Building Tolerance Helps Kids With Wheat Allergy

TUESDAY, Oct. 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Giving trace amounts of wheat to children with wheat allergy shows promise in treating the allergy, according to new research. The researchers started with 46 wheat-allergic children, average age about 9 years, and gave them trace amounts of wheat. The researchers gradually increased the amount, to desensitize the…

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Measure Your Blood Pressure at Home? New Guidelines Set Healthy Readings

TUESDAY, Oct. 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) — When you’re taking your blood pressure at home, a reading of 130 over 80 or above should be considered high, researchers report. A reading of 120 over 80 is considered in the normal range. “Most guidelines have recommended out-of-office monitoring for diagnosis of hypertension, but the normal limits…

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Keeping Your Teen Driver Safe

TUESDAY, Oct. 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Rules for new drivers instituted in Massachusetts back in 2007 have led to fewer car crashes, including fewer deadly crashes, among drivers in their teens. And most of the rules are ones that Moms and Dads can set no matter what state you live in. The Massachusetts “graduated…

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Many Mistakenly Believe Alternative Therapies Can Cure Cancer

TUESDAY, Oct. 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Despite evidence to the contrary, four in 10 Americans believe alternative therapies can cure cancer, a new survey finds. Research shows that cancer death rates are much higher among patients who use only alternative therapies than among those who receive standard cancer treatments, according to the American Society…

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Michael Phelps Champions the Fight Against Depression

TUESDAY, Oct. 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Swimmer extraordinaire Michael Phelps has won 28 Olympic medals — 23 of them gold. Yet, despite all those medals and the accolades that came with them, Phelps has struggled with depression and anxiety. In 2014, it got so bad that he locked himself in his bedroom and stayed…

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Many Teens Are 'Sextortion' Targets

MONDAY, Oct. 29, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Parents of teens can add “sextortion” to the list of things to worry about, because a new study shows that 5 percent of teenagers are targets of this cybercrime. Another 3 percent of teens have likely done it to others, the study authors added. Sextortion is threatening to…

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Naps Don't Help Down Syndrome Kids Learn: Study

MONDAY, Oct. 29, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Naps have been shown to help young children learn, but researchers report they may have the opposite effect on children with Down syndrome. “In children with Down syndrome, there’s something about having a nap right after learning that seemed to keep them from retaining information as well, which…

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Malaria-Sniffing Pooches Might Help Save Lives

MONDAY, Oct. 29, 2018 (HealthDay News) — With their keen sense of smell, dogs can track down bombs and drugs, but new research suggests they can also sniff out malaria in people. If confirmed by further studies, canines might someday be used to help spot malaria early, when treatment is most effective. The study included…

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Workers' Comp Often a Gateway to Opioid Abuse: Study

MONDAY, Oct. 29, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Many injured workers turn to opioid painkillers for relief, and nearly 30 percent may still be taking them three months after their injury — increasing the odds of addiction, a new study suggests. “The increased likelihood of persistent opioid use among strain and sprain injuries is potentially concerning,…

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Vaccine to Stop Recurrent Strokes Shows Promise in Mice

MONDAY, Oct. 29, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Stroke remains a major killer. But could a simple vaccine help prevent a recurrence in stroke survivors someday? That’s the promise from new Japanese research conducted in mice. A vaccine that would replace or be used alongside standard heart pills might help prevent secondary strokes and possibly heart…

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Common Chemical Tied to Language Delay in Kids

MONDAY, Oct. 29, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Children may suffer delayed language skills if their mothers come in contact with common chemicals called phthalates in early pregnancy, new research suggests. Phthalates are in countless products from nail polish and hair spray to food packaging and vinyl flooring. As plasticizers, they make things more pliable; as…

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Gun Violence Among U.S. Youth Has High Price Tag

MONDAY, Oct. 29, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Treating gunshot wounds in American children and teens costs roughly $270 million a year in hospital bills, researchers report. “In our study, we found that for every 100,000 teenagers and children arriving to the emergency department, 11 come for a gun-related injury,” said study author Dr. Faiz Gani.…

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