Healthy Living News

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

Jul282014

RSV Drug Recommended for Fewer Babies

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

A large group of children's doctors says that only certain high-risk babies should receive a drug to prevent severe problems from a common virus. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says that evidence now shows other...read more

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

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