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9Sep
2023

Melatonin for Kids: Is it Safe? How to Help School Children Get Good Sleep

Melatonin for Kids: Is it Safe? How to Help School Children Get Good SleepSATURDAY, Sept. 9, 2023 (HealthDay News) – Lots of parents are giving their children the supplement melatonin to help with sleep, but is it safe? In a new survey, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) found that 46% of parents -- what it called a “shocking number” -- have given melatonin to children under the age of 13. About 30% gave their teenager melatonin to aid in sleep.Yet, there is little evidence that melatonin helps with insomnia in children, the AASM said. A natural hormone that helps regulate the body’s internal clock, melatonin may seem like a simple solution, the AASM said. Yet the organization noted important safety concerns. Parents should talk to a health care professional before giving melatonin or any supplement to children, the AASM advised. Melatonin...

Company Pulls 'One Chip Challenge' From Store Shelves...

8 September 2023
Company Pulls `One Chip Challenge` From Store Shelves After Teen DiesFRIDAY, Sept. 8, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- The maker of the “One Chip Challenge” has pulled the product from store shelves after a Massachusetts mom claimed the super spicy chip, packaged in a coffin-shaped container, contributed to the death of her 14-year-old son."The Paqui One Chip Challenge is intended for adults only, with clear and prominent labeling highlighting the chip is not for children or anyone sensitive to spicy foods or who has food allergies," the company said in a statement posted Thursday on its website.Still, "we have seen an increase in teens and other individuals not heeding these warnings," the company added. "As a result, while the product continues to adhere to food safety standards, out of an abundance of caution, we are actively working with our retailers...

FDA Approval of New COVID Boosters Could Come by Friday

7 September 2023
FDA Approval of New COVID Boosters Could Come by FridayTHURSDAY, Sept. 7, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- New COVID-19 booster shots could soon pass the needed hurdles for vaccinations to begin next week.Sources familiar with U.S. Food and Drug Administration plans say boosters could be approved as soon as Friday, NBC News reported.The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices is scheduled to meet on Tuesday. CDC director Dr. Mandy Cohen could sign off soon after, allowing vaccinations to begin.The boosters from Pfizer and Moderna target the XBB.1.5 omicron subvariant.That’s no longer the dominant variant circulating, but those that are spreading are closely related, and health experts say this booster could still offer some protection.This time, the FDA may grant full approval for the boosters...

Besides Boosting Health, a Vegan Diet Might Save You Money

6 September 2023
Besides Boosting Health, a Vegan Diet Might Save You MoneyWEDNESDAY, Sept. 6, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Going vegan doesn’t have to mean going broke, with new research finding that steering clear of meat and dairy can lower food costs by about 16%. “A vegan diet based on fruits, vegetables, grains and beans has always been a more affordable diet than one that includes meat, dairy and other animal products,” said study author Dr. Hana Kahleova, director of clinical research for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine in Washington, D.C.“Like any diet, the cost of a vegan diet can vary based on the foods you are purchasing," Kahleova added. "But as our research shows, a vegan diet will actually save you money, when compared to one that includes animal products.”That conclusion follows four months spent tracking 244 overweight...

Many Strains of a Dangerous Foodborne Bacteria Are Now Antibiotic-Resistant

6 September 2023
Many Strains of a Dangerous Foodborne Bacteria Are Now Antibiotic-ResistantWEDNESDAY, Sept. 6, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- New research on a leading cause of foodborne illness has linked a large share of Michigan infections to antibiotic-resistant bacteria strains.More than 100 strains of Campylobacter jejuni circulating in Michigan are resistant to at least one antibiotic, according to researchers from Michigan State University (MSU) and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. More than half of C. jejuni isolated from patients was genetically protected against at least one antibiotic used to fight bacterial infections, they said.Their study identified a high frequency of antibiotic resistance genes within the C. jejuni genome. Most were linked to chicken or cattle.Researchers called the high prevalence of antibiotic resistance genes concerning...
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