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Women Exposed to Racism at Higher Odds for Premature Delivery

Women Exposed to Racism at Higher Odds for Premature DeliveryTHURSDAY, Aug. 4, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Numerous studies have found discrimination can hurt aspects of human health.Now, new research adds to that the impact of discrimination on the youngest humans by linking discrimination with a heightened risk of underweight and premature infants.Maternal death rates among Black and Indigenous women in the United States are two to three times higher than those of white women. In the United Kingdom, maternal death rates are two to four times higher among Black and Asian women than they are among white women, the study authors noted. To explore racial disparities in pregnancy outcomes, researchers led by Kim Robin van Daalen, from Cambridge University's cardiovascular epidemiology unit in England, searched eight electronic databases seeking out...

Cases of Potentially Deadly Parechovirus in Infants Are...

3 August 2022
Cases of Potentially Deadly Parechovirus in Infants Are SurgingWEDNESDAY, Aug. 3, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Parechovirus, a virus that can cause severe illness in infants, is on the rise in parts of the United States.Twenty-nine infants were admitted to the Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville this year, which includes 23 admitted during a six-week period this spring, according to a new study. By contrast, only 19 cases were detected over five months in 2018.For most kids, parechovirus is mild, but it can be deadly in newborns. Symptoms may include fever, fussiness, poor appetite, seizures and meningitis (a potentially fatal inflammation of the membranes that cover the brain and spinal cord). This virus can also raise the risk of developmental problems later."Parechovirus is circulating in our population and will...

COVID Rebound Not Limited to Those Who Took Paxlovid

3 August 2022
COVID Rebound Not Limited to Those Who Took PaxlovidWEDNESDAY, Aug. 3, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- COVID rebound, which struck both President Joe Biden and White House Chief Medical Advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci recently, doesn't just happen in those who take Paxlovid, a new study finds.Rebound symptoms were spotted in 27% of COVID-19 patients who hadn’t taken the antiviral pill, with about 12% testing positive again, researchers report. “It happens all the time. People who are untreated with COVID who then feel better can get symptoms afterward,” study co-author Dr. Davey Smith, chief of infectious diseases and global public health at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, told NBC News.The study has not yet been published in a peer-reviewed journal. Earlier this week, White House COVID-19 coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha...

Too Little Sleep May Harm Young Kids' Brains

3 August 2022
Too Little Sleep May Harm Young Kids` BrainsWEDNESDAY, Aug. 3, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- For peak performance, school-age children need more than a healthy diet and exercise. They also need plenty of sleep.A new study finds that elementary school kids who get less than nine hours of sleep each night show significant differences in some brain regions responsible for memory, intelligence and well-being compared to those who get the advised nine to 12 hours' sleep.“We found that children who had insufficient sleep, less than nine hours per night, at the beginning of the study had less grey matter or smaller volume in certain areas of the brain responsible for attention, memory and inhibition control compared to those with healthy sleep habits,” said study co-author Ze Wang. He is a professor of diagnostic radiology and nuclear...

Race Plays Role in How Soon Babies With Cystic Fibrosis Get Care

3 August 2022
Race Plays Role in How Soon Babies With Cystic Fibrosis Get CareWEDNESDAY, Aug. 3, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Babies who are white appear to get diagnostic appointments for cystic fibrosis earlier than babies of several other races and ethnicities, new research shows.This can cause gaps in care and outcomes.While it is recommended that infants who have an initial positive screening for cystic fibrosis be further evaluated by 28 days of age, those who were Black, American Indian/Native Alaskan, Asian, and/or Hispanic received diagnostic follow-up at a median age of 31 days, the study found. That compared to 22 days for white babies. Median means half got screening sooner, half later. Babies from minority groups also had more symptoms, putting them greater risk of complications."Prompt evaluation is critical for all infants with out-of-range newborn...

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