Patti Neighmond http://wesa.fm en High-Performing Charter Schools May Improve Students' Health http://wesa.fm/post/high-performing-charter-schools-may-improve-students-health Many people are intensely interested in how publicly funded charter schools affect children, and that includes not just their academic achievement but their health.<p>Researchers from UCLA and the Rand Corp. wanted to know whether attending a high-performing charter school reduced the rates of risky health behaviors among low-income minority teenagers.<p>They surveyed 521 ninth through 12th-grade students in Los Angeles who attended charter schools, and 409 students who attended local neighborhood schools. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:47:00 +0000 Patti Neighmond 32974 at http://wesa.fm High-Performing Charter Schools May Improve Students' Health Want More Stress In Your Life? Try Parenting A Teenager http://wesa.fm/post/want-more-stress-your-life-try-parenting-teenager If anyone can handle the stress of parenting in the teen years, you'd think it would be a high school teacher.<p>That's how Amy Myers felt. She teaches high school English in a suburb of Boise, Idaho, where she says she has "pseudo parented" about 3,000 teenagers "who I have talked to, given advice to, guided, directed, even lectured about teenage issues," she says.<p>So Myers, 41, felt pretty prepared for her own children's teenage years. That is until her oldest son, Kamron, turned 15. Suddenly, their close relationship turned sour. "Everything I demanded, he fought back. Advice? Wed, 16 Jul 2014 07:28:00 +0000 Patti Neighmond 32693 at http://wesa.fm Want More Stress In Your Life? Try Parenting A Teenager For Many Americans, Stress Takes A Toll On Health And Family http://wesa.fm/post/many-americans-stress-takes-toll-health-and-family Stress is part of the human condition, unavoidable and even necessary to a degree. But too much stress can be toxic — even disabling.<p>And there's a lot of toxic stress out there.<p>A national poll done by NPR with our partners at the <a href="http://www.rwjf.org/">Robert Wood Johnson Foundation</a> and the <a href="http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/">Harvard School of Public Health</a> finds that more than 1 in every 4 Americans say they had a great deal of stress in the previous month.<p>And half of all adults say they experienced a major stressful event in the past year. Mon, 07 Jul 2014 07:18:00 +0000 Patti Neighmond 32154 at http://wesa.fm For Many Americans, Stress Takes A Toll On Health And Family More And More, Young Women Are Being Diagnosed With ADHD http://wesa.fm/post/more-and-more-young-women-are-being-diagnosed-adhd As a child, Diany Levy was called lazy and unfocused. She remembers that teachers called home on a daily basis to tell her parents she was not paying attention in class. Now, at the age of 23, Diany has finally been diagnosed with the cause of her problems – ADHD.<p>Levy is not alone. The number of Americans taking medication to treat <a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0002518/">attention deficit hyperactivity disorder</a> is steadily rising. Mon, 09 Jun 2014 12:14:00 +0000 Patti Neighmond 30587 at http://wesa.fm More And More, Young Women Are Being Diagnosed With ADHD Anxious Parents Can Learn How To Reduce Anxiety In Their Kids http://wesa.fm/post/anxious-parents-can-learn-how-reduce-anxiety-their-kids Children are increasingly anxious, stressed out and overly worried. Part of that has to do with increased pressures to excel in school, sports and extracurricular activities. But part of it has a lot to do with parents.<p>Like other mental and physical health problems, anxiety can be inherited. Mon, 26 May 2014 07:44:00 +0000 Patti Neighmond 29844 at http://wesa.fm Anxious Parents Can Learn How To Reduce Anxiety In Their Kids That Prescription Might Not Have Been Tested For Your Ailment http://wesa.fm/post/prescription-might-not-have-been-tested-your-ailment It's actually quite common for doctors to write "off label" prescriptions, including using cancer drugs to treat migraine headaches or blood pressure medication for heart failure.<p>One <a href="http://archinte.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=410250">study</a> found that 1 in 5 prescriptions written in doctor's offices has not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration to treat the condition it is being used for. Mon, 12 May 2014 07:24:00 +0000 Patti Neighmond 29056 at http://wesa.fm That Prescription Might Not Have Been Tested For Your Ailment Test First Before Going For Those Testosterone Supplements http://wesa.fm/post/test-first-going-those-testosterone-supplements If you're a man and you're concerned about low levels of testosterone, doctors say there are a key steps to take before you go with testosterone supplementation.<p>First off, have your <a href="http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003707.htm">testosterone level</a> measured. It's a simple blood test that should be done first thing in the morning, according to <a href="http://www.mountsinai.org/profiles/ronald-tamler">Dr. Mon, 28 Apr 2014 07:36:00 +0000 Patti Neighmond 28299 at http://wesa.fm Test First Before Going For Those Testosterone Supplements For The Children's Sake, Put Down That Smartphone http://wesa.fm/post/childrens-sake-put-down-smartphone It's not just kids who are overdoing screen time. Parents are often just as guilty of spending too much time checking smartphones and e-mail — and the consequences for their children can be troubling.<p>Dr. Jenny Radesky is a pediatrician specializing in child development. When she worked at a clinic in a high-tech savvy Seattle neighborhood, Radesky started noticing how often parents ignored their kids in favor of a mobile device. She remembers a mother placing her phone in the stroller between herself and the baby. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 07:41:00 +0000 Patti Neighmond 27897 at http://wesa.fm For The Children's Sake, Put Down That Smartphone Chemo Can Make Food Taste Like Metal. Here's Help http://wesa.fm/post/chemo-can-make-food-taste-metal-heres-help Cancer patients often lose their appetite because <a href="http://www.cancer.org/treatment/treatmentsandsideeffects/treatmenttypes/chemotherapy/index">chemotherapy</a> can cause nausea. But it does something else to make food unappetizing – it changes the way things taste.<p><a href="http://www.thesilverpen.com/about-hollye-jacobs/">Hollye Jacobs</a> was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010, at the age of 39. As a nurse she expected the extreme nausea that often accompanies powerful chemo therapy drugs. Mon, 07 Apr 2014 07:22:00 +0000 Patti Neighmond 27128 at http://wesa.fm Chemo Can Make Food Taste Like Metal. Here's Help Casinos, Sites Of Excess, Might Actually Help Families Slim Down http://wesa.fm/post/casinos-sites-excess-might-actually-help-families-slim-down Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>When you think about casinos, you probably think about excess: smoke-filled rooms, too much alcohol, and endless buffets filled with piles of high-fat and high sugar foods.<p>But as NPR's Patti Neighmond reports, a new study suggests casinos may actually have a health benefit for children who live in nearby communities.<p>PATTI NEIGHMOND, BYLINE: Children who grow up on Native American tribal lands are at high risk of being overweight or obese. Nationwide, obesity rates among children are high - one in every three kids is overweight or obese. Mon, 10 Mar 2014 20:22:00 +0000 Patti Neighmond 25623 at http://wesa.fm Of Cigs And Selfies: Teens Imitate Risky Behavior Shared Online http://wesa.fm/post/cigs-and-selfies-teens-imitate-risky-behavior-shared-online Teenagers put a lot of stock in what their peers are doing, and parents are forever trying to push back against that influence. Mon, 10 Mar 2014 06:57:00 +0000 Patti Neighmond 25578 at http://wesa.fm Of Cigs And Selfies: Teens Imitate Risky Behavior Shared Online Teens Who Try E-Cigarettes Are More Likely To Try Tobacco, Too http://wesa.fm/post/teens-who-try-e-cigarettes-are-more-likely-try-tobacco-too While electronic cigarettes may be marketed as alternatives that will keep teenagers away from tobacco, a study suggests that may not be the case.<p>Trying e-cigarettes increased the odds that a teenager would also try tobacco cigarettes and become regular smokers, the study found. Thu, 06 Mar 2014 16:46:00 +0000 Patti Neighmond 25430 at http://wesa.fm Teens Who Try E-Cigarettes Are More Likely To Try Tobacco, Too Marijuana May Hurt The Developing Teen Brain http://wesa.fm/post/marijuana-may-hurt-developing-teen-brain The teenager's brain has a lot of developing to do: It must transform from the brain of a child into the brain of an adult. Some researchers worry how marijuana might affect that crucial process.<p>"Actually, in childhood our brain is larger," says <a href="http://www4.uwm.edu/letsci/psychology/faculty/krista-m-lisdahl.cfm">Krista Lisdahl</a>, director of the brain imaging and neuropsychology lab at University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. Mon, 03 Mar 2014 08:32:00 +0000 Patti Neighmond 25239 at http://wesa.fm Parents And Teens Aren't Up To Speed On HPV Risks, Doctors Say http://wesa.fm/post/parents-and-teens-arent-speed-hpv-risks-doctors-say You would think that a vaccine that could prevent cancer would be an easy sell, but that's hasn't proven to be true so far with the vaccine to prevent cervical cancer.<p>Just 33 percent of girls and less than 7 percent of boys in the U.S. have gotten all three recommended doses of the vaccine to protect against the <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/std/hpv/stdfact-hpv.htm">human papillomavirus</a>, which causes cervical and other cancers. Wed, 19 Feb 2014 21:40:00 +0000 Patti Neighmond 24673 at http://wesa.fm It Takes More Than A Produce Aisle To Refresh A Food Desert http://wesa.fm/post/takes-more-produce-aisle-refresh-food-desert In inner cities and poor rural areas across the country, public health advocates have been working hard to turn around <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2013/10/07/230142780/food-truck-pioneer-battles-food-deserts-with-high-cuisine">food deserts</a> — neighborhoods where fresh produce is scarce, and greasy fast food abounds. In many cases, they're converting dingy, cramped corner markets into lighter, brighter venues that offer fresh fruits and vegetables. Mon, 10 Feb 2014 08:26:00 +0000 Patti Neighmond 24169 at http://wesa.fm It Takes More Than A Produce Aisle To Refresh A Food Desert Most Teens Aren't Active Enough, And It's Not Always Their Fault http://wesa.fm/post/most-teens-arent-active-enough-and-its-not-always-their-fault Sure, you think, my kid's on a football team. That takes care of his exercise needs, right? Probably not.<p>"There are these bursts of activity," says <a href="http://sallis.ucsd.edu/">Jim Sallis</a>, a professor of family and preventive medicine at the University of California, San Diego. Mon, 03 Feb 2014 08:27:00 +0000 Patti Neighmond 23791 at http://wesa.fm Most Teens Aren't Active Enough, And It's Not Always Their Fault Diabetes, Cost Of Care Top Health Concerns For U.S. Latinos http://wesa.fm/post/taking-pulse-latino-health-concerns Latino immigrants in the U.S. say the quality and affordability of health care is better in the U.S. than in the countries they came from, <a href="npr.org/blogs/codeswitch/2014/01/17/263502571/a-new-poll-takes-a-look-at-views-from-latino-america">according to the latest survey by NPR</a>, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health. But many report having health care problems.<p>About a third of immigrant respondents (31 percent) said they'd had a serious problem with being able to pay for health insurance in the past 12 months. Tue, 21 Jan 2014 10:15:00 +0000 Patti Neighmond 23104 at http://wesa.fm Diabetes, Cost Of Care Top Health Concerns For U.S. Latinos Pain In The Back? Exercise May Help You Learn Not To Feel It http://wesa.fm/post/pain-back-exercise-may-help-you-learn-not-feel-it More than 1 in 4 adult Americans say they've recently suffered a bout of low-back pain. It's one of the most common reasons people go to the doctor. And more and more people are being treated for it.<p>America spends <a href="http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=181453">more than $80 billion a year</a> on back pain treatments. Mon, 13 Jan 2014 08:09:00 +0000 Patti Neighmond 22742 at http://wesa.fm Pain In The Back? Exercise May Help You Learn Not To Feel It Healthful Habits Can Help Induce Sleep Without The Pills http://wesa.fm/post/healthy-habits-can-help-induce-sleep-without-pills About one-third of American adults say they have problems falling asleep. And prescriptions for sleeping medications are on the rise, with about 4 percent of people using the drugs, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.<p>But sleep specialists say people should exercise caution before deciding to take medication to help them sleep.<p>Take the case of Nancy Sherman, a woman in her 60s who lives in Seattle. Sleepless nights started about four years ago when she lived directly above an "end of the line" bus stop. Mon, 16 Dec 2013 07:45:00 +0000 Patti Neighmond 21435 at http://wesa.fm Healthful Habits Can Help Induce Sleep Without The Pills Teens Who Feel Supported At Home And School Sleep Better http://wesa.fm/post/teens-who-feel-supported-home-and-school-sleep-better A teen's relationship — or lack of good relationship — with parents, pals or teachers may have a lot to do with why most kids aren't getting the nine to 10 hours of sleep that doctors recommend. The hormonal disruptions of puberty likely also play a role.<p>That's the word from <a href="http://www.artsci.uc.edu/faculty-staff/listing/by_dept/sociology.html?eid=maumedj">David Maume,</a> a sociologist and sleep researcher at the University of Cincinnati. Thu, 05 Dec 2013 08:14:00 +0000 Patti Neighmond 20850 at http://wesa.fm Teens Who Feel Supported At Home And School Sleep Better School Stress Takes A Toll On Health, Teens And Parents Say http://wesa.fm/post/school-stress-takes-toll-health-teens-and-parents-say When high school junior Nora Huynh got her report card, she was devastated to see that she didn't get a perfect 4.0.<p>Nora "had a total meltdown, cried for hours," her mother, Jennie Huynh of Alameda, Calif., says. "I couldn't believe her reaction."<p>Nora is doing college-level work, her mother says, but many of her friends are taking enough advanced classes to boost their grade-point averages above 4.0. "It breaks my heart to see her upset when she's doing so awesome and going above and beyond."<p>And the pressure is taking a physical toll, too. Mon, 02 Dec 2013 07:53:00 +0000 Patti Neighmond 20656 at http://wesa.fm School Stress Takes A Toll On Health, Teens And Parents Say Recipe For Strong Teen Bones: Exercise, Calcium And Vitamin D http://wesa.fm/post/recipe-strong-teenage-bones-exercise-calcium-and-d It's really only a sliver of time when humans build the bulk of their skeleton. At age 9, the bones start a big growth spurt. And by the time puberty ends, around 14 or 15 years old, the adult-sized skeleton is all but done, about 90 percent complete.<p>But doctors say a lot of children aren't getting what they need to do that. Mon, 28 Oct 2013 07:27:00 +0000 Patti Neighmond 18831 at http://wesa.fm Recipe For Strong Teen Bones: Exercise, Calcium And Vitamin D Exercise May Help Knees More Than Glucosamine And Chondroitin http://wesa.fm/post/exercise-may-help-knees-more-glucosamine-and-chondroitin If you're among the estimated 27 million Americans who suffer from osteoarthritis of the knee or hip, then perhaps you've tried the nutritional supplements glucosamine and chondroitin. They've been marketed for joint health for about 20 years, and sales are still brisk. But do they help?<p>Some horses might say yes. The supplements were first tried in horses, and there's some <a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21925689">evidence</a> that the supplements might improve joint function for them.<p>Glucosamine and chondroitin are also marketed to dog owners. But what about us humans? Mon, 14 Oct 2013 07:19:00 +0000 Patti Neighmond 18088 at http://wesa.fm Exercise May Help Knees More Than Glucosamine And Chondroitin Kombucha: Magical Health Elixir Or Just Funky Tea? http://wesa.fm/post/kombucha-magical-health-elixir-or-just-funky-tea Chances are, you've seen it in your local grocery store. Maybe you've even mustered the courage to taste it — or at least take a whiff.<p>Once mostly a product of health food stores and hippies' kitchens, <a href="http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/kombucha-tea/AN01658">kombucha tea</a> is now commercially available in many major grocery stores.<p>And people aren't necessarily scooping it up for its flavor. Mon, 30 Sep 2013 07:35:00 +0000 Patti Neighmond 17341 at http://wesa.fm Kombucha: Magical Health Elixir Or Just Funky Tea? Calling Obesity A Disease May Make It Easier To Get Help http://wesa.fm/post/calling-obesity-disease-may-make-it-easier-get-help Under the Affordable Care Act, more insurance plans are expected to start covering the cost of obesity treatments, including counseling on diet and exercise as well as medications and surgery. Mon, 16 Sep 2013 07:22:00 +0000 Patti Neighmond 16584 at http://wesa.fm Calling Obesity A Disease May Make It Easier To Get Help