Health

Mom can Test for Food Allergies at Home

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  Mom can do her own food allergy tests at home on the kids. Researchers say oral food challenges are safe for diagnosing food allergies. New data from five allergy centers shows just 2 percent of patients given very small doses of a food under close supervision had a severe reaction. Only 14-percent had any type of reaction. Experts say…

Millenials Less Likely than their Parents to Take Pain Killers

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Opioids not the first choice for millenials   When is comes to managing chronic pain, millenials prefer lifestyle changes over taking opioids. A new survey found millenials were hald as likely as baby boomers to take opiods and one in five regret using addictive painkillers. However, young adults were more likely to take opioids without a prescription and less likely…

Most Drivers Daydream Behind the Wheel

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  A new study finds many of us daydream when we drive. Researchers at George Mason University found that during a simulated work commute, people’s minds wandered up to 70 percent of the time. WOW! They also noticed specific changes in brain patterns during these periods of inattention. People’s minds were more likely to wander on the second drive, or…

Weighing the Risks of Drastically Lowering High Blood Pressure

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An earlier study analyzed the effects of drastically lowering high blood pressure, finding it greatly reduced cardiovascular events and heart disease deaths. But, it also increased the risk of kidney disease for some. However researchers at the University of Utah took a fresh look at the data and say for many people the heart benefits of lowering blood pressure appear…

Antibiotics Prescribed According to Race

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    Study shows antibiotics being prescribed based on race. A new study uncovers racial differences in unnecessary antibiotic prescriptions written for kids in emergency rooms. Researchers at Children’s National Health  System analyzed data on nearly 40-thousand E-R visits. Most patients were about 3 years old. White patients were twice as likely as blacks and latino children to receive antibiotics…

Cell Phones Don’t Appear to Harm Fetuses

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A new study indicates cell phones are not harmful to fetuses. Are cell phones harmful to developing fetuses? A new study puts to rest any concerns pregnant women might have about using their cell phones. Some conflicting animal studies suggested radio frequency electro-magnetic fields might harm developing fetuses. However, when Norwegian researchers analyzed data on 45-thousand mothers and their offspring…

Pets Help Kids Deal with School Stress

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A pet can help your kids anxiety over school issues. As the school year gets underway many students are already feeling stressed out. But, spending some time with a furry friend could help. Researchers in Canada found a 20- minute session with a therapy dog significantly reduced stress in college students. The students also felt less homesick and a stronger…

Sports is Good for the Mind Too!

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Sports exercises your mind and body. Participating in a sport is another great way to improve students physical and mental well being. According to the government’s office of adolescent health, athletics help kids build positive connections with adults. Sports also encourage risk taking, improve leadership skills and promote healthy habits at a young age.

What if Your Child Doesn’t Make the Team?

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How to teach your kids they won’t always win. What if your child does not make the team? Experts with the Baylor College of Medicine say its important for parents to show they are proud no matter what. Help your child let go of their frustration or anger and accept their situation. Lastly, encourage them to work on improving, so…

Why do I Yawn When You Yawn?

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    Yawns are contagious, but why? There is an answer to a question some of us may have lost sleep over.  It’s, ‘Why are yawns contagious?’ A new study suggests contagious yawning might be triggered by reflexes in the area of the brain responsible for motor function. It’s similar to what happens when we imitate other accents without even…