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Archive for October, 2012

Uncertain outcomes lead teens to take risks, study says


Date: October 31st, 2012

Whether it is a high speed race or taking part in high risk sports, teenagers are always ready for it. This is why it may come as a surprise to most people that a study recently found that teenagers don’t actually like taking risks. So how is it that a group of people who are constantly engaging in activities that are reckless and dangerous to themselves and others don’t actually like taking risks?

Probiotics may not help prevent childhood allergies


Date: October 30th, 2012

Probiotics are also known as good bacteria and these are microorganisms that are usually said to have a positive effect on the health of the host body in this case human being. These findings will only be part of a mixed string of results that have been acquired in the past.

HPV vaccine gardasil safe for teens, young women


Date: October 29th, 2012

The problem with each new drug that comes into the market is always the possible side effects which in some cases may even be worse than the problem. However, the only noted side effects of Gardasil were skin infections, which were quite rare and fainting. Both these problems are quite small and were also expected by the researchers from the Kaiser Permanente Vaccine study centre in Oakland.

Exergames may help boost physical activity among teens


Date: October 28th, 2012

It seems that video games that are active in nature may actually help your children to increase the levels of their physical activities. With the problem of obesity being a constant news item and video games being accused of playing a major role in the obesity problems, it may come as a relief to some parents that there are video games out there that might actually be good for their kids physical health.

Cdc: teen births in us on the decline


Date: October 27th, 2012

Teenage births have been a problem from quite a while in the United States. For a very long time, the number of teen births had been increasing steadily. Over the past few years however, there has been a steady decrease in the number of teenage mothers, and the CDC has now released information that will undoubtedly delight most parents out there. The current birth rate for teen mothers in the U.S. has reached the lowest point since the 40s; a major landmark achievement.

Prenatal solvent exposure may be source of birth defects


Date: October 26th, 2012

Birth Defects Linked To Solvents In WorkplaceExposure to solvents may be linked to birth defects after all according to a new research that was conducted by a French team. This news is a cause of worry for many women since those in occupations such as nursing, cleaning, hairdressing and many others require that the women come into contact with these solvents.

Increased death toll from west nile virus


Date: October 25th, 2012

The west Nile virus is once again causing quite a bit of a scare as the number of cases continues to increase with each passing day. The current death toll is at 163, and this is an increase from last week’s 147 according to health officials in the U.S. The west Nile virus has already been reported in 48 states, and it has been found to have infected mosquitoes, humans and birds. 3969 of these cases involved people and in 2010 of these cases, the disease was classified as neuroinvasive.

The huge medicare debate


Date: October 24th, 2012

President Obama And Romney Square Up Over MedicareEven before the election fever had officially gripped the nation it was no secret that the issue of affordable healthcare was raring to play a big role in determining who would claim the top seat in the next election. The problem of affordable healthcare has plagued the United States for a while, and it has become a constant source of debate as the nation struggles to find a plan for healthcare that will work.

Curbing germ transmission in schools through proper hygiene


Date: October 23rd, 2012

Bringing down germ transmission in schools drasticallyOne of the things most parents are worried about is usually their child coming home from school with a health problem or two. Unfortunately this fear is not without basis. In school children tend to interact with other students who have in turn interacted with other people both in and out of school. In the world of germs, this offers quite a number of possibilities, and it is a wonder that transmission rates are not higher than they are. There is hope however as was discovered by Kimberly – Clark Professional on a recent study

Smoking teens at risk of early deaths


Date: October 22nd, 2012

Teenage Smokers Shortening Their Lives With Each CigaretteYou may want to tell your teenage kids that smoking does more than just make them look cool; it could be their ticket to an early grave. Apparently, teenagers that smoke increase their chances of dying from heart disease later in life, and this doesn’t change even if they stop smoking before they become middle-aged. Those who start smoking while still in adolescence and stick to this habit all through their life are worse off. They are two times more likely to die before their time as compared to those who don’t smoke. All this is according to findings, which have been published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

It’s never too late to quit

According to David Batty who was involved in the new study, the risk increases cumulatively over the period of smoking. People who smoke throughout their lives are at a greater risk than those who smoke for a certain period and then quit. This just goes to show that the sooner you quit the better off you will be health wise. There is no doubting the positivity in this message.