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2020

Almost 14 Million U.S. Adults Vape, With Use Rising Fastest in Young

Almost 14 Million U.S. Adults Vape, With Use Rising Fastest in YoungTUESDAY, Sept. 8, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- The number of Americans using electronic cigarettes is soaring, especially among youth, a new study finds. Nearly 14 million U.S. adults vaped in 2018, up from just over 11 million adults in 2016. The increase was seen in all socioeconomic groups, the researchers found. "An increasing number of individuals are using e-cigarettes, especially in the younger age groups, which suggests that more individuals are becoming addicted to e-cigarettes rather than just experimenting with them, making the increased uptake among tobacco-naive individuals even more concerning," said lead researcher Dr. Olufunmilayo Obisesan. She's a postdoctoral fellow at Johns Hopkins Ciccarone Center for the Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease, in Baltimore. "The...

Rates of Child Hospitalization Similar Between COVID-19,...

8 September 2020
Rates of Child Hospitalization Similar Between COVID-19, Flu: StudyTUESDAY, Sept. 8, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- While adults face raised odds for hospitalization with COVID-19, a new study shows that the risk for kids infected with SARS-CoV-2 is about equal to that seen with influenza. The researchers found that kids with COVID-19 or the seasonal flu have similar rates of hospitalization, admission to intensive care units (ICUs) and ventilator use. But the average age of children hospitalized differed: The average child hospitalized with COVID-19 was about 10 years of age, while kids hospitalized with flu average just over 4 years of age. Symptoms shown at admission to the hospital also seemed to differ: More children with COVID-19 had fever, cough, diarrhea, vomiting, headache, body aches and/or chest pain at the time of diagnosis, compared to...

Kids Can Have Coronavirus And Antibodies at Same Time: Study

8 September 2020
Kids Can Have Coronavirus And Antibodies at Same Time: StudyTUESDAY, Sept. 8, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- The new coronavirus and antibodies that fight it can be in children's bodies at the same time, surprised researchers have found. "With most viruses, when you start to detect antibodies, you won't detect the virus anymore. But with COVID-19, we're seeing both," said Dr. Burak Bahar, director of laboratory informatics at Children's National Hospital in Washington, D.C. "This means children still have the potential to transmit the virus even if antibodies are detected," she added. Bahar is lead author of a study that included more than 6,300 children who were tested for the new coronavirus and 215 patients who were tested for antibodies. Of those 215 patients, 33 were tested for both the virus and antibodies. Nine had antibodies in their...

Could the MMR Vaccine Help Prevent COVID-19? New Trial...

4 September 2020
Could the MMR Vaccine Help Prevent COVID-19? New Trial May TellFRIDAY, Sept. 4, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- A new clinical trial will try to determine whether the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine can protect health care workers from being infected with COVID-19. Hundreds of millions of people have received the MMR vaccine since it was developed nearly 50 years ago. It's usually given to children before age 6. Growing evidence suggests that the vaccine may also prevent COVID-19. "We know that the MMR vaccine is safe, and we think there are two main reasons that it could prevent COVID-19," said researcher Dr. Michael Avidan, head of the department of anesthesiology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. "The first is this vaccine includes small amounts of live but very weakened measles, mumps and rubella viruses," Avidan...

COVID-19 Precautions Extend to Car Seats, Seat Belts

4 September 2020
COVID-19 Precautions Extend to Car Seats, Seat BeltsFRIDAY, Sept. 4, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Face masks and hand-washing are a good start, but to protect your kids from the coronavirus you'll need to up your game on the road, too, a leading pediatricians' group says. There are a number of things parents should do to protect children from COVID-19 infection when they're traveling in cars or using other types of transportation, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). As always, children in vehicles should be properly restrained in an appropriate car safety seat, belt-positioning booster seat, travel vest or seat belt. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that surfaces be disinfected. However, disinfectant chemicals can weaken the strength of car safety seats and seat belts, possibly affecting...
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