St. John’s Wort No Help in ADHD

Alternative Medicine, Children's Health, Health Headlines, Mental Health, Parenting
ABC News reports a new study suggesting that St. John's wort is not a useful treatment for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD. Although the researchers only studied 54 children between 6 and 17 years old who have ADHD for eight weeks, the study design was the gold standard randomized controlled trial. And, they found that St. John's wort was no better than placebo when it came to improving the children's attentiveness or hyperactivity. (more…)
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Early Risers Tend to Score Higher Grades

Children's Health, General Health, Health Headlines, Parenting
  According to MedPage, a new study has found that college students who consider themselves “morning people” are more likely to have better grades than those who are “evening people.” In fact, the benefit of being a morning person was a "full letter-grade difference.” Researchers surveyed 824 undergraduate students about their sleep habits and daytime schedules. Even after they accounted for academic ability, social ability and SAT verbal scores, researchers found that students who were morning-types were more likely to have better grades than those who considered themselves evening-types. (more…)
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Accuracy of mammography varies by facility

Cancer, Health Headlines, Woman's Health
  Reuters is reporting new research suggesting that the correct interpretation of mammography results varies between facilities. Moreover, there are characteristics that predict which facilities are likely to provide more accurate readings. "The most surprising finding," according to one of the researchers, "was that there were characteristics that did explain some of the differences" in the facilities. "This is good news because it means that facilities could begin to consider adopting characteristics associated with better performance." (more…)
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Oregon Offers to Pay for Cancer Patient to Kill Herself

Bioethics, Health Headlines, Medical Economics
  Family News in Focus is reporting that a patient in Oregon, dying of lung cancer, has been denied payment for any more drug treatment. But, (and if this doesn’t shock you, your shocker is broke), the state will cover a fatal dosage of drugs so she can kill herself. The good news is that the pharmaceutical company has stepped in to pay for the medicine Wagner was denied. (more…)
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Teen survey shows virginity pledges can work

Children's Health, Health Headlines, Parenting
  USA Today is reporting a three-year RAND Corp. study showing that virginity pledges do deter some teens from having sex. Of 1,517 adolescents ages 12 to 17 in 2001 when the research began, teenagers who vowed to remain virgins until they were married were less likely to be sexually active than others who didn't make a pledge. About one-quarter of the adolescents surveyed (23.8%) made a promise to wait until marriage to have sex; 34% had broken it by 2004, compared with 42% of those who didn't make the pledge and had sex during that time. (more…)
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Parents are beginning to clean up their kids’ nutrition acts

Children's Health, Health Headlines, Nutritional Health, Obesity, Parenting
USA Today also reports that parents are beginning to clean up their nutrition acts when it comes to the snacks they serve their children. Fruit is the most common snack for children under 6, and cookies are second. In 1987, cookies ruled and fruit ranked second, according to findings from the NPD Group, a market research firm. (more…)
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Vitamin D may protect against heart attack

General Health, Health Headlines, Heart Health, Mental Health, Nutritional Health
  In yet another study of vitamin D, Reuters is reporting a study where scientists found that low vitamin D levels are associated with a higher risk for heart attack.  Researchers studied medical records and blood samples from 454 men aged 40-75 who had either died from heart disease or who were alive but had a heart attack. (more…)
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