|Good Sleep Habits, Enforced Rules Help Kids Sleep: Study
Good Sleep Habits, Enforced Rules Help Kids Sleep: Study THURSDAY, Jan. 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A regular bedtime and other sleep-related rules help children and teens get a good night's sleep, a new study suggests. "Good quality and sufficient sleep are vital for children," study leader Orfeu Buxton, an associate professor of biobehavioral health at Penn State in College Park, Pa., said in a university news release. "Just like a healthy diet and exercise, sleep is critical for children to stay hea...
Acne Gel Linked to Rare Side Effect, Doctors Warn
Acne Gel Linked to Rare Side Effect, Doctors Warn THURSDAY, Jan. 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- For certain people, the acne treatment Aczone may be linked to a rare blood disorder, a new case study contends. A 19-year-old woman who had used Aczone -- the skin gel version of the drug dapsone -- for a week developed a serious condition called methemoglobinemia. The patient showed up at a Pittsburgh emergency room with a headache, shortness of breath, and blue lips and fingers. Her symptoms initially confou...
Flu's Grip on U.S. Starting to Weaken: CDC
Flu's Grip on U.S. Starting to Weaken: CDC THURSDAY, Jan. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- After a rough start to the flu season, the number of infections seems to have peaked and is even starting to decline in many parts of the nation, federal health officials reported Thursday. "We likely reached our highest level of activity and in many parts of the country we are starting to see flu activity decline," said Dr. Michael Jhung, a medical officer in U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Influenz...
Diabetes Patients Lax With Meds If Diagnosed With Cancer, Study Finds
Diabetes Patients Lax With Meds If Diagnosed With Cancer, Study Finds THURSDAY, Jan. 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- People with diabetes are less likely to take their diabetes medications if they've been diagnosed with cancer, researchers report. The new study included more than 16,000 diabetes patients, average age 68, taking drugs to lower their blood sugar. Of those patients, more than 3,200 were diagnosed with cancer. "This study revealed that the medication adherence among users of [blood sugar-lower...
Little Improvement in Children Paralyzed After Viral Infection, Study Finds
Little Improvement in Children Paralyzed After Viral Infection, Study Finds THURSDAY, Jan. 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A cluster of 12 Colorado children are suffering muscle weakness and paralysis similar to that caused by polio, and doctors are concerned these cases could be linked to a nationwide outbreak of what's usually a rare respiratory virus. Despite treatment, 10 of the children first diagnosed late last summer still have ongoing problems, the authors noted, and it's not known if their limb we...
Arizona Officials Say Nearly 1,000 People May Have Been Exposed to Measles
Arizona Officials Say Nearly 1,000 People May Have Been Exposed to Measles THURSDAY, Jan. 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- In a development that could dramatically widen the scope of a measles outbreak that began last month at Disney parks in California, Arizona health officials said Wednesday that up to 1,000 people in that state may have been exposed to the highly infectious disease. Included in that number are an estimated 200 children who could have been exposed to the measles virus after an infected wo...
Health Tip: Using Sunscreen
Health Tip: Using Sunscreen (HealthDay News) -- While anyone who applies sunscreen will benefit from its protection, some people should never venture outside without it, experts say. The Cleveland Clinic suggests wearing sunscreen if you: Spend a great deal of time outdoors. Have fair skin that burns easily. Ski often. Frequently work in your garden. Sunbathe.
Health Tip: Handling Your Child's Fears About Weight
Health Tip: Handling Your Child's Fears About Weight (HealthDay News) -- What does a parent do if you hear your child lament, "I'm fat?" The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics suggests: Discussing with your child where the negative sentiments came from. Asking if your child has been teased about weight. Asking if something seen on television or on the Internet inspired negative thoughts. Addressing promptly any situation in which another person talks about your child's weight inappropriately. Assessing ...
Health Highlights: Jan. 29, 2015
Health Highlights: Jan. 29, 2015 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Doctors Dropping Patients Who Refuse Vaccinations Some doctors are dropping patients who refuse to get their children vaccinated. This tough approach to patients who still believe discredited research linking vaccines to autism is meant to get them to change their minds, or at least keep other patients safe, the Associated Press reported. One of those doctors is Dr. Ch...
Eye Tracking May Help to Spot Concussions Quickly
Eye Tracking May Help to Spot Concussions Quickly THURSDAY, Jan. 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A new eye-tracking method might help determine the severity of concussions, researchers report. They said the simple approach can be used in emergency departments and, perhaps one day, on the sidelines at sporting events. "Concussion is a condition that has been plagued by the lack of an objective diagnostic tool, which in turn has helped drive confusion and fears among those affected and their families," said ...
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