Jun

15

2017
Teens’ Use Of E-Cigarettes Drops For The First Time, CDC Says

Teens’ Use Of E-Cigarettes Drops For The First Time, CDC Says

Enlarge this image The liquid used in e-cigarettes comes in fruit and candy flavors like cherry and peppermint. Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images The use of electronic cigarettes by middle and high school students in the United States has dropped for the first time since the federal government started tracking the use of these products by young people….

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Jun

15

2017
Support in childhood makes midlife the prime time of life

Support in childhood makes midlife the prime time of life

There is a tendency to highlight the importance of cognitive achievements and the family’s socioeconomic background for people’s success in the future, but this study shows that children’s self-regulation, which comprises children’s social skills and processing of emotions, directs the future development in a profound way in different domains of life. Strong self-regulation promotes success in education and work, the intimate relationship, health behaviour, integration…

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Jun

15

2017

Talking to Boys the Way We Talk to Girls

By ANDREW REINER June 15, 2017 At a Father’s Day breakfast, my 5-year-old son and his classmates sang a song about fathers, crooning about “my dad who’s big and strong” and “fixes things with his hammer” and, above all else, “is really cool.” Now, there’s nothing wrong with most of these qualities in and of themselves. But when these lyrics are passed down as the defining soundtrack…

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Jun

14

2017
In Texas, People With Fluctuating Incomes Risk Being Cut Off From Medicaid

In Texas, People With Fluctuating Incomes Risk Being Cut Off From Medicaid

Enlarge this image Dawn Poole and her husband have to regularly document their family finances to make sure their nine children, who all have complex health conditions, continue to qualify for Medicaid. Courtesy of the Poole family hide caption toggle caption Courtesy of the Poole family Worries about whether her children can still get the health care they need are never far from Dawn Poole’s…

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Jun

13

2017
Clinical trial evaluating potential treatment for postpartum depression

Clinical trial evaluating potential treatment for postpartum depression

Researchers at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine announced the publication of results from a multi-site phase 2 clinical trial with brexanolone, an investigational medication, in the treatment of severe postpartum depression (PPD). Currently, there are no drugs specifically indicated to treat postpartum depression, which affects an estimated 10 to 20 percent of all mothers who give birth, according to Samantha Meltzer-Brody, M.D.,…

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Jun

13

2017

Losing a Father and Husband to AIDS, and Finding Him Again

June 13, 2017 By MAGGIE KNEIP My second child was born two days after Father’s Day in 1990. Three weeks later, my husband collapsed, disoriented and feverish, in a restaurant. Soon, he was lying in a hospital bed with full-blown AIDS. It’s hard for people who weren’t around then to imagine what AIDS used to look like. It was an epidemic that turned young men…

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Jun

12

2017
How do preemies perform in school?

How do preemies perform in school?

Parents of prematurely born babies often fear their children may go on to struggle in school, but findings from a new large-scale study from the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University and Northwestern Medicine should reassure parents. The large-scale study found that two-thirds of babies born at only 23 or 24 weeks were ready for kindergarten on time. Unexpectedly, nearly two percent of them…

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Jun

12

2017
Licensing and motor vehicle crash risk among teens with ADHD

Licensing and motor vehicle crash risk among teens with ADHD

Adolescents with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are licensed to drive less often and, when this group is licensed, they have a greater risk of crashing, according to a new study published by JAMA Pediatrics. The defining symptoms of ADHD (inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity) have been linked to unsafe driving behaviors. Allison E. Curry, Ph.D., M.P.H., of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), and coauthors linked electronic…

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Jun

12

2017
Oral communication provides better outcomes for children with cochlear implants

Oral communication provides better outcomes for children with cochlear implants

In a new, multisite study of deaf children with cochlear implants, UT Dallas researchers have found that children with either no exposure or limited exposure to sign language end up with better auditory, speaking and reading skills later. The paper is one of the first nationwide longitudinal studies of how sign language exposure affects young cochlear implant recipients. The topic of whether children with cochlear…

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Jun

12

2017

Practicing What I Preached About Breast-Feeding

June 12, 2017 The Checkup By PERRI KLASS, M.D. By the time my third child was born, I was in pediatric practice, advising new mothers about the American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines: exclusive breast-feeding for the baby’s first six months. Then, as foods are introduced, continuing breast-feeding until at least the first birthday. I had not managed either with my first two children, one born…

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