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Most parents fail to use car seats properly

Most parents fail to use car seats properly

Most parents fail to use car seats properly  Ninety-five percent of families surveyed made at least one serious error, while 91% made a life-threatening error and only 15% worked with a certified car safety technician when they used a car seat after being discharged from the hospital with a healthy newborn, according to a study […]

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Warning symptoms may be common prior to sudden cardiac arrest

Warning symptoms may be common prior to sudden cardiac arrest

The AP (12/22, Neergaard) reports that research published in Annals of Internal Medicine “suggests a lot of people may ignore potentially life-saving warning signs hours, days, even a few weeks before they collapse” due to cardiac arrest. On its website, CBS News (12/22, Marcus) reports that the study of 839 patients found that approximately “half of patients who have a sudden […]

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Most cancers due to extrinsic factors, research suggests

Most cancers due to extrinsic factors, research suggests

The Los Angeles Times (12/17, Healy) reports that research published in Nature suggests that “environmental exposures, lifestyle choices and other factors that could be changed or avoided account for between 70% and 90% of the gene mutations that make cancerous tumors progress.” STAT (12/17, Begley) reports that the researchers found that “unavoidable intrinsic risk factors [such as cell division] contribute […]

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Tips to keep winter holidays safe for kids

Tips to keep winter holidays safe for kids

All parents know that children love the holiday seasons, from the festive decorations to presents and added time with family. One thing that many forget is that there can be some hidden dangers in all that festive fun. Pediatrician Benjamin D. Hoffman, MD, FAAP, offers advice to keep children safe as we celebrate this December.

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Teens asking about health issues at visits

Teens asking about health issues at visits

Study suggests letting teens ask about health issues at doctor visits  The C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health showed that 89% of parents accompanied their teens to visits to the doctor, two-thirds of whom filled out health history and other forms for their children. The findings, based on a survey of 1,517 […]

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STD, pregnancy prevention

STD, pregnancy prevention

CDC: Only half of sex education programs fully cover STD, pregnancy prevention The Los Angeles Times (12/9, Kaplan) reports that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a new report, which found that “American high schools got generally good marks for their teaching of topics related to sex education, but there are still many areas in […]

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Average individual mandate penalty rising

Average individual mandate penalty rising

Average individual mandate penalty rising to $969 per household, analysis finds The New York Times (12/9, A23, Goodnough, Subscription Publication) reports that Americans who go without health insurance in 2016 “despite having the option of buying health coverage through an Affordable Care Act marketplace will owe an average tax penalty of $969 per household, a new analysis has found.” […]