ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Air Pollution May Raise Blood Pressure
Know Your Asthma Triggers
Asthmatics Who Quit Smoking May Reverse Lung Damage
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Cranberries May Help Prevent Urinary Tract Infections
Acupuncture May Trigger Natural Painkiller
Quit Smoking the Holistic Way
ANIMAL CARE
Rest Easy. When It Comes to Swine Flu, Your Pet Is Safe
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
Separation Anxiety, Canine-Style
BONES & JOINTS
New Clues to How Fish Oils Help Arthritis Patients
Body Fat, Muscle Distribution Linked to RA Disability
Exercise Key Player in Knee Replacement Recovery
CANCER
Herb May Counter Liver Damage From Chemo
Immune Therapy May Aid Kids With Neuroblastoma
Multiple Screening Strategy Boosts Cervical Cancer Detection
CAREGIVING
Falls Are Top Cause of Injury, Death Among Elderly
Coordination Has Led to Quicker Heart Treatment
Study of Everest Climbers Questions Oxygen Use
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Grapefruit-Heavy Diet Helped Spur Dangerous Clot
High Blood Fat Levels Common in Americans
Migraines in Pregnancy Boost Vascular Risks
COSMETIC
The Acne Drug Accutane More Than Doubles Depression Risk
Health Tip: After Liposuction
New Genetic Links to Baldness Discovered
DENTAL, ORAL
Laser Technology Spots Cavities Before They Start
Dental Implants Need More Work Than Root Canals
Amino Acid May Be Key to Strong Teeth
DIABETES
Laughter May Lower Heart Attack Risk in Diabetics
24 Million Americans Had Diabetes in 2007
Chamomile Tea May Ward Off Diabetes Damage
DIET, NUTRITION
Eat Light - Live Longer
Low Vitamin A, C Intake Tied to Asthma Risk
Lose Weight, Sleep Apnea May Improve
DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Traffic Seems to Make Kids' Asthma Worse
Improved Fungicides May Be Easier on Environment
Where You Live May Affect Your Cancer Diagnosis
EYE CARE, VISION
When Gauging Age, the Eyes Have It
Diabetic Eye Disease Rates Soaring
Too Much Sun, Too Few Antioxidants Spell Eye Trouble
FITNESS
Fall Cleanup Is a Prime Time for Accidents
Exercise Cuts Lung Cancer Risk in Ex-Smokers by 45%
The Juice From Beetroots May Boost Stamina
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Japanese Herbals May Ease Gastro Woes
Gum Chewing May Speed Colon Surgery Recovery
New Yogurt May Ease Stomach Ulcers
GENERAL HEALTH
Imaging Sheds Light on How Acupuncture Works
Treat symptoms (result of disease) or diagnose systems (cause of disease)?
Internet Program Helps Problem Drinkers
HEAD & NECK
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
The Internet Is Becoming One-Stop Shopping for Health Help
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
E-Mailing Your Way to Healthier Habits
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Toothbrushing May Stave Off Heart Woes
Brown Rice Tied to Better Heart Health in Study
Psychiatric Drugs Might Raise Cardiac Death Risk
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Dry Weather Boosts Odds of Flu Outbreaks
Bacterial Infections May Succumb to Honey
More Medicinal Uses for Pomegranate
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
3 Home Habits Help Youngsters Stay Slim
School Meals Need to Get Healthier
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
MEN'S HEALTH
Varicose Veins May Mask Larger Problem
Eating Fast Until Full Triples Overweight Risk
Low Vitamin D Levels May Boost Men's Heart Attack Risk
MENTAL HEALTH
17 Ways to Create the Perfect Workday
Memory Loss Help from Brain Supplement Prevagen
Breast-Fed Baby May Mean Better Behaved Child
PAIN
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Heart Defects in Newborns Linked to Antidepressants
Sugary Colas Tied to Gestational Diabetes
Before Conceiving, Take Folic Acid for One Full Year
SENIORS
Older Adults May Have Some Immunity to Swine Flu
Daily dose of beet juice promotes brain health in older adults
Protein Deposits May Show Up Before Memory Problems Occur, Study Says
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Better Sleep, Grades Seem to Go Up
Exercising Throat Muscles May Relieve Sleep Apnea
Lose Weight, Sleep Apnea May Improve
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Health Tip: Be More Comfortable During Childbirth
Rheumatoid Arthritis Rising Among U.S. Women
Exercise, Weight Control May Keep Fibromyalgia at Bay
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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