Sensitive Parenting May Boost Kids' Social Skills, School Performance

THURSDAY, Dec. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The type of parenting children receive at an early age may have a long-term effect on their social skills and school success, a new study indicates.

 Many People Misuse Devices for Asthma, Allergic Reaction

THURSDAY, Dec. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Few people know how to properly use the medical devices that contain lifesaving medications for severe allergic reactions and asthma attacks, a new study shows.

 Health Highlights: Dec. 18, 2014

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:

 Health Tip: Eating Disorder Can Hurt Your Child

(HealthDay News) -- An eating disorder, such as binge eating, bulimia or emotional eating, can be dangerous at any age, particularly for a teenager.

 Health Tip: Tossing Leftover Food

(HealthDay News) -- Leftovers can only last so long before they're at risk for spoiling.

 Smog Exposure During Pregnancy Linked to Autism Risk

THURSDAY, Dec. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Children born to moms who were exposed to high levels of air pollution late in pregnancy may have an increased risk of developing autism, a U.S. study suggests.

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 Global Life Expectancy Continues to Climb

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- People around the world are living much longer than they did a few decades ago, a new study indicates.

 Cheap Natural Compound May Help Smokers Quit

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The naturally occurring plant compound cytisine may be more effective than nicotine replacement therapy in helping smokers quit, a new study suggests.

 Neurologists Say Jury Still Out on Medical Marijuana's Use for Brain Disorders

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- It's too soon to tell whether medical marijuana can help treat neurological disorders such as epilepsy, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson's disease, the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) said in a new position statement released Wednesday.

 Flying Time Could Raise Skin Cancer Risks for Pilots

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Airline pilots get as much exposure to cancer-causing UV rays in an hourlong flight as they would during 20 minutes in a tanning bed, new research finds.

 Seniors Still Given Potentially Dangerous Sedatives: Study

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors continue to prescribe sedatives such as Xanax or Valium for seniors despite the significant risks they pose, a new study contends.

 Migraine May Raise Risk for Bell's Palsy, Study Suggests

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- People who experience migraine headaches may be at heightened risk for the form of facial paralysis known as Bell's palsy, a new study finds.

 New System Targets Germs in Donated Blood Plasma

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new system designed to eliminate germs in donated blood plasma and reduce the risk of transmitting a plasma-borne infection has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

 Federal Health Marketplace Enrolls Another 2.5 Million Americans

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Enrollment through the federal health marketplace surged last week as the deadline for signing up for a health plan with a Jan. 1 effective date came to a close.

 Stent Treatment May Lower Stroke Disability

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Using a stent to capture and remove a stroke-causing blood clot is safe and improves recovery, Dutch researchers report.

 Few Parents Think 18-Year-Olds Can Handle Their Health Care

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Many American parents don't think their teen and young adult children are able to manage their own health care, a new survey finds.

 College Students Say 'Curiosity' Leads Them to Fake Pot

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Curiosity is the main reason why college students try synthetic marijuana, a new survey finds.

 Only 4 in 10 Americans Eat Heart-Healthy Nuts Each Day, CDC Says

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Nutrition experts advocate including nuts in a heart-healthy diet, but a new study finds that about 60 percent of Americans don't consume these foods on a daily basis.

 Expectant Dads May Also Have Hormonal Changes, Study Suggests

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- While women's hormonal fluctuations during pregnancy are well-known, new research shows that men experience swings of their own as their partner's pregnancy progresses.

 'Low-GI' Diet May Not Benefit Blood Sugar

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Diets low in "glycemic index" are touted as a way to help prevent diabetes and heart disease. But a new study suggests that as long as people are eating healthily, they don't need to obsess over glycemic index.