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Keep Young Athletes Safe from Injury.

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Keep Young Athletes Safe from Injury.
The American Academy of Pediatrics reports that young athletes who play multiple sports are more likely to stay active for the rest of their lives and meet their athletic goals. The academy recommends that kids wait until they are at least 15 years of age before focusing on one sport to reduce the risk of injury, and young athletes should take at least three months off from their sport during the year and ...

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Preventing Dry Skin.

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Preventing Dry Skin.
To combat dry skin, the American Academy of Dermatology suggests the following: take a shower and shampoo your hair after swimming; use sunscreen before going outdoors; avoid using deodorant or antibacterial body washes; keep your bath or shower water warm, not hot; use a fragrance-free moisturizer as soon as you get out of the shower or bath; and turn your thermostat up a few degrees if your home feels dry.
American Academy of Dermatology, September ...

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Decision-Making Tool Could Reduce Antibiotic Use.

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Decision-Making Tool Could Reduce Antibiotic Use.
Investigators have identified seven key predictors that could help determine if a child with a respiratory tract infection and cough requires antibiotics. The predictors include an illness of less than three days; fever of 100 F (37.7 C) or higher; a child younger than two years of age; respiratory distress; wheezing; asthma; and moderate/severe vomiting in the previous 24 hours. The researchers suggest that children with one or fewer of these predictors are ...

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Keep Kids Safe Outdoors.

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Keep Kids Safe Outdoors.
Most children relish outside activities when it’s warm out, but parents need to take steps to help ensure the safety of their kids. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the following: protect kids when they’re near water, make sure kids know how to swim, and encourage adults to learn CPR; protect children from heat-related illness, avoid letting children overheat, encourage drinking lots of fluids; protect against sunburn; use insect repellent on children when ...

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First Comprehensive Cancer Blood Test Within Reach.

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First Comprehensive Cancer Blood Test Within Reach.
A research review of thousands of studies has allowed researchers to identify 788 biomarkers in blood that could be used to develop an early stage cancer screening test. The scientists hope that once clinical studies are completed, they will have a suite of about 50 biomarkers that can go into a clinical trial. Lead researcher, Dr. Lesley Uttley comments, “Our vision is that the screen will pick up even the small amounts ...

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