(CBS/AP) When parents ship off to war, their kids back home become more violent - girls as well as boys. That's the apparent message of new research showing that children of parents in the military are more than twice as likely to carry a weapon, join a gang, or be involved in fights.
"This study raises serious concerns about an under-recognized consequence of war," said Sarah Reed, who led the research of military families in Washington state.
(CBS) Who should get a flu shot this year? Just about everyone six months of age or older.
That's the word from the CDC, which said flu vaccinations for all make sense even though this season's flu strains are the same as those from last year.
What about people who got a flu shot last year? They need a flu shot this year too because antibodies to influenza decline over the course of the year, particularly in elderly people and those with compromised immune systems.
For the small study, scientists examined the brains of seven autistic children and six children without autism, all of whom had died by drowning or other causes between the ages of two and 16. The researchers found that the autistic kids had 67 percent more brain cells (neurons) in the prefrontal cortex. That's the brain region just behind the forehead.Continue »
(CBS) Developmental disability is on the rise in the U.S. Between 1997 and 2008, the number of school-age children diagnosed with autism, ADHD, or another developmental disability rose by about 17 percent, a new study showed.
That means roughly 15 percent of kids - nearly 10 million - have such a disability.Continue »
(CBS/AP) - Kids with autism do best when they get early treatment, and new research shows that the sometimes devastating neurodevelopmental disorder can be detected with a simple five-minute checklist that parents fill out in a doctor's waiting room.Continue »
(CBS) Parents of kids with autism may be disappointed to learn that there are a couple of big problems with the drugs and behavioral therapies approaches often used to treat the developmental disorder.
Many simply don't work, and those that do can cause major side effects, according to new research.Continue »
(CBS) The FDA shot down the use of "jet injectors" to deliver influenza vaccines, saying in a written statement that "all vaccines, including influenza, must be administered in accordance with their labeling."
(CBS/AP) Think echinacea is good for the common cold? Don't bet on it.
The largest study yet of the herbal remedy showed that cold sufferers who took it didn't benefit. The study - of more than 700 people between 12 and 80 years of age - showed that echinacea-takers got better about a half-day sooner and had slightly milder symptoms. But those benefits could have occurred by chance.Continue »
(CBS) Silver bullets may work against werewolves, but what about the common cold?
A Belgian scientist says "friendly" bacteria studded with microscopic particles of silver could be used to prevent colds and influenza by destroying the viruses that cause them, according to the Daily Mail.
He says the silvery germs have already proven effective against norovirus, a common cause of vomiting and stomach upset.Continue »
(CBS/AP) Is bird flu mounting a comeback? The United Nations has issued a warning, saying wild bird migrations have brought the deadly influenza virus back to previously virus-free countries and that a mutant strain of H5N1 was spreading in Asia.
The strain, which can apparently sidestep defenses of existing vaccines, is spreading in China and Vietnam, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization said in a statement on Monday. It urged greater surveillance to ensure that any outbreaks are contained.Continue »
(CBS/AP) One day your annual flu shot could come in the mail.
At least that's the hope of researchers developing a new method of vaccine delivery that people could even use at home: a patch with microneedles.
(CBS) Is the handshake about to go the way of the Dodo bird?
Concern over the spread of colds, influenza, and other illnesses that spread via skin-to-skin contact has some health experts recommending that we shun the traditional handshake and adopt a "safe shake" like bowing or touching elbows.Continue »
(CBS) Could deadly shortages of flu vaccine become a thing of the past?
English scientists say they have made strides toward the development of a so-called "universal" vaccine to influenza - one that protects against all strains of the potentially deadly illness and which doesn't need to be custom-made each time another flu season rolls around.Continue »
(CBS/AP) "We can beat this disease." That's what President Obama declared on Thursday during a World AIDS Day event in Washington. Obama used the occasion to announce a renewed American commitment to fight a disease that so far has claimed 30 million lives.
Obama pledged U.S. support to help 6 million people get access to antiretroviral drugs in nations hardest hit by the virus by the end of 2013. He also announced plans to raise spending on HIV treatment in the U.S. by $50 million.
(CBS) Do moms have it harder than dads?
Working moms spend more time multitasking than working dads - and the experience of keeping multiple balls in the air at once is more stressful for the moms than for their male counterparts.
At least those are the findings of a provocative new study of American families. It showed that working mothers spend almost 10 more hours a week multitasking than do working fathers - 48 hours a week for moms compared to 39 for dads.Continue »
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