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Health Watch: January 6th

A look at the stories affecting your health.
Giving your brain a break after a concussion could improve your recovery according to new research. A study in the Journal of Pediatrics looked at concussion patients between the ages of 8 and 23 and how much cognitive activity they got, including reading, doing homework and playing video games. Researchers found young people who taxed their brains after a head injury took about 100 days to recover compared to 20 to 50 days for those who less cognitive activity. 

Parents may want to pay closer attention to their teens' texting. Another study in pediatrics looked at 410 children ages 12 to 14 and found those who "sext" or send sexual messages or pictures are more likely to engage in other sexual behaviors.

New research shows a high fiber diet can reduce allergic asthma in mice. The study's authors say the findings suggest what we eat can help develop immune cells in the body. 


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