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April 27, 2015

Health Tip: Smoking Affects Your Heart

(HealthDay News) -- Smoking can lead to cell and tissue damage throughout your body, and experts say your heart isn't spared.

Health Tip: Needing Folic Acid

(HealthDay News) -- Among the health benefits of folic acid is that it can help prevent birth defects in a growing fetus. But pregnant women aren't the only people who should take it.

Young Brains May Gain Skills When Parents Read to Kids

SATURDAY, April 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Whether it's Dr. Seuss or Beatrix Potter, when parents read to young children it may spur brain activity that supports early reading skills, a new study finds.

Teens With History of Self-Poisoning Face Greater Suicide Risk

SATURDAY, April 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Teens who survive self-poisoning with drugs are at a significantly increased risk for suicide over the following decade, a new study shows.

More Than 1 in 10 Teens Has Tried E-Cigarettes, Study Finds

SUNDAY, April 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- American teens' use of electronic cigarettes is growing, especially among those who also smoke tobacco cigarettes, according to a new study.

Too Many Teens Still Texting While Driving

SATURDAY, April 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- State laws have helped reduce texting and driving by American teens, but many still engage in this unsafe behavior, a new study finds.

Phone-Focused Parents a Danger to Their Kids at Playground

SATURDAY, April 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Young children are more likely to suffer playground injuries when their parents are texting or talking on a cell phone, a new study shows.

Pediatrics Group Advises Doctors on How to Spot Child Abuse

MONDAY, April 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has just released new guidance to help primary care doctors recognize the signs of child abuse.

Doctors Say Head Lice Should Not Bar Kids From School

MONDAY, April 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Outbreaks of head lice in kids can be effectively treated without banning infected children from school, new guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) say.

Pediatricians Issue New Guidelines for Hospital Release of Newborns

MONDAY, April 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has just released updated guidelines for judging whether or not a newborn is ready to leave the hospital.

Just 1 Hour of Daily TV Boosts Kids' Obesity Risk, Study Suggests

SUNDAY, April 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Watching television, even for just an hour a day, may boost the risk that young children will be overweight or obese, according to new research.

MRI May Help Gauge Stroke Risk in Those With Irregular Heartbeat

MONDAY, April 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Special MRI scans of the heart can help spot people with atrial fibrillation -- a common heart rhythm disorder -- who are at high risk for stroke, a new study shows.

Depression, Weapons May Be More Common for Bullied Teens

MONDAY, April 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Bullied high school students have greater odds for depression and suicidal thoughts than others, and they're also more likely to take weapons to school, according to three new studies.

Hodgkin's Lymphoma Survivors Face Higher Long-Term Heart Risks

MONDAY, April 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- While treatment for Hodgkin's lymphoma can beat back the once-deadly cancer, it may also render patients vulnerable to heart disease decades later, a new study shows.

Very Young Kids Often Use Tablets, Smartphones, Study Finds

SUNDAY, April 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Up to half of very young children use smartphones and tablets in some way before their first birthday, a new study finds. But parents still worry about their children's use of mobile media, a separate study says.

Health Food Stores Often Promote Adult-Only Supplements to Teens

SUNDAY, April 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Health store employees may encourage teens to buy body-shaping dietary supplements, even though the products' labels state they're for adult use only, researchers report.

More U.S. Newborns Enduring Drug Withdrawal: Study

SUNDAY, April 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The number of U.S. infants admitted to neonatal intensive care units to treat symptoms of drug withdrawal has nearly quadrupled since 2004, researchers report.

HPV Vaccine Produces Early Benefits for Teen Girls: Study

MONDAY, April 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Girls as young as 14 are receiving important health benefits from the HPV vaccine, which protects against a sexually transmitted virus that causes cervical cancer, a new study reports.

Health Highlights: April 27, 2015

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:

Study Challenges Salt Guidelines for Kids

MONDAY, April 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. health officials warned last year that nine out of 10 American kids eat more salt than they should, raising their lifelong risk of high blood pressure and heart disease.

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