U.S. Teen Birth Rate Plummets: Report

May 23, 2013

By Kathleen DohenyHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, May 23 (HealthDay News) — Teen birth rates in the United States are dropping sharply, especially among Hispanic teens, according to a new government report.
Overall, the rate of birth among teens aged 15 to 19 dropped by nearly one half from 1991 to 2011 — from about 62 births for every […]


Too Few Kids Use Fast-Food Calorie Info, Study Finds

May 23, 2013

THURSDAY, May 23 (HealthDay News) — While some fast-food chains are required to provide calorie and other nutritional information to help customers make informed choices, kids who eat fast food at least twice a week are 50 percent less likely to use this information than kids who eat fast food less often, according to a […]


Children Who Have CT Scans May Face Higher Cancer Risk

May 22, 2013

WEDNESDAY, May 22 (HealthDay News) — Children and teens exposed to radiation during CT scans are 24 percent more likely to develop cancer, according to a large, long-term study.
The risks, however, are still low: Among a group of 10,000 young people who each had one CT scan, only about six extra cancers would be expected […]


Student Suicide May Spur Similar Thoughts in Teens

May 21, 2013

TUESDAY, May 21 (HealthDay News) — When a classmate commits suicide, teens are more likely to consider or attempt suicide themselves, according to a new study. This “suicide contagion” occurs regardless of whether the teens knew the deceased student personally, the researchers found.
Teens aged 12 and 13 are particularly vulnerable, according to the study by […]


Weather Worries Can Threaten a Child’s Mental Health

May 21, 2013

TUESDAY, May 21 (HealthDay News) — The monstrous tornado that devastated Moore, Okla., on Monday, killing dozens of adults and children, is a stunning example of violent weather that can affect a child’s mental well-being.
But even thunderstorms with lightning and strong winds can be emotionally upsetting, too, health experts note.
Some anxiety in the face […]


Weekend ‘Catch-Up’ Sleep May Cut Young Drivers’ Crash Risk

May 20, 2013

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, May 20 (HealthDay News) — Young drivers who get behind the wheel while drowsy run a higher risk of getting into car crashes, but Australian researchers have found that not catching up on missed sleep on weekends puts them in even greater danger of having an accident at night.
“This is another […]


Swallowing Magnets Can Be Fatal for Children

May 18, 2013

SATURDAY, May 18 (HealthDay News) — Children who swallow high-powered magnets often need surgery and other invasive procedures to remove the objects, according to a new study.
The researchers, from the Louisiana State University Health Center in New Orleans, found that more than 79 percent of children who swallowed very strong “neodymium magnets” required either surgery […]


Women More Likely Than Men to Binge Drink in College

May 17, 2013

It comes as little surprise that college students sometimes binge drink, but new research shows that college women are more likely to drink unhealthy amounts of alcohol on a weekly basis than are college men. Much of this difference is probably because the amount of alcohol that’s considered safe on a weekly basis is much lower for women than it is for men: seven drinks for women versus 14 for men. But, there’s good reason for that difference.


Heart Attack? Doctors Soon May Have an App for That

May 17, 2013

There are apps that turn your smartphone into a metal detector, a musical instrument and a GPS system, and now there’s an app that may help doctors save your life if you’re having a heart attack.


Teen Bullies May Turn to Crime as Adults

May 17, 2013

FRIDAY, May 17 (HealthDay News) — Teen bullies are more likely to be criminals when they’re adults, a new study finds.
UT Dallas researchers analyzed several decades of data collected from more than 400 men in Britain. All of them had similar working-class backgrounds and most came from two-parent families. They were followed until they were […]



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