Healthy Living News

Apr212014

Study Shows Teens Don't Sleep Enough

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

In a study of 250 teenagers, most got less sleep than they needed. Teens in the study were from low- and middle-income families. They wore a device called an actigraph to measure their sleep for one week. They also kept...read more

Categories: Children's Health, Sleep

Apr142014

Study: Fussy Kids May Watch More TV

by Claire McCarthy, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

Kids who are "fussy" as babies may end up watching more TV as parents try to soothe them, a new study suggests. The new research looked at data on nearly 7,500 children from a larger study of child development. When...read more

Categories: Children's Health

Apr072014

Study: Classes Improve Care of Kids' Colds

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

An education program for parents can reduce incorrect use of medicines and emergency room visits for colds, a new study found. The study included 154 families enrolled in Early Head Start. This is a government program for...read more

Categories: Children's Health, Prevention, Medications

Mar312014

Strong Muscles May Boost Kids' Heart Health

by Claire McCarthy, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

Having strong muscles as a child may help to lower the risk of future heart disease, a new study suggests. The study included more than 1,400 sixth graders. Researchers tested their hand-grip strength. This has been shown to...read more

Categories: Children's Health, Heart Health, Fitness

Mar172014

Drunk Drivers' Teen Riders Likely to Imitate

by Claire McCarthy, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

Riding in cars with impaired drivers greatly increases the risk that a teenager will also drive after drinking, a study finds. The study was based on surveys of about 2,500 teenagers. They were surveyed every year from 10th...read more

Categories: Children's Health

Mar102014

Study: Parents Focus on Smartphones, Not Kids

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

Mobile devices like smartphones and tablets go with us everywhere. Even when we're dining out with family and friends. A new study in the journal Pediatrics looked at how adults used mobile devices when they were with their...read more

Categories: Family Health, Children's Health

Mar032014

Messages on Vaccine Safety May Backfire

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

Childhood vaccines save about $10 in total costs to society for every $1 spent, a new study finds. But another study finds that messages about the value and safety of vaccines may backfire. The first study found that vaccines...read more

Categories: Newborn & Babies' Health, Children's Health, Vaccination

Feb272014

Campaign Boosts Hand Washing in India

by Robert H. Shmerling, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

A public health campaign that appealed to emotions as well as facts was able to boost hand washing in India, a new study reports. The campaign was called SuperAmma (SuperMom). The purpose was to help reduce severe diarrhea...read more

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

Feb242014

Doctor Group Opposes Retail Clinics for Kids

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

Clinics in grocery and drug stores are not the best places for kids to get primary medical care, a group of children's doctors says. The statement is an update of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) policy on retail-based...read more

Categories: Children's Health