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HealthDay News - March 25, 2016

Troubled Kids' Psychiatric Care Often Delayed by Insurance Rules

FRIDAY, March 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Children with severe psychiatric problems often have lengthy waits before they're transferred from a hospital emergency department to a psychiatric hospital due to insurance companies' "prior authorization" requirements, a small study suggests.

Health Tip: Are You Ready for a Thunderstorm?

(HealthDay News) -- Preparing your family and your home can help keep you calm and safe during a major thunderstorm.

Health Tip: Setting Yourself Up for Better Sleep

(HealthDay News) -- Allowing your mind and body to relax before bed helps prepare you for a better night's sleep.

Simple Steps Can Ease Care of Loved One With Alzheimer's

FRIDAY, March 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- As Alzheimer's disease progresses, patients find that simple tasks become difficult or impossible, but caregivers can help them maintain a sense of independence and dignity, a doctor says.

Surgeons' Experience Matters With Thyroid Removal

FRIDAY, March 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- If you need your thyroid gland removed, choosing a surgeon who performs more than 25 thyroid removals a year might minimize your risks, a new study suggests.

Many Kidney Transplant Patients Land in ER Within 2 Years: Study

THURSDAY, March 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- More than half of kidney transplant recipients wind up in an emergency department within two years of their operation, a new study finds.

Mild Appendicitis Complication Rates Similar for Surgery, Antibiotics

FRIDAY, March 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Antibiotics can be used to treat mild appendicitis, but the condition returns in some patients who receive the drugs, researchers report.

Distance Matters for Quality Rectal Cancer Care

FRIDAY, March 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Patients who must travel long distances for rectal cancer radiotherapy are less likely to get the potentially lifesaving treatment, a new study shows.

Adults Don't Need Tetanus Shot Every Decade: Study

FRIDAY, March 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Adults can get tetanus and diphtheria vaccine boosters every 30 years instead of the recommended 10 years, a new study suggests.

Spring a Good Time to Instill Healthy Habits in Kids

FRIDAY, March 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The arrival of warm weather is a perfect time to make family lifestyle changes that can help children achieve and maintain a healthy weight, a doctor says.

Brain Stimulation May Help People With Anorexia

FRIDAY, March 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Brain stimulation may ease major symptoms of the eating disorder anorexia nervosa, a typically hard-to-treat condition, a new study suggests.

Health Highlights: March 25, 2016

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Caffeine Intake -- Even Dad's -- Linked to Miscarriage, Study Says

FRIDAY, March 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A couple's risk of miscarriage may rise when the woman or man consumes more than two caffeinated drinks a day in the weeks leading up to conception, a new study suggests.