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2022

Getting Kids Out in Nature Boosts Lung Health, Study Finds

Getting Kids Out in Nature Boosts Lung Health, Study FindsWEDNESDAY, July 27, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Living next to nature may improve the function of little lungs.Researchers studying kids’ exposure to green space found that those who had vegetation near their homes in the first 10 years of life performed better on a test of lung function than those who did not live near nature."Our research suggests the greener, the better," said Diogo Queiroz Almeida, who studies genetic, behavioral and environmental determinants of health at the University of Porto in Portugal. "These improvements are modest at around 2%. However, if we look at the whole population, making our neighborhoods greener could have a considerable impact."For the study, researchers measured the lung function of nearly 3,300 Portuguese children, using a device that measures...

Less Than Half of Parents Plan to Get COVID Vaccine for...

26 July 2022
Less Than Half of Parents Plan to Get COVID Vaccine for Youngest KidsTUESDAY, July 26, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Parents have had to wait a long time to have access to a COVID-19 vaccine for their kids under the age of 5, but a new survey shows many still won’t get a shot for their children. About 43% of U.S. parents of children aged 6 months to 4 years said they would not get their children a coronavirus shot, while another 27% said they were not yet certain what they will do, the Kaiser Family Foundation found in its July poll.Most of the parents in the survey said they had greater concerns about potential risks to their children from the vaccine than from the virus. Still, it’s not yet clear how individual children will do if they contract the virus. “We have no marker for that,” Patricia Stinchfield, president of the National Foundation for...

More Evidence Fitness Trackers Can Boost Your Health

26 July 2022
More Evidence Fitness Trackers Can Boost Your HealthTUESDAY, July 26, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Your fitness tracker, pedometer or smartwatch may motivate you to exercise more and lose weight, Australian researchers say.In a large research review, the investigators found that tracking your activity might inspire you to walk up to 40 minutes more a day (about 1,800 more steps). And those extra steps could translate to the loss of more than two pounds over five months."In the mainstream media, there can be a lot of skepticism about wearable activity trackers, such as whether they make any difference and whether they even have negative impacts, such as making people feel guilty," said senior researcher Carol Maher. She is a professor of population and digital health at the University of South Australia, in Adelaide. "Our review didn’t...

Biden Administration May Declare Monkeypox a Public...

26 July 2022
Biden Administration May Declare Monkeypox a Public Health EmergencyTUESDAY, July 26, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- As monkeypox continues to spread, with nearly 3,500 cases now reported in the United States, the Biden administration is weighing whether to declare the outbreak a public health emergency. The administration may also name a White House coordinator to supervise the response, all in an effort to keep the virus from becoming endemic in the United States. On Saturday, the World Health Organization declared monkeypox a global health emergency.Biden's decision could come this week, paired with an announcement that about 800,000 additional vaccines will be distributed after a U.S. Food and Drug Administration review, unnamed sources told the Washington Post.Declaring an emergency could provide government agencies with the resources to collect data...

Gun Deaths Rose 30% Among U.S. Kids in a Decade

26 July 2022
Gun Deaths Rose 30% Among U.S. Kids in a DecadeTUESDAY, July 26, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- A grim new analysis finds that American youth became 30% more likely to die as a result of gun violence over the past decade.The jump in risk appears to have been largely driven by big spikes in gun-related suicides, as well as increases in all manner of gun-related deaths among both girls and non-Hispanic white kids, investigators found. In fact, “the last decade may have seen the most marked increase to date in firearm deaths among children,” noted study co-author Jagdish Khubchandani, a professor of public health at New Mexico State University, in Las Cruces.Khubchandani said the findings unfortunately did not come as a shock, “given the constant increase in firearm ownership and access” in the United States.Still, the results are...
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