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Many Children With Asthma Do Not Have Medications Ready

Many low-income urban preschool-aged children with asthma do not meet the criteria for home medication readiness, according to a study published online Aug. 7 in Pediatrics. Jennifer A. Callaghan-Koru, Ph.D., from the University of Maryland in Baltimore, and colleagues examined asthma medication readiness among low-income urban minority preschool-aged...

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Health Tip: Grapefruit May Interact With Medication

-- While grapefruit is a great source of vitamin C and potassium, it may interact with your medication, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns. The FDA says these types of medication may become an issue when taken with grapefruit juice or grapefruit: Some statins to control cholesterol, such as Zocor (simvastatin) and Lipitor (atorvastatin). Some...

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Health Tip: Keep Your Bladder Healthier

-- Each day, adults pass about 1.5 quarts of urine through the bladder, the National Institute on Aging says. Keeping your bladder healthy can help prevent infection and incontinence, which tend to become more common as you age, the agency says. It suggests: Drink plenty of fluids, especially water. Most people should drink at least six 8-ounce...

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Comments Open on End of NIH Review for Gene Therapy Studies

A U.S. National Institutes of Health oversight panel will no longer review all applications for gene therapy experiments. Instead, the panel will assume an advisory role, while the U.S. Food and Drug Administration will assess gene therapy experiments and products as it does with other treatments and drugs. The proposed change will take effect after...

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What Comes First: Warm-Up or Stretching?

Sports-medicine research has called into question the value of warm-ups and cool-downs, and cast doubt on whether they really prevent muscle soreness. However, there are still other benefits to these pre- and post-workout steps, and to stretching after both. But it's important to get the sequence right. A warm-up preps your body for exercise by increasing...

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U.S. Political Climate Frightening for Teens: Study

Donald Trump's America might be harming the mental health of teens, especially minority teens, a new study suggests. Fear of discrimination became more common among Los Angeles-area teenagers between the 2016 election and the months following Trump's presidential inauguration in 2017, researchers found. Trump's proposed U.S.-Mexico border wall, his...

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Getting Kids Ready for the New School Year

There are a number of things you can do to ensure your kids have a smooth start to the new school year. Don't wait until the first day of class to seek help. Schools are open over the summer to address any concerns you or your child might have, and the best time to get help might be one to two weeks before school opens, the American Academy of Pediatrics...

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Can a Maple Leaf Help You Look Younger?

A maple leaf extract may help prevent wrinkles, scientists say. In a new study, researchers found that certain compounds in maple leaves block the release of an enzyme called elastase, which breaks down a protein called elastin as people age. Elastin helps maintain skin elasticity. Previous work by the same University of Rhode Island researchers found...

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Vaping Can Damage DNA, But Will It Cause Cancer?

E-cigarettes produce chemicals that can damage a person's DNA, the first step on a path that might lead to cancer, a new study reports. The saliva of a small group of e-cigarette users contained increased levels of three DNA-damaging compounds, the researchers said. These chemicals are formaldehyde, acrolein and methylglyoxal. Further, four of the...

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2 in 5 Teens Text While Driving, Survey Shows

Nearly 40 percent of teen drivers in the United States say they text while driving, a new survey finds. Researchers analyzed survey data from teen drivers aged 14 and older in 35 states and found that more than a third said they'd texted while driving at least once in the month before the survey. In 34 of the 35 states, text messaging by drivers under...

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Ambien: Excuse or Escapism?

Ambien…This popular go-to sedative has taken the blame for everything from racial slurs to trashing hotel rooms. But does its usage, particularly among celebrities or billionaires, just remind us that being rich or famous comes with massive expectations, responsibilities, and stress that eventually takes its toll. According to the New York Times, it was a […]

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Improving your Gut Feeling

Two thousand years ago, a wise man called Hippocrates proclaimed that “All diseases begin in the gut”. Unfortunately, it has taken over 1800 years for modern medicine to really take note of his profoundly accurate insightfulness. For many years our digestive system was regarded as little more than a food tube with few functions other […]

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Medication Safety: Advice for New Parents

Mother’s Day and Father’s Day are special for parents. But they can also be stressful times for new moms and dads caring for a newborn or infant. Your health care provider can be a great resource. A good time to check in is during preventive “well-child” health visits with your child’s pediatrician, says Donna L. […]

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