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End of Roe v. Wade May Have More Women Opting for Permanent Contraception

End of Roe v. Wade May Have More Women Opting for Permanent ContraceptionTHURSDAY, Jan. 5, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Jasmine Quezada, a Los Angeles tax accountant, says she has known since age 10 she never wanted to be a mother.“I never thought parenthood was for me and that was no secret to my family or my friends,” Quezada, 31, said. “When I was dating my husband, we often discussed my choice to remain child-free. I had an aversion to hormonal birth control and serious side effects when I tried using a non-hormonal IUD [intrauterine device], so I was looking for a permanent way to avoid getting pregnant.”Her solution: She had her fallopian tubes — the tubes connecting the ovaries to the uterus — removed by a doctor at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles.More women like Quezada are asking about permanent contraception in the wake of the U.S. Supreme...

Procrastinators May Delay All the Way to Worse Health

4 January 2023
Procrastinators May Delay All the Way to Worse HealthWEDNESDAY, Jan. 4, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- College students who routinely cram at the last minute may not only see their grades suffer, but their health, too, a new study suggests.Researchers found that of more than 3,500 college students they followed, those who scored high on a procrastination scale were more likely to report certain health issues nine months later. The list included body aches, poor sleep, and depression and anxiety symptoms.Experts said the findings do not prove that procrastination, per se, directly caused those problems — by, for example, delaying a medical visit and allowing a niggling health issue to worsen.But they do reinforce the fact that procrastination, when chronic, is a red flag."Everyone procrastinates, but not everyone is a procrastinator," said...

Frequent Social Media Checks May Affect Young Brains

3 January 2023
Frequent Social Media Checks May Affect Young BrainsTUESDAY, Jan. 3, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Social media's impact on young people is a hot topic, with most kids and teens wanting to do whatever their friends are doing and parents worrying about setting limits.A new study examines whether frequent checking of social media sites (Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat) is associated with changes in functional brain development in these early adolescents, about age 12.Using brain scans called functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), researchers at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill found that habitually refreshing and checking social media may be associated with changes in brain sensitivity to social rewards and punishments — those online likes and engagement from others.“We know that adolescence is one of the most important...

COVID Vaccine Is Safe for Kids Who Got Rare Complication...

3 January 2023
COVID Vaccine Is Safe for Kids Who Got Rare Complication of COVID IllnessTUESDAY, Jan. 3, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- It's safe for kids to take the COVID-19 vaccine after they’ve suffered a rare complication from a prior COVID infection, a U.S. National Institutes of Health-supported study has concluded.Multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) affects about 1 in every 3,000 to 4,000 kids who contract COVID-19, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.The complication, which occurs a few weeks after COVID-19 infection, involves an intense immune response that can lead to life-threatening organ failure. Seventy-four deaths in the United States have been linked to MIS-C during the pandemic, the CDC says.A lingering question of COVID vaccine safety is how it might affect the more than 9,000 children and adolescents who’ve...

As Popularity of Weed Edibles Rises, So Do Accidental Poisonings in Kids

3 January 2023
As Popularity of Weed Edibles Rises, So Do Accidental Poisonings in KidsTUESDAY, Jan. 3, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- As more U.S. states legalize marijuana, the number of preschoolers accidentally eating cannabis "edibles" is rising in tandem, a new study shows.In the past five years, U.S. poison control centers have witnessed a whopping 14-fold increase in calls about youngsters who got their hands on marijuana edibles. In 2017, there were just 207 cases reported nationally. By 2021, that had ballooned to over 3,000.None of the incidents were fatal, and many children had mild symptoms like excessive sleepiness. But 36% were treated in an emergency room, and nearly 23% had to be admitted to the hospital.Experts said the findings, published Jan. 3 in the journal Pediatrics, highlight a new household safety hazard.Marijuana edibles are not only widely available...

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