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Health Tip: Managing Swearing by Your Child

(HealthDay News) -- Swearing is a common behavior for adolescents, says the American Academy of Pediatrics. Children and teens often use profanity to impress friends and shock parents. To help manage swearing your child's swearing, the academy suggests: Establish a rule that there is no swearing allowed in the house. Do not respond to a child's profanity with profanity of your own. Do not wash a child's mouth out with soap. It is extreme and ineffective. Reward your child for expressing frustration appropriately.

Low-Dose Aspirin Might Help Prevent Preterm Births

24 January 2020
Low-Dose Aspirin Might Help Prevent Preterm BirthsFRIDAY, Jan. 24, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- A daily baby aspirin helped first-time mothers lower their chances of delivering too soon in a new clinical trial, though it's not clear the practice should become routine everywhere. The trial, which was run in six lower-income countries, found that giving first-time mothers a daily low-dose aspirin reduced their risk of preterm birth by 11%. Their chances of a very early delivery -- before the 34th week of pregnancy -- were cut by one-quarter. "This is a very important finding," said Dr. Rahul Gupta, chief medical and health officer for the nonprofit March of Dimes. Low-dose aspirin is readily available, cheap and safe, noted Gupta, who was not involved in the trial. That means it could have a real impact in low-income countries, where...

Allow Dead Men to Be Sperm Donors, Medical Ethicists Say

22 January 2020
Allow Dead Men to Be Sperm Donors, Medical Ethicists SayWEDNESDAY, Jan. 22, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Should a dying man be allowed to let doctors harvest his sperm for possible use by strangers after death? Yes, say two medical ethicists in the United Kingdom. Writing in an article published Jan. 20 in the Journal of Medical Ethics, Drs. Nathan Hodson and Joshua Parker said that such donations would be akin to the organ donor process. "If it is morally acceptable that individuals can donate their tissues to relieve the suffering of others in 'life-enhancing transplants' for diseases, we see no reason this cannot be extended to other forms of suffering like infertility, which may or may not also be considered a disease," the team wrote. Hodson is an ethicist at the University of Leicester, while Parker is at the Wythenshawe Hospital in...

Kangaroo Care Reduces Infant Deaths

20 January 2020
Kangaroo Care Reduces Infant DeathsTUESDAY, Jan. 21, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Low birth weight babies stand a better chance of surviving when their mothers hold them close throughout the day, a new study finds. This technique is called kangaroo care because it mimics how kangaroos shield their babies in their pouch. In women, it involves holding the newborn tightly to her body with the help of a scarf or harness, during the first month after birth, ideally for more than 12 hours a day. "We discovered that the chance of survival increased as much as 30% within the first month and by 25% within the first six months," said researcher Halvor Sommerfelt, a professor at the Center for Intervention Science in Maternal and Child Health at the University of Bergen in Norway. "There are few health interventions that...

What Parents Overlook When Their Teen Is a Heavy Gamer

20 January 2020
What Parents Overlook When Their Teen Is a Heavy GamerMONDAY, Jan. 20, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Most American parents believe their teens spend too much time playing video games, but many underestimate the actual amount, a new survey shows. The poll of nearly 1,000 parents with at least one child aged 13 to 18 found that 86% said their teen spends too much time gaming. Among parents of daily gamers, 54% report their teen plays three or more hours a day, compared with 13% of teens who don't play every day. Yet, only 13% of parents of daily gamers believe their teen spends more time gaming than other teens, and 78% believe their teen's gaming is less than or about the same as their peers, according to the C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health, from the University of Michigan. "Many parents of frequent gamers...

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