MONDAY, Aug. 13, 2018 -- Children born to women who got the Tdap vaccine during pregnancy have no greater risk of autism than other kids, a new study finds.
The Tdap vaccine protects against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis, which is better known as whooping cough. U.S. health officials advise pregnant women to get a booster shot in order to protect their newborns from whooping cough.
MONDAY, Aug. 13, 2018 -- Controversial state laws that promote vaccinating kids against the human papillomavirus (HPV) do not increase the likelihood that teens will engage in risky sexual behavior, a new study contends.
"Parents and caregivers, as well as policy makers, should not be wary of policies or legislation related to HPV education or [vaccine] access, as our study does not show any negative effects of legislation on teen sexual behaviors," said lead study author Erin Cook.
MONDAY, Aug. 13, 2018 -- It's easy to roll your eyes at the latest news nugget about someone trying to take an "emotional support animal" onto a plane, even though it's too big or out of control.
There's the large emotional support peacock that was denied a seat aboard a United Airlines flight in January, for example. Or the young girl who was bitten by an emotional support dog while boarding a Southwest Airlines flight in February.
MONDAY, Aug. 13, 2018 -- Researchers have found that having friends who gain weight -- especially friends of the same gender -- raises your chance of becoming overweight by more than 50 percent. That's far more than if your spouse gains weight.
But they've also found that the same type of social influence can help you lose weight. In fact, sharing a fitness goal through your social network can help everyone in it. The team approach is most effective for people 18 to 35 years old, but has been successful for older Americans as well.
MONDAY, Aug. 13, 2018 -- Weak grip strength in children may point to a higher risk of such health problems as diabetes and heart disease, new research suggests.
In a new study that followed children from 4th grade through 5th grade, a grip-strength test was given to the students at the start of the study. The researchers said that nearly 28 percent of the boys and 20 percent of the girls were classified as having weak grips.
MONDAY, Aug. 13, 2018 -- Women who experience rudeness and other incivilities at work are likely to be stricter with their own kids, a new study claims.
Canadian researchers conducted an online survey of 146 working mothers and their spouses. The mothers were asked about incivility at work and how effective they felt as parents, and their spouses were asked about the mothers' parenting behaviors.
MONDAY, Aug. 13, 2018 -- The potential risks of lung cancer screening are often left out when doctors and patients discuss the issue, a new report suggests.
Early detection of lung cancer can save lives, and lung cancer screening is recommended for high-risk current and former smokers. But the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force and other organizations say that doctors need to explain the risks as well as the benefits to patients.
MONDAY, Aug. 13, 2018 -- Few Americans know that inactivity can increase the risk of colon, breast and other types of cancer, a new study finds.
An analysis of survey responses from 351 people revealed that while many knew a sedentary lifestyle increased their risk of heart disease (63.5 percent) and metabolic problems such as diabetes (65.8 percent), only 3.4 percent were aware it also adds to cancer risk.