Many of the lifestyle habits that children and adolescents develop – eating a diet high in fat and low in fruits and vegetables, being physically inactive or sedentary, and experimenting with tobacco and alcohol use – can have a major impact on their health later in life. Given that, psychologists with expertise in children’s health and behavior should be taking more of a lead role in helping young people develop good lifestyle habits early on and preventing these problems from occurring, says a researcher from Georgetown University Medical Center.
The Parkinson’s Institute and Clinical Center announced research showing that intermittent nicotine treatment reduces medication-induced dyskinesias by as much as 50 percent in models of Parkinson’s disease. Lead by senior research scientist, Maryka Quik, Ph.D., the research will be published in an upcoming issue of the Annals of Neurology.
Farm children appear to have a lower risk of asthma than their urban counterparts or even those living in a nonagricultural rural environment, according to a University of Alberta study.
A new report from the nation’s leading cancer organizations shows cancer death rates decreased on average 2.1 percent per year from 2002 through 2004, nearly twice the annual decrease of 1.1 percent per year from 1993 through 2002.
High-risk teenagers who participate in peer-led substance abuse prevention programs reduce their drug use by approximately 15 percent versus traditional curricula, suggests a study led by researchers at the University of Southern California (USC).
There have been improvements in cancer survival in Northern Ireland between 1993 and 2004, according to a new report from the Northern Ireland Cancer Registry (NICR).
The California Medical Association criticized President Bush’s veto of a bill to extend health coverage to children, calling the move a huge setback for access to health care for millions of children.
The Royal College of Physicians said that the UK was failing to help heavily addicted smokers who find it the most difficult to give up. Speaking at the launch of a new College report ‘Harm reduction in Nicotine Addiction: Helping people who can’t quit’, Professor John Britton, Chair of the RCP Tobacco Advisory Group, called for a new approach in favour of harm reduction and said that there was far more that could be done to save lives:
A Leicester cancer research project, which receives funding from Hope Against Cancer (formerly The Hope Foundation,) is investigating whether an extract from bilberries can prevent or delay the onset of certain cancers.
Congressional support grows for FDA regulation of tobacco in US. Bill now sponsored by 55 senators, 200 representatives in America. The following is a statement of William V. Corr, Executive Director, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids: