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Baby's Heart Rate Reflects Mom's Mental Health

Baby`s Heart Rate Reflects Mom`s Mental HealthTUESDAY, Sept. 22, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Babies of mothers with anxiety or depression can have significantly higher heart rates than normal, a new study finds. And this might put them at risk for long-term problems, researchers say. Mother-infant interaction plays a crucial role in children's healthy development, but moms with depression, anxiety or postnatal depression may be emotionally distant from their infants, the German researchers said in background notes. "We found that if a mother was anxious or depressed, their baby had a more sensitive physiological response to stress during the test than did the babies of healthy mothers," said researcher Fabio Blanco-Dormond, of the University of Heidelberg. In this preliminary study, researchers assessed 50 mothers and their...

Avoid the 'Twindemic:' Get Your Flu Shot Now

22 September 2020
Avoid the `Twindemic:` Get Your Flu Shot NowTUESDAY, Sept. 22, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- The best time to get your flu shot is now if you want to protect yourself against a potential "twindemic" infection of influenza and COVID-19, experts say. "Early September, at the very least early October, is the best time to get your flu shot. That really allows your body to build up the appropriate immune response in time for the peak prevalence of influenza in the community," Dr. Nadia Eltaki, director of clinical operations for Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, D.C., said during an HD Live! interview on Tuesday. A massive effort is underway to get as many people as possible inoculated with the seasonal flu vaccine, to reduce the risk of combination influenza/COVID-19 epidemics overwhelming local or regional health systems in the...

Holidays Can Be a Fright for Kids With Food Allergies

21 September 2020
Holidays Can Be a Fright for Kids With Food AllergiesMONDAY, Sept. 21, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Parents of kids with food allergies probably won't be surprised to hear that Halloween is an especially risky time for their youngsters. A new study found that serious allergic reactions (anaphylaxis) triggered by peanuts jumped 85% when kids were trick or treating. Serious reactions triggered by an unknown tree nut or peanut exposure rose by 70% on Halloween compared to the rest of the year. And the risk is similar on Easter -- when kids are hopping around collecting chocolate eggs and other candy. Compared to other times, anaphylaxis from unknown nut exposure spiked 70% at Easter and there was a 60% increase in peanut-triggered anaphylaxis. Fortunately, other holidays -- including Christmas, Chinese New Year, Diwali and Eid al-Adha --...

COVID Survivor Rita Wilson Wants You to Get Your Flu Shot

21 September 2020
COVID Survivor Rita Wilson Wants You to Get Your Flu ShotMONDAY, Sept. 21, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Aches and fatigue quickly progressed to fever with severe chills, but the terrible and unrelenting headache was the real signal that actress Rita Wilson was in for a rough ride following her infection with COVID-19. "It was a massive headache that really lasted for about two weeks," Wilson recalls. "It was relentless. It wasn't like Tylenol was making it go away or anything like that. It was just there." Wilson and her husband Tom Hanks, both 63, became two of the first celebrity sufferers of COVID-19 back in early March, while on a movie set in Australia. The news of their infection, which Hanks revealed on social media on March 11, combined with the shutdown of the NBA season, elevated public awareness of COVID as a health threat, Wilson...

How to Help Ensure Your Students Get Enough Sleep

20 September 2020
How to Help Ensure Your Students Get Enough SleepSUNDAY, Sept. 20, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly 6 in 10 U.S. parents say their children don't get enough sleep on school nights, an American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) survey finds. It included more than 1,000 parents across the country with children between ages 5 and 18. Parents reported that early school start times (40%), homework (39%), sports (34%) and social media (33%) have a significant impact on the kids' ability to get enough sleep on school nights. Other factors include hobbies (32%), spending time with friends (29%), chores/jobs (27%), band/music (26%) and clubs (25%). About one-quarter of parents say their child's bedtime is less consistent due to remote learning during the coronavirus pandemic. "Even though students may not need to catch the bus or carpool...

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