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A Safer 4th Is One Without Backyard Fireworks

A Safer 4th Is One Without Backyard FireworksWEDNESDAY, July 1, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- If you plan to celebrate Independence Day, you might want to reconsider setting off fireworks, Prevent Blindness suggests. There are other, safer ways to mark the United States of America's birthday, according to the nonprofit eye health and safety group. It noted that thousands of Americans are injured by fireworks each year, especially around July 4th. "There are so many ways for families to celebrate Independence Day safely without using fireworks," said Jeff Todd, president and CEO of Prevent Blindness. "We urge everyone to avoid fireworks and spend the 4th of July with family and friends, instead of in the emergency room," he added in a news release from the group. Over 19 years, there were more than 34,000 firework-related eye...

U.S. Could See 100,000 New Cases of COVID-19 Each Day,...

30 June 2020
U.S. Could See 100,000 New Cases of COVID-19 Each Day, Fauci SaysTUESDAY, June 30, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Top U.S. infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci warned Congress on Tuesday that COVID-19 infections could climb to 100,000 new cases daily unless ongoing outbreaks are contained. "We are now having 40-plus thousand new cases a day. I would not be surprised if we go up to 100,000 a day if this does not turn around. And so I am very concerned," Fauci, director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, testified before the U.S. Senate. Fauci's statement came in response to a question from Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) about how many Americans will ultimately die from COVID-19. Fauci responded that the infection surge happening across the South and West "puts the entire country at risk." Much of that increase is...

Sleeping In on Weekends Won't Erase Your 'Sleep Debt'

30 June 2020
Sleeping In on Weekends Won`t  Erase Your `Sleep Debt`TUESDAY, June 30, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- For those who try to catch up on lost sleep during the weekend, French researchers have some bad news: Once Saturday and Sunday have come and gone, many will find they're still seriously short on sleep. The finding centered on adults who regularly get only six hours of sleep or less on weekdays. That's far less than the seven to eight hours per night that most people need, said study author Dr. Damien Leger. He is chief of the Hotel Dieu Center of Sleep and Vigilance at the Public Assistance Hospital of Paris. Such "short sleepers" made up over one-third of more than 12,000 participants in the study. And nearly one-quarter said they had been racking up a very serious weekday "sleep debt." That meant that on weekdays they logged at least 90...

2 in 3 Parents Would Send Kids to School in Fall: Survey

30 June 2020
2 in 3 Parents Would Send Kids to School in Fall: SurveyTUESDAY, June 30, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- About two-thirds of U.S. parents say they'll send their kids to school again this fall, and most also support COVID-19 testing and social distancing policies for schoolchildren, a new survey finds. Among parents, only about 12% said they would not send at least one of their kids to school, while 21% were still uncertain about their decision. Many are waiting to hear more about their schools' plans. Many parents said they had no choice but to send their children to school because they had to work. For many families, a surge in COVID-19 cases would make them reconsider sending children to school, the survey found. Most did support measures to safeguard kids against the new coronavirus. Those measures could include fewer children on buses,...

Ad Displays in Stores Boost Teen Vaping Rates: Canadian Study

29 June 2020
Ad Displays in Stores Boost Teen Vaping Rates: Canadian StudyMONDAY, June 29, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Canadian provinces that allow retail displays promoting e-cigarettes had nearly three times the teen vaping rate, a new study found. Until May 2018, e-cigarettes weren't widely available in Canada and it was illegal to advertise those containing nicotine. When the law changed, Quebec and Manitoba adopted their own restrictions, including bans on retail displays and ads for e-cigarettes and other tobacco products. Study author David Hammond, a professor of public health at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, said this situation set up a "unique natural experiment" for researchers as Canada went from ban to a more open market. "It allowed us to answer the hypothetical question: Would lifting the restrictions make a difference in teen...

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