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US probes use of antipsychotic drugs on children
FDA announces voluntary recall for Specialty Compounding products
Abused puppies get more sympathy than adult crime victims
Cigarette taxes linked to decrease in binge drinking among men
Kids' chronic stomach pain tied to anxiety disorders
Grandparents and grandchildren can protect each other's mental health
Should the US make it easier for foreign doctors to practice in America?
Researchers discover 2 new genetic mutations linked to childhood epilepsy
Does father's age increase child's autism risk?
11-year-old lung transplant recipient to undergo another surgery
Hospital tech to plead guilty to causing a multi-state hepatitis C outbreak
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US probes use of antipsychotic drugs on children
Federal health officials have launched a probe into the use of antipsychotic drugs on children in the Medicaid system, amid concern that the medications are being prescribed too often to treat behavioral problems in the very young. The inspector general's office at Department of Health and Human Services says it recently began a review of antipsychotic-drug use by Medicaid recipients age 17 and under. And various agencies within HHS are requiring officials in all 50 states to tighten oversight of prescriptions for such drugs to Medicaid-eligible young people.



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FDA announces voluntary recall for Specialty Compounding products
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Sunday that Specialty Compounding LLC will voluntary recall its full line of sterile products used to inject drugs, citing concerns about bacterial bloodstream infections. The FDA said none of the company's products purchased after May 9 should be used and that they should be quarantined and returned to Specialty Compounding.


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Abused puppies get more sympathy than adult crime victims
People have more empathy for abused puppies and dogs than they do for adult humans who have been abused, a new study suggests. However, empathy for abused children was about the same as that for puppies and dogs, the study found. Researchers surveyed 240 college students and asked them to read one of four versions of a fictional news article about a brutal beating. The wording in articles was the same, except for the identity of the victim, which was either: an infant, an adult in his 30s, a puppy or a 6-year old dog. Participants then rated their level of empathy for the victim.


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Cigarette taxes linked to decrease in binge drinking among men
Increased cigarette taxes have been linked to a decrease in binge drinking episodes among male smokers, MedPage Today reported. In a study published in Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, researchers from Yale University found that binge drinking decreased by 22 percent among men living in states that implemented cigarette tax hikes, compared to male smokers in other states. Furthermore, men hit with the tax hikes also reported drinking less alcohol overall.



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Kids' chronic stomach pain tied to anxiety disorders
Children with chronic or recurring stomach pain without a clear medical explanation were also more likely to have an anxiety disorder than those without stomach problems, in a new study. By the time kids with stomach pain reached age 20, just over half had had symptoms of an anxiety disorder at some point, most often social anxiety, researchers found. Anxiety tended to start in early childhood, around the same time as the chronic stomach problems.


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Grandparents and grandchildren can protect each other's mental health
Grandparents and their grown up grandchildren play important roles in each others health, a new study finds. The two-decade study found the quality of relationships between the two generations has measurable consequences on the mental well-being of both. The researchers looked at 376 grandparents and 340 grandchildren, and tracked their mental health from 1985 to 2004. They found that both grandparents and adult grandchildren who felt emotionally close to the other generation had fewer symptoms of depression.



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Should the US make it easier for foreign doctors to practice in America?
With facets of President Obama’s new health care law going into effect this year, the demand for doctors in the United States will grow dramatically, according to a new report from the New York Times. As this happens, some experts argue that the U.S. should make it easier for foreign-trained, immigrant physicians to earn medical licenses that allow them to practice in America. “It doesn’t cost the taxpayers a penny because these doctors come fully trained,” Nyapati Raghu Rao, the Indian-born chairman of psychiatry at Nassau University Medical Center in New York, told the New York Times.



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Researchers discover 2 new genetic mutations linked to childhood epilepsy
Using new genetic technology, scientists have made a breakthrough discovery in the field of childhood epilepsy research – identifying two new genes linked to severe forms of the seizure-causing condition, Medical News Today reported. In a study published in the journal Nature, researchers from Duke University Medical Center used exome sequencing to detect mutations in the DNA sequences of 264 children with two forms of childhood epilepsy – infantile spasms and Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome.



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Does father's age increase child's autism risk?
Today, I received a question from a man who wondered: How old is too old for a man to father a child? Do similar age limitations apply for men as they do for women? Read on for my advice. Dear Dr. Manny, Is it possible for a man to be too old to father a baby? After age 45 or 50, will the quality of my sperm drop and increase the likelihood of autism in my children? – Andrew



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11-year-old lung transplant recipient to undergo another surgery
Sarah Murnaghan, the 11-year-old Pennsylvania girl who received new lungs after a court battle allowed her to be included on the adult transplant list, is taking another step towards recovery. On Wednesday, Murnaghan, who suffers from cystic fibrosis (CF), will undergo surgery to correct a minor acid reflux problem, according to her mother’s Facebook page.


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Hospital tech to plead guilty to causing a multi-state hepatitis C outbreak
A hospital technician accused of causing a multi-state outbreak of hepatitis C will plead guilty in exchange for a prison term of 30 to 40 years, according to a plea agreement filed Monday in New Hampshire federal court. The plea says it would allow David Kwiatkowski to avoid criminal charges in Kansas, Maryland and Georgia -- states where authorities say the traveling cardiac technologist injected himself with painkillers then put saline back in the tainted needles.


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