Health Buzz: Walgreens Waits to Sell OTC Genetic Test

Pediatricians may not catch your child's sleep problems; Americans think tanned skin looks good.

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 Walgreens Waits to Sell OTC Genetic Test

A first of its kind, over-the-counter genetic test was set to hit shelves at Walgreens drug stores nationwide this month. But the drug store giant says it will hold off on selling the screening kits for now, the Associated Press reports. The FDA is putting pressure on the test's maker, Pathway Genomics, to submit the test for federal review, a process required for medical devices, according to the AP. The agency has not proven the kits to be safe, effective, or accurate, according to a statement by FDA spokeswoman Erica Jefferson, even though they're marketed as screening tests for prostate cancer, cystic fibrosis, and other diseases. "Patients could be making medical decisions based on data from a test that hasn't been validated by the FDA," she said.

Pediatricians May Miss Your Child's Sleep Problems

Don't count on the doctor to realize that your child may be suffering from insomnia, sleep apnea, or excessive daytime sleepiness. Sleep problems are a common issue for children and their parents, yet pediatricians diagnose sleep problems in children just about 4 percent of the time, U.S. News contributor Nancy Shute reports.

But parents also might be missing that a child's crankiness or hyperactivity may stem from sleep problems, according to Lisa Meltzer, a psychologist at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia's sleep center. She's the lead researcher of a new study in Pediatrics, which examined the medical records of 154,957 children who went to the pediatrician for a well-child visit in 2007, and found that sleep just wasn't on the doctors' radar. "Sleep should be a priority for the family," Meltzer says. "Sleep is an important part of function. It's needed for growth, development, learning."

Parents need to be aware of how common sleep problems are, and how much poor shut-eye can interfere with a child's waking life. [Read more: Pediatricians May Miss Your Child's Sleep Problems.]

Tanning: It's Bad for You, but That Golden Glow Looks Good, Americans Say

A new national survey of more than 7,000 adults finds that despite the knowledge that tanning may lead to cancer, Americans still find tanned skin attractive, HealthDay reports. While 80 percent of respondents say they want to avoid skin cancer, 72 percent believe that golden glow looks good, and more than 60 percent say tans make people look healthier.

Last summer, U.S. News's Deborah Kotz described the health effects associated with indoor tanning after the International Agency for Research on Cancer elevated tanning beds to its highest cancer risk category, calling them "carcinogenic to humans." Though there's enough evidence showing that tanning beds can cause skin cancer and should be avoided, tanning can be a tough habit to break, Kotz wrote. [Read more: How to Break Your Addiction to Tanning.]

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