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Health News for 05/31/13

May 31, 2013

Many Parents Unaware of Teens' Abuse of ADHD Drugs

One in 10 teens admits to using a prescription stimulant or amphetamine to boost their performance in school, but most parents aren't aware of the scope of the problem, a new study finds.
Obese Patients May Be More Prone to 'Doctor Shopping'

A new study finds that people who are overweight or obese are more likely to engage in "doctor shopping" -- repeatedly changing their primary care physician.
Health Tip: Using a Humidifier?

Running a humidifier during the dry months may help moisturize sinus passages, but it can cause problems for those with allergies.
Health Tip: Encourage Safe Exploring Outdoors

Exploring the great outdoors helps toddlers learn about the world around them, but it's important to create a safe environment without the risk of injury.
Flip-Flops May Put You on Path to Foot Trouble

From poolside to an evening out on the town, for many people, flip-flops have become a summer staple. This popular style of footwear, however, may not be the best choice for every situation, an expert warns.
For Kids With Autism, a Day at the Races With NASCAR

In one key way, Brandon Brooking is like millions of other 16-year-old American boys: He loves NASCAR.
Experimental Drugs Show Promise Against Prostate Cancer

Researchers have identified a new class of drugs that show promise for treating advanced prostate cancer. The drugs, known as peptidomimetics, interfere with the signaling necessary for prostate cancer cells to grow, according to a new study.
Research Shows How Ritalin Affects Brains of Kids With ADHD

Ritalin activates specific areas of the brain in children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), mimicking the brain activity of children without the condition, a new review says.
Bullied Kids More Likely to Self-Harm as Teens

Children who are bullied in elementary school are almost five times more likely to engage in self-harm by the time they are teenagers, according to a new study.
Doubling Tamiflu Dose for Severe Flu Doesn't Help: Study

People with a severe case of the flu don't benefit from taking double doses of the antiviral drug Tamiflu, according to a new study conducted in Southeast Asia.
Smaller Isn't Always Sexier for the Female Foot

Dainty, small feet have long been presumed the ideal for females across much of the world, but a tribe living in northern Sumatra in Indonesia beg to differ.
Smartphone Apps Can Make Workouts More Fun

You're jogging at a steady pace, enjoying your favorite music through your headphones. Your breath is short and your heart is pumping. Your legs feel like they couldn't carry you any faster.
Medicare Solvent 2 Years Longer Than Expected: Report

The trust fund that finances Medicare's hospital insurance coverage will remain solvent until 2026, two years longer than had been predicted previously, according to a new report from the Medicare Trustees.



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