detect the disease, a gastroenterologist says. "Routine colonoscopy exams are lifesavers and may reduce your risk of succumbing to colorectal cancer by 90 percent," said Dr. Ellen Gutkin, from NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital Queens. Even healthy adults with no family or medical history of colon cancer should get routine colonosco...

  • Kids Start Moving Less After Age 7, Study Finds

    Posted: 03/22/2017

    Kids Start Moving Less After Age 7, Study Finds TUESDAY, March 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Many parents have seen their rambunctious 5-year-old age into a teen "couch potato." But a new study finds the slowdown in activity may begin long before adolescence. Sedentary behaviors begin to set in shortly after the ripe old age of 7, the researchers found. And contrary to what many have thought, girls are not the only ones who fall prey to less healthy living at a young age. The researchers found that "100 ...

  • Kidney Transplant Survival Up Among Babies, Kids

    Posted: 03/14/2017

    Kidney Transplant Survival Up Among Babies, Kids MONDAY, March 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Survival rates for children who get kidney transplants have improved significantly over the last half-century, a new study finds. "The outlook for infants and children with end-stage kidney disease was once dismal, with poor survival rates after transplant. There has been great progress in pediatric kidney transplantation, and now the patient survival rate is almost 100 percent," said the study's principal investi...

  • Keep an Eye Out for Eating Disorders in Loved Ones

    Posted: 03/09/2017

    Keep an Eye Out for Eating Disorders in Loved Ones THURSDAY, March 2, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Millions of Americans have eating disorders, but it can be difficult for family and friends to detect these problems in loved ones, a doctor warns. For example, many people with anorexia are skillful at hiding their weight loss by doing things such as wearing loose clothing to mask their size or being very involved in meal preparation, according to Dr. Martha Levine of Penn State Children's Hospital. But there...

  • Kids Should Be Screened for Lazy Eye by Age 5

    Posted: 03/07/2017

    Kids Should Be Screened for Lazy Eye by Age 5 TUESDAY, Feb. 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Young children should be screened at least once for lazy eye before they turn 5 years old, a U.S. panel of experts says. The U.S. Preventive Services Task (USPSTF) is still advising parents to have their kids screened at least once for lazy eye or its risk factors. Screening should be done when the children are between the ages of 3 and 5 years old. These draft guidelines are an update to 2011 recommendations. Early...

  • Kids Mean Less Shuteye for Mom, While Dad Slumbers On

    Posted: 03/06/2017

    Kids Mean Less Shuteye for Mom, While Dad Slumbers On SUNDAY, Feb. 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- This will come as no surprise to mothers, but a new survey finds that women with children living at home are more likely to be sleep-deprived than women without children. However, the presence of children in the home did nothing to alter men's sleep patterns. The researchers also found that women with children reported feeling tired more days a month than their child-free counterparts. "Forty-eight percent of...

  • Kids' OD Risk Rises When Opioids Left Out at Home

    Posted: 02/28/2017

    Kids' OD Risk Rises When Opioids Left Out at Home MONDAY, Feb. 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A child's risk of a potentially fatal drug overdose more than doubles if a parent brings home a prescription opioid painkiller like oxycodone, codeine or morphine, a new study reports. When their mother is prescribed an opioid for pain as opposed to a non-narcotic drug like aspirin, ibuprofen or acetaminophen, young children are about two-and-a-half times more likely to accidentally overdose, the researchers foun...

  • Kids Born to Older Moms Score Higher on Thinking Tests

    Posted: 02/27/2017

    Kids Born to Older Moms Score Higher on Thinking Tests MONDAY, Feb. 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Children born to older moms today have better thinking skills than those with younger mothers, a new study suggests. The opposite was true 40 or 50 years ago -- a shift researchers say mirrors changing trends in parenting. Women today tend to be older when they have their first child and, on average, first-borns do better on cognitive ability tests, which measure thinking skills. This may be because they get...

  • Know Your Heart's Numbers

    Posted: 02/15/2017

    Know Your Heart's Numbers TUESDAY, Feb. 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- More than two-thirds of Americans fret about heart disease, but few know the specific information that can help them boost their heart health, a new survey finds. "Studies have suggested the majority of coronary artery disease events can be prevented by addressing treatable risk factors," said Dr. Steve Nissen, chair of cardiovascular medicine at the Cleveland Clinic. "That means, a little knowledge regarding your 'numbers' could go a l...

  • Kids' Sugary Drink Habits Start Early

    Posted: 02/05/2017

    Kids' Sugary Drink Habits Start Early THURSDAY, Jan. 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Despite health messages to limit sodas and other sugary beverages, most American children drink them often, new government statistics show. Nearly two-thirds of boys and girls ages 2 to 19 drink at least one sugar-sweetened beverage daily, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The national survey of dietary habits from 2011 to 2014 also found that sweetened beverages account for more than 7 perc...