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Mystery of Hepatitis Cases in Kids Deepens as CDC Probe Continues

Mystery of Hepatitis Cases in Kids Deepens as CDC Probe ContinuesFRIDAY, May 20, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Evidence continues to mount that a specific strain of adenovirus could be implicated in a wave of American children who've developed acute hepatitis of unknown origin, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials said Friday."The evidence is accumulating that there's a role for adenovirus, particularly adenovirus 41," Dr. Jay Butler, the CDC's deputy director for infectious diseases, said in a Friday media briefing. "The exact role that it plays, I think, is where we're really wanting to focus the investigation." Adenoviruses are a common form of virus that can cause everything from colds to bronchitis to pinkeye, according to the CDC.One more U.S. death related to pediatric hepatitis was reported on Thursday, Butler said, raising...

Big Rise in Marijuana Vaping Among U.S. Teens

20 May 2022
Big Rise in Marijuana Vaping Among U.S. TeensFRIDAY, May 20, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- A growing number of U.S. teenagers are vaping marijuana -- a habit that in some ways may be more risky than old-fashioned pot smoking, a new study finds.Researchers found that between 2017 and 2019, the percentage of teens who reported any marijuana use in the past month ticked upward slightly -- from 13.9% to 15.4%.What really changed, the study found, was how kids were using the drug. There was a sharp increase in vaping, while traditional marijuana smoking declined.The percentage of kids who said they vaped marijuana "frequently" -- at least once a week -- more than doubled, from 2.1% to 5.4%. Occasional use (one to six times a month) rose to a similar degree.At the same time, the proportion of kids who smoke marijuana declined. In essence,...

Senate OKs Bill to Overhaul Infant Formula Rules

20 May 2022
Senate OKs Bill to Overhaul Infant Formula RulesFRIDAY, May 20, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- A bill that would allow families in a U.S. government assistance program to buy whatever brand of baby formula they can find is on the way to President Joe Biden to be signed into law.The bill, which is meant to help families in the WIC program obtain baby formula in the midst of a nationwide shortage, was passed by the Senate on Thursday and by the House on Wednesday, the Associated Press reported.Families in WIC (the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children) receive vouchers that they redeem for specific foods, but the vouchers are typically limited to one brand of infant formula. The bill will allow them to buy any brand of formula that is available."Now, millions of parents will have an easier time finding the...

Restful Night's Sleep More Likely for Men Than Women

20 May 2022
Restful Night`s Sleep More Likely for Men Than Women FRIDAY, May 20, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- For many women, having it all may mean forgoing a decent night's sleep.Women in the United States are less likely to get a good night's sleep and more likely to report daytime sleepiness than men, a new survey shows. The online poll of more than 2,000 U.S. adults found that women are 1.5 times more likely than men to rarely or never wake up feeling well-rested — 32% versus 21%. Also, sleepiness affects the daily activities of 81% of women, compared with 74% of men. The survey, commissioned by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM), was conducted from Feb. 17 to 24. "There's an incredible amount of pressure that some women feel — the need to work, manage a household and raise children, all with a smile. Sometimes, we need to put away...

CDC Advisers Recommend Pfizer Booster Shot for Kids Ages 5 to 11

19 May 2022
CDC Advisers Recommend Pfizer Booster Shot for Kids Ages 5 to 11THURSDAY, May 19, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- A panel of science advisers to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevent recommended on Thursday that a single booster dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine can be given to 5- to 11-year-olds. The move is expected be confirmed by a sign-off from CDC director Dr. Rochelle Wallensky, and follows on authorization from U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday.The third shot can be given at least five months after healthy kids complete the two-dose vaccine series, the CDC advisers said. Approval of the booster shots in this age group dovetails with a rise in infections in many areas of the country, and the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices believes kids will gain an added layer of protection against SARS-CoV-2.According to...

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