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Today's Top Medical Stories for Monday, January 6, 2014

Another reason parents should keep an eye on their texting teens .. and why rest is key after a head injury.
Giving your brain a break after a concussion could improve your recovery according to new research..
A study in the journal 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 had 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 authors say the findings suggest  what we eat can help develop immune cells in the body.


(Teresa Garcia, CBS News)


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