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Exercise, Sports: A Natural Antidepressant for Teens

Exercise, Sports: A Natural Antidepressant for TeensFRIDAY, Jan. 6, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- An antidote to teenage depression might be found in school gymnasiums and on sports fields, a major new review argues.Supervised exercise programs are associated with significant reductions in symptoms of depression among children and teenagers, according to the analysis of data from 21 studies involving more than 2,400 kids.“This is the first time that we've been able to put enough studies together so that we can make a pretty good conclusion to answer the question, 'Is physical activity and exercise good for children with depressive symptoms?'” said co-study author Walter Thompson, a retired professor of exercise physiology with Georgia State University in Atlanta. “The answer is overwhelmingly yes.”Further, the data indicate a...

Could Weight-Loss Surgery in Teens Raise Risks for...

6 January 2023
Could Weight-Loss Surgery in Teens Raise Risks for Alcohol Abuse?FRIDAY, Jan. 6, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- For teens who are obese, weight-loss surgery can be life-changing — but not always in a good way.A new study finds a troubling downside to weight-loss surgery among 13- to 19-year-olds: They're at increased risk of alcohol use disorders. And their risk stays higher for up to eight years after their surgery.“We have to be honest about both the risks and benefits of these procedures,” said study co-author Dr. Thomas Inge, director of adolescent bariatric surgery at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. About 200,000 weight-loss (or "bariatric") surgeries were performed in the United States in 2020, according to the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). And while these procedures have benefited many...

3-Dose Malaria Vaccine Shows Promise in African Trial

6 January 2023
3-Dose Malaria Vaccine Shows Promise in African TrialFRIDAY, Jan. 6, 2023 (HealthDay News) – New research has confirmed that a three-dose malaria vaccine is both safe and effective in West African adults, including those previously exposed to malaria.Researchers at the University of Maryland Center for Vaccine Development and Global Health (CVD) led work on the Plasmodium falciparum sporozoite (PfSPZ) vaccine.The clinical trial, which included 80 participants, compared three doses of the PfSPZ vaccine against a placebo. Vaccine efficacy — a measure of how many vaccinated people got malaria — was 48% after six months and 46% at an 18-month follow-up.“Our study shows that the vaccine can be given to malaria-experienced adults in a highly endemic area and still provide protection, which is difficult and complicated as these...

Polluted Air Means More Asthma Attacks for Urban Kids

6 January 2023
Polluted Air Means More Asthma Attacks for Urban KidsFRIDAY, Jan. 6, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Air pollution may trigger more asthma attacks in urban children and teens, a new study reports.Even moderate levels of ozone and fine airborne particulates — two ingredients of smog — appear to increase kids’ risk of asthma attacks, according to findings published online Jan. 4 in The Lancet Planetary Health journal.“The strong association this study demonstrates between specific air pollutants among children in impoverished urban communities and non-viral asthma attacks further augments the evidence that reducing air pollution would improve human health,” said Dr. Hugh Auchincloss, acting director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID).The U.S. National Institutes of Health, of which NIAID is a part,...

Good Parental Leave Gives Big Boost to Moms' Mental Health

5 January 2023
Good Parental Leave Gives Big Boost to Moms` Mental HealthTHURSDAY, Jan. 5, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Generous parental leave policies at work can do wonders for a new mom's mental health.This is among the key messages from a new review of 45 studies examining how parental leave policies affect mom and dad’s mental health and well-being.Mothers working for companies with generous parental leave policies were less likely to experience symptoms of depression, poor mental health, psychological distress, burnout, or to require mental health care.The more generous the policy, the greater and more long-lasting the benefits, the new Swedish study showed.“Parental leave was protective against poorer maternal mental health including depressive symptoms, general mental health, psychological distress and burnout; however, improved mental health among...

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