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Pandemic Unleashes 'Startling' Rise in Dog Bites

Pandemic Unleashes `Startling` Rise in Dog BitesWEDNESDAY, Sept. 9, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Lockdowns gave people lots to growl about. Their dogs may have felt a bit more aggressive, too. A pediatric emergency department in Colorado saw nearly three times as many children with injuries from dog bites this spring compared to last year at the same time, prompting concerns that stay-at-home orders and other COVID-19-related lifestyle changes may be to blame. In a commentary published recently in the Journal of Pediatrics, physicians from Children's Hospital Colorado reported the significant increase in dog bite injuries seen in their emergency department since March. They also provided some strategies to prevent these injuries. "It is well known that the number of dog bites tends to increase during the spring and summer months,"...

Over Half a Million U.S. Kids Already Infected With COVID-19

9 September 2020
Over Half a Million U.S. Kids Already Infected With COVID-19WEDNESDAY, Sept. 9, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- More than 500,000 U.S. children had been diagnosed with COVID-19 as of early September, with a sizable uptick seen in recent weeks, a new report reveals. There were 70,630 new child cases reported between Aug. 20 and Sept. 3, 2020. That brings the total to 513,415 cases -- a 16% increase over two weeks, according to state-by-state data compiled by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Children's Hospital Association. "These numbers are a chilling reminder of why we need to take this virus seriously," said AAP president Dr. Sara Goza. As of Sept. 3, children accounted for nearly 10% of all reported COVID-19 cases in the United States since the start of the pandemic, according to the latest weekly report from the two...

COVID-19 Is Tougher on Older Men, and Scientists May Now...

8 September 2020
COVID-19 Is Tougher on Older Men, and Scientists May Now Know WhyTUESDAY, Sept. 8, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Key differences in immune system function may help determine why severe, life-threatening COVID-19 tends to target older men, scientists say. A new study found that among elderly people and in men, especially, certain factors may lead to a weaker immune system response against infection with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. That could help explain high rates of intensive care unit admission and death among these patients. "Host responses to SARS-CoV-2 are dependent on viral load and infection time, with observed differences due to age and sex that may contribute to disease severity," said a team led by Nicole Lieberman and Alexander Greninger, both of the University of Washington School of Medicine, in Seattle. In the study, the...

First Trial of Gene-Targeted Asthma Rx in Kids Shows Promise

8 September 2020
First Trial of Gene-Targeted Asthma Rx in Kids Shows PromiseTUESDAY, Sept. 8, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Asthma treatments tailored to the genes of kids and teens could help improve control of their symptoms, new research suggests. The study included 241 adolescents, aged 12 to 18, who were randomly selected to receive either traditional asthma treatment or "personalized medicine" -- treatment based on their individual genetics. During a year of follow-up, those in the personalized medicine group who had a genetic difference in a receptor gene targeted by asthma treatments reported a better quality-of-life score. The score was based on their symptoms, whether their normal activities were limited by their asthma, and how their asthma made them feel. While more research is needed, the findings suggest personalized treatment could better control...

Almost 14 Million U.S. Adults Vape, With Use Rising Fastest in Young

8 September 2020
Almost 14 Million U.S. Adults Vape, With Use Rising Fastest in YoungTUESDAY, Sept. 8, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- The number of Americans using electronic cigarettes is soaring, especially among youth, a new study finds. Nearly 14 million U.S. adults vaped in 2018, up from just over 11 million adults in 2016. The increase was seen in all socioeconomic groups, the researchers found. "An increasing number of individuals are using e-cigarettes, especially in the younger age groups, which suggests that more individuals are becoming addicted to e-cigarettes rather than just experimenting with them, making the increased uptake among tobacco-naive individuals even more concerning," said lead researcher Dr. Olufunmilayo Obisesan. She's a postdoctoral fellow at Johns Hopkins Ciccarone Center for the Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease, in Baltimore. "The...

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