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Health News for 12/18/14

December 18, 2014

Sensitive Parenting May Boost Kids' Social Skills, School Performance

The type of parenting children receive at an early age may have a long-term effect on their social skills and school success, a new study indicates.
Many People Misuse Devices for Asthma, Allergic Reaction

Few people know how to properly use the medical devices that contain lifesaving medications for severe allergic reactions and asthma attacks, a new study shows.
Health Highlights: Dec. 18, 2014

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
Health Tip: Eating Disorder Can Hurt Your Child

An eating disorder, such as binge eating, bulimia or emotional eating, can be dangerous at any age, particularly for a teenager.
Health Tip: Tossing Leftover Food

Leftovers can only last so long before they're at risk for spoiling.
Smog Exposure During Pregnancy Linked to Autism Risk

Children born to moms who were exposed to high levels of air pollution late in pregnancy may have an increased risk of developing autism, a U.S. study suggests.
Global Life Expectancy Continues to Climb

People around the world are living much longer than they did a few decades ago, a new study indicates.
Cheap Natural Compound May Help Smokers Quit

The naturally occurring plant compound cytisine may be more effective than nicotine replacement therapy in helping smokers quit, a new study suggests.
Neurologists Say Jury Still Out on Medical Marijuana's Use for Brain Disorders

It's too soon to tell whether medical marijuana can help treat neurological disorders such as epilepsy, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson's disease, the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) said in a new position statement released Wednesday.
Flying Time Could Raise Skin Cancer Risks for Pilots

Airline pilots get as much exposure to cancer-causing UV rays in an hourlong flight as they would during 20 minutes in a tanning bed, new research finds.
Seniors Still Given Potentially Dangerous Sedatives: Study

Doctors continue to prescribe sedatives such as Xanax or Valium for seniors despite the significant risks they pose, a new study contends.
Migraine May Raise Risk for Bell's Palsy, Study Suggests

People who experience migraine headaches may be at heightened risk for the form of facial paralysis known as Bell's palsy, a new study finds.
New System Targets Germs in Donated Blood Plasma

A new system designed to eliminate germs in donated blood plasma and reduce the risk of transmitting a plasma-borne infection has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Federal Health Marketplace Enrolls Another 2.5 Million Americans

Enrollment through the federal health marketplace surged last week as the deadline for signing up for a health plan with a Jan. 1 effective date came to a close.
Stent Treatment May Lower Stroke Disability

Using a stent to capture and remove a stroke-causing blood clot is safe and improves recovery, Dutch researchers report.
Few Parents Think 18-Year-Olds Can Handle Their Health Care

Many American parents don't think their teen and young adult children are able to manage their own health care, a new survey finds.
College Students Say 'Curiosity' Leads Them to Fake Pot

Curiosity is the main reason why college students try synthetic marijuana, a new survey finds.
Only 4 in 10 Americans Eat Heart-Healthy Nuts Each Day, CDC Says

Nutrition experts advocate including nuts in a heart-healthy diet, but a new study finds that about 60 percent of Americans don't consume these foods on a daily basis.
Expectant Dads May Also Have Hormonal Changes, Study Suggests

While women's hormonal fluctuations during pregnancy are well-known, new research shows that men experience swings of their own as their partner's pregnancy progresses.
'Low-GI' Diet May Not Benefit Blood Sugar

Diets low in "glycemic index" are touted as a way to help prevent diabetes and heart disease. But a new study suggests that as long as people are eating healthily, they don't need to obsess over glycemic index.

 

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