Reuters Health News Summary

Following is a summary of current health news briefs.

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ADHD rates creeping up in California

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - More children are being diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) now than were a decade ago, according to new research from a large California health plan. It's not clear what's behind that trend, researchers noted. Possible explanations include better awareness of the condition among parents and doctors or improved access to health care for kids with symptoms, according to Dr. Darios Getahun, the study's lead author.

Close to half of kids late receiving vaccines: study

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - More and more babies and toddlers aren't getting their recommended vaccines on time, a new study suggests. Of more than 300,000 U.S. kids born between 2004 and 2008, almost half were "undervaccinated" at some point before their second birthday - in some cases because parents chose to forgo shots recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Japan tsunami stress may have brought on seizures: study 2013-01-21T020411Z_2_BRE90H1CK_RTROPTC_0_US-TSUNAMI-SEIZURES.XM L () -

Breathing program may help save newborns' lives

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Training midwives and other birth attendants to help babies start breathing immediately after birth may prevent stillbirths and newborn deaths in the developing world, two new studies suggest. So-called birth asphyxia - when babies are born not breathing - is one of the major causes of newborn death in regions with limited resources, researchers said.

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Smoke-free laws linked to drop in child asthma attacks

LONDON (Reuters) - Introducing laws banning smoking in enclosed public places can lead to swift and dramatic falls in the number of children admitted to hospital suffering asthma attacks, according to a study in England published on Monday. Researchers at Imperial College London found there was a 12.3 percent fall in hospital admissions for childhood asthma in the first year after laws against smoking in enclosed public places and workplaces came into effect in July 2007.

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Gas leak causes strong odor in Paris and western France

PARIS (Reuters) - A gas leak at a factory in France left a strong odor over Paris and large areas in the western part of the country early on Tuesday, police said. A police official told Reuters that a leak of mercaptan gas from a factory in Rouen, 120 kilometers (75 miles) west of Paris, was responsible for the smell. He added there was no danger to the public.