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11Aug
2022

Pandemic Showed Teachers' Key Role in Spotting Child Abuse

Pandemic Showed Teachers` Key Role in Spotting Child AbuseTHURSDAY, Aug. 11, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Teachers play a critical role in the early detection and reporting of child abuse, according to a new study that found school closures during the height of the pandemic may have meant that up to 8,000 reports of endangered children were missed."Child maltreatment is a vexing problem in the U.S.," said study author Maria Fitzpatrick, a professor of economics and public policy in Cornell University's Jeb E. Brooks School of Public Policy. "To protect children, we need to better understand why so many are maltreated -- 13% according to one study and 4 in 10 according to another," she said in a university news release. "Maltreatment has significant costs for society. Early detection is crucial because it leads to quicker intervention and that can...

Another Study Shows COVID's Danger to Pregnant Women

11 August 2022
Another Study Shows COVID`s Danger to Pregnant WomenTHURSDAY, Aug. 11, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Pregnancy significantly increases the odds of devastating outcomes from COVID-19, a new study confirms.Complications from the virus to pregnant women can include heart attack, arrhythmias, heart failure and long-haul symptoms, which may be hard to tell from other heart complications during pregnancy. Heart attacks are estimated to occur in up to 12% of patients."Pregnant people need to know that they are at increased risk of a severe COVID-19 infection, including ICU admissions, cardiac complications, need for critical care and death for the patient or fetus," said researcher Dr. Joan Briller, a cardiologist and professor of clinical obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Illinois at Chicago.The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and...

Most Older, Vaccinated Americans Say They'll Get Updated...

10 August 2022
Most Older, Vaccinated Americans Say They`ll Get Updated Booster in Fall: PollWEDNESDAY, Aug. 10, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Most older U.S. adults are prepared to roll up their sleeves to get an updated COVID-19 booster shot once one becomes available, a new poll shows.About 3 in 5 (61%) people over 50 who have gotten at least one dose of COVID vaccine say they would get an updated booster that offers protection against the new variants that have emerged, the University of Michigan poll found.And even more might get the booster if their doctors specifically recommend it, the National Poll on Healthy Aging suggests.Groups especially hard hit by COVID -- people older than 65, Black adults over 50, people with low incomes -- in particular are interested in the booster. About 68% of people in each of those groups said they're likely to get a booster.How you feel...

FDA Stretches Monkeypox Vaccine Supply by Authorizing...

10 August 2022
FDA Stretches Monkeypox Vaccine Supply by Authorizing Smaller DosesWEDNESDAY, Aug. 10, 2022 (HealthDay) -- As at-risk Americans stand in long lines across the country, trying to get the Jynneos monkeypox vaccine, U.S. officials on Tuesday announced they will modify dosing instructions for the shot to help stretch the supply.The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said that instead of sticking with a standard subcutaneous injection, which would enter deep into tissue, the new regimen will be given just under the skin (intradermally) and at one-fifth the usual dose. "This will increase the total number of doses available for use by up to five-fold," the agency said in a statement."In recent weeks the monkeypox virus has continued to spread at a rate that has made it clear our current vaccine supply will not meet the current demand," FDA Commissioner Dr....

Turning Away From Vaping, Nicotine-Addicted Teens Choose Candy, Gums

8 August 2022
Turning Away From Vaping, Nicotine-Addicted Teens Choose Candy, GumsMONDAY, Aug. 8, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Teens increasingly are turning to nicotine-loaded gum, lozenges and gummies for a quick rush, a groundbreaking study warns.Tobacco-free oral nicotine products were the second-most commonly used nicotine or tobacco items among more than 3,500 Southern California ninth- and tenth-graders surveyed last fall, researchers reported Aug. 8 in the journal Pediatrics.About 3.4% of respondents said they’d tried the flavored nicotine products. E-cigarettes were the most popular, with 9.6% reporting that they’d vaped.All other products, including tobacco cigarettes, had been used by fewer than 1% of teens polled.This is the first study to try to assess how common these new nicotine products have become among teenagers, said lead researcher Alyssa...
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