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Obesity Rates Continue to Climb Among U.S. Kids, Teens

Obesity Rates Continue to Climb Among U.S. Kids, TeensMONDAY, July 25, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- For the first time ever, more than 1 in 5 American kids is obese.From 2011 to 2012 and again from 2017 to 2020, rates of obesity rose for kids between 2 and 5 years of age as well as 12- to 19-year-olds, a new analysis of nationwide health survey data shows. And the uptick was true for U.S. kids of every race and ethnic background, according to study leader Amanda Staiano."The proportion of kids having obesity increased from 18% in the 2011 cycle to 22% in the 2020 cycle," said Staiano, director of the pediatric obesity and health behavior lab at Louisiana State University's Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge. "What is even more alarming is these data were all collected prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, and other data published...

Is the War Against COVID Variants Won in the Nose?

25 July 2022
Is the War Against COVID Variants Won in the Nose?MONDAY, July 25, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- The best booster for COVID vaccinations might not be yet another shot, but a nasal spray, an early study hints.Since early on in the pandemic, some researchers have speculated that the most effective way to fight COVID is through vaccines that not only spur an immune response in the blood, but also in the mucus membranes of the nose and the rest of the respiratory tract.That type of immune response, called mucosal immunity, meets viruses at their entry point into the body. In theory, a nasal-spray vaccine could help the body mount a stronger initial defense against SARS-CoV-2 -- keeping it from breaching the gates, explained Jie Sun, the lead researcher on the new study.Such a vaccine, given as a booster after mRNA vaccination, could...

COVID Reinfections Are Now Common. Will Getting a...

25 July 2022
COVID Reinfections Are Now Common. Will Getting a Booster Even Help?MONDAY, July 25, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Everyone in the United States knows someone -- often multiple someones -- who have been reinfected with COVID-19.Despite vaccines, boosters and natural immunity, the highly infectious Omicron variant appears capable of getting around whatever protection you might have gained against SARS-CoV-2.Even President Joe Biden – famously vaccinated and fully boosted – announced July 21 that he’d contracted COVID-19 and was suffering from a runny nose, fatigue and occasional dry cough.The latest Omicron subvariant — BA.5 — is causing reinfections to occur more often in prior COVID patients, according to surveillance data from the gene sequencing company Helix.The share of new COVID-19 cases that are reinfections nearly doubled in recent months,...

WHO Declares Monkeypox a Global Health Emergency

25 July 2022
WHO Declares Monkeypox a Global Health EmergencyMONDAY, July 25, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Monkeypox, which has now spread to 75 countries and sickened at least 16,000 people, has been declared a global health emergency by the World Health Organization (WHO). The declaration came after WHO Director General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus overruled a panel of advisors that could not come to a consensus on whether the virus had reached that level of concern or not.“We have an outbreak that has spread around the world rapidly through new modes of transmission, about which we understand too little, and which meets the criteria” for a public health emergency, Tedros said during a media briefing on Saturday.The WHO panel was hesitant to make the declaration because the virus is still spreading mostly in the primary risk group, men who...

Neighborhood Factors Could Raise Your Child's Odds for Asthma

25 July 2022
Neighborhood Factors Could Raise Your Child`s Odds for AsthmaMONDAY, July 25, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Inner-city kids are known to be at greater risk for uncontrolled asthma. Now, new research suggests that violent crime and poor school achievement may be two reasons why.“Experiencing violent crime can result in toxic stress, and decreased educational attainment is associated with lower health literacy,” said study author Dr. Jordan Tyris, a hospitalist at Children's National Hospital in Washington, D.C. “Toxic stress and lower health literacy are associated with worse asthma health in children, so it is possible that this may explain our findings.”Health literacy refers to how well a person understands and processes the information needed to make appropriate choices about health care.Still, other factors not addressed in the new study...

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