Today's Sleepy Teens May Be Tomorrow's Heart Patients

MONDAY, June 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Most kids don’t get enough sleep, and that may put them on a path to future heart trouble, a new study finds. Young teens who slept less than seven hours a night tended to have more body fat, elevated blood pressure and less healthy cholesterol levels — all…

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What If You Lose Your Child at an Amusement Park?

MONDAY, June 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) — It’s a parent’s worst nightmare: While spending a fun-filled family day at an amusement park, you suddenly lose sight of your child. As terrifying as that can be, a new survey finds that many American parents don’t talk with their child about what to do if the youngster…

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Pediatricians Say No to Spanking

MONDAY, June 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Most U.S. pediatricians say spanking is a bad way to discipline children. “In the past couple of decades, a tremendous amount of research has come out that shows hitting children is counterproductive and leads to more harm than good,” said Catherine Taylor, author of a new survey on…

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Exercise Options That Double as Stress-Busters

MONDAY, June 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Exercise is a known stress buster, and different disciplines relax and tone you in a variety of ways. So, you can pick and choose from many types of exercise to go beyond physical fitness to better mental health. Exercise’s mind-body boosts: Improves your mood by releasing natural feel-good…

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Healthful Grilling Is as Simple as 1, 2, 3, 4

SUNDAY, June 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) — While some might be wary about the cancer risks of searing a steak on a flaming grill, a few simple changes can lower that risk, a nutritionist advises. Cooking beef, pork, fish or poultry over high temperatures can lead to the formation of chemicals that can trigger changes…

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Beach, Boating and Booze Add Up to Summer Injuries

SATURDAY, June 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) — You’d better think twice before taking booze to the beach or out on a boat. Alcohol increases the risk of injury and death in and on the water, safety experts warn. For example, alcohol is a factor in up to 70 percent of all water recreation deaths of…

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The Hot Dog You Shouldn't Have

FRIDAY, June 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The scorching heat of summer poses dangers to people, but dogs also need protection from soaring temperatures, one veterinarian warns. Benjamin Brainard, director of clinical research at the University of Georgia’s College of Veterinary Medicine, offered the following tips to help pet owners keep their dogs cool when…

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Exercise May Counter Effects of Obesity Genes

FRIDAY, June 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Older women who carry genes that make them prone to obesity may take comfort in new findings that suggest exercise can counter that risk. For the study, researchers analyzed data from more than 8,200 women, aged 70 to 79, of European ancestry. The investigators found that genetic influences…

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Vitamin D May Guard Against Colon Cancer

FRIDAY, June 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The sun you get when you mow the lawn or run errands could protect you against colon cancer, new research shows. How? Sunlight prompts the production of vitamin D, and people with sufficient levels of the vitamin had a 22 percent lower risk of colon cancer, said lead…

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AHA: Kids Can Drown Quickly and Silently, So Prevention Is Key

FRIDAY, June 15, 2018 (American Heart Association) — Just back from a run with her husband, Laura Metro faced a parent’s worst nightmare: Her 6-year-old daughter, Maison, ran to her screaming, “I think Clay died! I think Clay died!” Metro’s 3-year-old son, who was swimming with family friends, was found at the bottom of the…

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Clean Skin, Hands Critical for 'Kangaroo Care' for Preemies

FRIDAY, June 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A number of infection control measures need to be taken when giving “kangaroo care” to premature babies in the neonatal intensive care unit, researchers say. This approach — which involves meaningful touch and skin-to-skin contact between parents and babies — is increasingly encouraged in hospitals to aid the…

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The Water's Great. Just Don't Overlook Safety.

FRIDAY, June 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) — More than a half million people are treated for swimming-related accidents in the United States in a given year. With pools, lakes and beaches open, it’s tempting to fling yourself into the water. But don’t dive in unless you know it’s safe to do so, or you could…

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