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2022

Mental Health Issues Can Plague Families of Kids With Type 1 Diabetes

Mental Health Issues Can Plague Families of Kids With Type 1 DiabetesFRIDAY, Aug. 5, 2022 (HealthDay News) – Kids with type 1 diabetes and their closest relatives are more likely to experience mental health issues than people without the disease, Swedish researchers report.“Many clinicians assume intuitively that diabetes in a child negatively affects the mental health of both the patient and the family members,” said study co-author Agnieszka Butwicka, an assistant professor at the Karolinska Institute in Solna. “But we think the answer is not that simple. Our study indicates that there could also be a genetic component behind this association.”The findings — published Aug. 1 in the journal Diabetes Care — highlight the importance of mental health screening both for children with diabetes and their families. These mental health problems...

Australia's Current Flu Season Is Tough: Will America's...

4 August 2022
Australia`s Current Flu Season Is Tough: Will America`s Be the Same?THURSDAY, Aug. 4, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- As the worst flu season in five years winds down in Australia, U.S. health officials are bracing for similar severity this coming fall.Why? The flu season in Southern Hemisphere countries like Australia can often predict the potential for a similar experience in Northern Hemisphere countries."We watch all of the Southern Hemisphere countries very closely, hoping that we get some sort of insight, but it's not perfect by any means," Dr. Alicia Fry, chief of the Epidemiology and Prevention Branch of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told NBC News.Australia's flu season had a big impact on children.Children ages 5 to 9 had the highest flu rates, while those aged 4 and younger and teenagers were also hit hard."There are a lot of...

8/9 -- Pandemic Brought More Woes for Kids Prone to...

4 August 2022
8/9 -- Pandemic Brought More Woes for Kids Prone to HeadachesTUESDAY, Aug. 9, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Add more frequent headaches in kids who are already vulnerable to them to the list of ills associated with the pandemic.Before the pandemic, 60% of kids reported headaches on less than 15 days of the month. After the start of the pandemic, this number fell to 50%. What's more, the percentage of kids reporting constant daily headaches increased from 22% before the pandemic to 36% after the start of the pandemic."This is a really big increase," said study author Dr. Marc DiSabella. He's director of the Headache Program at Children’s National Hospital in Washington, D.C. Exactly how COVID-19 increased headache frequency among kids who get migraines isn't fully understood, but the researchers have their theories -- namely more stress, less...

Monoclonal Antibody Might Help Prevent Malaria

4 August 2022
Monoclonal Antibody Might Help Prevent MalariaTHURSDAY, Aug. 4, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers are reporting early but encouraging findings on a potential new way to prevent malaria — an old foe that still ranks as a major killer worldwide.In a small trial of healthy volunteers, U.S. government researchers found that a lab-engineered antibody protected most participants from infection with the malaria parasite — including all of those who received a higher dose of the antibody.The investigators also showed it was possible to give the antibody with a standard injection, rather than the IV infusions typically used to deliver monoclonal antibodies. That will be critical, the researchers said, for use in the "real world."Experts cautioned that much work remains. But they also described the findings as an "exciting"...

'Social Contagion' Isn't Causing Adolescents to Become Trans, Study Finds

4 August 2022
`Social Contagion` Isn`t Causing Adolescents to Become Trans, Study FindsTHURSDAY, Aug. 4, 2022 (HealthDay News) – A "social contagion" theory that suggests teens, and girls in particular, are being influenced by their peers to become transgender is baseless, a new study finds.“The hypothesis that transgender and gender-diverse youth assigned female at birth identify as transgender due to social contagion does not hold up to scrutiny and should not be used to argue against the provision of gender-affirming medical care for adolescents,” said study senior author Dr. Alex Keuroghlian, director of the National LGBTQIA+ Health Education Center at the Fenway Institute and the Massachusetts General Hospital Psychiatry Gender Identity Program.According to the study, the theory stems from a study that was published in the journal PLOS One in 2018. In it, the...
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