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Eleven Signs Your Child May Be Depressed

When your teen snaps at you for having the gall to say hello to them in the morning and wakes up mad at the world, it can be easy to dismiss this behavior as normal adolescent moodiness. But what may seem like an attitude problem may actually be a sign of depression. According to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, about 5% of children and teens suffer from depression at any given point in time.

“In children and adolescents who are depressed, you may notice more irritability and loss of interest rather than just sadness or a depressed mood,” says pediatric psychologist Kimberly Burkhart, PhD.

Though depression is more common in teenagers, school-aged children can experience it as well, Dr. Burkhart says. In younger children, you may notice them reacting more emotionally. They may also be moody. For instance, one minute the child is very happy and the next minute, t

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Cardiovascular Health Disparities Between Whites And Minorities Narrow, Study Shows

The nation’s overall cardiovascular health worsened from 1988 to 2014, with disparities among racial and ethnic groups dropping slightly. But the reduction in disparities was due to worsening health among whites — not improvements among African-Americans and Mexican-Americans, a new UCLA-led study suggests.

“The reason for the reduction in disparities was unexpected,” said lead author Dr. Arleen Brown, professor of medicine in the division of general internal medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and Olive View Medical Center. “Whites were the only group we studied where the prevalence of optimal cardiovascular health declined consistently over the time period.”

Among the findings:

•From 1988 to 2014, the percentage of whites with optimal cardiovascular health fell 15.3 percentage points among those ages 25 to 44, and 4.6 percentage points among those 65 and older.

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Quintupling Inhaler Medication May Not Prevent Asthma Attacks In Children

Children with mild to moderate asthma do not benefit from a common practice of increasing their inhaled steroids at the first signs of an asthma exacerbation, according to clinical trial results published in The New England Journal of Medicine.

Researchers found short-term increases in inhaled steroids did not prevent attacks in children aged 5 to 11, and may even slow a child’s growth.

For one year, researchers measured benefits of quintupling inhaled steroid doses during the earliest signs of an asthma attack. This period—known as the “yellow zone”—is when wheezing, coughing, and shortness of breath first appear. “Increasing the dose of inhaled steroids at early signs of asthma worsening along with using quick relief medicines to relieve symptoms is a common practice,” says study author Kristie Ross, MD, assistant professor of pediatrics at Case Western Reserve University School of

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Progress Toward A New Flu Treatment, Thanks To A Small Tweak

This year’s unexpectedly aggressive flu season reminds everyone that although the flu vaccine can reduce the number of people who contract the virus, it is still not 100 percent effective. Researchers report that a tweak to a small-molecule drug shows promise for future production of new antiviral therapies that could help patients, regardless of the strain with which they are infected.

The researchers present their work today at the 255th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS). ACS, the world’s largest scientific society, is holding the meeting here through Thursday. It features more than 13,000 presentations on a wide range of science topics.

“This has been a bad flu season with a highly infectious, aggressive strain, and the inoculation does not appear to be working well. It makes the population, particularly the young and the elderly, vulnerable to ser

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