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Focus on Just One Sport Risks Burnout for Teens

Focus on Just One Sport Risks Burnout for Teens

Published 06/28/2018

THURSDAY, June 28, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Student athletes who specialize in one sport year-round could lose out in academics and other fields, a new study finds.

"Today's students have so many responsibilities and when you add specializing in a sport -- with participation in school and club te...

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Look Before Locking: Protect Your Child From a Hot Car Tragedy

Look Before Locking: Protect Your Child From a Hot Car Tragedy

Published 06/27/2018

WEDNESDAY, June 27, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Before the summer of 2018 was even one day old, 16 American kids had died after being left in hot cars, according to a group called KidsAndCars.org.

Last year's toll was 43, and, on average, 37 children die in hot cars each year in the United States.

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25 U.S. Kids Treated in ERs Every Hour for Bike Injuries

25 U.S. Kids Treated in ERs Every Hour for Bike Injuries

Published 06/26/2018

TUESDAY, June 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- More than 2.2 million American children a year -- or about 25 an hour -- were treated in emergency departments for bicycle-related injuries over a 10-year period, a new study finds.

"The good news is that the rate of injury declined over the course of th...

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Health Tip: Prevent Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease

Health Tip: Prevent Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease

Published 04/30/2018

(HealthDay News) -- Hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) most often affects infants and children younger than age 5, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.

Children that young lack immunity to the viruses that cause HFMD. the agency says.

Typical symptoms of the highly contagiou...

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Telltale Clues That Your Child Is Depressed

Telltale Clues That Your Child Is Depressed

Published 04/14/2018

SATURDAY, April 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Know what to look for if you suspect your child or teen may be depressed.

"In children and adolescents who are depressed, you may notice more irritability and loss of interest rather than just sadness or a depressed mood," said Kimberly Burkhart, a ped...

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Why Whooping Cough Has Made a Comeback

Why Whooping Cough Has Made a Comeback

Published 03/29/2018

THURSDAY, March 29, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Flaws in current whooping cough vaccines aren't to blame for rising rates of the disease in the United States, a new study contends.

Researchers attribute a resurgence of the disease since the 1970s to factors that arose long before the latest vaccines...

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Now's the Time to Tackle Springtime Allergies

Now's the Time to Tackle Springtime Allergies

Published 03/17/2018

SATURDAY, March 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- With spring allergy season just around the corner, it's time to start thinking about how to deal with your symptoms, experts say.

"Bottom line, very few people suffer from the same allergies or symptoms," Dr. Bradley Chipps, president of the American C...

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For Kids With Earwax, Skip Cotton Swabs, Expert Urges

For Kids With Earwax, Skip Cotton Swabs, Expert Urges

Published 03/09/2018

FRIDAY, March 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Cotton swabs might seem like handy tools for clearing wax from children's ears, but they just might do more harm than good.

In fact, each year roughly 12,540 injuries to children's ears stem from the use of cotton swabs, according to a study cited by Dr....

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Health Tip: 'Connected' Students Do Better

Health Tip: 'Connected' Students Do Better

Published 03/08/2018

(HealthDay News) -- Students who feel a like they belong at school have a greater chance of doing well and staying there, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.

Research confirms that children who feel "connected" to school are more likely to get better grades, stay in school l...

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Health Tip: Understanding Tonsillitis

Health Tip: Understanding Tonsillitis

Published 02/20/2018

(HealthDay News) -- If your child has had repeated bouts of tonsillitis (inflamed tonsils), he or she probably is a candidate for a tonsillectomy (tonsil removal surgery), the U.S. National Library of Medicine says.

Tonsillitis occurs when the tonsils -- infection-clearing organs at the back of t...

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Health Tip: Controlling Pinkeye

Health Tip: Controlling Pinkeye

Published 02/09/2018

(HealthDay News) --Pinkeye, medically called conjunctivitis,is an inflammation of the thin tissue covering the white part of theeyeand the inside of the eyelid.

It's easily spread as hands become contaminated with discharge from an infected eye or by direct contact with surfaces such as contamina...

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Published 02/06/2018

Asthma attacks declining among U.S. children

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Asthma-related hospitalizations and missed school days were fewer in 2013 tha...

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Health Tip: Prevent the Spread of Scarlet Fever

Health Tip: Prevent the Spread of Scarlet Fever

Published 02/05/2018

(HealthDay News) -- Scarlet fever, also known as scarlatina, is a bacterial infection caused by "group a" streptococcus. There is no vaccine, and the disease is typically treated with a round of antibiotics.

Possible symptoms to watch for are a red rash, fever, sore throat, redness in the underar...

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If You Suspect a Child Is Being Abused or Neglected, Report It

If You Suspect a Child Is Being Abused or Neglected, Report It

Published 02/05/2018

MONDAY, Feb. 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- You should alert authorities if you suspect a child is being hurt or is in danger, a child abuse expert says.

The issue is in the spotlight with the recent arrest of David and Louise Turpin, the California couple accused of abusing their 13 children for ye...

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Is Your Child Ready for a Smartphone?

Is Your Child Ready for a Smartphone?

Published 01/09/2018

TUESDAY, Jan. 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- When is it appropriate to give kids a cellphone?

That depends on factors like their maturity level, their ability to follow rules at home and school, and your family's circumstances, including health and safety issues. For instance, if both parents work o...

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Exercise Boosts Kids' Brain Health, Too

Exercise Boosts Kids' Brain Health, Too

Published 01/05/2018

FRIDAY, Jan. 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A lack of exercise puts kids at risk for very adult problems, like obesity and diabetes.

Now there's also research that links exercise to their cognitive development and achievement in school. Turns out that physical activity gives the young brain needed b...

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Allergens widespread in largest study of U.S. homes

Allergens widespread in largest study of U.S. homes

Published 12/12/2017

Allergens are widespread, but highly variable in U.S. homes, according to the nation’s largest indoor allergen study to date. Researchers from the National Institutes of Health report that over 90 percent of homes had three or more detectable allergens, and 73 percent of homes had at least one al...

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Published 12/12/2017

How to Spot a Common, Potentially Dangerous, Childhood Illness Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is similar to a cold but can lead to complications that include pneumonia

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 11, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly all children get respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) by age 2. But just bec...

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Published 12/12/2017

Health Tip: Learn Symptoms of Childhood Sinusitis Know the warning signs

(HealthDay News) --Your child's sinuses are not fully developed until late in the teen years, but the child can still develop a sinus infection.

Although small, the maxillary (behind the cheek) and ethmoid (between the eyes...

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Published 12/12/2017

Inflammatory Bowel Disease May Raise Cancer Risk in Kids Researchers think chronic inflammation in gastrointestinal tract may be driving force

THURSDAY, Sept. 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Children with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) face an increased risk of cancer, a new study claims.

The ris...

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Published 12/12/2017

'Microbiomes' May Hold Key to Kids' Ear Infections Germ communities in the middle ear differ greatly between affected and unaffected people, study shows

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TUESDAY, Sept. 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Recurrent ear infections are the bane of many children -- and the p...

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Published 12/12/2017

Early childhood adversities linked to health problems in tweens, teens

Study is first to point to brain changes that underlie poor health in some children

byJim Dryden•October 30, 2017

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Flu Shot Could Help Your Kid Avoid Hospital

Flu Shot Could Help Your Kid Avoid Hospital

Published 11/17/2017

FRIDAY, Nov. 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- There's an easy way for parents to help cut their child's chances of ending up in the hospital with the flu -- get them vaccinated, researchers say.

For the new study, the Canadian researchers analyzed the medical records of nearly 10,000 children, aged 6...

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Calm Parents Help Calm Kids With ADHD

Calm Parents Help Calm Kids With ADHD

Published 11/17/2017

THURSDAY, Nov. 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- As challenging as it can be to raise a child with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), new research offers biological evidence that calm, positive parenting may help these kids master their own emotions and behaviors.

The study was conducted...

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Kids Still Getting Risky Painkiller After Tonsillectomy

Kids Still Getting Risky Painkiller After Tonsillectomy

Published 11/16/2017

THURSDAY, Nov. 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Despite safety warnings from drug regulators, some U.S. children are still being given a risky painkiller after having their tonsils removed, a new study finds.

At issue is the opioid painkiller codeine. In 2013, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration i...

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Working With Your School Nurse

Working With Your School Nurse

Published 11/03/2017

FRIDAY, Nov. 3, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly 18 percent of kids have a chronic health condition, such as asthma or allergies. If your child is one of them, working successfully with your school's nurse will help keep him or her safe.

Because a good chunk of a child's day is spent in school, it...

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