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Bullying Can Turn Victims Into Bullies

SATURDAY, April 30, 2016 (HealthDay News) — A combination of face-to-face taunting and cyberbullying may greatly increase the risk that victims will become bullies themselves, a new study suggests.
“Students who are victimized are more likely to exhibit aggressive behaviors towards others,” said study principal investigator Alexandra Hua, from Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York. […]

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Kids With Two Dads as Well-Adjusted as Other Kids, Study Finds

SATURDAY, April 30, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Children of gay fathers are as well-adjusted as kids of heterosexual parents, a new survey finds.
Roughly 31,000 male couples are raising children in the United States, and little is known about the well-being of those kids, the researchers said.
“Because stigma continues to interfere with the efforts of gay […]

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Autism Diagnosed at Younger Ages

SATURDAY, April 30, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Children are being diagnosed with autism at younger ages since the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) made changes to their diagnosis guidelines in 2007, a new study says.
The AAP guidelines now advise doctors to screen all children for autism during well-child visits when children are 18 months and […]

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‘Wandering’ a Hazard for More Than a Third of Kids With Autism

SATURDAY, April 30, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Discovering that a child with autism has wandered away from the safety of home would be a terrifying moment for any parent.
Now, a new study reports that one-third of children on the autism spectrum engage in wandering behaviors.
“Wandering places children with autism spectrum disorders at risk of serious […]

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More U.S. Kids Have Chronic Health Problems: Study

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
SATURDAY, April 30, 2016 (HealthDay News) — The number of American kids suffering from asthma and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is on the increase, with poor children being hit the hardest, researchers report.
Children living in extreme poverty who had asthma and ADHD were nearly twice as likely to have at least […]

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Study Suggests Aerial Pesticide Spraying Tied to Higher Autism Rates

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter
SATURDAY, April 30, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Children living in an area of New York state that uses aerial pesticides to control mosquitoes have a higher rate of autism than children in neighboring areas, a new study finds.
Researchers found that children living in a swampy region in central New York were 25 […]

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Seniors’ Worsening Depression May Sometimes Predict Dementia

FRIDAY, April 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) — In some cases, worsening symptoms of depression in seniors might point to early dementia, a new study suggests.
The Dutch study can’t prove cause-and-effect, and certainly not every depressed senior is headed for dementia. But experts said the findings are intriguing.
“More research is needed, but the study raises the […]

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If You’re Craving Cookies, You Might Just Be Bored

FRIDAY, April 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) — If you find yourself reaching into a bag of chips and you know you’re not hungry, maybe you’re just bored instead, new research suggests.
British researchers conducted two experiments to see how boredom affects people’s food choices.
In one trial, the researchers asked 52 participants to fill out a […]

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Jello Shots While Underage, Bigger Booze Problems Later?

FRIDAY, April 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Many underage Americans down jello shots, and these young drinkers are more likely to binge drink, drink heavily and get into alcohol-fueled fights, researchers say.
The Boston University researchers surveyed more than 1,000 alcohol users, aged 13 to 20, and found that just over 20 percent had consumed jello […]

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Officials Report First Zika Death in Puerto Rico

FRIDAY, April 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) — The first known Zika virus-linked death in Puerto Rico was announced Friday by officials of the U.S. territory.
A 70-year-old man with Zika died in February from severe thrombocytopenia, which causes a low blood platelet count that can lead to internal bleeding. The death was announced by Puerto Rico’s […]

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Link Between Money Woes, Domestic Abuse Tough to Untangle

FRIDAY, April 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Money problems and domestic violence appear to be linked, but it’s not clear whether one leads to the other, researchers report.
“What we don’t know yet is whether financial stress makes a violent couple more violent, or is financial stress enough of a disruption in a relationship that violence […]

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First Zika Death Reported in Puerto Rico

FRIDAY, April 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) — The first known Zika virus-linked death in Puerto Rico was announced Friday by officials of the U.S. territory.
A 70-year-old man with Zika died in February from severe thrombocytopenia, which causes a low blood platelet count that can lead to internal bleeding. The death was announced by Puerto Rico’s […]

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Today’s Hair Style Could Cause Tomorrow’s Hair Loss

FRIDAY, April 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Black women who like to wear their hair pulled back tightly may be increasing their risk of hair loss, new research suggests.
A team of researchers from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore reviewed 19 studies and found a “strong association” between scalp-pulling hair styles and traction […]

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Teen Birth Rate Hits a Record Low in U.S.

The teen birth rate in the United States has reached an all-time low.

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Good-for-Your-Gut Drinks Include Wine and Coffee, But Not Soda

The food you eat and the medicines you take can alter your gut bacteria in ways that either help or harm your health, two new studies suggest.

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Kids Born to Older Moms May Be Taller, Fitter, and More Educated Than Peers

Although older women may face more potential pregnancy complications, their children seem to fare better in some ways over the long run.

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To Avoid Food Poisoning, There’s an App for That

FRIDAY, April 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) — There are apps for maps, restaurants and calorie-counting. Now, there’s even one from the U.S. government for reducing your risk of foodborne illness.
The FoodKeeper app — free from the U.S. Department of Agriculture — is available for Apple and Android devices. It enables users to set up automatic […]

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