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  • Mom's Pre-Pregnancy Weight May Help Predict Child's Size

    Posted: 05/03/2016

    Mom's Pre-Pregnancy Weight May Help Predict Child's Size WEDNESDAY, April 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Toddlers whose mothers were overweight or obese before pregnancy may be more likely to be overweight, a new study suggests. The study also found that mothers who gain too much weight during pregnancy may be more prone to having overweight toddlers. The study had a bit of good news -- breast-feeding for at least six months could reduce a toddler's risk of being overweight. "Childhood obesity is linked w...

  • Mindfulness Therapy May Help Ease Recurrent Depression

    Posted: 05/03/2016

    Mindfulness Therapy May Help Ease Recurrent Depression WEDNESDAY, April 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Mindfulness therapy may help reduce the risk of repeated bouts of depression, researchers report. One expert not connected to the study explained the mindfulness approach. "Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy enhances awareness of thoughts and emotions being experienced, and enables development of skills to better cope with them," said Dr. Ami Baxi, a psychiatrist who directs adult inpatient services at ...

  • Many Manly Men Avoid Needed Health Care

    Posted: 05/03/2016

    Many Manly Men Avoid Needed Health Care THURSDAY, April 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Macho men are less likely than women to visit a doctor, and more likely to request male physicians when they do make an appointment, researchers say. But these "tough guys" tend to downplay their symptoms in front of male doctors because of a perceived need to keep up a strong front when interacting with men, according to three recent studies. The results can be dangerous. "These studies highlight one theory about why m...

  • Mild Air Pollution of Concern in Pregnancy

    Posted: 05/03/2016

    Mild Air Pollution of Concern in Pregnancy THURSDAY, April 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Being exposed to just a small amount of air pollution during pregnancy ups the risk of a pregnancy complication that can cause long-term health problems in children, a new study warns. "This study raises the concern that even current standards for air pollution may not be strict enough to protect the fetus, which may be particularly sensitive to environmental factors," said study author Rebecca Massa Nachman. She is ...

  • More U.S. Kids Have Chronic Health Problems: Study

    Posted: 05/03/2016

    More U.S. Kids Have Chronic Health Problems: Study SATURDAY, April 30, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The number of American kids suffering from asthma and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is on the increase, with poor children being hit the hardest, researchers report. Children living in extreme poverty who had asthma and ADHD were nearly twice as likely to have at least one other chronic medical condition. These conditions included developmental delays, autism, depression, anxiety, behavioral...

  • More Kids Burned, Hospitalized as Fireworks Sales Rules Ease

    Posted: 05/03/2016

    More Kids Burned, Hospitalized as Fireworks Sales Rules Ease MONDAY, May 2, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- There has been a sharp increase in the number of U.S. children who have been hospitalized with fireworks-related burns since sales restrictions on fireworks have been eased, a new study finds. Researchers analyzed national data and found a slight increase since 2006 in the number of patients younger than 21 with fireworks-related burn injuries who were treated and released by U.S. emergency departments. ...

  • Managing Allergies, Asthma 101

    Posted: 05/03/2016

    Managing Allergies, Asthma 101 TUESDAY, May 3, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Teens with allergies or asthma who are heading for college later this year should begin preparing for the transition now, an expert says. "For most teens, going away to college marks their first time living independently," said Dr. David Stukus, a member of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Public Relations Committee. "In addition to moving to a new place, many must learn to manage their own schedule, diet, exer...

  • More Kids Being Poisoned by Detergent Pods: Study

    Posted: 05/03/2016

    More Kids Being Poisoned by Detergent Pods: Study MONDAY, April 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A growing number of small children are getting their hands and mouths on colorful detergent pods, with serious and sometimes fatal consequences, a new study finds. Among more than 62,000 calls made to emergency departments for poisoning from any kind of laundry or dishwashing detergent from 2013 to 2014, 17 children were in a coma, six stopped breathing, four had fluid in their lungs and difficulty breathing, an...

  • Music Might Give Babies' Language Skills a Boost

    Posted: 05/02/2016

    Music Might Give Babies' Language Skills a Boost MONDAY, April 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Can listening to music boost your baby's brainpower? Maybe, at least in specific ways. A new study suggests that listening to music with a waltz-like rhythm -- a difficult form of rhythm for infants to comprehend -- and tapping out the beats with their parents improved babies' processing of music patterns and speech sounds. "Actively participating in music may be another important experience that can influence in...

  • Most Americans Turn to Prayer for Healing, Survey Finds

    Posted: 05/02/2016

    Most Americans Turn to Prayer for Healing, Survey Finds FRIDAY, April 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- When it comes to dealing with illness, most Americans turn to a higher power for help, a new study suggests. "Outside of belief in God, there may be no more ubiquitous religious expression in the U.S. than use of healing prayer," study author Jeff Levin said in a Baylor University news release. Levin is the director of the program on religion and population health at Baylor University in Texas. About 87 pe...