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May 31, 2013

Many Parents Unaware of Teens' Abuse of ADHD Drugs

FRIDAY, May 31 (HealthDay News) -- One in 10 teens admits to using a prescription stimulant or amphetamine to boost their performance in school, but most parents aren't aware of the scope of the problem, a new study finds.

Obese Patients May Be More Prone to 'Doctor Shopping'

FRIDAY, May 31 (HealthDay News) -- A new study finds that people who are overweight or obese are more likely to engage in "doctor shopping" -- repeatedly changing their primary care physician.

Health Tip: Using a Humidifier?

(HealthDay News) -- Running a humidifier during the dry months may help moisturize sinus passages, but it can cause problems for those with allergies.

Health Tip: Encourage Safe Exploring Outdoors

(HealthDay News) -- Exploring the great outdoors helps toddlers learn about the world around them, but it's important to create a safe environment without the risk of injury.

Flip-Flops May Put You on Path to Foot Trouble

FRIDAY, May 31 (HealthDay News) -- From poolside to an evening out on the town, for many people, flip-flops have become a summer staple. This popular style of footwear, however, may not be the best choice for every situation, an expert warns.

For Kids With Autism, a Day at the Races With NASCAR

FRIDAY, May 31 (HealthDay News) -- In one key way, Brandon Brooking is like millions of other 16-year-old American boys: He loves NASCAR.

Experimental Drugs Show Promise Against Prostate Cancer

FRIDAY, May 31 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers have identified a new class of drugs that show promise for treating advanced prostate cancer. The drugs, known as peptidomimetics, interfere with the signaling necessary for prostate cancer cells to grow, according to a new study.

Research Shows How Ritalin Affects Brains of Kids With ADHD

FRIDAY, May 31 (HealthDay News) -- Ritalin activates specific areas of the brain in children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), mimicking the brain activity of children without the condition, a new review says.

Bullied Kids More Likely to Self-Harm as Teens

FRIDAY, May 31 (HealthDay News) -- Children who are bullied in elementary school are almost five times more likely to engage in self-harm by the time they are teenagers, according to a new study.

Doubling Tamiflu Dose for Severe Flu Doesn't Help: Study

THURSDAY, May 30 (HealthDay News) -- People with a severe case of the flu don't benefit from taking double doses of the antiviral drug Tamiflu, according to a new study conducted in Southeast Asia.

Smaller Isn't Always Sexier for the Female Foot

FRIDAY, May 31 (HealthDay News) -- Dainty, small feet have long been presumed the ideal for females across much of the world, but a tribe living in northern Sumatra in Indonesia beg to differ.

Smartphone Apps Can Make Workouts More Fun

FRIDAY, May 31 (HealthDay News) -- You're jogging at a steady pace, enjoying your favorite music through your headphones. Your breath is short and your heart is pumping. Your legs feel like they couldn't carry you any faster.

Medicare Solvent 2 Years Longer Than Expected: Report

FRIDAY, May 31 (HealthDay News) -- The trust fund that finances Medicare's hospital insurance coverage will remain solvent until 2026, two years longer than had been predicted previously, according to a new report from the Medicare Trustees.

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