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(NEW YORK) -- A growing number of young children are being diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and increasingly parents are on the front lines of identifying early symptoms, according to a new study. A third of children with ADHD are diagnosed under the age of 6, and in the vast majority of ADHD diagnoses, family members ...
By DR. JENNIFER ASHTON, ABC News Senior Medical ContributorFruit. It’s the naturally sweet snack that, according to those well-known food pyramids, we need two to three servings of daily. But new information about fruit being loaded with sugar has some of us staying away. So how much fruit do you really need?While fruit contains sugar, it als...
(NEW YORK) -- One year after the company stopped selling tobacco products in its stores, CVS Health says it has seen impressive results.The national pharmacy chain stopped tobacco sales in September 2014, and since that time, the 13 states in which CVS has a 15 percent or greater market share have seen a one percent decrease in cigarette pack sales...
(PERSON COUNTY, N.C.) -- Dozens of students at a North Carolina school were sent home after they exhibited possible signs of a virus, according to the local school superintendent.At least 84 students at the Person High School in Person County were sent home after exhibiting "virus type symptoms," according to a statement from Person County School S...
(ELGIN, Ill.) — A 5-year-old girl became a hero to her family after she helped her twin brother fight his aggressive form of leukemia by selflessly donating her stem cells to him."What Charlie did for her brother and my wife and I was nothing short of amazing," dad Brian Godish of Elgin, Illinois, told ABC News Wednesday. “For us to be ...
(PRAIRIE VILLAGE, Kan.) -- Seven years after finding a lump in his chest, Bret Miller was diagnosed with stage 1 breast cancer at age 24. Multiple doctors had brushed off his concerns through the years, telling him it was likely a calcium deposit. Then, after finally being told he had cancer, Miller, of Prairie Village, Kansas, was dismayed when a ...
(NEW YORK) — Paula Deen may have dropped some serious weight in the past, but the Dancing With the Stars contestant said she "never" gave up butter.When asked by Good Morning America what she would do to sweeten up the judges for good scores, she said, "I dunno, bring ‘em butter!""I probably will. I’ve asked wherever they put me t...
By DR. JENNIFER ASHTON, ABC News Senior Medical ContributorYou know those skinny jeans in the back of your closet from your slimmer days? Are you still hoping and even struggling to fit into them? If so, let them go.Research shows that holding onto skinny clothes and hoping that you’ll fit into them one day is a common idea but it’s act...
(NEW YORK) — It’s the post-break-up phenomenon taking social by storm.Divorcees are now ditching their marriage and instead saying ‘I do’ to “divorce selfies.” The new trend is finding the silver lining in splitting up, turning a heartbreaking situation into a fun photo opp.“[It’s] A lighthearted way ...
(NEW YORK) -- Knee replacements are on the rise, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics says, and the people undergoing the surgery are getting younger.According to data released on Wednesday, the rate of knee replacements increased for both men and women between 2000 and 2010. The rate of the su...
(SAN FRANCISCO, Cali.) -- Researchers believe they have found the cause of a mysterious and fatal brain disease that leaves patients with symptom's similar to Parkinson's disease, including rigid muscles, tremors and low blood pressure. Called Multiple System Atrophy (MSA), the disease is rare but devastating, affecting three out of every 100,000 p...
(ATLANTA) — Putting a new spin on looking “good for your age,” researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have figured out a way to determine if your cardiovascular system is actually aging faster than the rest of you.In a new study, CDC researchers found the hearts of U.S. adults are often much “olde...
By DR. JENNIFER ASHTON, ABC News Senior Medical ContributorTalking to kids about their weight is no easy task and you don’t want to hurt their feelings. But it’s such an important conversation to have in order to help your children take control of their health as soon as possible.Here are some tips on how to talk to them: Tell your chi...
(NEW YORK) — A New Jersey couple is stranded in Portugal after giving birth to their first child, caught between medical regulations, insurance costs and visa stipulations.Doctors cleared Kim and Fred Spratt to travel in May, when Kim was six months pregnant with twins.But one week into the vacation, Kim went into labor. The couple’s ne...
(NEW YORK) -- Cigarette smoking among Americans has hit a historic low, according to preliminary data released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics.Through the first three months of 2015, the CDC estimates that 15.2 percent of American adults over the age of 18 are current smokers. For the p...
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By DR. JENNIFER ASHTON, ABC News Senior Medical ContributorAre you still having nightmares? For about 10 percent of adults, they are a serious problem.Studies in the field of sleep medicine have shown that having negative attitudes towards ourselves, being exhausted or fatigued, using sleeping pills and frequent heavy use of alcohol are all associa...
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