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2023

RSV Vaccine Given in Pregnancy to Help Shield Newborns Receives Full U.S. Approval

RSV Vaccine Given in Pregnancy to Help Shield Newborns Receives Full U.S. ApprovalFRIDAY, Sept. 22, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Women may soon have a vaccine they can take during a pregnancy to help protect their newborn from respiratory syncytial virus (RSV).Following approval one month ago by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday also approved the shot, called Abrysvo. That marks the last hurdle needed for the vaccine to become widely available.“This is another new tool we can use this fall and winter to help protect lives,” CDC Director Dr. Mandy Cohen said in an agency press release. “I encourage parents to talk to their doctors about how to protect their little ones against serious RSV illness, using either a vaccine given during pregnancy, or an RSV immunization given to your baby after birth.” ...

Many Americans Frustrated in Search for Low-Cost COVID...

22 September 2023
Many Americans Frustrated in Search for Low-Cost COVID BoostersFRIDAY, Sept. 22, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Americans seeking out the new COVID boosters are finding themselves held back by insurance entanglements and supply delays.Some insurers have balked at covering the vaccines, with people arriving at shot appointments only to be told that they’ll have to pay $100 or more out of pocket for the jab. And in other places, booster appointments simply aren’t available due to supply shortages.The situation is largely due to a shift in COVID vaccine distribution that has occurred following the end of the pandemic emergency, experts say.“When they're getting new policies off the ground, there's always a little bit of an adjustment period. We're transitioning from the public health emergency to using the normal processes for covering vaccines,”...

Kids' ER Visits for Mental Health Crises Rise When...

22 September 2023
Kids` ER Visits for Mental Health Crises Rise When School Term BeginsFRIDAY, Sept. 22, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- While the start of the school year can give kids and teens the chance to reconnect with friends and enjoy school sports and activities, it can also trigger stressors that send many to the emergency room for mental health woes, a new report shows.Among children aged 5 to 17, emergency department visits for depression, suicidal thoughts, stress and substance abuse increased significantly in the fall and remained high through the spring, the report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found. "The academic school year is a time when parents and caregivers, educators, health care providers and others who regularly interact with children and adolescents can be aware of mental health concerns in children and adolescents, and be...

Vaping Raises a Teen's Odds of Developing Asthma

22 September 2023
Vaping Raises a Teen`s Odds of Developing AsthmaFRIDAY, Sept. 22, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- New research underscores the harms of e-cigarettes, showing that vaping increases the risk of asthma in teens who have never smoked cigarettes.Although e-cigarettes have fewer toxins than regular cigarettes, they still contain a mixture of harmful chemicals and raise the risk of respiratory diseases, researchers say.“Increasing knowledge about the harmful effects of e-cigarette use, implementing stricter regulations, and promoting alternative coping mechanisms for mental health are potential interventions to mitigate e-cigarette use,” lead author Taehyun Roh, of Texas A&M University, said in a school news release.Asthma causes wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness and coughing. It can be controlled by taking medicine and avoiding the...

Brain Trauma Could Help Trigger Heart Troubles

22 September 2023
Brain Trauma Could Help Trigger Heart TroublesFRIDAY, Sept. 22, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- While the neurological impact of a traumatic brain injury (TBI) has long been studied, new research suggests TBIs are also hard on the heart. The research team took a closer look at connections between the two organs, finding that nervous system dysfunction, neuro-inflammation, changes in the brain-gut connection and post-injury health issues may increase risk of both cardiovascular and cognitive (brain) dysfunction for TBI survivors.Screening and preventive care may help offset these adverse outcomes, the researchers added.“Despite decades of extensive traumatic brain injury-focused research, surprisingly, there has been minimal progress in mitigating long-term outcomes and [death] following injuries. The cardiovascular effects of TBI may...
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