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These stories were released by CFAH’s Health Behavior News Service (HBNS) between 8/13/13 and 8/22/13. HBNS provides high-quality reports on new scientific studies that can help you make good choices about your health and the health of your family.

Fighting is bad for the brain…

For teens, getting into a fist fight may mean much more than a potential black eye; it could result in cognitive damage and lowered IQ, finds a recent study in the Journal of Adolescent Health. “The results indicated that males suffer a loss in IQ roughly equivalent to missing an entire year of school,” said lead author Joseph A. Schwartz, lead author of Florida State University in Tallahassee. What’s more, young women who had been injured in a fight seemed to fare worse, dropping 3 IQ points.

Skeptical elderly turn to home remedies…

A survey of rural elderly adults found that while many believe they know more than their doctors about their health, a phenomenon known as medical skepticism, this doesn’t necessarily mean they turn to complementary medicine, finds a study in the Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved. However, people who responded that they could overcome illness without help (19.7 percent of those sampled) were more likely to resort to self-care. “The findings are not surprising,” commented Leigh F. Callahan, Ph.D. of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. “Older people in rural areas often live where their parents and grandparents lived and complementary treatments and folk remedies are handed down in the family."

Drier nights ahead…

Children and parents need not suffer through bed-wetting, finds a new meta-analysis in The Cochrane Library. Simple behavioral treatments, such as waking a child and rewarding dry nights, help to curb bedwetting better than no treatment at all. More sophisticated techniques such as alarms that respond to wetness were even more effective. “Other research shows that while 82 percent of parents want health care providers to discuss bedwetting, most parents aren’t comfortable bringing it up. Also, 68 percent of parents said their children’s doctor has never asked about bedwetting at routine visits,” comments Howard J. Bennett, M.D., of the George Washington University School of Medicine.

Green light for eating and drinking during labor…

Despite conventional wisdom, women in labor need not forgo food or drink, finds a new analysis in The Cochrane Library. “Our study found no difference in the outcomes measured, in terms of the babies’ wellbeing or the likelihood of a woman needing a C-section,” said Gillian M.L. Gyte, M.Phil, of the University of Liverpool in the U.K.  “There is no evidence of any benefit to restricting what women eat and drink in labor.” The researchers also emphasize the value of allowing women to make choices regarding these matters.

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The Health Behavior News Service (HBNS), a division of the Center for Advancing Health, brings you the latest health behavior and patient engagement research from selected peer-reviewed journals. HBNS original stories summarize research findings including “Key Points” and are disseminated for free to the press and the public around the world.

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