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Is Rest Really Best After a Child Has a Concussion?

Is Rest Really Best After a Child Has a Concussion?MONDAY, Jan. 23, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- When kids suffer a concussion, an extended period of rest at home is always the best course, right? Perhaps not.In fact, a new study suggests that -- despite what many people may presume -- getting kids back to school quickly is the best way to boost their chance for a rapid recovery and better outcomes.The finding stems from a look at post-concussion outcomes of more than 1,600 children between the ages of 5 and 18."There has been minimal research to date that provides guidance to clinicians, parents and schools regarding an appropriate time for youth to return to school after a concussion," said study leader Christopher Vaughan, a pediatric neuropsychologist at Children's National Hospital in Rockville, Md.The current guidance, he said, is...

Abbott Labs Confirms Justice Department Probe Following...

23 January 2023
Abbott Labs Confirms Justice Department Probe Following Infant Formula CrisisMONDAY, Jan. 23, 2023 (HealthDay News) – Trouble continues for Abbott Laboratories, which shut down an infant formula plant last year amid reported illnesses. The U.S. Department of Justice is now investigating the company, though Abbott did not say specifically what the investigation is covering, NBC News reported. “DOJ has informed us of its investigation and we’re cooperating fully,” an Abbott spokesperson said in a statement. The DOJ has declined to comment, NBC News reported.In February 2022, Abbott's plant in Sturgis, Mich., was shut down after reports that four infants who had consumed formula made at the plant became ill. Two of the infants died. The cause was a rare bacteria, Cronobacter sakazakii. An investigation did not find the source of the bacteria.Abbott has...

Omicron Silver Lining: Fewer, Milder Cases of MIS-C in Kids

23 January 2023
Omicron Silver Lining: Fewer, Milder Cases of MIS-C in KidsMONDAY, Jan. 23, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- The COVID-19 Omicron variant caused fewer cases of a rare but sometimes deadly complication for children than the earlier Delta variant did, new research shows.“Our study is one of the first to show that during the change to Omicron, MIS-C has become milder and increasingly rare,” said senior researcher Dr. Mark Hicar, a University at Buffalo infectious disease specialist. “This trend has continued and MIS-C is currently quite rare, per anecdotal reports from colleagues across the country.”MIS-C (multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children) typically occurs two to six weeks after a child’s COVID infection, and can cause dangerous inflammation in different organs throughout the body, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control...

What to Know About XBB, the New COVID Variant

20 January 2023
What to Know About XBB, the New COVID VariantFRIDAY, Jan. 20, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- The new coronavirus continues to dodge, duck, dip and dive, mutating again and again to find its way past people’s immune defenses.The latest COVID variant to gain a foothold in America is called XBB.1.5, which has rapidly started to crowd out other competing variants.XBB.1.5 is the first recombinant COVID variant expected to become dominant in the United States, according to the viral surveillance company Helix. This variant is called "recombinant" because it was created by two Omicron subvariants merging through evolution.The new strain also took two evolutionary steps instead of just one, gaining a mutation for immune evasion as well as an unsuppressed ability to bind to and infect human cells, Helix said in its report.These rapid-fire...

Penis Birth Defects Are on the Rise – Are Environmental Toxins to Blame?

20 January 2023
Penis Birth Defects Are on the Rise – Are Environmental Toxins to Blame?FRIDAY, Jan. 20, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors are seeing an alarming increase in cases of a specific genital malformation in male babies, and new research suggests environmental factors might be at play.The malformation is known as hypospadias, where the opening of the urethra is not at the tip of the penis, but on the underside of the organ.In the study, scientists identified a direct link between hypospadias tissue samples and the presence of epigenetic alterations -- changes to the molecular factors and processes around DNA that determine how genes behave."Previous researchers have done extensive analyses and not found any kind of genetic DNA sequence mutations that correlate with the presence of the disease, so there has always been a big question mark regarding where it comes...
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