Healthy Living News

Sep222014

Outbreak of Severe Virus Now in 22 States

by Claire McCarthy, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

At least 160 cases of a sometimes severe virus have been confirmed in 22 states, U.S. health officials say. The cause of the confirmed cases is enterovirus D68. It is part of a family of germs that cause the common cold. Most...read more

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

Sep152014

Study: Kids Get Double Antibiotics Needed

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

Doctors prescribe antibiotics twice as often as needed for children with common respiratory infections, a new study concludes. The study was based on 24 previous articles. They were published between 2000 and 2012. This was...read more

Categories: Children's Health, Medications

Sep022014

Infant Feeding and Long-Term Health

by Claire McCarthy, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

Breastfeeding leads to fewer ear, throat and sinus infections. But it doesn't lead to fewer colds, lung or urinary infections. And it doesn't necessarily protect children from developing food allergies. So says a series of...read more

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

Aug252014

Doctors Push Later School Day for Teens

by Claire McCarthy, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

Most high schools and middle schools should start classes later in the morning, a large group of children's doctors says. The change would help teenagers get more sleep. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says the ideal...read more

Categories: Children's Health, Sleep

Aug152014

Best Flu Vaccines for Seniors, Kids

by Howard LeWine, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

The nasal flu vaccine is more effective for young children, and the high-dose flu shot may be better for older adults, two new reports say. The advice on flu vaccines for children comes from a committee that advises the U.S....read more

Categories: Senior Health, Children's Health

Aug112014

Study Links Mental Delays, Behavior Problems

by Claire McCarthy, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

Babies with delays in mental development may be more likely to have behavior problems later. That's the conclusion of a new study. The study included 8,000 children. Researchers looked at measurements of development at age 9...read more

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

Aug052014

Kids May Be Happier with a Little Gaming

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

Kids who play video games, but for less than an hour a day, may be better adjusted than those who don’t play at all. That's the conclusion of a new study of nearly 5,000 boys and girls. Their ages ranged from 10 to 15. They...read more

Categories: Children's Health

Aug042014

Doctors Condemn Fla. Gun-Law Ruling

by Lori Wiviott Tishler, M.D.
Harvard Medical School

Medical groups have denounced a court decision upholding a Florida law that forbids doctors from asking patients if they have guns. The law was passed in 2011. It says doctors can ask about guns only if it is directly relevant...read more

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