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2022

Having Kids Around Might Shield You From Severe COVID: Study

Having Kids Around Might Shield You From Severe COVID: StudyMONDAY, Aug. 1, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Folks with young kids at home may be less likely than others to develop severe COVID-19, a new study suggests.Children bring home colds from day care and school and give them to their parents, and it's thought those lower-level infections may ultimately defend Mom and Dad from the worst of COVID. Both common colds and COVID-19 are coronaviruses, so the theory goes that getting one might offer some protection from the other, researchers said."One hypothesis that people batted around was maybe people that had a lot of common colds in the past few years may have some built-up immunity to cope with COVID-19, and then either not get an infection at all or get only a mild infection and not a severe one," said lead researcher Dr. Matthew Solomon, a...

In COVID 'Rebound,' Biden Tests Positive for 2nd Day in...

1 August 2022
In COVID `Rebound,` Biden Tests Positive for 2nd Day in a RowMONDAY, Aug. 1, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- President Joe Biden is back in isolation and has tested positive for COVID-19 for the second day in a row, as he experiences what is known as rebound after taking Paxlovid to treat his original infection.Biden, who had left isolation three days prior after testing negative, returned to the safety measure on Saturday after testing positive. He tested positive again on Sunday.Despite the test results, the president “has experienced no reemergence of symptoms and continues to feel quite well,” White House physician Dr. Kevin O’Connor said in a letter released on Sunday describing Biden's condition. “There is no reason to reinitiate treatment at this time.” The president had previously isolated for five days and will do so again at the...

Tough to Get Your Kid to Take Medicine? An Expert Offers...

31 July 2022
Tough to Get Your Kid to Take Medicine? An Expert Offers TipsSUNDAY, July 31, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Sometimes it's difficult for parents to get their child to take necessary medication.One expert who spends part of her workday guiding parents through this challenge offers some suggestions to make the ordeal easier. Emily Glarum, a child life specialist at the Heart Institute at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, offers these tips: Be honest, practice it, provide choices, set a schedule and let the child take little sips or use a straw."We like to promote honesty," Glarum said in a hospital news release. "Hiding medicine in food can make kids feel tricked and add some mistrust or even some aversions around different foods. "What I've run into in the past is, the child may start to detect that their medicine has been mixed in with foods, and then...

Kids With ADHD Have Differences in 'Neural Flexibility,'...

29 July 2022
Kids With ADHD Have Differences in `Neural Flexibility,` Brain Study ShowsFRIDAY, July 29, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Children with ADHD may have less flexibility in the brain circuitry that allows for seamless "multitasking," a new study suggests.Research has shown that kids with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder often have more difficulty with so-called cognitive flexibility than their peers without the disorder.That refers to people's ability to switch their attention from one task to another, then back again, in daily life: Can you put some soup on the stove, then send an email and chat with your kids, without forgetting about the soup?Such mental deftness is also key in communicating, said Weili Lin, senior researcher on the new study. People have very different ways of speaking to a friend, a child or a co-worker, and they need to be able to...

Reformulated Booster Shots Ready by September, White House Says

29 July 2022
Reformulated Booster Shots Ready by September, White House SaysFRIDAY, July 29, 2022 (HealthDay News) – Americans could be getting updated COVID booster shots that can battle the newest Omicron variants as soon as mid-September. People close to deliberations say that the Biden administration plans to offer a booster campaign with new formulations because the makers of the primary vaccines used in the United States -- Pfizer and Moderna -- have said they can deliver the new doses by then, the New York Times reported. This could mean that younger Americans not yet eligible for a second booster of the original vaccines will have to wait until the fall for shots.Some in the administration have said that use of the original boosters should be expanded now, as highly contagious Omicron variants spread, while others say the better option is to...
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