ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Herbal Remedy Could Halt Peanut Allergy
Overweight Moms More Likely to Have Asthmatic Kids
Air Pollution May Raise Blood Pressure
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Taking the Mystery Out of Hypnotherapy
Acupuncture Eases Side Effects of Head, Neck Cancer Treatments
Awareness of Alternative Therapies May Be Lacking
ANIMAL CARE
Rest Easy. When It Comes to Swine Flu, Your Pet Is Safe
Separation Anxiety, Canine-Style
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
BONES & JOINTS
Health Tip: Back Pain in Children
Occupational Therapy Plus Exercise Benefits Osteoarthritis
Drinking Cuts Rheumatoid Arthritis Risk
CANCER
Physical Activity May Prolong Survival After Colon Cancer
To Quit Smoking, Try Logging On
Strenuous Daily Workout May Keep Cancer at Bay
CAREGIVING
Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome as Deadly as Ever
Moms Who Breast-Feed Less Likely to Neglect Child
Baby's Sleep Position May Not Affect Severity of Head Flattening
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Mercury in Fish Linked to High Blood Pressure
Laughter Can Boost Heart Health
A Brisk Pace May Keep Stroke at Bay
COSMETIC
New Genetic Links to Baldness Discovered
Gum Chewing May Cut Craving for Snacks
Study Evaluates Laser Therapies for Hair Removal
DENTAL, ORAL
Holistic Dentistry-My View
Study Links Osteoporosis Drugs to Jaw Trouble
Hormones May Be to Blame for Women's Cavity Rates
DIABETES
Study Shows Turmeric May Prevent Type 2 Diabetes
Abnormal Heart Rhythm Boosts Death Risk for Diabetics
Coffee, Tea Might Stave Off Diabetes
DIET, NUTRITION
Breakfast Eggs Keep Folks on Diet
Most Fast-Food French Fries Cooked in Unhealthiest Oil
Cinnamon Breaks Up Brain Plaques, May Hold Key to Fighting Alzheimer’s
DISABILITIES
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Agent Orange Exposure Tied to Prostate Cancer Return
Global Warming Linked to Heightened Kidney Stone Risk
Hurricane Threats: Time to Batten Down the Hatches
EYE CARE, VISION
Florida Vision Test Law: Fewer Traffic Deaths Among Elderly
Diabetic Hispanics Missing Out on Eye Exams
Ordinary Chores Cause Half of All Eye Injuries
FITNESS
Research Confirms How Valuable A Healthy Lifestyle Can Be
Have Fun This Summer, But DO Be Careful
Walking Golf Course Affects Swing, Performance
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
HRT Use Raises Risk of Stomach Trouble
Japanese Herbals May Ease Gastro Woes
Intestinal Bacteria Trigger Immune Response
GENERAL HEALTH
It Pays to Eat Less as You Age
Green Spaces Boost the Body and the Mind
Internet Program Helps Problem Drinkers
HEAD & NECK
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Save Your Aging Brain, Try Surfing The Web
Imaging Sheds Light on How Acupuncture Works
HEARING
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Too-Low Blood Pressure Can Also Bring Danger
Review Confirms Links Between Diet, Heart Health
Kids With Vitamin D Deficiency Linked to Heart Trouble
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Chinese 'Devil Dung' Plant Could Be a Swine Flu Fighter
Older Adults May Have Some Immunity to Swine Flu
Swine Flu Loves a Crowd
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Eating Fish, Breast-Feeding Boost Infant Development
Exercise in Adolescence May Cut Risk of Deadly Brain Tumor
Combo Treatment Eases Wheezing in Babies
MEN'S HEALTH
Sunlight May Help Protect Men From Kidney Cancer
Whole Grains, Bran May Fight Hypertension in Men
Strenuous Daily Workout May Keep Cancer at Bay
MENTAL HEALTH
Psychotherapy Can Boost Happiness More Than Money
Common Social Groups and Race, Seem to Help People Relate
Musicians' Brains Tuned to Emotions in Sound
PAIN
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
For Baby and Mom Alike, Breast-Feeding May Be Best
Woman in America Are Delaying Motherhood, Study Says
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
SENIORS
Tai Chi May Help Ward Off Knee Pain in Seniors
Martial Arts Training May Save Seniors' Hips
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
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Occaisonal Dieting May Cut Breast Cancer, Study Says
Exercise, Weight Control May Keep Fibromyalgia at Bay
How Much Fish to Eat While Pregnant?
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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