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Exposure to Iodine in the NICU May Affect Infant Thyroid Function

Exposure to Iodine in the NICU May Affect Infant Thyroid FunctionTUESDAY, July 7, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Exposure to iodine in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) may increase a baby's risk for loss of thyroid function, a new study suggests. Iodine solutions are often used as disinfectants on the skin before surgical or other medical procedures. Iodine also is given internally for imaging procedures used in infants, researchers explained. Investigators found higher blood levels of iodine in babies with congenital hypothyroidism (partial or total loss of thyroid function) who had had a stay in the NICU. All these infants had normal thyroid function when they went to the NICU. "Limiting iodine exposure among this group of infants whenever possible may help lower the risk of losing thyroid function," researcher Dr. James Mills said in a news...

Zika May Have Damaged More Infants' Brains Than Expected

7 July 2020
Zika May Have Damaged More Infants` Brains Than ExpectedTUESDAY, July 7, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- It's a virus some might not even remember, but babies born to mothers infected with Zika who appeared normal at birth still experienced neurological or developmental problems, new research suggests. A hallmark of infection with the mosquito-borne Zika virus in pregnant women is delivering a baby with an abnormally small head -- a condition called microcephaly. But as children exposed to Zika in the womb are growing up, researchers are learning that it's not only the youngsters born with microcephaly that they need to worry about. "Zika virus-exposed infants without microcephaly who may appear normal at the time of birth may have other abnormalities present at higher frequencies than what would be expected in the general population," said...

Does Having a Dog Make for Well-Adjusted Kids?

6 July 2020
Does Having a Dog Make for Well-Adjusted Kids?MONDAY, July 6, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- If you've hesitated to get a dog because your kids are very young, new research suggests that the preschool years might be a good time to add a furry friend to the family. The study found that preschoolers with dogs at home had fewer problems with their peers or other behavior problems compared to youngsters without a family dog. Tots who walked and played with their dog more often were likely to be more social, too. "Young children who walked or played with their family dog were more likely to have pro-social behaviors, such as sharing and cooperating," said study senior author Hayley Christian. She's an associate professor and senior research fellow at the University of Western Australia and Telethon Kids Institute. Christian added that...

How Immune System Fights COVID-19 May Be Key to Vaccine...

6 July 2020
How Immune System Fights COVID-19 May Be Key to Vaccine SuccessMONDAY, July 6, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Even the sickest COVID-19 patients make T-cells to fight the infection, a new study finds. This means that a COVID-19 vaccine will have to cause the body to make T-cells along with antibodies, researchers say. The immune response to the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes COVID-19, was the same in American and Dutch patients in the study. "You want vaccine approaches to be grounded in observations from rather diverse settings to ensure that the results are generally applicable," said study co-leader Alessandro Sette. He's a professor and member of the La Jolla Institute (LJI) for Immunology's Infectious Disease and Vaccine Center in La Jolla, Calif. Working with researchers in the Netherlands, his team followed 10 COVID-19 patients who had...

Keep Your Kids Safe in the Water. Here's How

5 July 2020
Keep Your Kids Safe in the Water. Here`s HowSUNDAY, July 5, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Trips to the beach or a pool add to summer's fun, but parents need to ensure that children are safe in and around the water. Masks and social distancing are a must this year because of the coronavirus pandemic. And kids must be supervised even if they're able to swim, experts at the Children's Hospital Los Angeles said. Two-thirds of drowning deaths occur in the summer -- between May and August -- and most occur on the weekends. The hospital offered parents the following swimming safety guidelines: Pay attention. Give kids your undivided attention when they're in or around the water. Small children can drown in as little as one inch of water. Take turns supervising. When there are several adults present and children are swimming, designate...

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