Sharp Rise Seen in Kids' ER Visits for Mental Health Woes

FRIDAY, Nov. 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Mental health issues are sending more and more kids and teens to hospital emergency rooms, and that increase has been most dramatic among minorities, a new report shows. Between 2012 and 2016, overall admissions shot up 50 percent in the United States, the researchers said. “Prior to our…

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'Panic Parenting' Fear Drives Many Women to Freeze Eggs

FRIDAY, Nov. 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Trying to avoid “panic parenting” is the reason why many single women freeze their eggs for non-medical reasons, a small new study suggests. Panic parenting refers to having a relationship just to have a baby. “Whilst the number of women freezing their eggs remains small, many more are…

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Sunday Is 'Fall Back' Time for Your Clock — Sleep Experts Offer Tips

FRIDAY, Nov. 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The hour you “lost” with daylight savings time in the spring you “gain back” on Sunday, when clocks are set an hour back. And every time shift takes a subtle toll on the human mind and body, experts say. Still, “for most people, it is easier to stay…

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Injured Parent Can Mean Sleepless Nights for Kids

FRIDAY, Nov. 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Children face an increased risk for sleep problems if a parent suffers a serious injury, especially if the parent has a brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a new study reveals. Researchers used U.S. Military Health System records to identify more than 485,000 children of more than…

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Guns Kill Fewer Kids in States With Strict Firearm Laws

FRIDAY, Nov. 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Kids are safer in states with strict gun laws, a new preliminary study reports. Researchers found that the stringency of a state’s firearm legislation has a direct impact on the number of kids killed by guns. Twice as many child gun deaths occur in states with the most…

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Instant-Soup Burns Send Almost 10,000 Kids to ERs Each Year

FRIDAY, Nov. 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Many kids love a quick bowl of instant soup or tasty noodles, but these fast foods cause almost 10,000 scald burns in children each year in the United States, a new study estimates. What’s more, researchers found that two out of every 10 scald burns that send kids…

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Many U.S. Parents Share Leftover Antibiotics: Survey

FRIDAY, Nov. 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) — An “alarming” number of American parents save unused antibiotics and give them to family members and other people, a new study finds. This type of misuse helps fuel antibiotic resistance, the study authors said. Their report is scheduled for presentation Monday in Orlando, Fla., at the national conference…

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How Necessary Is HPV Cervical Cancer Screening for Women After Age 55?

FRIDAY, Nov. 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Testing for human papillomavirus (HPV) has become the standard of care in screening for cervical cancer. But now, Canadian researchers say it may become unnecessary in women aged 55 or older who have one negative result with the test. The DNA-based HPV test is highly accurate in detecting…

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Obesity May Harm Kids' Academics, Coping Skills

FRIDAY, Nov. 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Obese kids may have extra difficulty with schoolwork and coping under stress, a preliminary study suggests. In a survey of nearly 23,000 parents, researchers found that kids who were obese were less likely to show certain indicators of “flourishing,” versus their normal-weight peers. That meant less engagement in…

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Get the Most From Your Cardio Workouts

FRIDAY, Nov. 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) — You’ve made the decision to meet the 150-minutes-per-week goal of cardio workouts for better health. Now use these tips to make the most of these workouts. If you’re using a machine, like a treadmill or stationary bike, check that you’re maintaining proper form. Just as coasting when riding…

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Tropical Disease Linked to Heart Trouble Turning Up in Border Security Dogs

THURSDAY, Nov. 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) — More than 100 dogs used by U.S. agencies for border patrols, search and rescue, drugs and explosives detection and guarding federal buildings are infected with a parasite that could cause potentially deadly heart problems, according to a new study. The parasite Trypanosoma cruzi causes Chagas disease, a tropical…

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Parkinson's Patients Can Have a Normal Life Span

THURSDAY, Nov. 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) — If thinking skills aren’t affected, a person with Parkinson’s disease can live a normal life span, a new study suggests. “This is good news for many people with Parkinson’s and their families,” study author Dr. David Backstrom, from Umea University in Sweden, said in a news release from…

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