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Mental Health Woes Spiraled Among College Students Early in Pandemic

Mental Health Woes Spiraled Among College Students Early in PandemicTUESDAY, Aug. 11, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Depression, anxiety and inactive lifestyles are all too common among college students, and a new study finds they may have escalated during the initial outbreak of COVID-19. Using a mix of smartphone data and online surveys from more than 200 students, researchers at Dartmouth College determined that the coronavirus pandemic had an immediate impact on the mental health of this particular undergraduate group. The students involved in the study were participating in a research program tracking mental health at the New Hampshire university. They reported spikes in depression and anxiety at the beginning of the pandemic in early March, just as the school pushed students to leave campus and begin remote learning. While their self-reported...

FDA Approves First Oral Drug for Spinal Muscular Atrophy

10 August 2020
FDA Approves First Oral Drug for Spinal Muscular AtrophyMONDAY, Aug. 10, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the first oral, at-home drug for spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), the agency announced Friday. Evrysdi (risdiplam) was approved to treat patients ages 2 months and older with SMA and is the second drug approved for the disease. The drug is administered daily at home by mouth or feeding tube. Approval was based on two clinical studies, including FIREFISH, an open-label study of 21 patients aged 6.7 months on average at study initiation. At one year, 41 percent of patients met the efficacy end point of sitting independently for more than five seconds, and at nearly two years, 81 percent of patients were alive without permanent ventilation, which the FDA notes is a "noticeable improvement from...

What Parents Need to Know About Teens and Concussions

8 August 2020
What Parents Need to Know About Teens and ConcussionsSATURDAY, Aug. 8, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Concussion symptoms aren't always evident, so parents of student-athletes need to know the signs and seek a diagnosis if their teen gets hurt, experts say. Only those closest to a teen may be able to identify the sometimes subtle changes in mood and emotion stemming from a concussion, said Dr. Rory Tucker, a sports medicine specialist at Penn State Bone and Joint Institute in Hershey, Penn. "Parents may notice a change in their teen's sleep patterns," Tucker explained. "He or she may be more withdrawn, socializing less with friends or family members, more emotional or tearful. They may have anger outbursts or be more nervous than they were before." Since doctors may be unfamiliar with a patient's usual mental state, parents need to...

As in Adults, Minority Kids Hit Hardest by COVID-19

7 August 2020
As in Adults, Minority Kids Hit Hardest by COVID-19FRIDAY, Aug. 7, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. minorities have been particularly hard-hit by the coronavirus pandemic, and a new study suggests kids are no exception. Researchers found that at one community testing site, nearly half of Hispanic children and teens were positive for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. The same was true of 30% of Black kids. The rate among white kids hovered around 7%. At this point, racial disparities in the U.S. pandemic are well-documented -- at least among adults. "But those adults also live with children," said lead researcher Dr. Monika Goyal. Her team's findings -- published online Aug. 5 in Pediatrics -- offer a glimpse at how the pandemic is disproportionately affecting kids and teens, as well. What the study cannot discern is why,...

Will Your Kid Play School Sports This Fall? Here's Some Guidance on Doing It Safely

6 August 2020
Will Your Kid Play School Sports This Fall? Here`s Some Guidance on Doing It SafelyTHURSDAY, Aug. 6, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- If you're thinking about letting your child resume sports while the coronavirus pandemic continues to rage, a leading pediatricians' group says there are a few things you should consider. To help families make informed decisions, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recently released guidance based on the most current research. "We recommend that parents talk to their pediatrician about the type of sport and setting, local disease activity, and individual circumstances, such as an underlying health condition that places the athlete or family members at high risk," Dr. Susannah Briskin, one of the guidance authors, said in an AAP news release. "The risk can be decreased, but not eliminated, by athletes, parents, coaches and officials who...

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