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With a Tick Boom, It’s Not Just Lyme Disease You Have to Fear

Most Americans are well aware of Lyme disease by now, but ticks carry other even more dangerous diseases.

“Everybody knows about Lyme disease. But experts say the Northern United States may be in for a bad tick season this summer, raising concerns about Lyme and other scary tick-borne diseases, including the Powassan . . . → Read More: With a Tick Boom, It’s Not Just Lyme Disease You Have to Fear

How do your allergies develop?

Allergies are on the rise all over the world.

“Hay fever affects 400 million individuals globally, with asthma affecting 300 million, food allergies between 200 and 250 million, and drug allergies affecting around 10 percent of the world’s population.”

“The World Allergy Organization (WAO) warn that “the prevalence of allergic diseases worldwide is rising dramatically . . . → Read More: How do your allergies develop?

What You Need To Know About Zika Virus

News on the Zika virus keep changing as scientists learn more about this dangerous public health problem. Here’s the latest.

“Zika virus has made a worldwide media splash in the last few years following reports out of Brazil that it was linked to a spike in babies born with severe brain damage called microcephaly. . . . → Read More: What You Need To Know About Zika Virus

6 Things You Need To Know About Children And Vitamins So You Can Choose The Best Ones For Your Child

Going to the pharmacy to buy vitamins for your child can be a daunting experience. The choices are overwhelming.

“But how do we best determine what kinds of vitamins our children need? Should all kids be taking the same vitamins across the board? In partnership with Walgreens, we’ve gathered some important facts about vitamins to help . . . → Read More: 6 Things You Need To Know About Children And Vitamins So You Can Choose The Best Ones For Your Child

The Latest on Head Lice

Most parents will have to deal with head lice at some point in their children’s lives and it is not a pleasant experience.

“The American Academy of Pediatrics put out its latest clinical report on head lice in 2015, a joint project of the group that focuses on . . . → Read More: The Latest on Head Lice

Many Young Adults With Autism Also Have Mental Health Issues

A recent study found that young people on the autism spectrum are more likely to suffer from psychiatric conditions such as depression, anxiety and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) than are typically developing people.

“When it comes to mental health diagnoses and use of psychiatric services, there’s a really strong need for the entire . . . → Read More: Many Young Adults With Autism Also Have Mental Health Issues

For Children With Severe Anxiety, Drugs Plus Therapy Help Best

Recent study finds that for children and teens dealing with severe anxiety the combination of therapy and medication seems to bring greatest benefits.

“Teens and children struggling with anxiety are often prescribed medication or therapy to treat their symptoms. For many, either drugs or therapy is enough, but some young people can’t find respite from . . . → Read More: For Children With Severe Anxiety, Drugs Plus Therapy Help Best

Concussion Laws Are Working, But Young Athletes Are Still At Risk

Football tackle at youth game during the day.

The law passed to prevent recurrent concussions in children seems to be working, but initial concussions are still a risk for young athletes.

“All 50 states and Washington, D.C., have enacted varying versions of Washington state’s Zackery Lystedt law, named for a 13-year-old football athlete who . . . → Read More: Concussion Laws Are Working, But Young Athletes Are Still At Risk

New Blood Pressure Guidelines for Children

Female doctor measuring blood pressure of a child patient using the pressure sleeve and her stethoscope

Measuring children’s blood pressure has been a challenge for doctor’s and pediatricians, and the guidelines unclear and confusing. 

“Now, the new guidelines provide a short, easy-to-use table based only on a child’s . . . → Read More: New Blood Pressure Guidelines for Children

The Powerful Question Every Parent Needs To Ask Their Child During Meals

A dietitian writes that how children eat is almost as important for their future relationship to food as what they eat.

“While learning to like a variety of nutritious food is important, how children eat is just as important. Research shows that as kids get older, they gradually lose their ability to regulate their food . . . → Read More: The Powerful Question Every Parent Needs To Ask Their Child During Meals