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Drug Might Help Slow Nearsightedness in Kids

Drug Might Help Slow Nearsightedness in KidsFRIDAY, June 2, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- There is no cure for nearsightedness, but medicated eye drops can slow down its progression in children, a new trial finds.The study tested the effects of eye drops containing a very low dose of the drug atropine — the same medication used to dilate the pupils during an eye exam.Researchers found that when children with nearsightedness used the drops every day for three years, their vision worsened more slowly — and was more likely to stabilize — versus kids given placebo drops.That does not mean the drops will reverse vision problems or liberate kids from glasses, experts stressed."The real point here is the longer term," said lead researcher Karla Zadnik, dean of Ohio State University's College of Optometry, in Columbus.Nearsightedness,...

1 in 6 Unvaccinated People Struggle With Symptoms 2...

2 June 2023
1 in 6 Unvaccinated People Struggle With Symptoms 2 Years After Getting COVIDFRIDAY, June 2, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- People unvaccinated for COVID-19 have significant odds of lingering illness if they get the virus, with one in six still suffering symptoms two years later, new research shows.A study from Switzerland found that 17% of that group did not return to their previously normal health, and 18% reported COVID symptoms such as shortness of breath 24 months after their infection was gone.“Persisting health issues create significant challenges for affected individuals and pose an important burden on population health and health care services,” lead researcher Tala Ballouz and colleagues wrote in the May 31 issue of the BMJ. Ballouz, from the Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Prevention Institute at the University of Zurich, and her team called for...

FDA Approves Pfizer's RSV Shot for Older Adults

1 June 2023
FDA Approves Pfizer`s RSV Shot for Older AdultsTHURSDAY, June 1, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Older adults may have a second vaccine option for RSV following the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's approval of a Pfizer vaccine on Wednesday.The other shot for adults 60 and up is made by GSK. It was approved May 3.Both should be available by fall, before the seasonal spread of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), The New York Times reported.The Pfizer vaccine, known as Abrysvo, has effectiveness of nearly 67% when a patient has two symptoms of RSV, such as a sore throat and cough. It's 86% effective when three or more symptoms surface. Its GSK competitor — named Arexvy — was about 83% effective against severe RSV, the Times reported.The study on the Pfizer vaccine did include a concern about autoimmune syndromes. One patient among the...

Helping Others as Volunteers Helps Kids 'Flourish': Study

1 June 2023
Helping Others as Volunteers Helps Kids `Flourish`: StudyTHURSDAY, June 1, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Kids who devote some of their free time to volunteer work may not only help others, but also themselves.That's according to a new study that found U.S. kids who spend time in community service are often thriving, physically and mentally.Overall, kids who'd volunteered in the past year were in better physical health, had a more positive outlook on life, and were less likely to have anxiety, depression or behavioral problems than their peers who did not do volunteer work.The findings, published May 30 in the journal JAMA Network Open, do not answer the chicken-and-egg question, researchers noted: Kids who were already high on the well-being scale may have been more apt to volunteer."We can't say this is cause-and-effect," said lead researcher...

U.S. Teen Birth Rate Hits Another Historic Low

1 June 2023
U.S. Teen Birth Rate Hits Another Historic LowTHURSDAY, June 1, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Births to teen moms in the United States reached a historic low in 2022, dropping 3% from the previous year, a new government report shows.Teenage births fell among both younger teens, ages 15 to 17, and older teens, aged 18 to 19, the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday.With exceptions in 2006 and 2007, the teen birth rate has now declined every year since 1991, according to the CDC.That's welcome news, given that young moms face higher odds of birth complications, including preterm birth. According to the World Health Organization, adolescent mothers 10 to 19 years old are also more likely to have obstetric complications than women aged 20 to 24.Hurdles to safer pregnancies and births remain, however.“The data...

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