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Women With Partner, Baby Gain More Weight Than Single Women

Young women with a weight problem often say the weight started creeping up when they had their first child and they found they had less time to exercise. However, when researchers added up all factors, they found that the fact that a woman is married and has a baby has more influence on weight gain than being physically active. That ...

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Most High School Students Are Sleep Deprived

Only about 8 percent of high school students get enough sleep on an average school night, a large new study finds. The others are living with borderline-to-serious sleep deficits that could lead to daytime drowsiness, depression, headaches and poor performance at school. The study, which appears online in the Journal of Adolescent Health, evaluated responses from 12,000 students in grades ...

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Parents Can Help Overweight Kids With Body Image

When parents maintain a healthy body image and weight-control strategies, overweight adolescent children tend to follow their example, a new study reveals. “There was a pretty strong association between parent body satisfaction and adolescent body satisfaction,” said Taya Cromley, Ph.D., who led the study at University of California, San Diego. “Messages from parents about weight and body image can be ...

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Employment and Insurance: No Guarantee for Better Health

Having health insurance does not mean workers will take advantage of immunizations, cancer screenings and other preventive health services, a new study finds. “Employment and insurance do not guarantee better health outcomes,” said lead study author M. Courtney Hughes, Ph.D., who led a team of researchers at the University of Washington School of Public Health, in Seattle. The study, which ...

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Older Americans Watch More TV, But Enjoy It Less

If you suspect your parent or upstairs neighbor would get more out of life if they’d turn off their TVs, you might be on to something, according to new research. “Older adults watch two or three times more TV than other people, yet enjoy it less,” said Colin Depp, Ph.D., lead author of a study on U.S. adults and leisure ...

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Dorms With Dining Halls Might Add to Freshman Weight Gain

If college students gain weight during their first year in school, it might have a lot to do with how close they live to their campus dining halls and exercise facilities, a new study reports. Researchers wondered if college freshmen assigned to dormitories with onsite dining halls gained more weight than did their peers who have to walk a little ...

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Hooked on Headphones? Personal Listening Devices Can Harm Hearing

Personal listening devices like iPods have become increasingly popular among young — and not-so-young — people in recent years. But music played through headphones too loud or too long might pose a significant risk to hearing, according to a 24-year study of adolescent girls. The study, which appears online in the Journal of Adolescent Health, involved 8,710 girls of lower ...

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Instruments Can Assist Birth, But With Risks to Mother, Child

Forceps might be a better instrument than a vacuum cup for assisting a successful birth, but new mothers might experience more trauma and complications after a forceps delivery, according to a new review of studies. If the choice of instrument is the vacuum device — also known as a ventouse — metal cups are more successful than soft cups in ...

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School Vending Machine Choices Affect Overall Diet for Children

Vending machines in public schools influence the diets of school children and can affect overall dietary intake and health, depending on what foods they contain. Most school vending machines sell food of minimal nutritional value, and younger children are more likely to have the content of the vending machines influence their dietary choices. Researchers looked at the food sold in ...

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Kids Who Are Sick Have Fewer Friends, Study Finds

A new study reveals that sick teens are more isolated than other kids, but they do not necessarily realize it and often think their friendships are stronger than they actually are. The findings rely on surveys conducted before the Internet era made it easier for outsider kids to reach out to teens like themselves. Still, the study offers insight into ...

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