ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Folic Acid Might Offer Allergy Relief
Climate Change Could Sting Allergy, Asthma Sufferers
Using Music and Sports to Improve Kids' Asthma
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Quit Smoking the Holistic Way
Memory Loss Help from Brain Supplement Prevagen
Meditation May Boost Short-Term Visual Memory
ANIMAL CARE
Separation Anxiety, Canine-Style
Rest Easy. When It Comes to Swine Flu, Your Pet Is Safe
Safe Toys for Dogs
BONES & JOINTS
Fruits and Veggies May Strengthen Bones
Autumn Sees More Women With Bunion Problems
Tips to Ease an Aching Back
CANCER
Hypnosis Cuts Hot Flashes for Breast Cancer Survivors
Red Meat No No No But Oily Fish Yes Yes Yes
Omega-3 May Safely Treat Precancerous Bowel Polyps
CAREGIVING
Injected Medication Errors a Major Problem
Depression, PTSD Common Among Lung Transplant Patient Caregivers
Study of Everest Climbers Questions Oxygen Use
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Review Confirms Links Between Diet, Heart Health
Bad Marriages Harder on Women's Health
Migraines in Pregnancy Boost Vascular Risks
COSMETIC
Science May Banish Bad Hair Days
Wrinkle Fillers Need Better Label Warnings: FDA Panel
Health Tip: After Liposuction
DENTAL, ORAL
Biological Product Shows Promise Against Gum Disease
Gum Care Helps Control Type 2 Diabetes and Its Complications
Health Tip: At Risk for Gingivitis
DIABETES
24 Million Americans Had Diabetes in 2007
Americans Consuming More Sugary Beverages
Chamomile Tea May Ward Off Diabetes Damage
DIET, NUTRITION
Low Vitamin A, C Intake Tied to Asthma Risk
Go Healthy, Not Hungry for Holiday Eating
Many Kids Don't Need the Vitamins They're Taking
DISABILITIES
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Warmer-Than-Average Temperatures Raise Migraine Risk
Gene Mutation May Cause Some Cases of Seasonal Affective Disorder
Smog Standards Need Tightening, Activists Say
EYE CARE, VISION
Gene-Transfer Proves Safe for Vision Problem
Brain Pressure More Likely to Cause Vision Loss in Men
It's a Whole New Outlook for Cataract Patients
FITNESS
Seniors Who Exercise Help Their Health
More Steps a Day Lead to Better Health
Resistance Training Boosts Mobility in Knee Arthritis Patients
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Intestinal Bacteria Trigger Immune Response
Traditional Nonsurgical GERD Treatments Not Impressive
Olive Oil May Protect Against Bowel Disease
GENERAL HEALTH
Pay Attention to Signs That Say You're Too Fatigued to Drive
Coffee Cuts Liver Scarring in Hepatitis C
Kids With Vitamin D Deficiency Linked to Heart Trouble
HEAD & NECK
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Airport Full Body Scanners Pose No Health Threat: Experts
Using Light Therapy to Silence Harmful Brain Activity
Study Suggests Link Between Cell Phones and Brain Tumors
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
An Apple a Day May Help Keep Heart Disease Away
Cherry-Enriched Diet Cut Heart Risks in Rats
Too-Low Blood Pressure Can Also Bring Danger
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Grapefruit Compound Inhibits Hepatitis C Virus
Swine Flu Closes Three Schools in NYC
Chinese 'Devil Dung' Plant Could Be a Swine Flu Fighter
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Dangerous Toys Still on Store Shelves, Report Finds
St. John's Wort Doesn't Work for ADHD
Coconut Oil May Help Fight Childhood Pneumonia
MEN'S HEALTH
Physical Activity May Prolong Survival After Colon Cancer
Soy Linked to Low Sperm Count
The Dark Side of Vegetarianism
MENTAL HEALTH
Eight Spiritual Universal Principles in the Art of Practice
Psychotherapy Can Boost Happiness More Than Money
Chocolate a Sweet Pick-Me-Up for the Depressed
PAIN
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
For Baby and Mom Alike, Breast-Feeding May Be Best
Heart Defects in Newborns Linked to Antidepressants
SENIORS
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
Exercise Benefits Even the Oldest Old
As You Age, Better Health Means Better Sex
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Meditation May Help Put Primary Insomnia to Bed
Exercising Throat Muscles May Relieve Sleep Apnea
Moderate Aerobics May Ease Insomnia Symptoms
WOMEN'S HEALTH
For Women, Moderate Midlife Drinking Linked to Healthier Old Age
Smoking Ups Risk of Second Breast Cancer
Natural Relief for Painful Menstrual Cramps
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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