Patti Neighmond http://www.kplu.org en High-Performing Charter Schools May Improve Students' Health http://www.kplu.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 21:39:58 +0000 Patti Neighmond 17827 at http://www.kplu.org High-Performing Charter Schools May Improve Students' Health Teens Who Try E-Cigarettes Are More Likely To Try Tobacco, Too http://www.kplu.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. Fri, 07 Mar 2014 01:30:32 +0000 Patti Neighmond 14514 at http://www.kplu.org Teens Who Try E-Cigarettes Are More Likely To Try Tobacco, Too Parents And Teens Aren't Up To Speed On HPV Risks, Doctors Say http://www.kplu.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 21:53:42 +0000 Patti Neighmond 13838 at http://www.kplu.org It Takes More Than A Produce Aisle To Refresh A Food Desert http://www.kplu.org/post/it-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 17:30:29 +0000 Patti Neighmond 13454 at http://www.kplu.org 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://www.kplu.org/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 17:28:48 +0000 Patti Neighmond 13169 at http://www.kplu.org Most Teens Aren't Active Enough, And It's Not Always Their Fault Healthful Habits Can Help Induce Sleep Without The Pills http://www.kplu.org/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 08:32:48 +0000 Patti Neighmond 11739 at http://www.kplu.org Healthful Habits Can Help Induce Sleep Without The Pills Another side effect of chemotherapy: 'chemo brain' http://www.kplu.org/post/another-side-effect-chemotherapy-chemo-brain It's well-known that chemotherapy often comes with side effects like fatigue, hair loss and extreme nausea. What's less well-known is how the cancer treatment affects crucial brain functions, like speech and cognition.<p>For Yolanda Hunter, a 41-year-old hospice nurse, mother of three and breast cancer patient, these cognitive side effects of chemotherapy were hard to miss.<p>"I could think of words I wanted to say," Hunter says. "I knew what I wanted to say. ... There was a disconnect from my brain to my mouth."<p>Before getting treated for cancer, Hunter led a busy, active lifestyle. Fri, 28 Dec 2012 14:26:24 +0000 Patti Neighmond 7462 at http://www.kplu.org Another side effect of chemotherapy: 'chemo brain' X-Ray Tests May Heighten Cancer Risk In Susceptible Women http://www.kplu.org/post/x-ray-tests-may-heighten-cancer-risk-susceptible-women Researchers report that women with genetic mutations that put them at dramatically increased risk of developing breast cancer may also face a heightened risk from radiation used during medical screening and diagnosis.<p>The imaging tools that help doctors identify disease, injury or damage to the body have long been known to carry some risk of cancer, in large part because ionizing radiation can damage the genetic material in the body.<p>If the body is unable to repair that DNA damage, and if cells are changed permanently, they may go on to produce abnormal cells when they divide. Fri, 07 Sep 2012 14:31:01 +0000 Patti Neighmond 6242 at http://www.kplu.org X-Ray Tests May Heighten Cancer Risk In Susceptible Women Why Women Suffer More Migraines Than Men http://www.kplu.org/post/why-women-suffer-more-migraines-men One in four women has had a migraine. And, it turns out, the debilitating headaches affect three times more women than men.<p>But why?<p>Decades ago, these headaches were attributed to women's inability to cope with stress, a sort of hysteria. Now experts are starting to figure out the factors that really make a difference.<p>Today scientists know a migraine is all in your head — but not in that old-fashioned sense. Migraines are biologically based, and they play themselves out as a wave of electrical activity traveling across the brain.<p>Dr. Mon, 16 Apr 2012 16:16:41 +0000 Patti Neighmond 4759 at http://www.kplu.org Why Women Suffer More Migraines Than Men NPR Science: Does Tylenol worsen asthma for kids? http://www.kplu.org/post/npr-science-does-tylenol-worsen-asthma-kids Parents and doctors around the world have been alarmed by the dramatic <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2011/01/13/132885149/asthma-on-the-rise-25-million-in-the-u-s-affected" target="_blank">increase</a> in childhood asthma.<p>One factor in the upswing is better detection by doctors, but at least one doctor thinks a common over-the-counter drug also has something to do with it.<p><a href="https://www.akronchildrens.org/cms/doctors/john_mcbride/index.html" target="_blank">Dr. John McBride</a> sees lots of kids with asthma. Mon, 20 Feb 2012 18:08:24 +0000 Patti Neighmond 4203 at http://www.kplu.org NPR Science: Does Tylenol worsen asthma for kids? Why A Teen Who Talks Back May Have A Bright Future http://www.kplu.org/post/why-teen-who-talks-back-may-have-bright-future If you're the parent of a teenager, you likely find yourself routinely embroiled in disputes with your child. Those disputes are the symbol of teen developmental separation from parents.<p>It's a vital part of growing up, but it can be extraordinarily wearing on parents. Tue, 03 Jan 2012 21:26:42 +0000 Patti Neighmond 3583 at http://www.kplu.org Why A Teen Who Talks Back May Have A Bright Future