Patti Neighmond http://blog.wlrn.org en High-Performing Charter Schools May Improve Students' Health http://blog.wlrn.org/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 35918 at http://blog.wlrn.org High-Performing Charter Schools May Improve Students' Health Want More Stress In Your Life? Try Parenting A Teenager http://blog.wlrn.org/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 35632 at http://blog.wlrn.org Want More Stress In Your Life? Try Parenting A Teenager For Many Americans, Stress Takes A Toll On Health And Family http://blog.wlrn.org/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 35094 at http://blog.wlrn.org For Many Americans, Stress Takes A Toll On Health And Family More And More, Young Women Are Being Diagnosed With ADHD http://blog.wlrn.org/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 33608 at http://blog.wlrn.org More And More, Young Women Are Being Diagnosed With ADHD Anxious Parents Can Learn How To Reduce Anxiety In Their Kids http://blog.wlrn.org/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 32924 at http://blog.wlrn.org Anxious Parents Can Learn How To Reduce Anxiety In Their Kids That Prescription Might Not Have Been Tested For Your Ailment http://blog.wlrn.org/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 32178 at http://blog.wlrn.org That Prescription Might Not Have Been Tested For Your Ailment Test First Before Going For Those Testosterone Supplements http://blog.wlrn.org/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 31455 at http://blog.wlrn.org Test First Before Going For Those Testosterone Supplements For The Children's Sake, Put Down That Smartphone http://blog.wlrn.org/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 31092 at http://blog.wlrn.org For The Children's Sake, Put Down That Smartphone Chemo Can Make Food Taste Like Metal. Here's Help http://blog.wlrn.org/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 30380 at http://blog.wlrn.org Chemo Can Make Food Taste Like Metal. Here's Help Casinos, Sites Of Excess, Might Actually Help Families Slim Down http://blog.wlrn.org/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 28997 at http://blog.wlrn.org Of Cigs And Selfies: Teens Imitate Risky Behavior Shared Online http://blog.wlrn.org/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 28954 at http://blog.wlrn.org Of Cigs And Selfies: Teens Imitate Risky Behavior Shared Online Teens Who Try E-Cigarettes Are More Likely To Try Tobacco, Too http://blog.wlrn.org/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 28813 at http://blog.wlrn.org Teens Who Try E-Cigarettes Are More Likely To Try Tobacco, Too Marijuana May Hurt The Developing Teen Brain http://blog.wlrn.org/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 28639 at http://blog.wlrn.org Parents And Teens Aren't Up To Speed On HPV Risks, Doctors Say http://blog.wlrn.org/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 21:45:00 +0000 Patti Neighmond 28139 at http://blog.wlrn.org It Takes More Than A Produce Aisle To Refresh A Food Desert http://blog.wlrn.org/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 27683 at http://blog.wlrn.org It Takes More Than A Produce Aisle To Refresh A Food Desert