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  • Mice May Be Key to Kids' Asthma Attacks at School

    Posted: 12/10/2016

    Mice May Be Key to Kids' Asthma Attacks at School FRIDAY, Dec. 2, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Research investigating schoolchildren's asthma attacks has pointed to a tiny foe: mice. Allergens from the rodents can infiltrate the air, the study found, and may be a major cause of asthma attacks in the school environment. It's known that many different allergy triggers -- from dust mites to mold to pet dander -- can fuel children's asthma symptoms. But most research has focused on the triggers in kids' homes. ...

  • Men More Likely to Use Marijuana Than Women, Study Finds

    Posted: 12/10/2016

    Men More Likely to Use Marijuana Than Women, Study Finds MONDAY, Dec. 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- As more American adults choose to puff at the marijuana pipe, a gender difference is becoming clear -- men are significantly more likely to smoke pot than women, a new study finds. Compared with 2002, an additional 6 million men reported past-year pot smoking in 2014. For women, that number was 4 million, the researchers said. Use remained at about 13 percent for men and 7 percent for women for a number of ...

  • Medical School Can Be an Emotional Pressure-Cooker

    Posted: 12/10/2016

    Medical School Can Be an Emotional Pressure-Cooker TUESDAY, Dec. 6, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Many medical students from around the world struggle with depression, and more than 1 in 10 have suicidal thoughts, researchers report. And only about 16 percent of the students who tested positive for depression sought treatment, they added. The researchers analyzed nearly 200 studies that included a total of 129,000 medical students in 47 countries. They found that the rate of depression or depressive symptoms...

  • Many Americans Skip the Dentist Due to Cost

    Posted: 12/10/2016

    Many Americans Skip the Dentist Due to Cost TUESDAY, Dec. 6, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Americans are more likely to skip needed dental care because of cost than any other type of health care, researchers report. Working-age adults are particularly vulnerable, the study found. Some 13 percent reported forgoing dental care because of cost. That's nearly double the proportion of seniors and triple the percentage of children for whom cost poses a barrier to dental care, the study showed. Cost was the main im...

  • Marijuana Derivative May Curb Tough-to-Treat Epilepsy

    Posted: 12/10/2016

    Marijuana Derivative May Curb Tough-to-Treat Epilepsy TUESDAY, Dec. 6, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A purified oral version of a marijuana compound may help with treatment-resistant forms of epilepsy, two new clinical trials show. The researchers found that the compound, cannabidiol (CBD), helped reduce seizure frequency in children and adults with two hard-to-treat forms of epilepsy: Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome. The drug is still experimental, and doctors stressed that it did not help every...

  • Missing Just 1 Hour of Sleep May Double Drivers' Crash Risk

    Posted: 12/10/2016

    Missing Just 1 Hour of Sleep May Double Drivers' Crash Risk TUESDAY, Dec. 6, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Missing just an hour or two of sleep at night nearly doubles your chances of a car crash the next day, a new report suggests. And getting behind the wheel after only four to five hours of shut-eye quadruples that risk. That's comparable to driving with a blood alcohol concentration considered legally drunk, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety researchers warned. "This is the first study to actually qu...

  • Mummy of 17th Century Child May Alter the History of Smallpox

    Posted: 12/10/2016

    Mummy of 17th Century Child May Alter the History of Smallpox THURSDAY, Dec. 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A mummy of a child who lived in the 1600s in Lithuania could offer new insight into how smallpox developed over the millennia. Researchers say they've found the oldest known sample of the virus that causes smallpox in the child. The child's remains were discovered in a crypt under a church, the authors report in the Dec. 8 issue of Current Biology . "There have been signs that Egyptian mummies that a...

  • More Pregnant Women Getting Flu Shot, But Improvement Needed

    Posted: 12/10/2016

    More Pregnant Women Getting Flu Shot, But Improvement Needed THURSDAY, Dec. 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Getting a flu shot during pregnancy can protect both a mom-to-be and her baby. And while the percentage of pregnant American women who got the vaccine has doubled in recent years, too many still go without the shot, researchers say. "Although the trend is encouraging, coverage still falls far short of the 2016 [U.S.] recommendation that all pregnant women who are or might become pregnant during flu se...

  • Martial Arts Can Be Hazardous to Kids

    Posted: 12/06/2016

    Martial Arts Can Be Hazardous to Kids MONDAY, Nov. 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Perhaps there's a black belt in your child's future. But for safety's sake, kids should only engage in noncontact forms of martial arts, a new American Academy of Pediatrics report says. About 6.5 million U.S. children practice martial arts such as mixed martial arts, karate, taekwondo and judo. While these popular sports can improve fitness, motor skills and emotional development, they also carry the risk of injury. Certain...

  • Many Women With Chronic Ills Don't Use Online Tools

    Posted: 12/05/2016

    Many Women With Chronic Ills Don't Use Online Tools MONDAY, Nov. 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Chronically ill women who don't use the internet may struggle with worse health, a new study finds. "A significantly larger proportion of non-internet users reported needing help learning what to do to manage their health conditions and needing help learning how to care for their health conditions," said researcher Carolyn Mendez-Luck. She's an assistant professor in the School of Social and Behavioral Health S...