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ER-Based Pharmacies Could Improve Kids' Care, Pediatricians' Group Says

ER-Based Pharmacies Could Improve Kids` Care, Pediatricians` Group SaysTUESDAY, May 30, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- When parents rush their kids to an emergency room in the dead of night for an asthma attack or high fever, they are often discharged with a prescription. The problem is, there may be nowhere to fill it promptly.Now, a new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is calling attention to the issue, and highlighting one potential solution: 24-hour ER pharmacies.Studies have found that when children are prescribed medication in the emergency department, one-third to one-half of families never pick up the prescription.There are likely various reasons for this, but research shows that trouble getting to a pharmacy is a big obstacle, said Dr. Gregory Conners, chair of the AAP's committee on pediatric emergency medicine.Emergency department...

One Key to Good Sleep for Teens: No Social Media at Bedtime

30 May 2023
One Key to Good Sleep for Teens: No Social Media at BedtimeTUESDAY, May 30, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Teens need their sleep, and a new study sheds light on one way to help them get it: Keep cellphones and screens out of the bedroom.“Getting enough sleep is crucial for teenagers because it helps their body and mind grow and develop properly,” said lead author Dr. Jason Nagata, an assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco. “Our research found that keeping screens outside of the bedroom, turning off device notifications, and avoiding social media use in bed is associated with better sleep among adolescents. If you wake up during the night, don’t check your phone or social media,” Nagata said in a University of Toronto news release.The American Psychological Association and the U.S. Surgeon General...

Local Sales Bans on Flavored Tobacco Products in...

29 May 2023
Local Sales Bans on Flavored Tobacco Products in California Cut UseMONDAY, May 29, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Banning flavored tobacco products leads to fewer people using them, according to a new California study that found lower usage in areas that had a full ban.Residents in areas with a comprehensive sales ban had 30% reduced odds of using flavored tobacco compared to those without a ban, according to researchers from the University of California, Irvine (UCI).But the study did not find lower use when only a partial sales ban was enacted.Meanwhile, Prop 31, which upheld a 2020 state law to prohibit retail sales of certain flavored tobacco products, was recently passed in the state, and experts think this will lead to an even greater decline in use of flavored tobacco across California.Flavored tobacco products are particularly appealing to young...

With Training, Soccer Headers Might Be Safe for Teen Players

29 May 2023
With Training, Soccer Headers Might Be Safe for Teen PlayersMONDAY, May 29, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Limited "heading" of a soccer ball in youth sports may not cause irreversible harm, as long as players are properly trained, a new study finds.This study from concussion researchers at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) looked at the consequences of repeated head impacts shortly after the impact. They did this using six different tests.They found that having a small number of repeated soccer headers equivalent to a throw-in did not cause immediate neurophysiological problems for teens. “Soccer is a sport where intentionally using your head to hit the ball is an integral part of the game, and concern over its long-term effects has parents, caregivers and coaches understandably concerned,” said study co-author Colin Huber, a...

More Mpox Cases Reported as Health Officials Fear a Summer Resurgence

25 May 2023
More Mpox Cases Reported as Health Officials Fear a Summer ResurgenceTHURSDAY, May 25, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. health officials are bracing for the possibility that mpox could surge again this summer as cases mount in several states.On Thursday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 21 more cases of mpox, with Illinois, New York and Maryland reporting the most new infections. Illinois had nine, while New York and Maryland reported three each.Several other states — Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Louisiana, Texas, Utah and Virginia — each reported one new case, CBS News reported. "The risk of near-term clusters and outbreaks is substantial and the outbreaks could be large, especially in the warmer months, with planned gatherings that may have the potential for skin-to-skin contact and increased sexual activity," Dr....

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