Healthy Living News

Jan262015

Measles Cases Linked to Disneyland Rise to 78

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

At least 78 cases of measles have now been reported in an outbreak traced to Disneyland, public health officials say. The outbreak began in the third week of December. New cases directly linked to the park are no longer being...read more

Categories: Women's Health, Men's Health, Children's Health, Infectious Diseases

Jan202015

Pizza Days Boost Kids' Calories, Fat, Salt

by Claire McCarthy, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

Kids eat a lot of pizza. And on the days when they do, chances are they take in more calories, fat and sodium than usual, a new study finds. The study looked at data from a national health and nutrition survey. The numbers...read more

Categories: Children's Health, Diet & Fitness

Jan122015

Study: Vaccine Reduces Rotavirus Illness

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

Young children whose doctors vaccinate most children against rotavirus are less likely to get sick with this virus, a new study finds. The study focused on about 1,500 children under age 5. They received care in 68 doctor's...read more

Categories: Children's Health, Vaccination

Jan052015

Study: Kids with Bedroom Cellphone Sleep Less

by Claire McCarthy, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

Cellphones and other "small screen" devices in the bedroom may be just as likely to reduce sleep time for children as TVs do, a new study finds. Previous research shows that children who have a TV in the bedroom tend...read more

Categories: Children's Health, Sleep

Dec222014

Study: Mom's Depression Linked to Risky Behavior in Teens

by Claire McCarthy, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

Teenagers whose mothers were depressed when the teens were between 6 and 10 years old are more likely to show signs of risky behavior, a new study finds. This included smoking, drinking, using marijuana and violent behavior....read more

Categories: Women's Health, Children's Health, Depression

Dec152014

Study: Moms Using Devices Talk to Kids Less

by Claire McCarthy, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

Mothers who use their smartphones and tablets at the dinner table are less likely to interact with their kids, a new study finds. Researchers videotaped 225 mother-and-child pairs at the dinner table. The children were all 6...read more

Categories: Children's Health, Family Health

Dec082014

More Young Children Getting Flu Vaccine

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

The proportion of children under age 5 getting flu vaccine each year increased sharply after the vaccine was recommended for all children, a study shows. But more than half of the children still were not getting the vaccine....read more

Categories: Children's Health, Vaccination