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Study finds autism rates probably haven't changed even as cases have climbed

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In the largest study of its kind, a Swedish group has determined that actual autism rates probably have not changed in recent years, even though diagnoses of autism cases continue to climb.

The research, led by Sebastian Lundstrom and colleagues at the University of Gothenburg, found that about 1 percent of those in an ongoing study of twins ...Read more

Asthma, allergies and the new hope of immunotherapy

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CHICAGO -- When Lori Feeney's 7-year-old daughter, Allison, suffered a minor asthma attack while playing soccer, the mother knew her attempts at managing her daughter's seasonal allergies weren't working. In fact, she didn't even know her daughter had asthma.

Since the girl was 2, Feeney had been trying to manage her daughter's seemingly ...Read more

Dog bite study shows familiarity with dog may breed false sense of security

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PHOENIX -- Prior studies have shown that most dog bite injuries result from family dogs. A new study conducted by Mayo Clinic and Phoenix Children's Hospital shed some further light on the nature of these injuries.

The recently published study, in the Journal of Pediatric Surgery, demonstrated that more than 50 percent of the dog-bite ...Read more

One Size Doesn't Fit All

Health / Scott LaFee /

Just as all morbidly obese people don't look alike, they all shouldn't receive the same treatment. English researchers have concluded that every obese person (everyone with a body mass index of 30 or higher) fits into one of six groups and that weight-loss strategies should be tailored accordingly.

The six groups are young males who are heavy...Read more

Social media can help families cope, mourn

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CHICAGO -- For some parents, news of a child's life-threatening illness means first you cry, then you turn to social media.

The recent public death of Emily Beazley, the 12-year-old girl from Chicago's Mount Greenwood neighborhood who courageously fought cancer, has cast a spotlight on pediatric cancer -- and also what it means to cope and ...Read more

As weather warms, doctors warn of danger of kids' falls from windows

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SEATTLE -- Four young children have been treated at Harborview Medical Center here in the past month after falling from windows, prompting health officials to warn parents about the under-recognized danger.

"The most common scenario we see here is a kid who is being what most parents would consider well-supervised," said Dr. Brian Johnston, ...Read more

One More Reason to Be Sour on This Sweet

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

What do "The Waltons," "The Andy Griffith Show" and "Little House on the Prairie" have in common? They pulled on your heartstrings, even if they were kinda sappy. In some things, a touch of corniness is welcome.

But when it comes to your food, researchers at UC Davis and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Western Human Nutrition Research ...Read more

Sulfites Are A Problem For Few People

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am 73 years old, and I consume a glass or two of merlot wine with dinner each day. What, if any, problem exists with sulfites present in this wine? -- H.D.

ANSWER: Sulfites are used as preservatives in many foods, including most wines. A dry red wine like merlot typically has about 50 ppm (parts per million) sulfites, which is...Read more

Summer of Success: Set One Goal and Make It Happen

Health / Marilynn Preston /

Healthy lifestyles don't just happen, the way dust balls do, for instance. It's up to you to carpe diem, to let go of old habits so you can dance with new ones -- two steps forward, one step back -- until the new ones become a juicy and joyful part of your life.

Like starting your day with 10 minutes of stretching, not because your back ...Read more

Livers donated after cardiac death safe to use in liver cancer patients

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Patients with liver cancer can be cured with a liver transplant. But because of the shortage of donated organs, these patients often die waiting for a liver. That's because most transplant centers predominantly use livers from donors who die from brain death.

But in the largest study of its kind, transplant physicians at ...Read more

Rading is Brain Food for Kids

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

From "Counting Kisses" to "The Very Hungry Caterpillar," and from "The Cat in the Hat" to "Where the Wild Things Are," the books that were read to you as a child have a special place in your memories. But there's more to snuggling up on Mom or Dad's lap while he or she reads to you than you may realize.

Being read to expands a child's ...Read more

Careful Contol Of Diabetes Is Necessary To Stave Off Further Kidney Disease

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: For the past several years, I have had an abnormal creatinine reading. The readings range from 2.2 to 2.9. Every time I go to the doctor, I get a different reading. He is very cautious and wants to see me every month, which is economically very difficult. I have had Type 2 diabetes but haven't needed medicine since I lost about ...Read more

Don't put too much of a good thing into that healthy diet

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Nutritionists are continually spouting the benefits of foods like tomatoes, avocados and fish, but overdoing it on these healthy foods actually can be harmful.

"Even nutritious food can be too much of a good thing if you eat it in too large a quantity or too often," said Elisa Zied, New York-based dietitian, nutritionist and author of "Younger ...Read more

Noshing through the aisles of a 'natural' products expo

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ANAHEIM, CALIF. -- After tasting our way, along with 70,000 other people, through aisles and aisles -- more than 2,700 companies had booths -- at the massive Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim recently, we were stuffed and we were enlightened.

If you wanted the "perfect" product, you might mix turmeric, chocolate, chia and more chia and some...Read more

Drink this in: Science has decided coffee is good for you

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For centuries, coffee has caused a stir over health impacts, good or bad, with many people resigned to accept it as a guilty pleasure.

But in a full turnabout since the 1980s, science now extols its virtues as a generally healthful drink and kick-start for adults, with cautions for pregnant women and those with caffeine sensitivity and sleeping...Read more

Can You Stand It?

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

"Standing is stupid/Crawling's a curse/Skipping is silly/Walking is worse," Shel Silverstein wrote in the illustrated children's book "A Light in the Attic." He was funny, for sure, but wrong, oh so wrong.

It turns out it's too much sitting that'll do you in before your time. By not moving your muscles, you lower the production of good-for-you...Read more

Balancing Medicine's Side Effects And Benefits

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 60-year-old male in good health, and I play tennis and swim several days a week. I have suffered from neuralgia for the past three years, but I have it under control with medication: 800 mg of carbamazepine and 25 mg of amitriptyline per day.

They work wonders, but are there any long-term negative effects of taking those ...Read more

Healthy aging made simple: Tips from a geriatrician

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- When geriatrician Mehrdad Ayati first met Lee Katz in 2011, he encountered yet another patient -- and her spouse -- who were in despair over the conflicting and contradictory information they received in her care.

The Menlo Park woman was in a downward spiral of multiple chronic conditions that would lead to her death in ...Read more

Quinn on Nutrition: Yes, there is a sustainable way to farm seafood

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According to my dictionary, to "sustain" means to supply with nourishment; to support; to preserve. "Sustainable" refers to something that helps maintain or conserve our energy and resources. My morning coffee and granola come to mind.

Relationships can sustain us as well. Recently co-workers and I participated in an event entitled "...Read more

Study Says -- Don't Skip Meals

Health / Nutrition News /

A new study in animals suggests that skipping meals sets off a series of metabolic miscues that can result in abdominal weight gain.

In the study, mice that ate all of their food as a single meal and fasted the rest of the day developed insulin resistance in their livers -- which scientists consider a telltale sign of prediabetes. When the ...Read more