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4 Your Health: Family doc may be best therapist for kids during divorce

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Tucson- Every year, over a million American children experience the divorce or break-up of their parents. But a new study reveals pediatricians may be able to guide families who are struggling with the adjustment.

The report found many children have behavior problems immediately after a divorce and they may feel sad for many years.

But a child's pediatrician can help parents understand these reactions and refer children to a mental health specialist if needed.

Experts say it is important for parents to answer their children's questions honestly, keep a normal routine, and reassure kids that they did not cause the divorce.

Also, as youth karate and taekwondo become more popular, doctors are speaking out to try and protect children  from injuries.

While most martial arts injuries are minor, doctors say there is a risk of neck trauma, concussions and fractures.

The American Academy Of Pediatrics advises parents that children should not participate in contact based training until they are emotionally and physically mature.

And new research reveals electronic prescribing of certain drugs may increase falls among the elderly.

The study of nearly 300 patients, who fell while in the hospital, found 62 percent had recently taken a high-risk medication. In more than half of those cases, the electronically prescribed default dose was higher than recommended.

Experts say adjusting the default doses for more vulnerable patients could reduce falls and other complications.

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