ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Childhood Food Allergies on the Rise
Traffic, Dust Linked to Asthma in Kids
Climate Change Could Sting Allergy, Asthma Sufferers
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Health Tip: Anticipating Acupuncture
Indigo Ointment Benefits Psoriasis Patients
Could Chinese Herb Be a Natural Viagra?
ANIMAL CARE
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
Separation Anxiety, Canine-Style
Rest Easy. When It Comes to Swine Flu, Your Pet Is Safe
BONES & JOINTS
Rheumatoid Arthritis Hits Women Harder
Sea Worm Inspires Novel Bone Glue
Winter Is Tough on Feet
CANCER
Low Vitamin D Levels May Initiate Cancer Development
Family History Key Player in Brain Cancer Risk
Meditation May Reduce Stress in Breast Cancer Patients
CAREGIVING
Flu Strikes a Milder Blow This Season
Bariatric Surgery Centers Don't Deliver Better Outcomes
Moms Who Breast-Feed Less Likely to Neglect Child
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Laughter Can Boost Heart Health
Health Tip: Are You Anemic?
Exercise May Blunt Salt's Effect on Hypertension
COSMETIC
Get Sugared!.... Its a sweet choice for hair removal
Gum Chewing May Cut Craving for Snacks
What to Do If You Have Unsightly Veins
DENTAL, ORAL
Biological Product Shows Promise Against Gum Disease
Rheumatoid Arthritis May Harm Gums
Study Links Osteoporosis Drugs to Jaw Trouble
DIABETES
Arthritis Hits More Than Half of Diabetics
Strict Blood Sugar Lowering Won't Ease Diabetes Heart Risk
Spices, Herbs Boost Health for Diabetics
DIET, NUTRITION
Holiday Eating Without the Guilt -- or the Pounds
Asparagus May Ease Hangover
Eat Up, But Eat Healthy This Holiday Season
DISABILITIES
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Arsenic in Drinking Water Raises Diabetes Risk
Gene Mutation May Cause Some Cases of Seasonal Affective Disorder
Gas Cooking Might Up Your Cancer Risk
EYE CARE, VISION
FDA Goes After Unapproved Eye Washes, Skin Ointments
Poor Night Vision May Predict Age-Related Eye Disease
Kids Think Glasses Make Others Look Smart, Honest
FITNESS
Football Can Shrink Players
Research Confirms How Valuable A Healthy Lifestyle Can Be
Bursts of Vigorous Activity Appear to Be a 'Stress-Buffer'
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
New Yogurt May Ease Stomach Ulcers
Olive Oil May Protect Against Bowel Disease
Intestinal Bacteria Trigger Immune Response
GENERAL HEALTH
'Soda Tax' Wins Health Experts' Support
Pesticides and How to Affordably Eat Organic or Reduce Pesticide Consumption
After Job Loss, People Report More Health Issues
HEAD & NECK
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Imaging Sheds Light on How Acupuncture Works
Combating Myths About Seasonal Allergies
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
HEARING
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
A Little Alcohol May Help the Heart: Studies
More Steps a Day Lead to Better Health
After a Stroke, Light Exercise Gets Hands, Arms Working Again
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Grapefruit Compound Inhibits Hepatitis C Virus
Dry Weather Boosts Odds of Flu Outbreaks
Hand Washing 10 Times a Day May Help Keep Flu Away
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Gene Variation Found in Boys With Delinquent Peers
Music of Mozart Soothes the Preemie Baby
Older People at Greater Risk of Swine Flu Death
MEN'S HEALTH
Low Iron Levels Cut Cancer Risk in Men With PAD
Lots of Sex May Prevent Erectile Dysfunction
Vigorous Exercise Cuts Stroke Risk for Men, Not Women
MENTAL HEALTH
Environmental Chemicals May Affect Male Reproduction
Teen Internet Addicts More Likely to Self-Harm: Study
Daily dose of beet juice promotes brain health in older adults
PAIN
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Alternative Treatments May Boost IVF Success
Exercise Boosts Bone Density in Breast-Feeding Moms
Heart Defects in Newborns Linked to Antidepressants
SENIORS
Vitamin D May Help Keep Aging at Bay
Boost In Elderly Population Will Be Felt Worldwide
Seniors Who Volunteer May Live Longer
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Better Sleep, Grades Seem to Go Up
6 to 8 Hours of Shut-Eye Is Optimal for Health
Moderate Aerobics May Ease Insomnia Symptoms
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Women Smokers Lose 14.5 Years Off Life Span
Woman in America Are Delaying Motherhood, Study Says
Vitamin D Deficiency Puts 40% of U.S. Infants and Toddlers At Risk
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Boosting Kids' Stroke IQ May Save Lives

Stroke-related disability could be reduced by teaching children how to spot the signs of stroke in relatives and to call 911 immediately, a new study shows.

Emergency medical treatment within three hours of the first stroke symptoms can limit the extent of brain damage and lead to better recovery.

The Kids Identifying and Defeating Stroke (KIDS) project included 515 sixth graders in Texas who were divided into two groups. The students in the intervention group were given four classes about stroke awareness each year during grades 6, 7 and 8.

"As part of the KIDS project, students were also given homework assignments that involved teaching their parents or other adult partners about the signs and symptoms of stroke and the need to call 911 right away if these signs are witnessed," lead author Kathleen Conley, a professor of health education at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, said in a news release.

A pretest about stroke knowledge/awareness was given before the study. Preliminary results from a follow-up test after the second year showed improvements in the intervention group students' knowledge and their intent to call 911 when seeing someone suffering a stroke.

"We are very encouraged by the results and would like to see more investigation in the area of teaching children about recognizing stroke and motivating them to call 911 immediately," Conley said.

The study is published in the January issue of the journal Health Promotion Practice.

SOURCES: Health Promotion Practice, news release, Dec. 15, 2009 Published on: December 15, 2009