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2020

Watch Out for Your Teen's Mental Health

SUNDAY, May 17, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- The coronavirus pandemic has been tough on Americans of all ages, but parents need to watch their teens for signs of depression, anxiety, anger and other emotional and mental health problems, a leading pediatricians' group says. "It's normal for teens to feel sad during this time, crying sometimes because they miss their friends or because sports and musical productions were canceled," said Dr. Sara Goza, president of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). But some teens may find it especially difficult to cope, and parents should watch for the following signs that their teen may need more support, according to the AAP: Changes in mood, ongoing irritability, or feelings of hopelessness or rage. Changes in behavior, such as stepping back...

Newborn May Have Contracted Coronavirus in the Womb: Report

15 May 2020
FRIDAY, May 15, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- A Canadian newborn is a "probable" case of infection with the new coronavirus while still in the womb, doctors report. Other such cases have been suspected and reported in prior studies. But the mother's active case of COVID-19, along with the fact that the baby boy was delivered via C-section, add weight to the notion that maternal-fetal transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 virus can occur, the Toronto doctors concluded. There was good news, however: Although the baby was born preterm (about 36 weeks), he was a healthy 6.5 pounds. And even though testing positive for coronavirus, he did not develop COVID-19. Still, the case "represents a probable case of congenital SARS-CoV-2 infection in a liveborn neonate," said researchers led by pediatrician...

State Texting Bans Are Saving Teen Drivers' Lives

15 May 2020
FRIDAY, May 15, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- In a finding that illustrates how distracted driving laws are saving lives, researchers report that car crash deaths among teens plunged by one-third during a period when the number of U.S. states with such laws on the books tripled. "We found that states which had primary enforced distracted driving laws had lower fatal crashes involving 16- to 19-year-old drivers and passengers," said study author Dr. Michael Flaherty. He's an attending physician in pediatric critical care medicine with both Massachusetts General Hospital and the Shriners Hospitals for Children in Boston. Flaherty explained that "primary" distracted driving laws are the kind that authorize police to pull over a driver specifically because of a distracted driving infraction....

Italian Doctors Detail Cases of Inflammatory Condition...

13 May 2020
WEDNESDAY, May 13, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- As New York City officials grapple with the sudden appearance of a rare inflammatory condition in children exposed to COVID-19, a new Italian report describes similar cases that have cropped up in that country. The researchers say their findings provide "the first clear evidence" of a link between the new coronavirus and this inflammatory condition. Between Feb. 18 and April 20, there were 10 cases of young children hospitalized with an inflammatory condition that resembles Kawasaki disease in the Lombardy region of northern Italy. In the five years leading up to the middle of February, only 19 children in the region had ever been diagnosed with the condition. Those recent cases represent a 30-fold increase in the number of cases, but...

Why Anti-Vaxxers Often Win Out on Facebook

13 May 2020
WEDNESDAY, May 13, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Groups that spread vaccine misinformation on social media have more impact than government health agencies and other expert organizations on undecided people, a new study finds. The spread of false information could have significant public health consequences if an effective COVID-19 vaccine is developed, the researchers noted. For the study, investigators developed an innovative tool to map vaccine conversations among 100 million Facebook users during the height of the 2019 measles outbreak. "There is a new world war online surrounding trust in health expertise and science, particularly with misinformation about COVID-19, but also distrust in big pharmaceuticals and governments," said lead author Neil Johnson, a professor who heads a new...
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