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ADHD Meds May Alter Boys' Brains 13Aug
2019

ADHD Meds May Alter Boys' Brains

TUESDAY, Aug. 13, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- One of the most popular and effective medications used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to alter the brains of boys with the disorder, a new...
3 Ways to Improve Your Eating Habits

3 Ways to Improve Your Eating Habits

6 August 2019
TUESDAY, Aug. 6, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- You've made the decision to improve your eating habits, but where should you begin? It can seem overwhelming at first. One way to approach new lifestyle habits is to map out...
TUESDAY, Aug. 6, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- You've made the decision to improve your eating habits, but where should you begin? It can seem overwhelming at first. One way to approach new lifestyle habits is to map out the improvements you'd like to make and tackle them one at a time, over a week or two, before making the next change. Here are three steps to schedule on your calendar: Start by making better food choices at meals. Do you forgo breakfast at home and automatically go to your favorite drive-thru or opt for a donut in the break room at work? Your first change might be to have a healthy whole-grain cereal or a plain yogurt with fruit for your morning meal. Pack it in your tote if you aren't hungry before you leave the house. Next, upgrade your supermarket choices. Is your...
Rugby-Style Tackling Might Make Football Safer

Rugby-Style Tackling Might Make Football Safer

5 August 2019
MONDAY, Aug. 5, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Could the rugby way of tackling lower the risk of concussions in American football? A new study claims it could, by reducing the force of head impacts. "For athletes who...
MONDAY, Aug. 5, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Could the rugby way of tackling lower the risk of concussions in American football? A new study claims it could, by reducing the force of head impacts. "For athletes who participate in a sport that involves a tackle or direct contact, adapting a rugby-style tackle where the players lead with their shoulders, not their heads, could make college sports safer," said study author Zach Garrett, from Marshall University in Huntington, W.Va. "A small number of NFL teams have incorporated the rugby-style tackle in an effort to reduce risk of concussion," Garrett noted in an American Academy of Neurology (AAN) news release. The researchers gathered and assessed head impact data from 20 male university football players and 10 male university rugby...
Is Your Daughter, the Athlete, Eating Enough?

Is Your Daughter, the Athlete, Eating Enough?

1 August 2019
THURSDAY, Aug. 1, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Exercise is essential for girls, but problems can occur if they take in too few calories. Young females who eat too little risk menstrual irregularity, weak bones and...
THURSDAY, Aug. 1, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Exercise is essential for girls, but problems can occur if they take in too few calories. Young females who eat too little risk menstrual irregularity, weak bones and eating disorders. Among high school girls, only 1% have all three issues, but between 16% and 54% have one of them, and that increases the risk for developing the others. In terms of eating issues, some sports are riskier than others -- namely those that involve endurance or weight-classes and those that emphasize appearance, especially thinness. Focusing on one sport only from an early age, having a difficult family life, and a pattern of dieting are other risk factors. Your daughter's pre-participation physical should include screening questions to help identify potential...
Health Cautions for Young Male Athletes
1 August 2019

Health Cautions for Young Male Athletes

THURSDAY, Aug. 1, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Exercise has many health benefits for boys, ranging from a lower chance of obesity to improved self-esteem. It may also reduce risk-taking behaviors. However, some sports come with cautions, especially those with weight classes that could lead to excessive dieting or even anorexia. Sometimes boys may simply not eat enough calories to make up for all they burn. Intended or not, inadequate nutrition can affect their development. Whereas girls may miss their periods, concerns like hormonal changes and weak bones are harder to see in boys. Long-distance running and cycling have been linked to these issues. A doctor's evaluation is important if you see signs for concern. If there is a problem, your son might benefit from a team approach that...
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