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Health News for 06/17/11

June 17, 2011

Health Tip: Make Sure Your Child's Shoes Fit

Your little one is growing faster than you expected, and his or her feet are no exception.
Health Tip: Prevent Heat-Related Illness

As the weather heats up, illnesses ranging from heat exhaustion to heatstroke become more common.
Energy Drink-Vodka Combo Nearly Kills Teen

The near death of a German teenager who consumed huge amounts of energy drinks mixed with vodka highlights the largely unrecognized danger of such beverage combinations, researchers report.
Gene Study Sheds Light on Often Fatal Heart Condition

Researchers have pinpointed a genetic risk factor for a potentially fatal heart problem called thoracic aortic dissection.
Reading With Mom Can Boost Kindergarten Readiness

Home learning experiences such as reading books with parents can improve low-income preschool children's readiness to start school, researchers say.
Language Delays Seen in Kids in Institutions Beyond Age 2

Foster care boosts language development in young children who lived in institutions, new study findings show.
Dads' Parenting Style Affects Influence as Kids Age: Survey

Dads who know the difference between authoritative parenting and simply being authoritarian enjoy a closer relationship with their children, even as these kids become adults, a new study reveals.
HPV Vaccine May Cut Rate of Cervical Cancer 'Precursors'

The introduction of a human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination program in Australia led to a reduction in high-grade cervical abnormalities that are precursors to cervical cancer, a new study reports.
Truth About Ice Cream, Snow Cones May Be Hard to Swallow

Ice cream, frozen yogurt and snow cones may be favorite hot weather treats, but they don't offer much in the way of nutrition, a food expert says.
Dad's Good Parenting May Help Daughters Avoid Risky Sex

The daughters of fathers with good parenting skills are less likely to engage in risky sexual behavior, a new study finds.
Singer Crystal Bowersox Comes to Terms With Diabetes

Crystal Bowersox, one of 20 finalists on American Idol last year, almost had her dreams dashed by the disease she's had since the age of 6 -- type 1 diabetes.
'Glowing Hands' Gel Shows Kids Where Dirt, Germs Linger

Use of a glowing gel that reveals microscopic germs on the skin may help children improve their hand hygiene, according to new research.
Deaths Exceed Births in 24% of U.S. Communities: Report

Last year, more people died than were born in nearly one-quarter of all U.S. counties, a new study shows.
Docs Overprescribing Antibiotics for Home-Care Patients: Study

Amid increased threats of drug-resistant infections, a new study reveals that doctors may overprescribe antibiotics to patients receiving ongoing medical care at home.
Scientists Turn Memory On, Off in Rats With Flip of Switch

Fixing faulty memories may one day be as easy as flipping a switch, according to scientists who restored brain function in rats even when they had been drugged to forget.
Nearly 900,000 Fewer Cancer Deaths Since 1990: Report

There has been a steady drop in cancer deaths in the United States in the past two decades, two American Cancer Society reports find.
Health Highlights: June 17, 2011

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
Kids With Minor Head Injury May Not Need Hospitalization

Hospitalization for further observation isn't necessary for most children who've suffered minor blunt head trauma and have normal CT scans, a new study indicates.
Rise in Drug-Related Suicide Attempts by Young Men Alarms Experts

U.S. emergency department visits for drug-related suicide attempts by young adult males rose 55 percent between 2005 and 2009, a government report says.

 

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