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When States Legalize Marijuana, Teens' Asthma Rates Rise

When States Legalize Marijuana, Teens` Asthma Rates RiseMONDAY, Jan. 16, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Cannabis use in U.S. states where recreational use is legal could be contributing to children's asthma, according to new research.A study found increases in asthma in teens where cannabis is legal, compared to states where it remains banned for medicinal and recreational use. The study also found increased asthma in children in some minority and ethnic groups."Our findings suggest that state-level cannabis policy could have downstream impacts on children’s respiratory health," said study first author Renee Goodwin, an adjunct associate professor at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.Cannabis use on the rise among adults with children in the home, particularly in states that have legalized it for medical or recreational...

Gun Deaths to Kids Are Rising in Pandemic, U.S. Hospital...

16 January 2023
Gun Deaths to Kids Are Rising in Pandemic, U.S. Hospital Study ShowsMONDAY, Jan. 16, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- If a study conducted at one St. Louis hospital is a good indicator, the COVID pandemic is tied to a surge in childhood injuries and deaths due to firearms. Black children and those in low-income households were at greater risk, according to the University of Missouri-led study.“We found a significant increase in pediatric firearm injury rates during the pandemic compared to the five preceding years,” said lead study author Dr. Mary Bernardin. She is an assistant professor of emergency medicine at the University of Missouri School of Medicine, in Columbia, Mo. “The escalation in injuries was driven by a significant increase in firearm assaults and homicides, as well as increased frequency of innocent children injured as bystanders amidst...

Too Few Kids Are Getting Recommended Vaccines, CDC Warns

12 January 2023
Too Few Kids Are Getting Recommended Vaccines, CDC WarnsTHURSDAY, Jan. 12, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Vaccinations among kindergarteners declined for the second year in a row, leaving hundreds of thousands of young children vulnerable to dangerous infectious diseases, U.S. health officials reported Thursday.About 93% of kindergarteners had their required vaccinations during the 2021-2022 school year, including the measles/mumps/rubella (MMR), diphtheria/tetanus/pertussis, polio and chickenpox vaccines, according to a new study published Jan. 13 in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), a publication of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.That’s down from 94% nationwide during the 2020-2021 school year and 95% for the 2019-2020 school year, the report found.“While this might not sound significant, it means nearly...

What Exercise 'Snack' Is Best for Your Health?

12 January 2023
What Exercise `Snack` Is Best for Your Health?THURSDAY, Jan. 12, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Millions of adults spend too much time at a desk or in front of a screen, and experts have long advised them to sit less, move more.But if lower blood pressure, lower blood sugar and a mood boost are the goals, what's the bare minimum of movement that will get the job done?Apparently just five minutes of walking every 30 minutes.That’s the finding of a small, new study that compared the benefits of five exercise “snacks” — small bursts of exercise spread out during the day.“We’ve found in our past research that, on average, adults in the U.S. spend over three-quarters of their day sedentary, or about 11 to 12 hours a day,” said study co-author Keith Diaz. He directs Columbia University’s Exercise Testing Laboratory at the...

Vaccinated Moms' Breast Milk Could Protect Baby From COVID

12 January 2023
Vaccinated Moms` Breast Milk Could Protect Baby From COVIDTHURSDAY, Jan. 12, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Infants too young to be vaccinated for COVID-19 get some protection from their mothers’ breast milk, researchers say.The new study follows up on findings published in 2021 that showed the breast milk of vaccinated people contained antibodies against the COVID-19 virus.For the study, researchers analyzed infants’ stool.“Our first study showed there were SARS-CoV-2 antibodies in the breast milk, but we couldn’t say if those antibodies were getting through the babies’ gastrointestinal tract and possibly providing protection there,” said senior study author Joseph Larkin III. He is an associate professor in the University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, in Gainesville.Larkin and his team used a technique known...

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