ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Herbal Remedy Could Halt Peanut Allergy
New Spray Could Benefit Cystic Fibrosis Patients
'Safe' Ozone Levels May Not Be for Some
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Garlic Yields Up Its Health Secret
No Verdict Yet on Grape Seed Extract vs. Breast Cancer
Meditation May Boost Short-Term Visual Memory
ANIMAL CARE
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
Beware of Dog Bites
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
BONES & JOINTS
Weight Loss Might Not Curb Knee Arthritis
Get in Step With Summer Foot Care
A Little Drink May Be Good for Your Bones
CANCER
Where You Live May Affect Your Cancer Diagnosis
Acupuncture May Help Relieve Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
Low Vitamin D Levels May Initiate Cancer Development
CAREGIVING
Newborn Screenings Now Required Across U.S.
Many Hospital Patients Can't ID Their Doctors
Are Hospital Mobile Phones Dialing Up Superbugs?
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Varicose Veins May Mask Larger Problem
Drink a Little Wine, Live a Little Longer
Walk 100 Steps a Minute for 'Moderate' Exercise
COSMETIC
Gum Chewing May Cut Craving for Snacks
Mouse Study Finds Molecule That Tells Hair to Grow
Science May Banish Bad Hair Days
DENTAL, ORAL
Hormones May Be to Blame for Women's Cavity Rates
Study Links Osteoporosis Drugs to Jaw Trouble
Health Tip: At Risk for Gingivitis
DIABETES
Fish Twice a Week Cuts Diabetics' Kidney Risks
Coffee, Tea Might Stave Off Diabetes
Spices, Herbs Boost Health for Diabetics
DIET, NUTRITION
Low-Fat Diet Does Little to Alter Cholesterol Levels
10 Beginner Tips for Fast Weight Loss, the Low-Carb Way!
DASH Diet Has Extra Benefits for Women's Health
DISABILITIES
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Household Insecticides May Be Linked to Autoimmune Diseases
Chemical in Plastics May Cause Fertility Problems
Controversial Chemical Lingers Longer in the Body
EYE CARE, VISION
Green Tea May Ward Off Eye Disease
High Temps Degrade Contact Lens Solution: Study
Eye Test Could Spot Diabetes Vision Trouble Early
FITNESS
Antioxidants Blunt Exercise Benefit, Study Shows
Research Confirms How Valuable A Healthy Lifestyle Can Be
Exercise As Well As Acupuncture, May Ease Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Olive Oil May Protect Against Bowel Disease
Gum Chewing May Speed Colon Surgery Recovery
New Yogurt May Ease Stomach Ulcers
GENERAL HEALTH
Swine Flu May Have Infected More Than 100,000 Americans
The Yearly Flu Shot Debate
Heart Disease May Be Prevented By Taking Fish Oils, Study Shows
HEAD & NECK
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Using Light Therapy to Silence Harmful Brain Activity
Study Suggests Link Between Cell Phones and Brain Tumors
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
Research Shows Genetic Activity of Antioxidants
Fondness for Fish Keeps Japanese Hearts Healthy
Soy Protein Doesn't Lower Cholesterol
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Swine Flu Now Reported in All 50 States
Older Adults May Have Some Immunity to Swine Flu
Viral Infection Might Trigger High Blood Pressure
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Soothing Imagery May Help Rid Some Kids of Stomach Pain
Help Your Kids Stay Active
School Meals Need to Get Healthier
MEN'S HEALTH
Vigorous Exercise Cuts Stroke Risk for Men, Not Women
Low Iron Levels Cut Cancer Risk in Men With PAD
Could Chinese Herb Be a Natural Viagra?
MENTAL HEALTH
Most Depressed Teens Don't Get Treatment
The Acne Drug Accutane More Than Doubles Depression Risk
Music Soothes Anxiety as Well as Massage Does
PAIN
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Pre-Pregnancy Weight Linked to Babies' Heart Problems
Music of Mozart Soothes the Preemie Baby
Breast-Feeding May Protect a Woman's Heart
SENIORS
Boost In Elderly Population Will Be Felt Worldwide
Seniors Cope With Sleep Loss Better Than Young Adults
Nighttime Urination Linked to Higher Death Rate Among Elderly
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Pay Attention to Signs That Say You're Too Fatigued to Drive
Better Sleep, Grades Seem to Go Up
Meditation May Help Put Primary Insomnia to Bed
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Exercise, Weight Control May Keep Fibromyalgia at Bay
How Much Fish to Eat While Pregnant?
Exercise Boosts Bone Density in Breast-Feeding Moms
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Play Creatively as a Kid, Be a Healthier Adult

Children who engage in creative and active play may grow up to be healthier adults, suggests a British study.

The finding comes from a study that involved 505 young adults who provided information about their health and their childhood play experiences. Four types of play were found to be associated in different ways with adult health, said the University of Ulster researchers.

Higher levels of creative play in childhood predicted good adult health habits, such as eating a healthy diet and getting regular exercise. More active play in childhood was associated with better overall health and more exercise in adulthood.

Adults who had restrictions on play -- such as less time to play -- were more likely to be overweight and have less healthy lifestyles.

"Having the freedom and opportunity to play is important for all aspects of child development and is a right that is often overlooked," study author Tony Cassidy said in a news release from the British Psychological Society. "It is something that most children want to do, and do naturally, but its importance is not always recognized by adults, particularly policymakers."

"For all sorts of reasons, our society has restricted child play," he added. "To remove restrictions and reverse a potentially damaging trend requires a change in attitudes across adult society."

The study was to be presented April 14 at the society's annual conference.

SOURCES: British Psychological Society, news release, April 14, 2010 Published on: April 14, 2010