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  • Phila. family fights lung-donor rule for dying girl

    May 27, 2013 2:53 PM 12

    "It's really sad that this child has waited" for 18 months, said Stuart Sweet, director of the lung-transplant program at St. Louis Children's Hospital. "But the issue here is really about how we designed this system to try to make it fair for everyone waiting for lungs. There are ways of working through this that don't involve breaking the rules." Sarah's

  • Unresolved grief can be hidden health risk, experts say

    May 27, 2013 2:02 PM 6

    Grief is a risk factor that can contribute to other health problems. Whether you lose a loved one to disease, war, or a natural disaster like the tornado that tore apart Moore, Okla., last week, grief is the unwanted visitor that comes knocking at your door. How we wrestle with grief — and ultimately push ahead to a new life — varies among individuals

  • Is grief mental illness? With psychiatric changes, maybe

    May 27, 2013 2:01 PM 7

    Is grief the realm of psychiatry or spirituality? Maybe both, in new diagnostic guidelines. (RNS) — Each year 90,000 parents in the U.S. confront the profound suffering that follows the death of a child or adolescent. Some of those rely on faith to help them through their grief. Others look to psychiatrists, who offer therapy or prescribe antidepressants

  • Young mom gives birth to 13-pound baby girl in California

    May 27, 2013 1:47 PM 6

    A young mother in California has given birth to a 13-pound, 10-ounce baby girl. Yvette Camberos Hernandez delivered the healthy newborn, Kaelyn Hernandez, Friday through a C-section. The infant was nearly twice the size of the average newborn, setting a hospital record, according to a FOX5SanDiego.com report. News crews snapped pictures of the sleepy

  • Genes Play Role in Baby's Sleep at Night

    May 27, 2013 1:02 PM 21

    Parents who are having difficulty getting their babies to sleep through the night may be somewhat relieved by a new study showing that a large determinant of an infant's nighttime sleep is simply the luck of the genetic draw. Researchers in Canada studied sleep records from nearly 1,000 identical and fraternal twins in Quebec, and found that genes largely

  • 'Crack baby' scare overblown, teen research says

    May 27, 2013 4:34 AM 7

    CHICAGO (AP) — Research in teens adds fresh evidence that the 1980s "crack baby" scare was overblown, finding little proof of any major long-term ill effects in children whose mothers used cocaine during pregnancy. Some studies have linked pregnant women's cocaine use with children's behavior difficulties, attention problems, anxiety and worse school

  • Check young kids for motor delays: pediatricians

    May 27, 2013 4:17 AM 10

    NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Doctors should regularly screen babies and young children for delays in motor skill development - including trouble sitting, standing and speaking - at well-child visits, pediatricians said today. In a clinical report, an American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) panel said diagnosing and treating those problems early on may ultimately

  • Partisan Gridlock Thwarts Effort to Alter Health Law

    May 27, 2013 1:21 AM 16

    Speaking to Democrats, he puts on his empathy hat: The Affordable Care Act is the law of the land. Its goal of universal insurance coverage is laudable, but its unintended consequences will hurt the cause. Almost no law as sprawling and consequential as the Affordable Care Act has passed without changes — significant structural changes or routine tweaks

  • Atlanta VA Hospital Presents New Director

    May 25, 2013 2:56 PM 24

    Leslie Wiggins comes on board as the hospital addresses several citations from an independent accrediting agency. Wiggins' background includes serving as chief operating officer at the Detroit VA Medical Center, as VA Deputy Assistant Secretary for Labor-Management Relations and as a nurse executive, according to CBS Atlanta. An independent accrediting

  • Parents can prevent teens' substance use despite doubts

    May 25, 2013 12:58 PM 12

    More than one in five parents of teens think what they say has little influence on whether their child uses alcohol, illicit substances or tobacco, according to a report out Friday. The report, from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), says nearly one in 10 parents (9.1%) said they did not talk to their kids ages 12 through