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Why Taking Your Kids to the Park Is Always a Healthy Idea

Why Taking Your Kids to the Park Is Always a Healthy IdeaSATURDAY, May 20, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Need an activity to do with your kids on spring and summer days? Go to the park.Outdoor play is good for physical health, mental well-being and reduced stress in children, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).“Whether it’s sunny or snowing, playing outside is good for children, physically and mentally,” said pediatrician Dr. Monique Jonae Soileau-Burke, president of AAP's Maryland chapter. “Scientific evidence tells us that playing outdoors can improve health, and children love it," she said in an academy news release. "On Kids to Parks Day [May 20], we encourage families to make plans to get their children out into nature for summer fun and well-being. Consider visiting a national, state or local park.”People who...

New 'National Sports Brain Bank' Will Boost Head Injury...

19 May 2023
New `National Sports Brain Bank` Will Boost Head Injury ResearchFRIDAY, May 19, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- A new brain bank is accepting future donations from living athletes, in an effort to perform long-term research into the effects of sports-related concussion.The National Sports Brain Bank (NSBB) at the University of Pittsburgh will track the health of living participants on an annual basis, and will autopsy their donated brains after their death.“We want to follow prospective donors longitudinally while they're still alive and get information from them about their sports participation, trauma, history, other medical history, any symptoms they may experience,” said NSBB Director Dr. Julia Kofler.“We can then correlate their clinical information with what we see down the road under the microscope, at the time of autopsy,” she said.Two...

Hysterectomy: What It Is, Side Effects & Recovery

19 May 2023
Hysterectomy: What It Is, Side Effects & RecoveryFRIDAY, May 19, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Hysterectomy is the second most common surgery for women in their reproductive years, right after cesarean section.Nearly 68% of these surgeries are done to address non-cancerous conditions such as abnormal uterine bleeding, uterine fibroids and endometriosis, according to Michigan Medicine. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says 1 in 3 women have a hysterectomy by age 60.Here is what a hysterectomy entails, the different types of hysterectomy, the advantages and disadvantages of each, potential side effects and the recovery process.What is a hysterectomy?A hysterectomy involves the surgical removal of the uterus and, in most cases, the cervix, according to the Cleveland Clinic."In some cases, the hysterectomy is done with the...

Signs Your Toddler Might Have ADHD

19 May 2023
Signs Your Toddler Might Have ADHDFRIDAY, May 19, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Spotting ADHD early can ensure children with the condition get the help they need sooner rather than later.But how can parents know if the behavior they’re seeing in their child is a sign of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or merely the mercurial mood and behavior swings of a toddler?An expert at the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore offers some guidance."Research shows that children with ADHD have abnormal brain development, meaning that ADHD has a biological basis that often makes it a lifelong condition," Mark Mahone, director of neuropsychology, said on the institute's website. "We want to catch ADHD early because it has such a profound effect on learning and academic development. Children whose symptoms begin in early...

FDA Panel Backs First RSV Vaccine Given in Pregnancy to Protect Infants

19 May 2023
FDA Panel Backs First RSV Vaccine Given in Pregnancy to Protect InfantsTHURSDAY, May 18, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- The first vaccine designed to protect infants against respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) by vaccinating their mothers during pregnancy has been backed by a panel of advisers to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.On Thursday the independent committee of experts voted unanimously that the Pfizer-made vaccine was effective, and 10-4 that there was adequate data on safety to move the vaccine to approval, the Associated Press reported. The shot would be given to pregnant women at 24 to 36 weeks gestation. This should stimulate the production of maternal antibodies to RSV that would then pass through the placenta to the fetus.“Before the pandemic, RSV was the No. 1 cause of infant hospitalization in the United States, so this is a big deal,”...

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