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Teen suicide: Why “13 Reasons Why” is wrong

June 19th, 2017

Teen suicide: Why “13 Reasons Why” is wrong

By Mark Wheeler markwheeler

Say what you want about the Netflix series “13 Reasons Why” – you’ll have plenty of company regardless – but if you’re the parent of a teenager, the show should provide a pop culture wake-up call about teen suicide. In 2014, suicide was the second-leading cause of death for people ages 10-24, second only by accidents. […]

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Tags: 13 Reasons Why, adolescent psychiatry, Joan Asarnow, mental health, suicide, suicide expert, teen, teen suicide


What to know about behavioral insomnia in children (BIC)

May 30th, 2017

What to know about behavioral insomnia in children (BIC)

By uclahealth uclahealth

Insomnia is a persistent difficulty with falling or staying asleep at night. BIC, which affects about 25 percent of children, is a type of pediatric insomnia that encompasses three behavioral disorders: sleep-onset association, limit-setting and combined BIC. “Sleep-onset association, most common among infants and toddlers, is a behavioral disorder in which the child has learned […]

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Tags: behavioral insomnia, BIC, child stress, insomnia in children, iqbal rashid md, pediatric sleep center, peds pulmonology, poor sleep, sleep, sleep medicine, stress, symptoms of poor sleep


Understanding sleep apnea in children

May 13th, 2017

Understanding sleep apnea in children

By uclahealth uclahealth

Does your child snore loudly and frequently, sleep in unusual positions and have problems paying attention in school? If so, you may want to talk to your pediatrician about sleep apnea. This condition is caused by a partial or complete obstruction of the upper airway that briefly stops breathing during sleep, interrupting your child’s rest. […]

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Tags: adenoids, asthma, childhood obesity, children snoring, exercise, gastroesophageal reflux disease, healthy diet, mouth guard, peds pulmonology, polysomnogram, sleep apnea, sleep apnea in children


New guidelines for peanut allergies

May 12th, 2017

New guidelines for peanut allergies

By uclahealth uclahealth

Are you concerned about your baby developing a peanut allergy? New guidelines recommend introducing peanuts before age 1 in some children. A common and severe food allergy Peanut allergy is one of the most common food allergies in the U.S. Up to 2 percent of children and adolescents are allergic to the legume — and […]

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Tags: allergy, allergy blood test, breastfeeding, choking hazards, coughing, difficulty breathing, Dr. Maria Garcia-Lloret, eczema, eyelid swelling, food allergies, hives, legume


Over-the-counter pain relievers: Which one is right for you?

May 11th, 2017

Over-the-counter pain relievers: Which one is right for you?

By uclahealth uclahealth

Before you reach for an over-the-counter (OCT) pain reliever to treat your headache or sore back, review your options. While these drugs are generally safe, they also have a number of side effects. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory inhibitors (NSAIDs) Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory inhibitors, such as ibuprofen, aspirin and naproxen, relieve pain and reduce fever and inflammation. They can […]

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Tags: acetaminophen, arthritis, backache, brain inflammation, cold symptoms, gastrointestinal bleeding, headache, liver damage, menstrual cramps, muscle aches, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory inhibitors, NSAIDs


The secret to fighting Zika could exist in our own immune systems

May 5th, 2017

The secret to fighting Zika could exist in our own immune systems

By Tiare Dunlap tdunlap

Fourteen months after the Zika virus was declared a global health emergency, the long-term effects of the virus – and the neurological damage linked to it – are only now beginning to be understood. As Zika infections continue to spread, researchers around the world are working to expose the virus’ vulnerabilities. New research published  by […]

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Tags: 25-hydroxycholestrol, brain health, brain structure, brain tissue, Ebola, hepatitis C, HIV, immune system, immunization, UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center, Zika, zika virus


What you need to know about autism spectrum disorder

May 4th, 2017

What you need to know about autism spectrum disorder

By uclahealth uclahealth

Developing an understanding of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can help ensure you recognize any signs and symptoms early on in your child. The sooner intervention starts, the more likely it is that your child can live a healthier life. What is autism spectrum disorder? Autism spectrum disorder describes a wide range of neurodevelopmental disorders that […]

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Tags: Anxiety, ASD, autism. autism awareness. autism sprectrum disorder, behavioral interventions, depression, diagnosing autism, neurodevelopmental disorders, pediatrics, social skills


Understanding pediatric speech disorders

April 28th, 2017

Understanding pediatric speech disorders

By uclahealth uclahealth

Speech and sound disorders – difficulties in articulation, language, voice or fluency – affect 8 to 9 percent of children in the U.S.; however, a variety of therapies can help children strengthen their speech/language skills. Speech development Children typically start producing sounds (babbling) at around six months of age, and between 10 and 15 months, […]

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Tags: children's health, fluency, House Children’s Hearing Center of UCLA, language, speech articulation, speech disorders, speech impairment, UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital, voice


What do I need to know about autism?

March 29th, 2017

What do I need to know about autism?

By uclahealth uclahealth

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) describes a wide range of neurodevelopmental disorders that can cause significant social, behavioral and communication challenges. Diagnosis Autism spectrum disorder, which affects roughly 1.5 percent of children, is often characterized by repetitive motions, limited social and emotional interaction, and delayed speech and language skills. “Symptoms can vary greatly from one child […]

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Tags: Anxiety, ASD, autism, autism spectrum disorders, children’s health, depression, Dr. Amanda Gulsrud, health tips, health tips for parents, healthy living


Talk to teens about pot use

February 28th, 2017

Talk to teens about pot use

By Leigh Hopper leighhopper

As more states legalize marijuana use, there’s a growing perception that pot is benign. But that’s not necessarily the case – especially in young people. There is still much to be learned about the effects of sporadic and occasional marijuana use on adolescent brains, said Dr. Thomas Strouse, medical director of the Stewart and Lynda […]

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Tags: addiction, American Academy of Pediatrics, depression, Dr. Thomas Strouse, marijuana, marijuana use in teens, mental health, mental illness, psychosis, Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA