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Is the Pandemic Harming Kids' Mental Health?

Is the Pandemic Harming Kids` Mental Health?FRIDAY, Nov. 13, 2020 (HealthDay) -- Since last April, hospital emergency rooms across the United States have seen a sustained surge in visits related to the mental health of school-aged kids, a new report reveals.The findings suggest the COVID-19 pandemic is taking a toll on children because of disruptions to their everyday life, anxiety about illness and social isolation. That conclusion comes from a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention review of data on hospitals in 47 states. Those hospitals account for nearly three-quarters of emergency department visits nationwide.The study tracked emergency visits involving children under age 18 who sought care for a mental health issue between Jan. 1 and Oct. 17, 2020."Our study looked at a composite group of mental health concerns...

Kids With Food Allergies Can Become Targets for Bullies

13 November 2020
Kids With Food Allergies Can Become Targets for BulliesFRIDAY, Nov. 13, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- As if having food allergies isn't hard enough on a child, new research shows that almost 1 in 5 of these kids are bullied.The bullying didn't stop at the schoolyard. A similar percentage of parents said they had been teased about their concern for their child's food allergies."I think this is an underreported problem because a lot of kids don't report being bullied. I think bullying is something that allergists should start screening kids for," said study author Dannielle Brown, a second-year medical student at Loyola University School of Medicine in Chicago.Senior author Dr. Ruchi Gupta, director of the Center for Food Allergy and Asthma Research at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, said the problem may stem from...

Telemedicine Is Keeping Kids' Asthma Care on Track: Study

13 November 2020
Telemedicine Is Keeping Kids` Asthma Care on Track: StudyFRIDAY, Nov. 13, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- The use of telemedicine led to an increase in the number of inner-city kids in Los Angeles who kept asthma-related doctor appointments during the coronavirus pandemic, new research shows.The researchers examined "show rates" -- how often parents kept an appointment for their children instead of not showing up -- over the first four months of the pandemic.Allergists who run a school-based mobile asthma program in Los Angeles called the LAC+USC Breathmobile have regular patients they work with. When schools closed due to the pandemic, face-to-face appointments were converted to virtual visits."Not only did kids show up for appointments, but their show rates were also significantly higher than during the same period in 2019," study author Dr....

Eczema More Common Among Black, Hispanic Kids

13 November 2020
Eczema More Common Among Black, Hispanic KidsFRIDAY, Nov. 13, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Black and Hispanic children in the United States have much higher rates of the skin condition eczema than white children, experts say.These disparities in eczema -- also called atopic dermatitis (AD) -- will be presented at a virtual meeting of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI), Friday through Sunday. "Not only do Black children in the U.S. have significantly higher incidence of AD and more nights of disturbed sleep compared to white children, their AD also tends to last longer into childhood," said meeting presenter Dr. Jonathan Silverberg, a dermatologist and associate professor at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Washington, D.C.Black children and adults with eczema are...

Pfizer's COVID Vaccine Looks Promising, But Big Hurdles Remain

12 November 2020
Pfizer`s COVID Vaccine Looks Promising, But Big Hurdles RemainTHURSDAY, Nov. 12, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Early COVID-19 vaccine trial results announced by Pfizer this week caused hopes to soar for a swift end to the pandemic that has killed more than 242,000 and infected more than 10 million in the United States alone.But even if the preliminary results released Monday pan out, it will still take many months to produce enough of the vaccine to inoculate everyone in the United States, experts warn.The health care industry will also face special distribution challenges related to this particular vaccine, which must be maintained in extremely cold storage and delivered in a two-shot regimen."People should be enthusiastic, but realize that the benefits that we get from that vaccine are not going to be in the winter, they're not going to be now, in...

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