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2020

Best Ways to Beat the Heat

Best Ways to Beat the HeatSATURDAY, Aug. 22, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- With the arrival of late summer, it's essential to know the signs of heat exhaustion and how to intervene before it escalates to a more severe condition like heat stroke, emergency medicine experts say. Heat exhaustion comes with symptoms including: heavy sweating; breathlessness; a fast, but weak, pulse; headache; dizziness; nausea or vomiting. "Heat exhaustion can happen to anyone overexerting themselves in extreme heat," said Dr. Laura Burke, an emergency medicine physician at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. "If symptoms are severe, call for medical help right away." Some people have an increased risk of heat exhaustion, including: People with heart disease or high blood pressure. People over age 65. Infants and...

Play It Safe With Allergies, Asthma During Pandemic...

21 August 2020
Play It Safe With Allergies, Asthma During Pandemic School YearFRIDAY, Aug. 21, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- As parents deal with the uncertainty surrounding school this year, allergies and asthma may not be top of their minds. But even during a pandemic, parents of children with allergies and asthma need to consider the added risks their children may face, one allergist says. Many school districts "are still trying to determine how kids will return to school this fall," said J. Allen Meadows, president of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI). "The first priority is, of course, keeping children safe if they will be attending classes in person. As allergists, we need to examine not only how kids with allergies and asthma might be affected by the normal classroom risks, but how COVID-19 might also affect their health," he...

Study Questions Need to Wait Days to Give Baby New Foods

21 August 2020
Study Questions Need to Wait Days to Give Baby New FoodsFRIDAY, Aug. 21, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Current guidelines on introducing solid foods to babies may hamper efforts to prevent food allergies, researchers say. The American Academy of Pediatrics and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend introducing one, single-ingredient food at a time, then watching for food allergies for three to five days before introducing another new food. But researchers from Northwestern University and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago say the wait might be too long because allergy is apparent within minutes to hours of eating a problematic food. "Waiting for days between each new food introduction to infants limits food diversity in the infant diet and may delay peanut introduction," said study lead author Dr. Waheeda...

Eating Disorders Cost Billions in the U.S.

21 August 2020
Eating Disorders Cost Billions in the U.S.FRIDAY, Aug. 21, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Eating disorders -- such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia and binge-eating disorder -- cost the U.S. economy nearly $65 billion in one recent year, a new report shows. About 75% of that ($48.6 billion) was due to lost productivity, according to the researchers. "Our study lays bare the devastating economic impact that eating disorders have in the United States, a country where the majority of people affected suffer alone and never receive appropriate treatment because of barriers to health care and lack of training for health care providers," said researcher Dr. S. Bryn Austin. Austin is director of STRIPED (Strategic Training Initiative for the Prevention of Eating Disorders) and a professor at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and...

Flu Shots for Kids Protect Everybody, Study Shows

21 August 2020
Flu Shots for Kids Protect Everybody, Study ShowsFRIDAY, Aug. 21, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- When elementary school students get their annual flu shot, everyone benefits, a new study shows. An increased vaccination rate among grade schoolers in California was associated with a decrease in flu hospitalizations for folks in every other age bracket, researchers report. The results come as no surprise to public health experts, given children's well-earned reputation as a major vector for the spread of viral diseases. "It basically correlates with everything we know about public health, about vaccination, and about children and children's impact on spreading viral illness throughout a community," said Dr. Eric Cioe-Pena, director of global health for Northwell Health in New Hyde Park, N.Y. However, the study does highlight the...
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