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  • Think Safety When Picking, Packing School Backpacks

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Think Safety When Picking, Packing School Backpacks FRIDAY, Aug. 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Many students use backpacks to carry their school books and supplies, but improper use can lead to muscle and joint injury, neck and shoulder pain, as well as posture problems, child health experts warn. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) suggests that: parents and kids choose a lightweight backpack with wide, padded shoulders; two shoulder straps; a padded back; and a waist strap. A rolling backpack migh...

  • Teen Cyberbullies More Apt to Be Friends Than Strangers

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Teen Cyberbullies More Apt to Be Friends Than Strangers SATURDAY, Aug. 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Cyberbullying among teens is highly likely to involve current or former friends and dating partners, a new study finds. Researchers analyzed data from a 2011 survey of nearly 800 students in grades 8 through 12 at a public school in a New York City suburb. About 17 percent had been involved with cyberbullying in the previous week, the study found. Nearly 6 percent of those students were victims; about 9 p...

  • Twitter Broadening Discussions About Death, Grief: Study

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Twitter Broadening Discussions About Death, Grief: Study SATURDAY, Aug. 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Twitter and other social media are erasing a 20th century taboo against discussing death and mourning in public, researchers report. Doctoral students in sociology at the University of Washington in Seattle reviewed the feeds of 39 dead Twitter users. They found that people used Twitter to react in a way that differed from other social media sites. For example, Facebook posts about deaths tend to be more...

  • Truth or Fib? When Kids Say They're Too Sick for School

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Truth or Fib? When Kids Say They're Too Sick for School MONDAY, Aug. 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- It's only a matter of time after school begins before parents have to deal with a child who doesn't feel well enough to go. If your child complains of a headache, he or she probably isn't faking, said Dr. Jennifer Caudle. She is an assistant professor of family medicine at Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Stratford, N.J. Stress, lack of sleep or changes in diet can all contribute to headac...

  • Teen Student-Athletes Often Unfit, Overweight

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Teen Student-Athletes Often Unfit, Overweight MONDAY, Aug. 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Student-athletes may be more popular than teens who don't play sports, but they're no more fit. Turns out they have similar rates of obesity and high blood pressure as non-athletes, a new study finds. Researchers analyzed data from 2,700 student-athletes in Philadelphia who received free preseason physicals over four years from the non-profit Athlete Health Organization. The physicals are done to identify students wh...

  • Too Few Female Urologists to Meet Aging Patients' Demand

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Too Few Female Urologists to Meet Aging Patients' Demand MONDAY, Aug. 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Women prefer to see female urologists, but there are far too few to meet a growing demand, a new study reports. Researchers analyzed patient data from 2003 to 2012 for more than 6,000 urologists across the United States. Women represented 54 percent of patients for female urologists, and 32 percent for male urologists, the study found. Of an estimated 9,600 U.S. urologists, between 8 percent and 12 percent...

  • To Keep Teens Slim, Focus on Health not Weight

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    To Keep Teens Slim, Focus on Health not Weight MONDAY, Aug. 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- When teenagers are overweight, parents and doctors should encourage a healthy lifestyle rather than worry about the number on the bathroom scale, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says. In new guidelines that address both teen obesity and eating disorders, the AAP says adults should move away from "weight talk," and instead help kids have a healthy relationship with food and their bodies. "We need to focus on...

  • TV Ratings for Parents Let Violence, Drinking Slip Through

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    TV Ratings for Parents Let Violence, Drinking Slip Through MONDAY, Aug. 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Parents should take industry television ratings with a grain of salt, since they don't always reflect the true amount of violence, smoking and drinking in TV shows, a new study warns. Shows approved for children 7 and older (TV-Y7) contain nearly as much violence as shows intended for adults only, said lead researcher Joy Gabrielli. She is a clinical child psychologist at Dartmouth College's Geisel Schoo...

  • Two Genes Might Help Predict Breast Cancer Survival

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Two Genes Might Help Predict Breast Cancer Survival THURSDAY, Aug. 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The activity of two genes may help predict certain breast cancer patients' chances of survival and guide their treatment, British researchers report. "We have seen major strides in the treatment of breast cancer, but once it begins to spread round the body it is still often fatal," said Paul Workman. He is chief executive of the Institute of Cancer Research (ICR) in London, which conducted the research. "This...

  • Tongue-tie

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Tongue-tie What is tongue-tie? Ankyloglossia, or “tongue-tie,” is a problem with the tongue that is present from birth. It causes speech and eating difficulties in some children. The frenulum of the tongue is a small fold of tissue that reaches from the floor of the mouth to the underside of the tongue. You can easily see it if you look under your tongue in a mirror. Some children have a frenulum that is too short and tight at birth. The frenulum may attach to the tip of the tongue instead of attaching ...