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Post-Game Snacks May Undo Calorie-Burning Benefit of Kids' Sports

Post-Game Snacks May Undo Calorie-Burning Benefit of Kids` SportsSUNDAY, March 8, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Kids get more calories from the snacks they eat after sports than they burn while playing, which could add up to thousands of extra calories a year, a new study warns. "So many kids are at games just to get their treat afterwards, which really isn't helping to develop healthy habits long term," said senior study author Lori Spruance, an assistant professor of public health at Brigham Young University (BYU) in Provo, Utah. "The reward should be, 'I got to have fun, I got to run around with my friend or score a goal.'" For the study, Spruance and her team tracked the activity levels of third- and fourth-graders during 189 games of soccer, flag football, baseball and softball, along with their post-game snacks. The researchers noted that...

FDA Bans Shock Devices Used on the Mentally Disabled

4 March 2020
FDA Bans Shock Devices Used on the Mentally DisabledWEDNESDAY, March 4, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Electrical shock devices used to reduce aggression and self-harm in patients with autism and other developmental disabilities will be banned, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday. The devices deliver shocks through electrodes attached to the skin of patients, but there is evidence that they pose significant mental and physical risks to patients, including worsening of underlying symptoms, depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, pain, burns and tissue damage, the FDA said. It also noted that patients' intellectual or developmental disabilities make it difficult for them to communicate their pain, and that there is little evidence that electrical shock devices (ESDs) are an effective treatment. "Since ESDs were...

What Makes Your Food So Attractive to Seagulls?

27 February 2020
What Makes Your Food So Attractive to Seagulls?THURSDAY, Feb. 27, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Given a choice, seagulls prefer food that's been handled by humans, a new British study finds. This suggests that the birds may watch you when deciding what to scavenge, according to the researchers. "We wanted to find out if gulls are simply attracted by the sight of food, or if people's actions can draw gulls' attention towards an item," said study lead author Madeleine Goumas. She's with the Centre for Ecology and Conservation at the University of Exeter in Cornwall. "Our study shows that cues from humans may play an important part in the way gulls find food, and could partly explain why gulls have been successful in colonizing urban areas," Goumas said in a university news release. In the study, researchers placed two wrapped oat...

Study Casts Doubt on Need for Adult Boosters for...

26 February 2020
Study Casts Doubt on Need for Adult Boosters for Tetanus, DiphtheriaWEDNESDAY, Feb. 26, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Countering a U.S. government advisory, a new study suggests that adults may not need regular booster shots for tetanus and diphtheria if they received a complete vaccination series as children. Researchers compared data gathered from millions of people in 31 countries in North America and Europe between 2001 and 2016. They found no significant differences in rates of the two diseases between countries that require adults to receive booster shots and those that don't. However, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention still recommends that all adults receive booster shots every 10 years. The new findings mesh with the World Health Organization's recent recommendation to only...

Getting Quality Autism Therapy From Thousands of Miles Away

25 February 2020
Getting Quality Autism Therapy From Thousands of Miles AwayTUESDAY, Feb. 25, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- By the time he was 7 months old, John Michael Crawford had been diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder called tuberous sclerosis, associated with a high risk of developmental delays, including autism. Early intervention programs are believed to help reduce that risk, but these time- and labor-intensive therapies often aren't available in areas of the United States that aren't close to large medical centers. The Crawfords, from Benton, Ark., live in such an area. "There are plenty of families who live in places without access to specialists. It's overwhelming when you get the diagnosis, especially when you can't find specialists that can answer questions and teach you," said John Michael's father, Brandon Crawford. An ongoing trial for a...

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