What Helps Adults With Autism Get and Keep a Job?

WEDNESDAY, May 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Adults with autism face many challenges, and one of the biggest is finding and keeping a job. More than two-thirds of adults with autism are unemployed or underemployed, and a new survey identifies some of the most significant barriers — and benefits — to work. People with autism…

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Teen Sexting Often Tied to Past Sexual Abuse

WEDNESDAY, May 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Teens who share sexually explicit texts or emails — “sexters” — are more likely to have suffered sexual abuse than their peers, new survey results suggest. For some teenagers, “sexting may be a part of normal sexual development,” said study lead author Dr. Kanani Titchen. But for others,…

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Meet Nao, the Robot That Helps Treat Kids With Autism

WEDNESDAY, May 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) — It may seem counterintuitive, but a robot might help kids with autism interact better with humans. This two-foot-tall robot goes by the name of Nao, and young kids who had therapy that included Nao made more progress on their social skills than those who didn’t get to work…

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Infants Know Real 'Baby Talk' When They Hear It

WEDNESDAY, May 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Babies go gaga over other babies’ goo-goos, a new study finds. Researchers found that 5-month-old infants spent 40 percent longer listening to sounds from other infants than to adults making the same sounds. Even before they can create sounds resembling syllables — such as “ba ba ba” —…

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Restaurant Appetizers That Make Great Main Dishes

WEDNESDAY, May 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Ordering an appetizer rather than an entree can be the answer to enjoying restaurant meals without busting your calorie budget. The trick is to ask for yours to be served when everyone else gets their main course so you’re not just left watching your dining companions enjoying their…

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PTSD May Raise Odds for Irregular Heartbeat

TUESDAY, May 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) — For reasons that aren’t yet clear, people who battle PTSD may also be at heightened risk for the common heart rhythm disorder atrial fibrillation, researchers report. It’s the first time a connection has been made between post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and “A-fib,” which typically arises with age and…

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No Sign Pot Smoking Will Trigger Irregular Heartbeat: Study

TUESDAY, May 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) — If you have suffered a heart attack, getting high on pot won’t harm your heart’s regular rhythm, a new study suggests. Marijuana users who have suffered a heart attack had about the same risk as nonusers of a rapid and irregular rhythm in the lower chambers of the…

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Chilly, Smoggy Days May Be Hazardous for Some Women's Hearts

TUESDAY, May 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Air pollution coupled with colder temperatures may deliver a double whammy to women’s hearts, making them more prone to sudden cardiac death, a new study suggests. The researchers found that when air pollution rose and temperatures fell to 40 to 55 degrees Fahrenheit, the odds of sudden cardiac…

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Curiosity a Plus in the Classroom, Particularly for Poorer Kids

TUESDAY, May 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Curious children do better in school, and this is especially true of youngsters from poorer families, a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed data from 6,200 kindergartners across the United States and found that children from poorer families did worse overall on math and reading assessments. But those who…

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AHA: Nurse's Colleagues Use the CPR He Taught Them to Save His Life

TUESDAY, May 8, 2018 (American Heart Association) — Nurse Michael Lovelace has been training his colleagues in high-quality CPR for more than three decades, including the past 16 years in the emergency department of the University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital. For Lovelace, teaching CPR meant knowing his words could potentially save a life. He…

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A Bone Drug That Treats Baldness?

TUESDAY, May 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A drug intended as a treatment for osteoporosis may help treat hair loss, researchers say. “The fact this new agent, which had never even been considered in a hair loss context, promotes human hair growth is exciting because of its translational potential: It could one day make a…

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AHA: Blood Pressure Measurement Mistakes Can Lead to Misdiagnoses

TUESDAY, May 8, 2018 (American Heart Association) — It’s a familiar scenario: You find yourself at the doctor’s office, sitting on the edge of an exam table with your feet dangling inches above the floor. The nurse or medical assistant who seconds ago instructed you to sit now asks you questions about the reason for…

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