Dee Armstrong

Sports can Negatively Impact Your Child’s Brain

MEDICAL MINUTE

Another study on contact sports and the brain. Contact sports like soccer and basketball could lead to changes in the brains of young, healthy athletes. Canadian researchers scanned 65 varsity athletes who played a variety of sports. Those in collision and contact sports showed damage to their brain structure and function compared to volleyball or golf players. The athletes in…

Good Friends Can be Good News for Teens

Medical Minute

Good friends help teens make it through high school. A very important bond in a child’s life comes in high school. A new University of Virginia study found teens with very close quality friendships had less social anxiety, higher self esteem quality friendships and fewer depression symptoms in their 20’s. However, teens who were focused on being popular has more…

Some Mothers Not Putting Babies to Sleep on their Backs

Medical Minute

  Pediatricians say some mothers are not following the rules. A new study reveals only 44 percent of parents always put their babies on their backs to sleep. Yale researchers found over half of moms sometimes place infants on their stomachs or sides, which increases the risk of sudden infant death syndrome. The study shows that mothers with little education…

Teens Athletes Abuse Their Bodies to Win

Medical Minute

Is your teen athlete abusing his/her body? The nation’s leading pediatricians are warning doctors and parents about rapid weight changes in young athletes. Many athletes use unhealthy methods to lose or gain weight as a way to improve their performance. But doctors say fasting , restricting fluids or eating too much, can cause serious health problems and increase the risk…

Children with High Blood Pressure

Medical Minute

Guidelines for treating high blood pressure in children.   The American Academy of Pediatrics has released new guidelines to help doctors diagnose and threat high blood pressure in children. They include a simpler screening method to identify children at risk, and the use of 24 hour monitoring to more exactly diagnose hypertension. The guidelines also recommend prescribing medications if lifestyle…

Worried Moms Delay Vaccinations

Your Medical Minute

Why some moms delay kids vaccinations…..   The advice women get during pregnancy could impact how their vaccinate their children. Researchers in New Zealand studied over 6 thousand mothers and their babies. Women who got discouraging information about vaccines, mostly from friends and family, were more likely to delay recommended immunizations. in fact, only 57-percent of infants of women who…

Birth Control and Arthritis in Women

YOUR MEDICAL MINUTE

What is the effect of birth control on arthritis?   The birth control pill might be linked to a lower risk of rheumatoid arthritis in women. A new Swedish study of over 8 thousand women found those who used oral contraceptives at any time were less likely to develop the painful condition. Women who took the pill for more than…

Teens who Vape more Likely to Smoke

YOUR MEDICAL MINUTE

Study says teens who smoke e-cigarettes more likely to smoke regular cigarettes. In your Medical Minute, there is new evidence suggesting teens who use e-cigarettes are more likely to try smoking. British researchers surveyed about 28-hundred adolescents who had never smokes but some had tried e-cigarettes. A year later, 34-percent of the e-cigarette users had smoked tobacco compared to only…

Are Your Girls Skipping Breakfast

BREAKFAST PROVIDES IMPORTANT VITAMINS AND MINERALS

Girls are more likely to skip breakfast.   Educators are reminding you, as the school year begins, be sure your kids don’t skip breakfast. A new British study suggests children who don’t eat breakfast regularly may be missing out on important nutrients. Breakfast Easters had higher daily intakes of folate, calcium, iron and iodine than kids who skipped a morning…

Parkinson’s Patients See Dr by Television

TREATING PARKINSON'S BY TELEMEDICINE JUST AS EFFECTIVE

  Why don’t some patients with parkinson’s disease get help from a neurologist? Distance and disability are the problems. So, telemedicine could be an effective solution.   That’s according to a new study from the University of Rochester Medical Center. Researchers followed 200 patients who had fourĀ  video conference visits with a neurologist or got standard in office care from…