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8/25/08

HealthWise at 5 for 8.25

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  • Kids & Food Allergies at School

It's back to school time and students with food allergies should pay attention.  A study from the University Of Michigan Health System found that only 50% of students with food allergies say they avoid the foods they are allergic to.  Researchers say many students are not taking the threat of a reaction seriously enough, so it's even more important for them to have quick access to an emergency medication to treat a reaction.

  • Stuttering Help

About 20% of kids go through a period where they stutter.  Now the Stuttering Foundation has a new "Tips for Teachers" sheet that can help.  Experts say not to tell a child to "slow down" or "just relax".  Instead, acknowledge that you are aware of the child's stuttering, and let them know you will just listen through it.  Children, especially those who stutter, have an easier time talking when there are fewer interruptions.  Teachers can help by having all members of the class take turns talking and listening.  For more tips, click here.

  • Cheap Earring Trouble

Earrings can be a fun fashion statement, but for some, inexpensive earrings can cause trouble.  In a recent study, US researchers examined earrings priced $50 or less.  Almost one third tested positive for nickel, which can cause dermatitis on the earlobes. Experts recommend buying "nickel-free" or "hypoallergenic" jewelry and to use 1% hydrocortisone cream to treat nickel-induced dermatitis, or see your dermatologist if symptoms get worse.

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