ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Combating Myths About Seasonal Allergies
Using Music and Sports to Improve Kids' Asthma
Climate Change Could Sting Allergy, Asthma Sufferers
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Awareness of Alternative Therapies May Be Lacking
Wristbands May Lessen Nausea After Radiation
Quit Smoking the Holistic Way
ANIMAL CARE
Safe Toys for Dogs
Rest Easy. When It Comes to Swine Flu, Your Pet Is Safe
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
BONES & JOINTS
Barefoot Lifestyle Has Its Dangers
Childhood Dairy Intake Boosts Bone Health Later On
Scientists ID New Genes Tied to Crohn's Disease
CANCER
Asthmatics Who Quit Smoking May Reverse Lung Damage
Selenium, Omega-3s May Stave Off Colorectal Cancer
Exercise Cuts Lung Cancer Risk in Ex-Smokers by 45%
CAREGIVING
Older Caregivers Prone to Worse Sleep Patterns
Hospital Volume Imperfect Gauge of Cancer Surgery Outcomes
Study of Everest Climbers Questions Oxygen Use
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Walk 100 Steps a Minute for 'Moderate' Exercise
A Brisk Pace May Keep Stroke at Bay
Vitamins Do Older Women Little Good
COSMETIC
With Psoriasis, the Internet May Offer Hope
Contact Lenses Boost Kids' Self-Image
Get Sugared!.... Its a sweet choice for hair removal
DENTAL, ORAL
Biological Product Shows Promise Against Gum Disease
Toothbrushing May Stave Off Heart Woes
Good Oral Hygiene May Protect Against Heart Infections
DIABETES
24 Million Americans Had Diabetes in 2007
Laughter May Lower Heart Attack Risk in Diabetics
Arthritis Hits More Than Half of Diabetics
DIET, NUTRITION
The Best Diet? That Depends on You
Vitamin D Vital for the Heart
More Whole Grains May Mean Less Fat
DISABILITIES
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Controversial Chemical Lingers Longer in the Body
Vest Monitors 'Individual' Air Pollution
Vitamin D Deficit May Trigger MS Risk Gene
EYE CARE, VISION
Protein Might One Day Prevent Blindness
Statin Drugs Cause Eye Disorders
Don't Lose Sight of Halloween Safety
FITNESS
Weak Muscles May Cause 'Runner's Knee'
Diet, Exercise May Slow Kidney Disease Progression
Community Exercise Programs Boost Seniors' Strength
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Traditional Nonsurgical GERD Treatments Not Impressive
Bowel Prep Harder on Women Than Men
Soothing Imagery May Help Rid Some Kids of Stomach Pain
GENERAL HEALTH
To Quit Smoking, Try Logging On
Hand-Washing Habits Still Need Improvement: Survey Says
Should the FDA Regulate Tobacco?
HEAD & NECK
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Imaging Sheds Light on How Acupuncture Works
Combating Myths About Seasonal Allergies
E-Mailing Your Way to Healthier Habits
HEARING
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Review Confirms Links Between Diet, Heart Health
Too Much Red Meat May Shorten Life Span
Fructose Boosts Blood Pressure, Studies Find
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Chinese 'Devil Dung' Plant Could Be a Swine Flu Fighter
Bacterial Infections May Succumb to Honey
Poor Restroom Cleaning Causes Cruise-Ship Sickness
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Safety Should Be Priority for Those Involved in Kids' Sports
Exercise Eases Obesity and Anger in Kids
Eating Fish, Breast-Feeding Boost Infant Development
MEN'S HEALTH
Whole Grains, Bran May Fight Hypertension in Men
Drinking Green Tea May Slow Prostate Cancer
Countdown to Hair Loss
MENTAL HEALTH
Keeping a Healthy Holiday Balance
Teen Internet Addicts More Likely to Self-Harm: Study
The Acne Drug Accutane More Than Doubles Depression Risk
PAIN
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Mom's Extra Pregnancy Pounds May Raise Child's Heart Risks
Pre-Pregnancy Weight Linked to Babies' Heart Problems
Expectant Mom's Exercise Keeps Newborn's Birth Weight Down
SENIORS
Keeping Mentally Active Seems To Keep The Brain Active
Seniors Cope With Sleep Loss Better Than Young Adults
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Moderate Aerobics May Ease Insomnia Symptoms
Pay Attention to Signs That Say You're Too Fatigued to Drive
Daylight Savings: Not a Bright Time for All
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Soy May Not Lead to Denser Breasts
Green Tea May Help Treat Uterine Fibroids
Alternative Treatments May Boost IVF Success
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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