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Cheap, Flavored Cigars That Entice Kids Are Flooding the Market: Report

Cheap, Flavored Cigars That Entice Kids Are Flooding the Market: ReportMONDAY, Oct. 9, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Flavoring added to small, cheap cigars is making these the second-most popular tobacco product among youth, a new report shows.The report comes as federal regulators prepare to bar flavored cigars. They are marketed with such flavors as “Iced Donut” and “Berry Fusion.”The Rutgers University Institute for Nicotine and Tobacco Studies (INTS) and the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids compiled the report, which shows how tobacco companies have flooded the market with these products that appeal to kids. They’ve used a variety of marketing strategies to attract young people.“Kids are the most price-sensitive consumers in any market, and these cigars are cheap,” said Kymberle Sterling, associate director for justice, equity, diversity and...

Flu Shot Season Is Here: Why You (and Your Kids) Need One

7 October 2023
Flu Shot Season Is Here: Why You (and Your Kids) Need OneSATURDAY, Oct. 7, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- It’s time to get the flu shot. They’re important not just for adults, but also for children, and keeping the whole family safe, according to an expert in pediatrics. “You never know how bad a flu season will be,” said Dr. Mona Patel, attending physician in the department of general pediatrics at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. “We like to think of flu shots as preventive care; getting one lessens the chances of more severe symptoms that may cause children to be hospitalized.”Several major health groups — the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Infectious Diseases Society of America — recommend that everyone aged 6 months and older get a flu shot.Even if this doesn’t...

1 in 4 Teens With Autism May Be Undiagnosed

6 October 2023
1 in 4 Teens With Autism May Be UndiagnosedFRIDAY, Oct. 6, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- As many as 1 in 4 teens with autism may be undiagnosed, new research suggests.“Autism is much more prevalent than people assume,” said lead researcher Walter Zahorodny, an associate professor at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School in Newark. The new study is significant, he said, because it's the first population-based public health look at the prevalence of autism in teens.For the study, his team reviewed school and health records of close to 4,900 16-year-olds living in four northern New Jersey counties in 2014. The initial review found 1,365 cases that merited a closer look.Of those, a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) was confirmed in 560, according to the study.From the chosen cases, 384 had been diagnosed at age 8, and 176 met...

Could Living Football Players Be Overdiagnosed for CTE?

6 October 2023
Could Living Football Players Be Overdiagnosed for CTE?FRIDAY, Oct. 6, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Former pro football players with symptoms of depression or anxiety are far more likely to receive an unverifiable diagnosis of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) than players without those mental health conditions, a new study reports.Players with depression are 9.5 times more likely to be diagnosed with CTE, while players with both depression and anxiety are 12 times more likely, the study results showed.The problem: At this point CTE can only be diagnosed as part of a brain autopsy.“CTE can only be diagnosed after death,” said lead author Shawn Eagle, a research assistant professor of neurological surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. “It shouldn't be diagnosed in anyone while they're living. Being told you have...

New Dads Might Also Need Screening for Postpartum Depression

6 October 2023
New Dads Might Also Need Screening for Postpartum DepressionFRIDAY, Oct. 6, 2023 (HealthDay News) – Postpartum depression is commonly thought of as something new moms experience, but fathers can also suffer from these feelings when entering this phase of life.A pilot study from the University of Illinois Chicago suggests new dads should also be screened for the condition. Addressing their health may also be an important tool for improving the maternal health crisis, given that the physical health of these parent partners are so intertwined, according to the authors.“A lot of dads are stressed. They’re scared. They’re struggling with balancing work and parental and partner responsibilities,” said lead author Dr. Sam Wainwright, an assistant professor of internal medicine and pediatrics. “Men are often not doing well, but no one is...

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