Patti Neighmond http://wkms.org en High-Performing Charter Schools May Improve Students' Health http://wkms.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 22:28:35 +0000 Patti Neighmond 42270 at http://wkms.org High-Performing Charter Schools May Improve Students' Health For Many Americans, Stress Takes A Toll On Health And Family http://wkms.org/post/many-americans-stress-takes-toll-health-and-family Stress is part of the human condition, unavoidable and even necessary to a degree. But too much stress can be toxic — even disabling.<p>And there's a lot of toxic stress out there.<p>A national poll done by NPR with our partners at the <a href="http://www.rwjf.org/">Robert Wood Johnson Foundation</a> and the <a href="http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/">Harvard School of Public Health</a> finds that more than 1 in every 4 Americans say they had a great deal of stress in the previous month.<p>And half of all adults say they experienced a major stressful event in the past year. Mon, 07 Jul 2014 12:50:43 +0000 Patti Neighmond 41874 at http://wkms.org For Many Americans, Stress Takes A Toll On Health And Family That Prescription Might Not Have Been Tested For Your Ailment http://wkms.org/post/prescription-might-not-have-been-tested-your-ailment It's actually quite common for doctors to write "off label" prescriptions, including using cancer drugs to treat migraine headaches or blood pressure medication for heart failure.<p>One <a href="http://archinte.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=410250">study</a> found that 1 in 5 prescriptions written in doctor's offices has not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration to treat the condition it is being used for. Mon, 12 May 2014 14:01:01 +0000 Patti Neighmond 40501 at http://wkms.org That Prescription Might Not Have Been Tested For Your Ailment Casinos, Sites Of Excess, Might Actually Help Families Slim Down http://wkms.org/post/casinos-sites-excess-might-actually-help-families-slim-down Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>When you think about casinos, you probably think about excess: smoke-filled rooms, too much alcohol, and endless buffets filled with piles of high-fat and high sugar foods.<p>But as NPR's Patti Neighmond reports, a new study suggests casinos may actually have a health benefit for children who live in nearby communities.<p>PATTI NEIGHMOND, BYLINE: Children who grow up on Native American tribal lands are at high risk of being overweight or obese. Nationwide, obesity rates among children are high - one in every three kids is overweight or obese. Mon, 10 Mar 2014 20:22:00 +0000 Patti Neighmond 39165 at http://wkms.org Parents And Teens Aren't Up To Speed On HPV Risks, Doctors Say http://wkms.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 21:45:00 +0000 Patti Neighmond 38800 at http://wkms.org Diabetes, Cost Of Care Top Health Concerns For U.S. Latinos http://wkms.org/post/taking-pulse-latino-health-concerns Latino immigrants in the U.S. say the quality and affordability of health care is better in the U.S. than in the countries they came from, <a href="npr.org/blogs/codeswitch/2014/01/17/263502571/a-new-poll-takes-a-look-at-views-from-latino-america">according to the latest survey by NPR</a>, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health. But many report having health care problems.<p>About a third of immigrant respondents (31 percent) said they'd had a serious problem with being able to pay for health insurance in the past 12 months. Tue, 21 Jan 2014 10:15:00 +0000 Patti Neighmond 38172 at http://wkms.org Diabetes, Cost Of Care Top Health Concerns For U.S. Latinos Pain In The Back? Exercise May Help You Learn Not To Feel It http://wkms.org/post/pain-back-exercise-may-help-you-learn-not-feel-it More than 1 in 4 adult Americans say they've recently suffered a bout of low-back pain. It's one of the most common reasons people go to the doctor. And more and more people are being treated for it.<p>America spends <a href="http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=181453">more than $80 billion a year</a> on back pain treatments. Mon, 13 Jan 2014 09:56:00 +0000 Patti Neighmond 37983 at http://wkms.org Pain In The Back? Exercise May Help You Learn Not To Feel It Teens Who Feel Supported At Home And School Sleep Better http://wkms.org/post/teens-who-feel-supported-home-and-school-sleep-better A teen's relationship — or lack of good relationship — with parents, pals or teachers may have a lot to do with why most kids aren't getting the nine to 10 hours of sleep that doctors recommend. The hormonal disruptions of puberty likely also play a role.<p>That's the word from <a href="http://www.artsci.uc.edu/faculty-staff/listing/by_dept/sociology.html?eid=maumedj">David Maume,</a> a sociologist and sleep researcher at the University of Cincinnati. Thu, 05 Dec 2013 08:14:00 +0000 Patti Neighmond 37099 at http://wkms.org Teens Who Feel Supported At Home And School Sleep Better Calling Obesity A Disease May Make It Easier To Get Help http://wkms.org/post/calling-obesity-disease-may-make-it-easier-get-help Under the Affordable Care Act, more insurance plans are expected to start covering the cost of obesity treatments, including counseling on diet and exercise as well as medications and surgery. Mon, 16 Sep 2013 07:22:00 +0000 Patti Neighmond 34898 at http://wkms.org Calling Obesity A Disease May Make It Easier To Get Help Sweet Cigarillos And Cigars Lure Youths To Tobacco, Critics Say http://wkms.org/post/sweet-cigarillos-and-cigars-lure-youths-tobacco-critics-say The good news: Cigarette sales are down by about a third over the past decade. Not so for little cigars and cigarillos. Mon, 26 Aug 2013 07:45:00 +0000 Patti Neighmond 34303 at http://wkms.org Sweet Cigarillos And Cigars Lure Youths To Tobacco, Critics Say