Healthy Living News

Jul212014

Teens at Top High Schools Take Fewer Health Risks

by Claire McCarthy, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

Going to a top-performing public high school can reduce very risky health behaviors among low-income teens, a new study suggests. These behaviors include binge drinking, substance use at school, risky sex and joining a gang....read more

Categories: Children's Health

Jul072014

Affluent Teens More Likely to Use Hookah

by Claire McCarthy, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

Nearly 1 in 5 high school seniors has smoked tobacco through a hookah, or water pipe, a new survey finds. Cigarette smokers and those with more spending money were more likely to use a hookah than other teens. Researchers used...read more

Categories: Children's Health, Tobacco Cessation

Jun302014

Middle-School Sexting Linked to Having Sex

by Henry H. Bernstein, D.O., M.H.C.M.
Harvard Medical School

Middle school students who send and receive sexually explicit messages (sexts) are also more likely to be having sex, a new study finds. The study included about 1,200 students in grades 6 through 8. Their ages ranged from 10...read more

Categories: Children's Health, Sexual / Reproductive Health

Jun162014

Parents Talk to Kids Less with Background TV

by Claire McCarthy, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

Having TV on in the background while you play with your toddler may hinder the child's language development, a new study suggests. That's because parents talked to their children less when the TV was on. Talking to young...read more

Categories: Children's Health

Jun092014

Vaccine Slashes Hospital Stays for Diarrhea

by Henry H. Bernstein, D.O., M.H.C.M.
Harvard Medical School

Use of the rotavirus vaccine has dramatically reduced hospital stays for severe diarrhea among young children, a new study says. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) did the study. The first rotavirus vaccine...read more

Categories: Children's Health, Vaccination