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2021

State Spending on Poverty Really Pays Off for Kids: Study

State Spending on Poverty Really Pays Off for Kids: StudyMONDAY, Oct. 18, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- When states spend money on programs that reduce poverty, fewer children are abused and neglected, fewer end up in foster care and fewer die, a new study reveals.Researchers found that for every additional $1,000 that states spent on federal, state and local benefit programs per person living in poverty, there was a 4% reduction in substantiated child abuse, a 2% reduction in foster care placements and about an 8% reduction in fatalities. Many people would say this is reason enough to direct public spending in this way. Yet, there's also a fiscal advantage to doing so because investments in these programs may offset some of the long-term costs, according to the study. "Child abuse and neglect is a public health crisis and it needs a public...

Mix n' Match COVID Vaccine Strategy Works Well: Study

18 October 2021
Mix n` Match COVID Vaccine Strategy Works Well: StudyMONDAY, Oct. 18, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Mixing and matching different types of COVID-19 vaccines is highly effective, new research shows.The study found that protection against infection was stronger in people who received a first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine and a second dose of an mRNA vaccine than in those who received two doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine.The AstraZeneca vaccine is a vector-based vaccine, while the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines are mRNA vaccines."Having received any of the approved vaccines is better compared to no vaccine, and two doses are better than one," said researcher Peter Nordström, professor of geriatric medicine at Umeå University in Sweden."However, our study shows a greater risk reduction for people who received an mRNA vaccine after having...

Pandemic Grief Can Come Between Mothers and Their Newborns

18 October 2021
Pandemic Grief Can Come Between Mothers and Their NewbornsMONDAY, Oct. 18, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Among the many negative effects of the COVID-19 pandemic may be damage to the bond between mothers and their infants, researchers say.Women who experienced grief and depression due to pandemic-related losses may find it more difficult to form this all-important emotional connection with their babies, according to a new study from Brigham and Women's Hospital, in Boston."Becoming a mother is a complex experience, and the postpartum period is a time when women may be at increased risk for mental health concerns," said study co-author Cindy Liu, of the hospital's pediatric newborn medicine and psychiatry departments. "Maternal emotional experiences linked to the pandemic may have an effect on the new and formative relationships being established...

Pregnancy, Delivery Safe for Women Born With Heart Defects

18 October 2021
Pregnancy, Delivery Safe for Women Born With Heart DefectsMONDAY, Oct. 18, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Women who were born with heart defects may get some reassurance from a new study that finds they face no heightened risk to health during a pregnancy and delivery.According to the researchers, doctors may often advise these women against getting pregnant due to the potential risks for them and their babies, but until now those risks have been unclear."The most important finding from our study is that many women born with a congenital heart defect are able to get through pregnancy and give birth safely. This is important because only a few decades ago many women would not even have reached adult age themselves," said study co-author Dr. Astrid Lammers. "It is very encouraging to see that such a large number of mothers with a congenital heart...

RSV Is Common, Dangerous Infection: What Parents Need to Know

17 October 2021
RSV Is Common, Dangerous Infection: What Parents Need to KnowSUNDAY, Oct. 17, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Watch closely if your kids appear to have a common cold this fall or winter. It could instead be respiratory syncytial virus, known as RSV, and that makes it more likely to progress to a serious lower lung infection. RSV is back in force this year after a reprieve while many stayed home last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to experts at Penn State Health. "The symptoms are virtually synonymous with the common cold – runny nose, congestion, maybe a little cough – but RSV is associated with a much higher risk of progression from an upper respiratory cold to a lower lung infection," said Dr. Patrick Gavigan. He is a pediatric infectious disease physician at Penn State Health Children's Hospital, in Hershey, Penn. "This...
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