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Milder Autism Typically Diagnosed Later in Girls

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, April 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Girls on the milder end of the autism spectrum tend to be diagnosed at a later age than boys, possibly because their symptoms are less severe, a new study has found.
Doctors diagnosed girls with Asperger’s syndrome and pervasive developmental disorder months later than boys who […]

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Bullying May Take Bigger Toll Than Child Abuse, Neglect

TUESDAY, April 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Being bullied as a child may take a larger toll on a young adult’s mental health than being abused or neglected at home, a new study suggests.
Kids who are the victims of bullies are more likely to experience anxiety, depression and to try to hurt themselves as young […]

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Divorce May Increase Psychosomatic Symptoms in Teens: Study

MONDAY, April 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Teens may have an increased risk for psychosomatic symptoms — physical problems caused by mental distress — if their parents separate or divorce, a new study suggests.
Those who lived mostly with one parent due to a family breakup had the most psychosomatic symptoms, while those who lived in […]

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New Drug Class Slashes ‘Bad’ Cholesterol, Review Finds

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, April 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) — A new class of cholesterol drug could sharply cut “bad” LDL cholesterol in people who don’t fare well on commonly used cholesterol-lowering medications called statins, a new research review confirms.
The drugs, known as PCSK9 inhibitors, are not on the market yet. But the U.S. Food […]

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Smartphone App Blocks Teens From Texting, Phoning While Driving

By Alan MozesHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, April 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) — A smartphone app that cuts off teenagers’ cell service when they turn on the car ignition may help reduce their accident risk, a preliminary new study suggests.
Teens appreciate full well that texting is risky, said study lead author Dr. Beth Ebel, an associate professor of […]

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U.S. Lowers Recommended Fluoride Levels in Drinking Water

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, April 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) — The U.S. government has decreased its recommended level of fluoride in drinking water for the first time in a half-century, to prevent staining of tooth enamel caused by overexposure to fluoride.
The optimal fluoride level in drinking water to prevent tooth decay should be 0.7 milligrams […]

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Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Survivors Face Higher Long-Term Heart Risks

MONDAY, April 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) — While treatment for Hodgkin’s lymphoma can beat back the once-deadly cancer, it may also render patients vulnerable to heart disease decades later, a new study shows.
“Physicians and patients should be aware of the persistently increased risk of cardiovascular diseases throughout life,” a team led by Flora van Leeuwen […]

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Pediatrics Group Advises Doctors on How to Spot Child Abuse

MONDAY, April 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) — The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has just released new guidance to help primary care doctors recognize the signs of child abuse.
“Minor injuries in children are incredibly common, and most are not the result of abuse or neglect,” report lead author Dr. Cindy Christian, past chair of the […]

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Study Challenges Salt Guidelines for Kids

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, April 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) — U.S. health officials warned last year that nine out of 10 American kids eat more salt than they should, raising their lifelong risk of high blood pressure and heart disease.
But a new study finds that consuming higher-than-recommended amounts of salt appears to have no ill […]

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Depression, Weapons May Be More Common for Bullied Teens

MONDAY, April 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Bullied high school students have greater odds for depression and suicidal thoughts than others, and they’re also more likely to take weapons to school, according to three new studies.
“Teens can be the victim of face-to-face bullying in school, electronic bullying outside of the classroom and dating violence,” said […]

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MRI May Help Gauge Stroke Risk in Those With Irregular Heartbeat

MONDAY, April 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Special MRI scans of the heart can help spot people with atrial fibrillation — a common heart rhythm disorder — who are at high risk for stroke, a new study shows.
The study also calls into question the mechanism linking atrial fibrillation with higher stroke risk, says a team […]

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Doctors Say Head Lice Should Not Bar Kids From School

MONDAY, April 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Outbreaks of head lice in kids can be effectively treated without banning infected children from school, new guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) say.
In fact, the AAP believes that doctors and other health care professionals should educate schools and communities that “no-nit” policies are unfair and […]

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HPV Vaccine Produces Early Benefits for Teen Girls: Study

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, April 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Girls as young as 14 are receiving important health benefits from the HPV vaccine, which protects against a sexually transmitted virus that causes cervical cancer, a new study reports.
Canadian girls who received the vaccine around age 13 experienced a “large and significant reduction” in cases […]

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Pediatricians Issue New Guidelines for Hospital Release of Newborns

MONDAY, April 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) — The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has just released updated guidelines for judging whether or not a newborn is ready to leave the hospital.
The decision to allow a healthy newborn to go home is made after careful review by health providers, but there can be wide variation in […]

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More U.S. Newborns Enduring Drug Withdrawal: Study

By Tara HaelleHealthDay Reporter
SUNDAY, April 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) — The number of U.S. infants admitted to neonatal intensive care units to treat symptoms of drug withdrawal has nearly quadrupled since 2004, researchers report.
Neonatal abstinence syndrome — a drug-withdrawal syndrome that often occurs after exposure to prescription narcotic painkillers during pregnancy — affected only seven […]

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Health Food Stores Often Promote Adult-Only Supplements to Teens

SUNDAY, April 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Health store employees may encourage teens to buy body-shaping dietary supplements, even though the products’ labels state they’re for adult use only, researchers report.
Despite the labeling, it’s legal for minors to buy these over-the-counter products in 49 states. However, the American Academy of Pediatrics says teens younger than […]

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More Than 1 in 10 Teens Has Tried E-Cigarettes, Study Finds

SUNDAY, April 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) — American teens’ use of electronic cigarettes is growing, especially among those who also smoke tobacco cigarettes, according to a new study.
Researchers surveyed more than 10,000 teens across the nation from 2012 to 2014. They found that 22 percent of teens used tobacco cigarettes, 13 percent used water pipes […]

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