CDC: 105 Children Died From the Flu This Season

Plus: Women who were abused as children are more likely to have kids with autism, and more health news.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that 105 children died from the flu this season, a number that is three times higher than the previous flu season. Approximately 60 percent of the children who died were at high risk for flu complications because they were under the age of two or had a pre-existing medical condition. The scary part is that means 40 percent were healthy kids. [CBS]

Women abused as children are more likely to have children with autism, according to a new study from the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH). The study, which will be in the May 2013 issue of the JAMA Psychiatry, looked at 50,000 women and found that those who were abused were 60 percent more likely to have a child with autism compared with women who did not experience abuse. [Harvard School of Public Health]

Family dinners really do help adolescents stay out of trouble, according to new research published in the Journal of Adolescent Health. Researchers found that the more dinners per week the better and that these dinners can lead to fewer emotional and behavioral problems, greater emotional well-being, more trusting and helpful behaviors toward others, and higher life satisfaction, regardless of gender, age or family economics. The study followed 26,069 Canadian adolescents ages 11 to 15 in 2010. [USA Today]

The stress of a cancer scare can last for years, according to a new study in published in the March/April issue of the Annals of Family Medicine. Danish researchers looked at women with false-positive mammograms and those women had negative emotional changes as great as those who were actually diagnosed with breast cancer. The negative feelings did fade over time, but even after three years, many women still displayed higher levels of distress than those with normal findings. [NY Times]

 

 

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