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Losing Your Hair Because of Pandemic Stress?

Losing Your Hair Because of Pandemic Stress?FRIDAY, Nov. 20, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Add stress-related hair loss to the many problems caused by the coronavirus pandemic."I've had patients coming in recently with stress-related hair loss, who tell me they were so worried about dying earlier this year or even that they had COVID-19. But they don't see the effects until three months later," said dermatologist Dr. Ohara Aivaz of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles."It throws the patient off because the stress has resolved, and yet, the physical manifestation is happening now," Aivaz said in a hospital news release.Stress-related hair loss typically occurs three months or more after a stressful event. Why it takes that long isn't clear, but the body may prematurely force hair into the dormant phase of its growth cycle, which...

Add Kids to COVID Vaccine Trials, Pediatricians' Group Says

20 November 2020
Add Kids to COVID Vaccine Trials, Pediatricians` Group SaysFRIDAY, Nov. 20, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Children should be included in COVID-19 vaccine trials at the earliest possible stage, a leading group of U.S. pediatricians says. If that's not done, youngsters' lives could be at risk, according to the 67,000-member American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)."If we do not add children to these research trials very soon, there will be a significant delay in when children are able to access potentially life-saving vaccines. This is unconscionable," said Dr. Sally Goza, president of the AAP. Over a million children have been infected with the new coronavirus since the pandemic began. In addition, children have experienced disruptions to their education and critical medical services, as well as harms to their mental and emotional health, she added. "It...

COVID in Pregnancy Won't Affect Obstetric Outcomes: Study

19 November 2020
COVID in Pregnancy Won`t Affect Obstetric Outcomes: StudyTHURSDAY, Nov. 19, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Pregnant women with COVID-19 have little risk of developing severe symptoms, as do their newborns, a new study finds.In fact, 95% of these women have good outcomes, and just 3% of their babies test positive for COVID-19, researchers say."For 5% of COVID-19-positive pregnant women, however -- those who get very sick -- the risks to both mother and baby are significant," said study lead author Dr. Emily Adhikari, medical director of perinatal infectious diseases at Parkland Hospital in Dallas.Pregnancy itself, however, does not appear to increase the odds for COVID complications, she said."Most women with asymptomatic or mild infection will be relieved to know that their babies are unlikely to be affected by the virus," Adhikari said."When...

Childhood Lead Exposure Tied to Brain Changes in Middle Age

19 November 2020
Childhood Lead Exposure Tied to Brain Changes in Middle Age THURSDAY, Nov. 19, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Middle-aged adults who had elevated levels of lead in their blood as children have brain structure changes, new research shows. For the study, the researchers analyzed childhood lead exposure data on 564 participants in a long-term study of people who were born in the same town in New Zealand in 1972 and 1973. The participants grew up during the peak era of leaded gasoline (late 1960s to late 1980s) and nearly all were exposed to higher levels of lead than what's permitted now. MRI scans conducted on the participants at age 45 showed that those with high lead exposure at age 11 had small but significant changes in their brains.For each 5 micrograms per deciliter more lead in their blood when they were children, participants lost an average...

Thin Ice: Global Warming May Be Raising Drowning Risks

18 November 2020
Thin Ice: Global Warming May Be Raising Drowning RisksWEDNESDAY, Nov. 18, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- More children and young adults are drowning in winter lakes because of warming temperatures that create unstable lake ice, a new study finds.A team of international researchers examined several decades of data, including 4,000 drownings and population information from throughout Canada, 14 U.S. states, Estonia, Germany, Latvia, Finland, Russia, Sweden and regions of Italy and Japan. They collected temperature and precipitation data for each month and area for each drowning from University of East Anglia's Climatic Research Unit in Britain.The study found that when winter air temperatures reached between -10 degrees Celsius (14 degrees Fahrenheit) and -5 degrees C (23 degrees F), drownings rose substantially. When they were nearing 0 degrees...

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